Turn out the lights, Obama’s party is over

Barack Obama’s inexperience is showing and the young, brash President now seems destined to become the next Jimmy Carter.

New polls show a majority of Americans once again believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and Obama’s job approval ratings continue their slide downward and will slip soon below the dreaded 50 percent threshold.

Health care reform, the benchmark of his struggling Presidency, is on life support and Obama will go on prime time Wednesday night in an attempt to shore up public support.

Fox, smelling political death at 1600 Pennsylvania, will stick to its slimy reality show, So You Think You Can Dance, rather than carry the Presidential press conference live. Reality shows draw viewers. President Obama is not a draw. He’s history, yesterday’s news.

Obama fell hard and fast. As The Associated Press reports today:

That was fast. The hope and optimism that washed over the country in the opening months of Barack Obama’s presidency are giving way to harsh realities.

An Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that a majority of Americans are back to thinking that the country is headed in the wrong direction after a fleeting period in which more thought it was on the right track.

The number of people who think Obama can improve the economy is down a sobering 19 percentage points from the euphoric days just before his inauguration. Ditto for expectations about creating jobs. Also down significantly: the share of people who think he can reduce the deficit, remove troops from Iraq and improve respect for the U.S. around the world, all slipping 15 points.

Media pundits no longer fawn over Obama’s rhetoric. Questions abound about the President’s preference of style over substance. Fewer and fewer are willing to accept what the President says on blind faith. After six months in office, the words ain’t selling like they once did.

Obama brought this upon himself. He tried to do too much too fast. After promising moderation he moved further and further to the left, relying on a typical Democratic path of trying to spend our way out of trouble.

Even Democrats grumble that the President is going too far. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) openly compares some Obama programs to the Titanic. Moderate Democrats complain the President has sold them out.

Others say Obama has broken too many campaign promises, retrenched on too many issues and abandoned his promises of change to play traditional political games.

Few of his promises hit their benchmarks. The growing Afghan war is becoming his Vietnam, the vote on his Supreme Court nominee is delayed for a week and national health care will not be passed before the August recess. The economic stimulus is mired in government bureaucracy and his retrenchments on issues like torture and the scandal-tainted prison at Guantanamo Bay anger supporters who expected him to restore at least some of the freedoms taken away by the corrupt administration of President George W. Bush.

Increasingly, Americans believe Obama was not ready for the job as President, that he was thrust into the limelight too soon, that he needed more experience before tackling the toughest job in the world.

A failed attempt to reform health care almost destroyed the Bill Clinton presidency but Clinton is a skilled politician who knew how to come back time and again. Obama is bright and charismatic but he is not Clinton. He doesn’t have Clinton’s savvy or the former President’s street smarts.

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama’s optimistic campaign rhetoric proved to be a recipie for success.

In the harsh reality of 2009, that same rhetoric may be the poison that kills the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.


  1. almandine

    Gold is bad?

    Could have fooled me… unless you’re coming from “I don’t have any.” Sour grapes and all.

    I think Karl Marx had a lot to say about progressive BS, and most of it was slanted toward “the more progressive we can make them, the more Communist they will be.”

    Deal me out.

  2. almandine

    Hard to argue with you… most are dumb as a rock most of the time.

    Still, can’t give up. Gotta keep workin to find the solution. Got kids? You know what I mean.

  3. AustinRanter


    America is one giant pig’s ear than can’t be turned into a purse..and if it could be…our government would steal the purse.

    A sick government is only a symptom of a disease. The nonmedical name for the disease is called “Ignorance of We the People”.

    Anything related to health care can’t even be understood by a society where 1 out of 3 can’t name the 3 branches of government. The number 2 spot is running the edge of the margin regarding their snap about government.

  4. griff

    Well then Progressives are wrong. It’s the fiat system that creates “wealth” out of nothing for the people that do nothing, aside from managing the currency and its distribution.

    In fact, isn’t it Progressive thinking that brought about the very system we have now? What you’re saying is we should maintain what we have now?

    The working class is doing so well with it. Debt slaves to the central banking system.

  5. JeremiahJones

    You didn’t mention JFK. OK, he wasn’t “pure” like Carter, nor guileless like Truman. But he sincerely sought to stop the drift toward Empire, and might have succeeded given a second term. And, frankly, my estimation of Eisenhower has come up over the years. He may have been a “Republican,” but he was also a patriot.

