Archive for the ‘Obama’ Category

Why aren’t Dems boasting about the jobs they “created”? I’ve got a hunch …

October 27, 2014

Last week, the NY Times took aim at the Obama-deniers – the Dem Senatorial candidates who wont even admit that they voted for the guy (even though they voted with the guy over 90% of the time).

Specifically, the Times blasted:

But one of the reasons for his unpopularity is that nervous members of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency, allowing a Republican narrative of failure to take hold.

Few voters know that the 2009 stimulus bill contributed heavily to the nation’s economic recovery, saving and creating 2.5 million jobs.

I can nit pick that it should be “recovered” not created … and I could point out that full-time jobs are being replaced with part-time jobs … and I could pile on by mentioning that most of the jobs are in the low pay hospitality and retail industries.

But, I won’t do that, because I want to make another point.

 

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Let’s flashback to the Obama Stimulus …

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If anybody asks, just say “I forget” …

October 21, 2014

Excerpted from USA Today

Studies also have shown that voters don’t always remember accurately just who it was they backed before.

Why?

“Voters who defect from their party … are more likely to ‘forget’ this over time and to report a vote more consistent with their current party identification”

“Reports of past vote also correlate with current preferences.”

That’s to say, if the candidate gets elected and disappoints, some voters revise history and claim that they never voted for the bum.

A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll in a half-dozen states with key Senate races underscore the point.

 

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Here’s what’s going on …

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Blame FoxNews … say, what?

October 9, 2014

Last week President Obama another shout-diss to FoxNews as the reason that roughly half of the country’s 300 million population think that he’s not doing such a great job.

Hmmm.

Let’s think about that.

Qualitatively speaking, , no disputing that Fox leans right and pounce’s on the Administration’s frequent miscues.

Quantitatively speaking, the President’s concern seems unfounded.

Fox boasts – with merit – that it outdraws left-leaning CNN and MSNBC combined.

That’s true.

 

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And, top dog O’Reilly draws almost 3.5 million viewers … more than 4 times what best competitor Rachel Maddow draws.

But, that’s only part of the story …

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What grade would YOU expect if you missed more than half of your classes?

October 1, 2014

Let’s put a couple of pieces together.

On 60 minutes, the President blamed the Intelligence Agencies – specifically, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — for failing to detect the rise of ISIS (or, ISIL, if you prefer).

Squealing sources in the intelligence agencies have leaked that the President’s Daily (Security) Briefs PDBs have contained detailed threat warnings about the Islamic State dating back to before the 2012 presidential election.

 

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Is 150 a big number or a little number?

September 12, 2014

In his speech this week, President Obama said:

Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq.

He made it sound like a big deal … and built on the point, saying that the air strikes would continue across a wider target area.  Possibly extending into Syria.

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Of course, the comment got me thinking … are 150 airstrikes a lot or a little?

Works out to about 5 missions per day … which doesn’t strike me as up there with shock & awe.

But, I wanted to put 5-a-day in context and got some counsel  from a friend…

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Why does he keep calling them “ISIL”?

September 11, 2014

A couple of day-after–the-speech thoughts…

First, some props for the President.

On the style front, I’ was glad that he was eyes forward last night.  As loyal readers know, for prior talks to we0the-people, I asked Why didn’t he look us in the eyes?  Apparently he reads HomaFiles and changed course.

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But, the speech left me scratching my head ….

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Why didn’t he look us in the eyes?

August 11, 2014

This may seem petty, but it has been gnawing at me …

Last Thursday, President Obama announced to the nation that he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq.

 

 

His rationale: act against an act of genocide and protect Americans stationed in Iraq.

I’m ok with the reasons and the actions.

This isn’t a political observation.

Here’s what’s been bothering me ….

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Buyer’s remorse, post-purchase cognitive dissonance, and the 2012 election …

July 28, 2014

First, a definition lifted from Wiki:

Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of a big ticket item such as a car or house.

