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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2012, 11:08:45 AM »
Unless there is some great surprise at the Republican convention I will be voting for Obama. That said I do
think it's fair to look at his negatives:

1.  Civil Liberties.  instead of ending Bush policies he has ramped them up
2. Failed to close Gitmo as promised
3.  Has not come out in favor of gay marriage
4. Unemployment still at very high levels
5. Started class warfare unnecessarily
6. High gas prices
7. Higher taxes ( see 5)
8.  Escalated war in Afghanistan
9. Obamacare
10 Alienated strongest ally in The Middle East - Israel
11. Failure to develop strong illegal immigrant plan


1. He sure as hell did. A lot of the heavy-handed OWS policing came during his term too.
2. Yup.
3. There is absolute no reason not to do this. The writing is on the wall.
4. The unemployment situation is still very bad. I'm not convinced the unemployment numbers were lowered because people are getting jobs. Fuzzy math.
5. He has shown time and time again that he's pretty much indifferent or leaning slightly toward the side of corporate America. He has not taken a strong enough stance IMO.
6. He bares some blame. Didn't do anything to reign in the rampant speculation that helped cause the 2008 mess.
7. Higher taxes...meh. The local and state taxes are what really rape you.
8. No reason to be in Afghanistan fighting what are essentially Star Wars characters from the planet Tattooine.
9. He bailed on single-payer early, so yeah...it was a failure.
10. Israel hasn't done itself any favors.
11. From what I understand the economy sucks so bad that the flow of illegals has pretty much stopped.
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12. His ramping up of the war on drugs in the last couple of years is troubling. (Rolling Stone did an excellent article about it a few weeks ago).
13. He did not go out of his way to show any sort of support for public workers targeted by governors in Ohio and Wisconsin.
14. Not enough using of the bully pulpit.
15. Not enough discussion of climate change. I'm especially upset that he doesn't talk about this when the pipeline issue comes up. That was the main reason hundreds of scientists and activists were getting arrested in front of the White House last year.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2012, 11:10:46 AM »

12. His environmental record is very questionable and his handling of the Gulf oil spill was/is a disgrace.

This is a big negative for me. He's also had the EPA postpone cracking down on emission requirements, expanded off-shore drilling and botched support of alternative energy (the Solyndra scandal).

Of course, as I've said before on here, for those of us who want to hold Obama accountable on his environmental record, what is our alternative in 2012?
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2012, 11:14:26 AM »
I'm pretty sure your alternative on the environment is no regulation at all.

Romney, Santorum and Gingrich would do away with the EPA, and Ron Paul would have all EPA employees rounded up in the street and shot; he would then scrub all record of the EPA out of history, like Stalin would with photos of people he had eliminated.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2012, 11:20:49 AM »
The President is like the QB/Superstar: gets too much credit when its going good, too much flak when its going bad.

People fail to look at the Constitution; its a three branch government, not a dictatorship/monarchy.  He/she can only do so much.  The POTUS cannot unilaterally implement any laws, install any judges, even change the budget/deficit.  The POTUS must get his/her proposals approved by Congress.

Now, the POTUS is still very powerful because he/she can make cabinet appointments which have a great impact on our day to day lives.

The list of pros and cons is unfair in substance because there is no way Obama could implement most of those on his own.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #29 on: March 09, 2012, 11:20:56 AM »
I've noticed it going around how "Gas only cost $1.69 per gallon when Obama was inaugurated! Look what he's done to gas prices!"

That, of course, conveniently overlooks two facts: It was at $1.69 per gallon at the depths of the recession. Nobody was spending, nobody was driving, there was no demand, so prices plummeted. And I do mean PLUMMETED. The national average was $4.12 per gallon during July of 2008. So let's not act like gas prices were fantastic under Bush.

I suppose certain policies and military actions can affect gas prices, but I think the President's influence over the price at the pump is wildly overrated.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2012, 11:26:02 AM »
According to polling, 10 percent of Americans attribute rising gas prices to the law of supply and demand. And that's a BIG increase over the number who did so when they spiked in 2008.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2012, 11:32:51 AM »
Why are you crossing over -- don't like the GOP offerings or think Obama needs/deserves more time?

And let's be careful with this one, folks.  This is a chance to show we CAN discuss politics like reasonable adults.  I'm going to be very disappointed if proven otherwise.

This is the one, huh?

Yes.
Thanks for the snark.
Now let's carry on the discussion.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2012, 11:35:18 AM »
I don't give a shit about budget deficits and you don't either.

I'm 53 years old and the U.S. has run budget deficits in 48-49 of those years. And anybody who signs the Grover Norquist blood oath forfeits any right to ever breathe a word about budget deficits.
You're right: deficits don't matter; debt does.  However, continuing deficits year-after-year leads to debt.  We're at about 105-110% debt-to-GDP right now.  We've only been over a 100% ratio of debt-to-GDP once before, during WWII.  If we hit a recession three years from now, we will be looking to borrow to get to somewhere around 150-180% of debt-to-GDP.  We've never done that before, and now that investors have easy access to other options, there's serious concern that we'll start getting squeezed.

As more baby boomers retire debt/ deficit will be a bigger issue.