  6. JeremiahJones

    Too bad the “real deal” is a gold bug. Over 100 years ago, Progressives recognized the damage which the gold standard does to ordinary people. It rewards the wealthy by sheltering their unproductive capital from risk, while impoverishing everyone who actually works for a living.

  7. Ladywolf55

    In a word? YES. Your assessment of President’s Carter and Truman are the same as mine, although I don’t agree with some of Truman’s decisions. But he was a good, honest man. Carter the same. Our country is not built on honesty, truth, humanity, etc. It’s built on Greed and Power. That’s why it’s a failure, and will continue to be until it’s gone.

  8. Nogood

    Comparing Obama and Carter, the writer’s opinion must be a little low on both person. But if my memory serves me correctly, Carter was the last “honest” and “moral” person that has occupied the Oval Office and I certainly pray that Obama lives up to Carter’s high level. But as the “establishment” trashed Carter, the same has started on Obama. Basically we do not want a person such as Carter or Obama as President because we really don’t want to hear the truth. Such as Obama’s mouth has gotten him in trouble over the Harvard’s professor,he told the damn truth, the police was stupid!!

    Two men have been President in my lifetime that I would consider “fine men”, Truman and Carter, and I am hoping that Obama might be added on the list for the third one.

    Does the job as President require a low moral, dishonest, and basically a crook in a person??

  9. almandine

    Gotta agree Ranter.

    There’s not much positive to recommend that folks in general get it. Although the healthxxxx, uh, insurance debate is heating up far beyond what I thought would happen. Perhaps good things will come out of that and serve as an example for more involvement.

    We should make a point of encountering our reps from Congress during their summer recess. They’ll be out there looking for feedback – make that votes.

  10. almandine

    I agree regarding support of not only Rand, but I’m excited that Peter Schiff is running against Christopher Dodd for Senate. I heard Peter talk at the Mises Institute this spring for about 1.5 hrs and it seemed like 20 minutes. The guy is a real deal. Super smart and a motivator. We can only hope he wins.

  11. AustinRanter


    You posting is worth repeating. So, for all’s reading pleasure…

    By DejaVuAllOver, July 24, 2009

    “I think Obama’s unraveling may just be a blessing in disguise. When Bush was in power, everyone thought HE was the problem, not the corporate banking titans who ran the government through our filthy congress and financial ‘system.’ Now that Obama is shown to be powerless against the MIC, Goldman Sachs, the Rothschilds, AIPAC, Netanyahu and his ilk, AIG and the insurance gangstas, even catatonic Americans are figuring out who the REAL problem chidren are.”

    You couldn’t have describe the situation any better.

    But, I still might have to take acception to your comment: “even catatonic Americans are figuring out who the REAL problem chidren are.”

    I just don’t believe that there are significant numbers of Americans with the snap to figure it out. And if there is any hope of that happening, I fear it will be too late because then they also have to figure out not only the problem…but that THEY are the solution. That’s a bit much to take on.

  12. DejaVuAllOver

    I think Obama’s unraveling may just be a blessing in disguise. When Bush was in power, everyone thought HE was the problem, not the corporate banking titans who ran the government through our filthy congress and financial ‘system.’ Now that Obama is shown to be powerless against the MIC, Goldman Sachs, the Rothschilds, AIPAC, Netanyahu and his ilk, AIG and the insurance gangstas, even catatonic Americans are figuring out who the REAL problem chidren are.

  13. frank verismo

    “Partisan Politics is Killing America. Those who own our government are using these worthless relics of old American political parties and ideologies to mindf*** America.”

    Shall we have a little lesson is just why this is absolutely true? Settle down, children – and enjoy this delightful juxtaposition:

    “I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.
    We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.” Hillary Clinton, addressing the CFR in Washington DC.


    “It’s good to be back at the Council on Foreign Relations . As Pete mentioned, I have been a member for a long time, and was actually Director for some period of time. I never mentioned that when I was campaigning for reelection back home in Wyoming”. Dick Cheney addressing the CFR, February 2002

    For the hard of thinking, you have just witnessed the ‘Democrat’ Secretary of State tell you that she
    goes to the CFR to be “told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.” This is the same CFR that ‘Republican’ vice-president Dick Cheney was director of.