It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller.

Buyer’s remorse is thought to stem from the post-decision cognitive dissonance that arises when a person makes a difficult decision.

Factors that affect buyer’s remorse include resources invested, the involvement of the purchaser, whether the purchase is compatible with the purchaser’s goals, and what positive or negative evidence the purchaser encounters post-purchase that confirms or denies the purchase as a good idea.

 

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Bet you can guess where this one is going.

Remember the 2012 election when Obama squared off against Romney?

Obama won the election with 51% of the popular vote.

My, how things have changed.

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He cares about me, but …

July 18, 2014

Recent Pew Poll …

Slim majority of folks agree that President Obama “cares about people like me”.

There are still believes: 51-49 on “trustworthiness”

But, less than half agree that he’s a “strong leader”  who is “able to get things done”.

 

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Poll didn’t ask”faithfully executes laws” or “able to raise big money for political campaigns”

 

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Let’s go bowling … say, what?

July 16, 2014

According to Business Week

There was a growth spurt in bowling alleys after World War II. The U.S. added 2,000 bowling alleys between the end of World War II and 1958.

In 1958, the American Society of Planning Officials reported that “the bowling alley is fast becoming one of the most important—if not the most important—local center of participant sport and recreation.”

But, the bowling craze peaked and started to fade as folks found other ways to spend their spare time.

The U.S. had 4,061 bowling centers in 2012, down 25 percent from a high water mark in 1998.

 

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To counter the downward trend, bowling alleys are rebranding themselves as “bowling centers”, spiffing up the facilities, and adding ancillary entertainment (e.g. rock music, gaming arcades).

Following the industry lead,  “the exclusive bowling lanes reserved for White House employees and their guests are getting an upgrade.”  (more…)

Muslims like him; Mormons, not so much…

July 11, 2014

A recent Gallup poll reports that 72% of Muslims approve of the job that President Obama is doing.

78% of Mormons dis-approve …

More generally, the President is under-water with Christians …  above water with non-Christians and atheists … and still has Jewish support.

Hmmm.

 

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The Taliban-5, Benghazi … and my friend’s daughter.

June 11, 2014

Last week, one the Administration’s talking points was “not to worry, the 5 Taliban leaders being released won’t be allowed back in Afghanistan for a year … and by then practically all troops will be out of the country … so the odds of Americans being killed are relatively low.”

Are you kidding me?

In a prior post, I posed a simple over-under bet: Do you think that the number of Americans who will be killed — either directly or indirectly – by the Taliban-5 will be under 1 or over 1?

I’m taking the over and haven’t gotten many takers for the under.

 

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Today, let’s connect a couple of dots and personalize the situation…

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What’s the value of an American life?

June 10, 2014

Don’t worry, I’m not going deeply philosophical on you …  I’m just going to pose a simple wager.

Last week, one the Administration’s talking points was “not to worry, the 5 Taliban leaders being released won’t be allowed back in Afghanistan for a year … and by then practically all troops will be out of the country … so the odds of Americans being killed are relatively low.”

Are you kidding me?

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Let’s reduce this argument to a simple bet …

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The Dude Factor …

May 6, 2014

Recently, “Dude” has gained some surged visibility.

First, a light touch …

A couple of weeks ago we posted the gone-viral of the nun who rocked the house on Italy’s version of The Voice

Part of the story’s punch line was the nun picked the bad boy rapper dude to be her coach.

 

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Here’s a way more serious Dude incidence that has gone viral…

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Liar, liar: Now, this is astonishing ….

April 25, 2014

During 2013, the left-leaning Washington Post slapped President Obama with a slew of Pinnochios.

The year ended with PolitiFact.com – a branch of the left-leaning Tampa Bay Times — giving President Obama their “Lie of the Year” award for his infamous oft-repeated “Like your plan, keep you plan …Like your doctor, keep you doctor”. Source

So, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that, in a recent poll, 61% of the people polled said that President Obama lied on important issues some or most of the time

Only 15 % said that he never lied.

