A number of factors are winning attention as important to President Obama’s reelection win, among them the Latino vote, a surge in young voters’ share of the electorate, and a surprise no-show by many white voters whom Republicans were counting on. Here’s one more teensy little thing that might be added to the list: the economy. A large majority of voters cited this as the top national issue, and the nation’s historically high unemployment rate was the big vulnerability that challenger Mitt Romney hoped to use as a lever to pry Mr. Obama out of office.
Comments: Imagine having a job for 4 years in the private sector, and not being held accountable for any unfavorable results all that time.
OP, that happens in large corporations all the time. They have to hire AA hires to meet quotas set by gov't. They do not meet the hiring criteria, but are hired anyway. The rest of that workplace has to pick up the slack, and management is afraid to fire them. One year minimum of record keeping to prove non performance, complete with daily logs and still the lawsuit WILL come. The new normal is to not hold people accountable for satisfactory job performance..even for President.
They played the Blame Game perfectly. The old line as to what we inherited and how it only got worse was swallowed completely by the media and as we know, tell a lie enogh times, it soon becomes truth. In 4 years when it is even worse it will still be Bush's fault and how it will take even longet to fix it. Be ready for Hillary to be elected in '16.
Democrats play to win, not solve problems. You have to understand that. With regard to unemployment and a lousy economy, the Democrats successfully linked Romney to the wealthy business class that “got us into this mess.” The Democrats don’t need business owners’ support to win, they need the EMPLOYEES’ votes to win. There are more employees than employers, and the sympathy of the people is invariably with the worker.
Democrats exact “revenge” on the wealth creators by taxing them and hitting them with onerous regulation to make them “pay their fair share,” which necessarily results in the layoff of employees. Then Democrats tell the unemployed they are fighting for them and will punish the robber barons – through higher taxes and onerous regulations. The discouraged unemployed vote for Democrats promising to fight for them, when in general they would not be unemployed if the Democrats weren’t fighting for them. But the strategy produces a perpetual vote generation machine. Brilliant.
The wonderful part of affirmative action is that many people don't expect anything of an affirmative action hire. So it doesn't matter what zero does in his second term. Leftists and moderates will cheer on his incompetence, and continue to say his ugly ungainly wife is beautiful and graceful. "YOu've got to see the baby!" Seinfeld episode
But you know, Romney had a responsibility to pin the economy on him, hard, and he just didn't. I get the whole "wanting to look presidential" (how's that working out for ya, Mitt?), but Reagan managed to look statesman-like while still holding his challengers' feet to the fire.
I still do not rule out a stolen election--I think it is entirely possible, but the milque-toast pubbies won't do anything, anyway--but Mitt left a lot of ammo on the table.
Willis Report on Fox Business had it right tonight. It was the govt. handouts that did it. Collecting unemployment of two years was a lot of fun for the loafers and the payments to illegals who vote was another plus for Obama. It all adds up to four more years of misery for the honest citizens.
Blame whitey! It works when you have the media sitting in your lap. Oh to be black in America: people owe you stuff. Everyone's supposed to take it easy on you. If you can speak in complete sentances people deify you. And when you screw up all you have to do is blame someone of paler skin pigment!
What do you bet when 2016 is on the horizon Obama will say he still has work to do getting the economy fixed and needs another term.
Oh how he wants to be the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He will either get quick passage of an amendment to allow him to serve more than two terms, or he will declare a disaster and cancel the presidential election.
And all the people will shrug their shoulders. Any lawsuits will get a quick track appeal to the Supreme Court and will result in John Roberts writing the majority opinion saying Obama can do whatever he wants to do.
I don't know how anyone could blame President Obama for the weak economy. All he did was threaten the hiring class with higher income taxes, higher energy costs, higher health plan costs,more EPA regulations, more executive orders, more union favoritism, and more tax plundering green energy adventures. Other than that, he did a pretty acceptable job.
Sears stock plummeted Wednesday as news came out that Edward Lampert, its stubborn billionaire chairman and CEO, had to surrender majority control of the 120-year-old big box retailer when investors in Lampert’s hedge fund pulled money out. With no end in sight for Lampert’s quixotic turnaround efforts, it’s time to question whether there’s any way to save Sears as long as he remains in charge. (Snip) Lampert began at Sears with the ill-fated $12 billion merger with Kmart in 2005. Sales have declined for 27 straight quarters and the company’s stock is down over 70% from its high in 2007.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has no system in place to prevent fraud when individuals apply for tax credits under Obamacare, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IG said in an audit released Tuesday that the IRS has no plan to manage, monitor, or mitigate fraud risk when processing premium tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The ACA Program has not yet completed a fraud mitigation strategy,” the audit found. “It is important for the IRS to thoroughly consider fraud threats and risks that could impact new ACA systems.” Politico reports: The
Around 100,000 Americans successfully signed up for health insurance in November through the troubled federal online marketplace, HealthCare.gov, a person familiar with the preliminary data confirmed to ABC News. The figure reflects a surge in enrollment as software and hardware fixes to the site were made over the course of the month. In October, only 26,000 people could successfully enroll in Obamacare plans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "We´ve been working 24/7 to make improvements, and more consumers are successfully shopping online and enrolling in a health plan each week," Health and Human Services Secretary
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For many Ann Arborites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to giving thanks, spending time with family, eating turkey and watching the Detroit Lions. This year, retail giants want that to change. (Snip) The early openings change the game for retail giants looking to boost profits through aggressive holiday sales. It also means millions of retail employees in the U.S. are working on the holiday, and it poses the question to consumers: Is a bargain on a 70-inch television or an Apple iPad worth ditching Thanksgiving dinner? “You couldn’t pay me to stand in a line in the cold on Thanksgiving
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In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
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