    If you still have any questions, see me after class. The rest of you probably already understand something of the dialectic process at the heart of the left/right divide. You probably also understand that ‘critical thinking’ and ‘party loyalty’ cannot occupy the same mental space. One always has to evict the other. Once the cuckoo of party loyalty has entered the nest it has the added advantage of deep-seated emotionalism, making it extremely difficult for critical thinking to find a way back in.

    This is a form of mental illness that has been very well studied by those who seek to profit from it. And the finely-honed machinery necessary to exploit this defect is on vulgar display every election cycle.

  14. bryan mcclellan

    I can’t really add much to it Woody suffice to say Paul is one of the very few that I would put any trust in. As it’s been said, hands are tied and most in office today have skeletons that leave them quaking in fear should they see the light of day.
    Blackmail and extortion have very long tentacles and in my view rule the day and on in to the millennium in D.C.

  15. almandine

    I agree with Griff concerning ideas and ideals. People just don’t think about virtue anymore. Why bother… the future is a done deal that no one believes s/he can change.

    I also agree about his running as a Republican for ballot access and, in fact, if you go to the Daily Paul website he lays out that case on the home page.

    The thing about Ron Paul is his new Campaign for Liberty organization, his outreach to Young Americans for Liberty, and his call for and advancement of political candidates with truly patriotic views. His is a “movement” gaining steam.

    Then there’s his untiring efforts against the Fed and his push for monetary reform. NO one else is hardly talking about such things. He’s a strong Austrian economist in his own right, and works regularly with the Ludwig von Mises Institute to advance the causes of Liberty, sound money, and genuinely free markets – NOT corporate cartels.

    As for accomplishments, I think all these things speak toward that. He’s an honest-to-goodness patriot in the mold of our forefathers, and stands tall in both word and deed toward revitalizing our country. Show me another who works as hard.

    The problem of course is US, for what have we done to advance the cause ourselves?

    Lead ’em to water…

  16. AustinRanter

    Dear America…I think you have either forgot, are in denial…or are too ignorant to know and clearly understand the following:


    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED,

    — THAT WHENEVER “ANY FORM OF GOVERMENT” BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE these ends, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR TO ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE NEW GOVERNMENT, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


    Do something responsible for the first time in your miserable lives and FIRE THE F***ERS who have exploited, swindled, and extorted our nation’s citizens and resources repeatedly…over and over and over. Our elected officials do it to America because America refuses to accept it’s “necessary” duties as citizens.

    FIRE THEM ALL! If the word “INCUMBENT” dangles in front of an elected official’s name, then fire that official the next possible election.

    Damn…what’s so hard to understand what the obligations are to WE THE PEOPLE? We have a bound duty to ensure that our government works on behalf of our interest and we’ve blotched it. Can’t America just admit that much?

  17. RichardKanePA

    Sorry Woody the world is one big ship, the US deck is not going to float while the rest of the ship sinks. Bush was blamed for the fanatical meltdown or earthquake, and Western Europe more than the US is applying one big band Ade. If the US had a President like Paul going it a lone on a isolationist libertarian track, the world would see the US causing the mess, then running away to let the rest of the world try to solve it.

    Back to the main point condemning Obama makes his job harder, for more than pushing him a little in another direction.

    Richard Kane

  18. griff

    This isn’t about Paul per se, but he’s the only one representing classical and all but forgotten American ideals. It’s about ideas and ideals. Not new ideas, only forgotten ones.

    He had to run as a Republican for two major reasons…ballot access and debate access. Third parties go nowhere.

    He has also reawakened many disaffected main street republicans and exposed the party for the frauds that they are. Change has to come from the ground up and from within. He had to work within the system.

    I’m afraid the Republicans are attempting to convince us that they’ve changed their ways, but I don’t think many people are buying it. But again, that will very likely change once the idiocy of the next election gets closer.

    We’ll be herded into our respective pens and vote for the best liar again.

  19. woody188

    Cheer up Richard. We don’t like Republicans or Democrats either one. But it’s not because they are the major parties or some partisan bias. It’s because they are giving us the same failed policies no matter which party is in power.

    Give me a Republican (Ron Paul?) or a Democrat (Kucinich?) that brings the real change we have been promised and I would support them. But it’s past the point that I can trust them now to be telling the truth at all.

    I’m even starting to doubt some of the supposed truthers. (Paul/Kucinich) Perhaps they are actually distractions as well. Both would do well to run as independents or with a different party. But both always get your hopes up, and then quit and let you down supposedly to save their seats in Congress.