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The drill-down number get more interesting …

 

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Number Games: “The latest cost estimate is 15% lower than the prior estimate”

April 21, 2014

Say, what?

During last Thursday’s impromptu press conference, President Obama ballyhooed that the OC Exchanges had passed 8 million sign-ups (whatever the heck a “sign-up” is) … and that the CBO’s “latest estimate” says the ObamaCare “costs are down 15% from the prior estimate”.

Oh, really?

My BS detector auto-starts when I hear well-parsed, weasely words like those.

Wonder when the latest estimate was made?  What were the assumptions?  How does it tie to the miracle of 8 million?

 

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So, I took  a  moment to dissect that statement … the digging didn’t disappoint

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Who’s the stronger leader – Putin or Obama ?

March 14, 2014

YouGov polled Americans on that very question. asking folks to to rate Obama and Putin – whether they are strong or weak leaders.

How would you have rated each of them: very strong, somewhat strong, somewhat weak, or very weak?

 

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And the survey said …

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Nums: Obama’s bad day … and, about the Tea Party

March 13, 2014

Holy smokes.

First, a dude from Hangover asks him: “What’s it like to be the last black President?”

Then, some dullard named Jolly rides the anti-ObamaCare train to victory in a Florida Congressional election.

And, finally, more bad polling from WSJ / NBC  (which I assume offset one another re: political bias)

The top line: Approval slides to 41% … an all-time low.

 

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Here are some nuggets that I found interesting in the polls details ..

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Nums: The Obama SOTU bounce fades …

March 4, 2014

Mass media was making a big deal when the President’s approval scores bounced from the low 40s to the mid-40s after the SOTU address.

Premature victory dance?

Today;s Gallup daily tracking poll put Obama right back at the presidential Mendoza line: 40%.

 

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Source: Gallup

Results are consistent with the other major polls tracked by RealClearPolitics …

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Flashback: Obama schools Romney that “Russia isn’t a threat”

March 3, 2014

Remember the 2012 Presidential debates?

A key moment was when President Obama ridiculed Gov. Romney’s knowledge of foreign affairs.

Given recent events in the Ukraine, the clip is a classic …  try to stay calm when you.watch it

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Here’s more that’ll make make you scream …

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When You Apologize – Make It Count!

November 12, 2013

Last week, President Obama said that he is “sorry that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act”, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.

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His supporters say: “See, he’s stepping up to his false assurances”.

His detractors say: “He’s saying he’s sorry to see people in that situation, but doesn’t fess up to his oft-repeated mis-direction that everybody can keep their doctors and health insurance plans if they like them.”

Pick your side on that one.

I just want to use Obama’s declaration as a philosophical launching point for what makes a good apology.

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A couple of months ago, I posted some research that proved it’s good business for companies to apologize to customers they’ve wronged — that an apology goes way further than, say, a discount on the next purchase.

I also made a passing reference to how important apologies are in personal life, too.

Following the links in the original article, I stumbled on these “8 simple principles” for making a meaningful apology

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Uh-oh: Below the Mendoza line …

November 6, 2013

According to the Gallup Daily tracking poll, the President’s approval rating has dropped below 40%.

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Here’s the demographic drill down …

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“Don’t tell me that words don’t matter”

October 30, 2013

Flashback to February 2008 …

To counter Hillary’s snark that he was all words and no substance – Candidate Obama gave a moving speech re: how much words matter.

The punch line:

“I’m running for president of the United States of America … because the American people want to believe in change again. Don’t tell me
words don’t matter!”   Transcript

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So, why would I bring that up today?

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“The system is working” … oh, really?