I would like to see Obama take a more serious look at Simpson Bowles recommendations.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2012, 11:38:21 AM »
I don't give a shit about budget deficits and you don't either.

I'm 53 years old and the U.S. has run budget deficits in 48-49 of those years. And anybody who signs the Grover Norquist blood oath forfeits any right to ever breathe a word about budget deficits.
You're right: deficits don't matter; debt does.  However, continuing deficits year-after-year leads to debt.  We're at about 105-110% debt-to-GDP right now.  We've only been over a 100% ratio of debt-to-GDP once before, during WWII.  If we hit a recession three years from now, we will be looking to borrow to get to somewhere around 150-180% of debt-to-GDP.  We've never done that before, and now that investors have easy access to other options, there's serious concern that we'll start getting squeezed.

As more baby boomers retire debt/ deficit will be a bigger issue.

I would like to see Obama take a more serious look at Simpson Bowles recommendations.
That's a long-term concern that needs to be addressed soon.  I want to point out that we might start feeling the effects far earlier, though, if we have even a moderate economic hiccup.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2012, 12:16:37 PM »
I'm not a registered Republican, though I do lean that way. I didn't vote for Obama in 2008, nor do I plan to vote for him in 2012.
I will give him credit, however, for the way he's handled Iraq, Afghanistan and the terrorism issue. We'd run our course in Iraq and we're leaving. Afghanistan and terrorism are going to be problems for a while, but we're trying to deal with it. For those that think we can ignore that front, remember that we more or less ignored it for a decade before 9/11.
He's done a better job than I thought he would on those issues.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2012, 12:25:31 PM »
Once in office, he has failed to strongly articulate the messages which got him elected and that are still attractive to most voters, thus ceding the court of public opinion to lunatic fringe GOPers who bastardize pretty much everything he stands for.

Ding-ding-ding-a-ding ding.

There is One Word, which if Obama would use Just Once in a press conference, which would probably boost his approval ratings 25 percent.

That word is "bullshit."


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“Your critics will say on Capitol Hill that you want gas prices to go higher because you have said before that will wean the American people off fossil fuels onto renewable fuels,” Henry said. “How do you respond to that?”

Obama: "Bullshit."

Nation roars in approval.

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« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2012, 12:26:54 PM »
Once in office, he has failed to strongly articulate the messages which got him elected and that are still attractive to most voters, thus ceding the court of public opinion to lunatic fringe GOPers who bastardize pretty much everything he stands for.

Ding-ding-ding-a-ding ding.

There is One Word, which if Obama would use Just Once in a press conference, which would probably boost his approval ratings 25 percent.

That word is "bullshit."


Faux Fascist Noise Flunky:

“Your critics will say on Capitol Hill that you want gas prices to go higher because you have said before that will wean the American people off fossil fuels onto renewable fuels,” Henry said. “How do you respond to that?”

Obama: "Bullshit."

Nation roars in approval.

Michael Douglas's "American President" speech boiled into one word.


I wish I also thought that were true.

But I truly don't.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2012, 12:32:47 PM »
Well, think about it, if Obama actually said that (he kinda did but of course in much much more diplomatic terms), who would become suddenly enraged?

People who decided long long ago they hate him anyway. So what?

They would hate him just as much, or more, if he said, "gee ya know something Ed, you might really have a point there."   ::)

Who would be suddenly energized?

The people who decided long long ago they love him anyway of course, but also the huge number of people in the middle who think he has been indecisive, waffling and weak.

Plus of course the astronauts on the far far left who have abandoned him for constantly caving to the wingnuts would come stampeding back in a rush.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2012, 12:40:55 PM »
Two things. 1. Federal taxes are lower under Obama than they were under Bush, due to the stimulus package and the ongoing payroll tax holiday. Americans NEVER believe taxes have gone down, even when they do (poli sci research again), or think somebody else got the cut and not them.
2. A quite legitimate complaint about Obama is that he has been a slipshod administrator, apparently unconcerned with staffing the executive branch, letting holdover appointees dictate policy at important agencies (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.).

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« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2012, 12:45:13 PM »
Well, think about it, if Obama actually said that (he kinda did but of course in much much more diplomatic terms), who would become suddenly enraged?

People who decided long long ago they hate him anyway. So what?

They would hate him just as much, or more, if he said, "gee ya know something Ed, you might really have a point there."   ::)

Who would be suddenly energized?

The people who decided long long ago they love him anyway of course, but also the huge number of people in the middle who think he has been indecisive, waffling and weak.

Plus of course the astronauts on the far far left who have abandoned him for constantly caving to the wingnuts would come stampeding back in a rush.

The inside-the-beltway political press would flog him from now until he was out of office. The David Brooks' of the world would has a sad, and that would trigger an endless negative news cycle.

You're right that it's a wash in terms of voters. It would energize those who like him as well as those who hate him. It's just not worth the shitstorm.

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« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2012, 12:52:42 PM »
Well, think about it, if Obama actually said that (he kinda did but of course in much much more diplomatic terms), who would become suddenly enraged?

People who decided long long ago they hate him anyway. So what?