    Why try to save your country when you have your seat in Congress to worry about?

    They are in Congress which should be the first clue they are not one of us. If we are under Full Spectrum Dominance really no one that would make a real difference would be allowed into such positions unless it was part of the control mechanism.

    Once you realize our leaders are chosen for us, not by us, then all sorts of weird things suddenly become possible.

    griff, bryan, almandine, what do you think?

    I’m picking on you guys because I know you gravitate towards Paul as I have as well in the past.

    Ron Paul has a long track record of accomplishing mostly nothing. Same with Kucinich. Are they real heroes or just another actor in the play?

  20. Walter F. Wouk

    I think we’re down to the bottom line. I just read that
    Barry’s “drug czar” stated that “Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit.” That tells you everything you need to know about his administration — same stench — different day.

  21. RichardKanePA

    When I first met CapitolHillBlue I was impressed with the antiwar articles mixed in with Cliff May’s hawkish rants. People with different views commented and felt they belonged.

    Now all I see is Obama bashing and anyone who disagrees are outsiders who really don’t belong commenting on CapitolHillBlue any more.

    As with a previous commenter, I too compare Obama to Jimmy Charter, a good man being pounced on until he fails.

    Unfortunately since Cheney brags about doing wrong “for the countries greater good”, next time a leader doesn’t respect democracy he may be able to go further due to Cheney’s precedences.

    Sadly your,
    Richard Kane

  22. sherry

    Austin, if you got too popular, they would shoot you anyway. Best to stay here with the commoners. 🙂

  23. almandine

    Airports should not be a national issue. In fact, the vast majority are locally owned in this country. Thank goodness we’re no England.

    I don’t know about values, but our attitudes seem to differ, thus different conclusions. I framed my argument with a whole host of things that would need to be done to get people off their duffs before moving forward again. Not that they’d do it by themselves. Too much “public” schooling and learned helplessness. Too many in control who want to keep it that way.

    There will be no benign centrality – an oxymoronic non-sequitur – but none would be needed if the marketplace ethics were re-established as I suggested – and my ideas were only a start, not encompasing.

    Getting folks re-engaged is a must if we are to shake off the burgeoning collectivism we face. Trouble is, you have to first taste apple pie to know you want more… same can be said of True Liberty.

    America was reset from the ground up the first time… why not again?

  24. Lcoast

    Airports are just symptomatic of the investment priorities of the nations they’re in. To that end Heathrow is a pit, as is most of the English infrastructure…

    Funny, we have very similar core values and attitudes but have come to vastly different conclusions. “The people” do not have the heft because they’re hypnotized and terrified. Not one in 10 would understand even half of the mostly sound recommendations you make, nor have a clue what to do about them. Shock and Awe missed Iraq, but hit Main Street USA right on the head.

    I agree that America needs to be reset, but that’s going to have to happen from either some sort of “benign” centrality like an FDR (fat chance) or as a consequence of a very real holocaust. If I’m a betting man, it will be the latter…

  25. AustinRanter

    Oh, God Sherry…

    Thanks, but not for a billion bucks. Why anybody would want the job is beyond me. I’d rather stand in the middle of Tehran at at “Supreme Leader Rally” and and scream out that I’m a CIA agent.

    While Doug suggests that the Obama party is over…I think it’s way more obvious that the party is over for the apathetic and ignorant American voters who chose to let somebody else worry about our nations problems. And it’s gonna hurt really, really bad. But, like the good old American voter tradition always been…go to any length to point the blame at “them, they, or it”…and totally absolve themselves from their role to oversee the integrity of the government for and by the people.

  26. Raymond Bellah

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    : Theodore Roosevelt. “Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

    It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition to stand up for it

    : A. A. Hodge

    “…most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four; so that every word they say chagrins us, and we know not where to begin to set them right.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance – 1841

  27. JeremiahJones

    Obama the next Jimmy Carter? That’s the best-case scenario. Carter understood the structural problems and had long-term solutions to them. Unfortunately, these solutions were not acceptable to Corporate America, its heirs and assignees.

    So the Iran hostage crisis was Corporate America’s solution for the problem of Jimmy Carter.

    Obama, unfortunately, is no Jimmy Carter. So far, all his solutions have been perfectly acceptable to Corporate America, its heirs and assignees — any evidence to the contrary being crocodile tears, shed for the sake of decorum.