October 30, 2013

Let me be very specific …

Yesterday, Marilyn Tavenner — head of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), responsible for “systems integration” for Healthcare.gov and other ObamaCare applications – said flat out:

“The system working albeit slower and less accurately than hoped.” CNN

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Hmmm.

First reaction, except for speed and accuracy … what is there?

Teased, I couldn’t resist temptation.

So, I broke down and went to Healthcare.gov.

Here’s what I got …

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Stewart: So, what exactly does he know?

October 29, 2013

“I learned about it the same way you did … in the newspapers.”

Say, what?

The list of the President’s “news to me, too” is growing: Fast & Furious, IRS targeting, ObamaCare system snafus, NSA spying, Healthcare Insurance cancellations, etc.

It’s reached the point that even hardcore supporter Jon Stewart is asking: “What exactly does he know?”

Here’s a Stewart skit explaining how President Obama is kept out of the loop regarding spying and health care.

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The routine would be funnier if this stuff wasn’t such serious business.

MUST READ: The WSJ’s recap of what Obama has claimed ignorance of … The Unbearable Lightness of Obama

The president didn’t know the NSA was spying on world leaders, but he’s found time for at least 146 rounds of golf.

Call Mr. Obama’s style indifferent, aloof or irresponsible, but a president who governs like this reaps the whirlwind—if not for himself, then for his country.

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Will the U.S. default if debt limit isn’t raised?

October 11, 2013

Lots of hysteria re: the debt limit.

Key question: will the U.S. really default on its debt obligations if the debt limit isn’t raised?

Answer: Only if that’s what the Treasury Department wants to do.

Basic facts:

The Treasury receives about $250 billion in tax receipts every month.

Interest on the debt is about $30 billion per month (@ an average interest rate of about 2%)

So, plenty of money to cover interest on the debt.

What’s the rub?

Some calamitists say: “No legal way to prioritize who gets paid.  Gotta pay all obligations.”

Easy answer: Cut the flow of obligations.

As the shutdown is showing, we can tell NASA, HUD, EPA, and Education to stay home for awhile and we won’t miss a beat.

Cut expenses, cut obligations. Easy as that.

But, Business Insider says that the government doesn’t have sophisticated enough computer systems to prioritize the cutting of checks.

If the ObamaCare exchanges are representative, they may be right on that one.

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Here’s a clip worth watching.

David Stockman – former OMB head – speaks to the issue … he says default won’t happen.

 

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Nums: About the Federal debt limit …

October 10, 2013

Great infographic from CBC News … re: the U.S. Debt limit.

Takeaways below the chart …

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As commonly known, the debt limit has surged under both Bush and Obama.

The debt to GDP ratio has soared under Obama … after being flat for about 20 years.

Of course, part of the ratio increase is tied to the denominator … the debt has increased faster than the slow economic recovery.

Biggest surprise (to me) is that The “inflection point” – when the debt really started to takeoff was during the Reagan presidency.

So what?

Upward trajectory has to end some day, right?

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click to play with the infographic … worth browsing.

 
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Nums: How much of the government is actually shut down?

October 7, 2013

Question: in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not?

Answer: About 17%.shut down; 83% up and running

Details below …

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Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue.

This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion).

This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.” Source

Hmmm.

And, let’s drill down on who actually got furloughed …

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Uh-oh: The White House is winning … oh, really?

October 5, 2013

All the pundits are saying that President Obama is winning big as the GOP’s ham-handles the government shut down.

Hmmm.

Apparently the pundits don’t look at the numbers.

On Friday, Obama’s sagging approval ratings dropped to 41% in Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

With a 52% disapproval rating, that puts him 11 points underwater in a poll that generally leans a bit to the left.

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If you think that Gallup is an outlier, then keep reading …

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“The buck stops with the President” … oh, really?

August 30, 2013

Remember Harry Truman’s desk sign that read “The Buck Stops Here”?

Well, it sprang to mind when I read a Washington Post article title: “U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria.

 

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What’s that got to do with Harry Truman?

