This opinion would be great if it was truly what the President really wants to
accomplish but indications so far do not back up this theory. So far the grand
bargain has no specifics and is just a rehashing of old generalities.If
Obama really wants to help us then he needs to just get out of our way and let
us succeed. We can do it better without his help.
Obama's trickle up poverty (re-distribution) has destroyed the middle
It is not the job of government to create "classes". It is not the job
of government to create jobs. It is not the job of government to redistribute
wealth. The job of the federal government is listed in Article 1,
Section 8. Those duties listed are the only duties that the federal government
is authorized to handle. All other duties are to be left to the States or to
the people.Obama does not have a clue about his responsibilities or
of the limits of his "power" that were placed on him by the people.
Ignorant citizens have allowed him to get away with programs that are not
authorized by the Constitution. A lazy Court has sought popularity instead of
doing its job to defend the Constitution against illegal legislation. John
Roberts may be popular, but he has failed America in his position as Chief
Justice.The "middle class" will prosper when government gets
out of the way. When government stops taking the lion's share of our
wealth from us, that wealth will build prosperity.Taking an
additional 18% - 24% for Obamacare will bankrupt the middle-class.
Obama does not want a middle class. Communism is about the privledged few and
the rest of us as in the masses.
OK so clearly what is happening here is someone told Obama that he needed a
slogan for his Presidency. Roosevelt had the "New Deal", Johnson had
the "Great Society", Kennedy had the "New Generation". So now
Obamas team has come up with the "Grand Bargain". Pretty weak. Sounds
more like it belongs on a used car lot than as some major public policy.
Anyway, Obama is pretty much in neutral until the 2014 elections, where he hopes
the Democrats will win both houses of Congress. If that happens, he will go
wild pushing his socialist (Grand Bargain) policies. If the Dems do not take
both houses, he will cost the country billions in vacation expenses and play
more golf than Tiger Woods.
Re: "We all should hope President Obama is successful in helping bring back
America's middle class."Oh, we all do. But sad experience
has shown, time, and time again, hope is not a plan.The
President's best shot at helping bring back the middle class is to STOP the
"helping."Everything he's proposing is calculated to
destroy, not to bring back prosperity.Big Government is a destroyer
-- of liberty, prosperity, decency, the environment, race relations, and
particularly, of the middle class.NOT a helper.
Sorry Conservative republican leaders beat him to it.The downturn
started in the 80's which is when a b movie actor was fooled into giving it
away and creating the torrent up economics that they still tout as successful.
(see mtnmans comment) Top down was and continues to be a failure, hopefully it
can be reversed before the 1% owns 99% of the wealth.
Typical: Professor Davis writes an insightful column, and the first five
responses on-line are 'but he's a communist!!!!!!' argle-blargle.
Obama is already restoring the middle class. I'm a firmly middle class guy
who saw my savings evaporate and saw my job nearly disappear when Bush was
president. My savings are back, my mortgage is OK, my business is doing better.
I thank heaven for Obama.
Obama is helping himself, his union friends, Soros, Solyndra, and many other
"favorite" people/companies to the treasury. He destroyed the pension
funds of policemen and teachers when he took their shares at GM and Chrysler and
gave those companies to the auto unions and to Canada.He has done
everything possible to destroy the middle class. He has put fear, uncertainty
and doubt in the minds of every businessman. Those businessmen cannot formulate
pay packages and prices until they know how much the ObamaCare TAX is going to
affect them. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their full time jobs
because Obama used FUD to mess with the private sector. Obama hypes Amazon as
the new goal for American workers. How would he survive on $12 an hour? Would
he still play golf several times a week? Would he still eat food prepared by a
French Chef? Would he fly around in his "private jet"? Just how would
he live on $12 an hour? Yet, he expects us to live on that wage and to thank
him for it.He is so far out of touch that his name might just as
well be Marie Antoinette.
J Thompson said: He is so far out of touch that his name might just as well be
Marie Antoinette.Nope the only person who said anything remotely
like "let hem eat cake" was the guy who said "47% of Americans
don't matter"Interesting though, that only my friends who
are addicted to hate radio believe the "End is Near" and live in fear
and envy of the president at the same time.
Only 1255 days until Obama is out of office?'Only'?That's 1255 days too many.It would not surprise me at
all if Obama uses some kind of manufactured problem/crisis to justify him
staying in power, essentially setting himself up as a king over America.No, I'm not joking.And after November 2012,
unfortunately, the majority of Americans trust the guy.What a
disgusting mess....Oh, America, America, how the mighty have fallen!
@Mountanman – “Obama's trickle up poverty (re-distribution) has
destroyed the middle class.”But he’s been a boon for
corporate America – greatest stock market rally and highest stock
valuations in history. It’s a bit baffling why Republicans don’t
love this guy…And as I recall, on January 19, 2009 the middle
class was on life support.
@ Happy Valley. Conservatives are not in power and the middle class continues to
decline so its obviously Mr. Obama and the party in power's fault! Blaming
conservatives would be like blaming the victim for the crime, which liberals are
good at doing.