  28. AustinRanter

    Partisan Politics is Killing America. Those who own our government are using these worthless relics of old American political parties and ideologies to mindf*** America. If America can’t get past this reality…then there is no hope for solutions or change to our current day problems.

    There is a clear history of both political and special interest events that led us to these discussions about the crisis that face not only America, but the world. If you can’t analyze this history of events going back the past several decades…then there is no hope for solutions or change to our current day problems.

    If our America can’t understand that our problems didn’t remotely begin Nov. 2008, then there is zero hope for any reasonable solutions or change for the current problems we face today. The evidence is clear and is available for anybody to inspect.

    If you can’t pull yourself out of political partisan creeds that only serve as a store front for deception and diversion to mindf*** you…then there is no hope for America.

    If we, as a nation, can’t rise above our own shallowness and ignorance the led us to our current problems today, then there is no hope for America. We The People surrendered our voice and power to 545 elected individuals…and to the handful of powerful corporations who bought them out lock, stock, and barrel.

    Apparently America can’t handle the truth. In the face of having to sacrifice beyond our personal wants…and genuinely becoming responsible for our fate as a nation, we choose to allow others to manage our existence and future.

    “We The People” haven’t evolved with the times. We haven’t met our obligations to our Constitution and to ourselves. We haven’t been responsible in the care and welfare of our nation. And we all should have enough understanding about human nature along with history…that we all should know that if we can’t be responsible…then someone else will take on that role…and usually not to the liking of those who surrender their responsibilities.

    We have a broken system of the election process, government, and the worst of all…we have a broken “We The People” who turned their lives over to powers that will leave claw marks to let go. There will be no mercy.

    There are no longer republicans, democrats, libertarians, conservatives, liberals, or moderates in our government…there are only Powerist who will rob you of your every possession and even your life and never feel a moment of regret.

  29. almandine

    Airports? I’ve been on 4 continents, logged about 1.5M air miles, been through 4 full passports and seen a bunch of jetramps and airstairs. Not many I like, although the old Phoenix Sky Harbor indoor/outdoor terminal was really neat. But, then, you’d probably think it was a dump. Anchorage is probably the worst BIG destination at present, although like many airports in this country, it’s in a re-building phase at present. LAX and JFK are just old and worn out. Heck, LAX is in California!

    I agree, we need courage and creativity…and fast.

    I’m a free market guy with an antitrust twist. Break up the insurance and banking cartels, and all others too. Prosecute crooks and fraudsters on day ONE, send them to jail on day two, and keep them there for examples. Kill the Fed. Bring home the troops. Get the govt out of the market. Scrap the good-old-boy tax code. Outlaw lobbyists. Put politicians on serious notice against any backtracking. Reset the system – back to basics.

    Now – the people have the heft, if not bamboozled and kept from it. Let them loose. Help them go. Rebuild from the ground up.

    The ONLY thing we’ll get from the approach you suggest is another BUBBLE… and another… and another…

  30. douin

    Your observations are spot on, Nemo. Why is it not obvious to everyone that can read, think and observe ? The NWO is right on schedule, even if Hillary did not ‘win’ the election. Anyone with a brain recognizes that Zionists surround Obama, and many are in the House, Senate, Justice, and the Treasury, as well as the US Supreme Court. and all Other Branches of government scattered through out what used to be our country. The AIPAC Lobby has tentacles that reach out all over this nation. It is plain as day that Israelis Zionists are calling all the shots. This is what they have been working steadily toward for the past One Hundred Years in this country.

    They were invited in at the end of WW2 and our government set up the United Nations that helped facilitate the stealing of land from the Palestinians to use as their Other recognized base of operations. That is how they have managed to slide in and out just under the radar, and fool the American people all this time. It was a big help that the Christians were so easily suckered to help them. A great smokescreen.

    911 would have been a very easy thing for them to arrange since they had the means, knowledge, as well as the accessibility. After we were ‘attacked’, they had the best Army in the world to do their bidding and without costing Israel a dime. Why we even promise Israel no less than Three Billion Dollars every year..even now.. as badly as we need that money for our own needs.

    It truly makes me sad at the ignorance and gullibility of the American people, a lethal combination. These Connivers knew that in order to facilitate a takeover of the world, they first needed to neutralize the United States, since we were the only power strong enough to stop them. So they have used the Cunning of the Fox, and the MSM to propagandize so well that the American people believe all they are told. “Repeat something often enough and it becomes fact.” That is their mantra.