Here’s what caught my eye …

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Uh-oh: President’s approval rating down to 41% …

August 12, 2013

That’s 41% according to Gallup which has been scoring Obama higher than most polls for the past couple of months.

A majority now disapprove of the job the President is doing.

The trend is down … despite the recent campaign-like swing, an appearance on Leno and, finally, a press conference.

Looks like the “phony scandals” line – which has garnered most of the attention – isn’t exactly catching on.

 

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RealClear Politics’ poll-of-polls now puts Obama at  43.6% approve, 51% disapprove … putting the President underwater by 7.4 percentage points.

Several polls put the President underwater by more than 10 percentage points … only CBS has his approval higher than his disapproval.

Here’s a recap of all the polls in the average …

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Noonan: “People stop listening …”

July 30, 2013

A question I’ve asked before: Have you ever listened to one of President Obama’s weekly internet-radio addresses?

I haven’t … and don’t know anybody who has.

More broadly … do you listen to his speeches?

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan hit the nail on the head on ABC’s This Week Sunday.

“I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information.

I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he’s in that time now.”

That presents a context the President’s current speech tour aimed at bolstering support for ObamaCare and quashing the “phony scandals”.

How’s that working out?

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The RealClearPolitics poll-of-polls has Obama’s approval rating underwater …  under the 45% Mendoza Line … and  trending down.

 

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While Gallup & Rasmussen – the polls I average to read what’s happening — have Obama’s approval pegged at 45% and 46%, respectively ….

Two polls – Reuters & The Economist – peg Obama’s approval at only 41%.

Ouch

 

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Detroit: From Motown to Notown …

July 22, 2013

The city of Detroit has lost more than half of its population over the last 60 years.

In 1950, the city was the fifth-largest city in the country with a population of around 1.8 million.

Today its population is estimated at just under 700,000.

Translation: a tax base that’s asymptotically approaching zero.

Last week, the inevitable happened: the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

The bankruptcy petition seeks protection from creditors and unions who stake claim to $18.5 billion in debt and other liabilities – mostly bloated union pensions.

Here’s a short video that puts the Detroit situation in perspective.

 

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Consider the following regarding the city of Detroit …

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What Sequester? … The $100 million vacation.

June 18, 2013

The Washington Post reports that the First Family’s junket to Africa may cost taxpayers as much as $100 million.

And, that’s after scratching the safari from the itinerary.

 

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I’m old school, so I still think that $100 million is a lot of money.

To put the amount in perspective, here’s what else $100 million could buy …

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Uh-oh: Scandals are (finally) taking a toll on Obama’s ratings.

June 13, 2013

President Obama’s approval rating has remained remarkably resilient in the face of the stream of scandals.

There has been a gradually downward trend in Gallup’s numbers.

The latest Gallup survey shows a sharp uptick in disapproval … likely a result of the phone-internet bruhaha.

For the first time since his reelection, Gallup  reports Obama to be under water by a couple of points.

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Nums: Honesty doesn’t matter …

June 5, 2013

According to the latest NBC/WSJ Survey …

49% of the people surveyed approved of the job that Obama is doing as President.

But, only 23% think that he’s very honest.

 

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Drilling down …

Obama’s ‘top box’ honesty score has slipped 18 pp since his first days in office … from 41% to 23%.

In January 2009, his net ‘very’ score – very good minus very poor – was plus 33.

Now, his net ‘very’ score is underwater by 7 pp … 23% to 30%.

There’s still more …

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Nums: Obama’s resilient power alley …

June 1, 2013

According to this weeks Quinnipiac University National Poll,   the President’s approval rating has dipped to 45% … putting him underwater against a 49% disapproval rating,

 

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But, he’s holding strong with some constituencies

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Uh-oh: Obama’s job approval goes underwater …

May 31, 2013

The media’s spin has been that the tri-scandals haven’t impacted President Obama’s job approval ratings.