Restoring the middle class ....from what? Last time I checked the middle class
were doing pretty well until Barack introducted Obamacare and now the middle
class are having to work two part time jobs instead of one full time job and add
to that an insane expolsion in health insurance premium cost. Yes sir..by the
time Barack and his progressive friends are done the middle class will be
reduced to the lower class. Of couse the goal of any good communist is to
emliminate the middle class altogether and Barack is well on his way. Plenty of
'wealth redistribution' left to force upon us.
Richard, you are assuming Obama wants to "restore the middle class".
After watching him destroy the middle class for the last 5 1/2 years, what makes
you think he wants to restore it? Michelle said he would be a
"transformational" president and Obama himself said he wants to
"change America". I would say he has succeeded in taking us from
"super-power" status, to a European Economy quite well. Like another
president once said, "Mission Accomplished". Welcome to the "new
Mountanman and Patriot:Sorry but your statements are not based on
facts. When Obama took office the economy was in free fall resulting in the
highest unemployment in recent history. And no serious economist blames Obama
for that. In addition the housing market and property values tanked, hurting
the middle class most of all. At least unemployment rates are improving and
home values are on the rise. I think you failed to mention that.
The Socialist-in-Chief isn't interested in the middle class except for
using it for class warfare.
re:louieSorry but you failed to mention Obamacare Louie. When Obama
took office health care premiums were much less and there was no mandate for
corporations (business, school districts etc...) to force the funding of health
insurance or cut the number of hours your employees can work. This single thing
- the forced cutting of work hours - is causing all business owners to HATE
Obamacare including unions now. Barack - as you recall - told us all that
everyone would see their premiums go DOWN by $2500 per year (remember Louie?)
and he also promised the cost would not eclipse 800 billion. Insurance premiums
have NOT gone down but instead have sky rocketed UP and the cost by our own CBO
is now set at nearly 3 trillion dollars!!! Triple Louie!! And by the way - our
national debt was 9 trillion when Barack took office and it now sets at over 17
trillion!! You do the math. Poverty has sky rocketed up under Obama and food
stamps are at an all time high. The housing 'bubble' won't last
Louie - sorry. Interest rates and huge inventory of existing homes created the
bubble. No one thinks this is long term.
louie, with all due respect, the middle class has NOT rebounded at all.
According to the Huffington Post (of all places), mean incomes for the middle
class continues to decrease and has decreased by almost 60% in the last decade
with no end in site. In other words, the middle class has NOT been helped by
Obama! You can argue about whose fault this is but clearly Obama has done
nothing to stop the slide!
@Happy Valley HereticMarie Antoinette did NOT say "let them eat
cake"Marie Antoinette said "let them eat brioche"If a bakery did not have the cheap bread, then they were required by
law to sell the expensive bread (brioche) at the cheap bread price.Marie Antoinette was actually very progressive! Very much like the liberal
democrat of today. And annunciating the liberal democrat programs of the
day.Romney wanted to help lift the poor and middle class but he was
very realistic and honest (unlike the left here) that a large majority loved the
free stuff government was giving them, so it be hard sell.
"Will Obama be able to restore the middle class?" you ask? The U.S.
Government is governed by three co-equal branches. Except for executive
actions--which never put the party out-of-office in a good mood--the President
is limited by the House's willingness to listen, compromise on their
absolutism, and drop the Hastert rule. So no, the American government doing any
substantial work towards restoring the middle class doesn't look good.
@Mike Richards:"Obama does not have a clue about his responsibilities
or of the limits of his 'power.'"Not only that... If
we wanna keep our nation's secrets SECRET, we need to store them where (a
certain person) stores his personal things.
You have to wonder why the rank-and-file of the archly conservative are so
intent on furthering our current highly disruptive decline in rational and
responsible government, especially when it is so clearly contrary to their own
@Neanderthal:"Not only that... If we wanna keep our nation's
secrets SECRET, we need to store them where (a certain person) stores his
personal things."Who and what 'personal things' are
you referring to? Could it be Obama and his college transcripts and birth
certificate? If so, why do you weasel-work around it? Can't you come right
out with it? If I had to guess, I'd say you've been battling with the
DNews monitors over this. If true, I don't understand why. Obama and his
college transcripts and birth certificate have been covered in the DNews almost
ad infinitum. Why would it be that, today, you mention it and the monitors go
ballistic? Doesn't make sense.It's truly astounding how
the DNews monitors protect Obama from criticism. I suppose they think he's
some kind of a demigod or something. Every politician should be subject to
criticism... especially if the criticism is factual.
Barack's legacy = 2 million lost jobs + higher unemployment compared to
when he took over + 8 trillion in new Obama debt the most in history by one
president + highest poverty rate ever + embarrassing and corrupt foreign policy
in Bengazi and Syria + zero passed budgets from the White House + scandal-as
campaigns and finishing it off with Obamacare with its 36% approval rating.
Barack Obama - best politician ever - worst leader and president ever. The man
is a God to the far left and Lucifer's helper to conservatives.