    President Obama has only been our President for 6 months..and from all the ranting and raving against him from the Far Right, you would think that he was the one that Brought all this calamity down upon our heads. Bush and his Cohort Cheney were in office for 8 long years, and took us all over the cliff. Now, one man is supposed to make right what that Bunch made wrong, in a mere 6 months. Wow ! Wake up, people and Think ! Recognize where all this venom is coming from. Then Help this President do what We Elected him to do…take back our country. Quit judging him before he has had a chance. Be fair. At least allow him a couple years to make a dent in the mess that Bush has left him to deal with. Don’t fall into that Zionist trap any longer. Think of the alternative if we had McCain/Palin to contend with !

  31. NotoriousJP

    I didn’t vote for Obama or McCain. I voted for Bob Barr, who had no chance, as a protest vote. I was going to vote for Obama, but I have learned to distrust the candidate that the media loves. Had McCain picked a better VP candidate, I might have voted for him. I believe that all candidates have to be vetted by the CFR and the Israel lobby to get any support. Hence, we see no real change as far as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran or Georgia is concerned. He is not really a leader, but a hireling who is paid to act as if he is a leader, just like Bush. He has his agenda dictated to him by his controllers, but this is probably nothing new. He is another figurehead. No more, no less. And he doesn’t have the goods to sort out this mess.

  32. woody188

    I’m done pulling punches griff. Say something they might attack you for. It’s nearly too late. Tell your masters it’s free men they face here.

    It’s like we are driving off a cliff and they want us to not tell the driver “Hit the brake there is a cliff right there!”

    Ask yourselves why it has cost $24 trillion in loans, guarantees, and outright giveaways to fix a $6 trillion dollar housing issue that didn’t get fixed?

    Think about that a minute. It would have been cheaper to buy every mortgage in the United States which would have given the banks all their loans at the prices they valued them and freed up thousands per household in discretionary cash to boost the economy. Instead we’ve indebted our grandchildren and not fixed the problem. Just what have we bought?

    I’ll tell you. 4 million in foreclosure and 50% of the hundred thousand or so people that get the privilege to re-fi are back in foreclosure within a year. 1.5 million people are about to lose their unemployment benefits by the end of this year. Just wait for the commercial property bubble to pop later this year too. But Goldman Sachs is setting aside $11.3 billion in bonuses for themselves.

    Now I don’t hate anyone for being successful. But you aren’t loaning that money out if you are setting it aside for yourselves. Greed trumps patriotism and helping your fellow countrymen.

    You have to admit, we sure had a resilient economy going once upon a time. It’s taken many stakes to the heart to get us here.

  33. griff

    Ha. No sugarcoat?

    I particularly enjoy the apologists who say we need to give him more time. Blaming Bush for Obama’s failure to follow through on anything he promised.

    Unless folks are just tuning in, we’ve seen all this before. Just a new actor.

    Time to get back to the basics. True free markets and individual liberty. An honest currency and an honest government, beholden to the laws of their making.

    I can take care of myself, just get the hell outa my way.

  34. woody188

    It’s nice to know I’m not crazy after all. I mean, if Obama had actually came through with any of his campaign promises then I might have been forced to admit that there might not be some globalist banker conspiracy against the sovereign nations of the world.

    So I guess I’m not disappointed at all. It’s what I would expect from a Democrat or Republican. I think I’ll just start referring to them all as Demlicans. Or maybe Remocrats.

    Vote them out? Ha!

    Our vote can’t be verified. It’s counted in secret by secret software made by corporations that actively donate to and support candidates and issues. They care as much for our vote as they do our rights given us by God and enshrined in our Constitution. NOT AT ALL.

    R U Main Core?

  35. Lcoast

    Thanks for your restraint almandine, but who/what else has the heft to drive the kind of systemic change that we need to get out of this mess? Who creates and funds real energy transformation and infrastructure projects? Not the utilities or the oil companies, that’s for damned sure. Ever been to a Canadian or European airport (like Toronto or Barcelona) then flown back to a shithole like LAX or JFK? You begin to understand just how far we’ve fallen and how massive our challenges are.

    I’m no socialist, left and right are meaningless to me. Nothing works and besides the rhetoric of the rabid right, all we hear is that sucking sound of everything that was good and right about this country either being obliterated or passed upward to the very few. Drop the labels, we need courage and creativity…and fast.