Oops.

The RealClearPolitics poll-of-polls now has the President below the Mendoza line at 48.1% approval …

,,, and, with 48.4% disapproving, Obama is now underwater.

 

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Uh-oh: Jurassic Government

May 28, 2013

Everybody knows Jurassic Park – the 1993 science fiction adventure film in which a team of genetic scientists create a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.

When the security systems go haywire, the dinosaurs go uncontrollably wild.

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Jonathan Turley is a left-leaning law prof at George Washington University …. a frequent legal analyst on CNN … not to be mistaken as a Tea Party kinda guy.

He had a weekend op-ed in the Washington Post that’s a must read.

Titled “The rise of the fourth branch of government “, the article’s central thesis:

The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself:

It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter.

Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch:

An administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.

That is, the government agencies have gotten so big and sprawling that they  have substantially more power over our lives than the 3 Constitutional branches of government … and they are, for all practical purposes, unmanageable and largely out-of-control.

Hmmm.

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Here are some highlights and stats from Turley’s article …

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Nums: Who approves of Obama more – poor folks or rich folks?

May 2, 2013

Interesting results from the Weekly Economist-YouGov Survey …

Headline: Obama gets a 47% approval rating (below 50%) and a 47% disapproval rating … dead heat.

But … looking at the “top & bottom boxes – strongly approve, strongly disapprove – he underwater by 16 percentage points.

Numbers get more interesting diving into the details:

By region … no surprise that Obama does best in the Northeast – about even on top & bottom boxes …. he does worst in the South – no surprise – and the West (a mix of West Coast liberals and and gun toting open-country folks).

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Things get way more interesting by age and income …

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Uh-O: CNN says “underwater”

March 19, 2013

According to a poll conducted by the CNN – not exactly the Conservative News Network” …

1) President Obama’s approval rating has gone underwater – 47% approve to 50% disapprove.

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Q1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

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2) 54% disagree with the President on the issues that matter the most to them.

Q3. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with Barack Obama on the issues that matter most to you.

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Uh-O: That ever fleeting mandate …

March 18, 2013

According to the latest RealClearPolitics poll=of-polls

President Obama’s 48.2% approval rating  is still 1.9 percentage points above his disapproval rating (46.3%).

But, the 48.2% is less than a majority … and down 4.6 percentage points from Obama’s post-election high.

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Time to redouble the charm offensive …

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Uh-O: Where is the love ?

March 13, 2013

According to a McClatchy-Marist poll, President Obama’s  approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year … putting him underwater 45% to 48%

 

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The pollsters opine that “At least some of the president’s fall to Earth lies in the fact that voters no longer see him in the context of an election. He has to stand alone in the eyes of voters.”

That is, it’s not a matter of better or worse than Romney … it’s a matter of doing the job effectively or not.

The poll also reports that “Obama’s personal popularity also has declined, with 48 percent of voters having favorable impressions of him and 48 percent having unfavorable impressions.

That was down from 53-44 in December.  It also was the lowest since November 2011, when it was 47-49.”

Hard to believe that name-calling and whoppers would nick a guy’s nice guy image …

The poll also queried “Who has the better approach with the budget deficit?”

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Kerry threatens 6,000 teachers’ jobs … Where’s the outrage?

March 4, 2013

Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was shrilling on behalf of the Chicken Little crowd that because of the Sequester  40,000 teachers would lose their jobs.

His claim was quickly debunked, but he left a lasting impression .. on me, at least.

“Dollars” don’t have emotional impact any more.

So, let’s start thinking in terms of full-time teacher equivalents (FTTEs).

Duncan got his estimate by assuming that an average teacher makes $70,000.

Maybe in Chicago they do.

But, according to PayScale.com the national average  is in the mid-40s.

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Let’s do a hard round for arithmetic convenience and call it $50,000.

Here’s what Kerry did, evaluated using the new metric full-time teacher equivalents (FTTEs) …

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Uh-oh: Maybe the sky is falling …

March 3, 2013

Maybe the President was right when he went around the country shouting that the Sequester would cause great damage.

He probably wasn’t thinking about his approval ratings, though.

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The latest Gallup daily tracking poll (a 3-day moving average) reported that 47% approve of the job he’s doing as president.

Obviously, below the 50% Mendoza line.

More interesting: since it’s a 3-day moving average, the drop on March 1 must have been in the low 40s in order to drag the moving average down so precipitously.

Could be noise … or could be signal … reflecting reaction to the debunked catastrophe stories, the Woodward bruhaha, or turn-off to the non-presidential Chicken Little routine.

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Ready to Rumble: Woodward vs. Obama (and the rest of the media) …

February 28, 2013

Perhaps, the first break in the mass media ranks.

In a Washington Post blog post, famous journalist Bob Woodward:

  • Repeated his claim that the Sequester idea came from Obama and his sidekick Jack Lew
  • Declared that Obama is now constantly moving the Sequester’s goalposts

Well, that didn’t sit well with the White House.

Woodward told CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,”

Uh-oh.

Woodward countered on MSNBC, calling Obama’s hysterical Sequester claims “…  a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.“

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I don’t think this bruhaha is over.

Team O isn’t attacking Rush or Hannity … they’re shooting at a journalistic institution.

This one will be fun to watch.

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Want to read the transcript?

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Obama pledges (again): “Won’t increase the deficit by one dime” … say, what?

February 14, 2013

First, I have to admit that I was part of the vast majority of Americans who didn’t watch Obama’s State of the Union address this week.

About 37.75 million viewers watched President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address, which was aired live across 14 broadcast and cable networks.

That was down 12% from last year’s speech,  and down 21% from Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010.

No, I wasn’t watching the LA police torch Christopher Dorner.

I was watching a Castle re-run … and, proud of it.

I am a bit disappointed that I missed Obama refrain his signature line that his free-spending on a smorgasbord of whacky programs “won’t add one dime to the deficit”

Yeah, right.

The GOP was quick to pounce with a commercial showing Obama  spin that whopper several time over the years.

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The ad points out that the deficit has increased more than 58 trillion dimes since Obama took office.

Maybe that’s what he meant … that the programs would boost the deficit by a couple of trillion dimes … not just one dime.

Where was Joe Wilson last night?

Maybe he was home watching Castle, too.

P.S. To the President: if there are programs that can be cut to fund these whacky programs, why not just cut them and reduce the deficit?

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Games: Let’s play Obama Bingo during tonite’s State-of-the-Union Address …

February 12, 2013

It’s that time of the year … let’s play Obama Bingo during tonite’s State-of-the-Union Address.

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Irish bookies lay odds on which clichés President Obama will drop first and say most often in his State of the Union address.

Why not turn it into a game …. like students do with boring profs.

Randomly post the most likely clichés to squares on 5 x 5 game cards.

First player to score a row, a column, a diagonal or the 4 corners with “he said it” marks wins the game.

Here’s the official odds on what Obama will say first and often …

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Nums: Did more people watch Obama’s 2nd inauguration or Bush’s?

January 23, 2013

Of course, I wouldn’t be asking if the answer was Obama’s.

According to Gallup, 38% watched Obama get crowned on Monday (a national holiday) … back in 2005, 40% watched W. take the oath (on a regular workday Thursday).

Hmmm.

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It gets better …

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Nums: O drops below the Mendoza line …

January 19, 2013

After raising taxes on the rich … and, oh yeah, the not rich

… and after 23 executive orders signed with kiddies as the backdrop

… and, just in time for the inauguration ,,,

Gallup reports that President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 49%

… which is , as you know, less than his oft cited election “mandate”.

Hmmm.  Wonder if the mainstream press will report it?

I’m betting the under.

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