  36. Carl Nemo

    Hi curmudgeon,

    Thanks for the great poem on failure vs. success, but when people of this once great nation elect someone to the presidency they hopefully aren’t electing someone who’s so inexperienced that they could use your OJT based failure vs. realized solid performance piece as an apologia for their publicly imagined ongoing failures…!?

    President Obama is not failing, but simply expediting NWO plans for one world government. He’s simply one of many of more to follow these building block leader/facilitators for accomplishing such an agenda. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  37. almandine

    Unfortunately, there is no damage being undone. More of the same, only worse. Obama The Great is no different.

    “MASSIVE centralized capital and political intervention” ??? You Keynesians are always the same. (Guess I could have called you worse.)

  38. curmudgeon

    Interesting observations Doug.

    Begs the questions “Who” might do better? and What initiatives should have been omitted from the Obama agenda?

    and… Is success measured by poll results?

    Failure does not mean I’m a failure;
    It does mean I have not yet succeeded.

    Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;
    It does mean I have learned something.

    Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
    It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.

    Failure does not mean I have disgraced;
    It does mean I have dared to try.

    Failure does not mean I don’t have it;
    It does mean I have something to do in a different way.

    Failure does not mean I am inferior;
    It does mean I am not perfect.

    Failure does not mean I have wasted my life;
    It does mean that I have an excuse to start over.

    Failure does not mean that I should give up;
    It does mean that I should try harder.

    Failure does not mean that I will never make it;
    It does mean that I need more practice.

    Failure does not mean that you have abandoned me;
    It does mean that you must have a better idea

    ~~ Author Unknown ~~

  39. AustinRanter


    Your and my points almost mirror.

    This emotional ride won’t get us anywhere. But Americans just can’t add up the numbers of events over a time span that we all know exists…and damages incurred by those events over the specific time span.

    The events are actions and legislation almost written in fricking stone…that clearly delineates the types of events that lead us to a major bubble burst in our economy, but we can clarly see the damages as they manifest themselves and will continue to manifest themselves.

    I don’t have the energy to once again list the 4 major pieces of legislation that’s been enacted, in and of themselves would cause a major economic and financial crash…but the Treasury Dept and Feds who have swindled us to death. Hell, even the Dept of Justice is involve in the Subprime scandals.

    I’m not talking conspiracy shit…I’m talking about major documented and well known acts by our goverment, the banking institutions, insurance companies…and good old Wall St.

    There’s not a night goes by that all of the religious hypocrites in Congress who aren’t on their knees praying every single night that all of their corruption that has leveled our nations well being and welfare doesn’t finally hit the American people in the nose and wakes their asses up.

    Just in the past 10 years we’ve had one of the phoniest, fake economies known to humankind…and people still don’t get it. Our prosperty wasn’t real…it was doom to collapse from the beginning. And those who did it profited trillions from around the world. You’ve been duped!

    Get out a pencil and paper America…and learn to add up the F***** facts. YOU’VE BEEN DUPED! And repeatedly.

  40. sherry

    Carl, I am still astonished that anyone could have thought he was anything but an NWO guy. How else to explain his rapid rise through the ranks? Look at his backers.

  41. Lcoast

    30 years of damage simply cannot be undone in 6 months. If you’re going to hold Obama accountable, it should be for his lack of verve and for his maddening restraint.

    After all, none of our real problems can be fixed by the private sector, by lowering taxes on the rich, by getting gov’t out of our pockets or other Libertarian tropes that might have been relevant 20 years ago but are inoperable now. It’s going to take MASSIVE centralized capital and political intervention or an unprecedented cataclysm (which is surely coming) before Obama or anyone else is going to be able to deliver the “change we need.” All Obama’s done to date is fiddle around the margins, which is what Washington does.

    Obama’s numbers are falling not because he’s abandoned the moderate middle as you assert, but because America’s in real pain and he’s not doing enough, fast enough.

    The bottom line is that America 1.0 is irreparable. It’s over and the new America, if there is to be one, has yet to be realistically discussed, no less invented. None of the underlying causes have been addressed. We’ve been fleeced out of our treasury. Our jobs and economic capabilities shipped gladly overseas. We have no middle class, no Constitutional rights and a consumer culture that has run out of things to consume. Climate change is irreversible as are our energy and water shortages.

    The restructuring that has to occur is every bit psychological and sociological as it is economic and political. Sorry Doug, no one is up to that job description.