They would hate him just as much, or more, if he said, "gee ya know something Ed, you might really have a point there."   ::)

Who would be suddenly energized?

The people who decided long long ago they love him anyway of course, but also the huge number of people in the middle who think he has been indecisive, waffling and weak.

Plus of course the astronauts on the far far left who have abandoned him for constantly caving to the wingnuts would come stampeding back in a rush.

The inside-the-beltway political press would flog him from now until he was out of office. The David Brooks' of the world would has a sad, and that would trigger an endless negative news cycle.

You're right that it's a wash in terms of voters. It would energize those who like him as well as those who hate him. It's just not worth the shitstorm.

It's a real safe bet David Brooks will flog Obama every day from now until he's out of office anyway.

You really think the inside-the-beltway press would rally in defense of poor Ed Henry or one of the other rightwing propaganda flunkies if Obama wound up for an overhead smash on one of these "when did you stop beating your wife? Or have you?" setups?

Of course the faithful team members would, but they're a lost cause anyway.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2012, 12:52:58 PM »
I don't blame Obama completely for the gas prices, but when he comes out against the pipeline, I take issue with that...

As related to gas prices?

Because the Keystone oil pipeline wouldn't do shit for US gas prices.

Additionally, know how we're supposed to loathe Kelo V. City of New London? Like, how to conservatives it's the most gawd-awful thing to come out of SCOTUS since Roe? Well how do you think they'll enforce the building of a pipeline on the lands of farmers who are protesting the thing to high heaven?

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2012, 12:56:15 PM »
Obama's negatives?

"What are you talking about, he has none, he is the Messiah, all of his policies are great and great for America and if you say otherwise you are either a batshit crazy neo-con or a racist!!! Don't ever dare to question anything about Obama....." [/Zeke and Starman]

And Obama has no more or less negatives than just about every big party politician we've ever elected - he governs for the elite because his bills are paid for by the elite. The only difference between him and George W. and others of his ilk is what group of elite he panders too.

To say otherwise is being intellectually dishonest.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2012, 12:59:51 PM »
Obama's negatives?

"What are you talking about, he has none, he is the Messiah, all of his policies are great and great for America and if you say otherwise you are either a batshit crazy neo-con or a racist!!! Don't ever dare to question anything about Obama....." [/Zeke and Starman]

And Obama has no more or less negatives than just about every big party politician we've ever elected - he governs for the elite because his bills are paid for by the elite. The only difference between him and George W. and others of his ilk is what group of elite he panders too.

To say otherwise is being intellectually dishonest.

When this thread gets locked we'll go back to this post as the reason why.

Please try and show some restraint and offer something intellectually honest.

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« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2012, 01:01:04 PM »
Obama's negatives?

"What are you talking about, he has none, he is the Messiah, all of his policies are great and great for America and if you say otherwise you are either a batshit crazy neo-con or a racist!!! Don't ever dare to question anything about Obama....." [/Zeke and Starman]

And Obama has no more or less negatives than just about every big party politician we've ever elected - he governs for the elite because his bills are paid for by the elite. The only difference between him and George W. and others of his ilk is what group of elite he panders too.

To say otherwise is being intellectually dishonest.

But... but... but... he's a different kind of politician!


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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2012, 01:05:39 PM »
Obama's negatives?

"What are you talking about, he has none, he is the Messiah, all of his policies are great and great for America and if you say otherwise you are either a batshit crazy neo-con or a racist!!! Don't ever dare to question anything about Obama....." [/Zeke and Starman]

And Obama has no more or less negatives than just about every big party politician we've ever elected - he governs for the elite because his bills are paid for by the elite. The only difference between him and George W. and others of his ilk is what group of elite he panders too.

To say otherwise is being intellectually dishonest.

When this thread gets locked we'll go back to this post as the reason why.

Please try and show some restraint and offer something intellectually honest.

I absolutely did - he is owned by and governs for the elite, just like every Republican President and every other Democrat President of the past 30 or 40 years - despite these way over the top sound bytes about how horrible it would be if the other guy wins every four years.

That's called reality.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2012, 01:10:55 PM »
LMAO.

There have been times, after his infuriatingly-frequent capitulations to the wingnuts, when I have scorched Obama as bad or worse than any of the righties on the board.

Go back to the original list of 11 items, I give Obama an unconditional passing grade on one or two, I think.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #47 on: March 09, 2012, 01:58:39 PM »
LMAO.

There have been times, after his infuriatingly-frequent capitulations to the wingnuts, when I have scorched Obama as bad or worse than any of the righties on the board.

Go back to the original list of 11 items, I give Obama an unconditional passing grade on one or two, I think.

I'll give you that.

I think some of the unconditional Obama love comes from those who kissed the ground he walked on four years ago and don't want to admit that he really has been nothing more than a mediocre president.
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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2012, 02:00:36 PM »
LMAO.

There have been times, after his infuriatingly-frequent capitulations to the wingnuts, when I have scorched Obama as bad or worse than any of the righties on the board.

Go back to the original list of 11 items, I give Obama an unconditional passing grade on one or two, I think.

I'll give you that.

I think some of the unconditional Obama love comes from those who kissed the ground he walked on four years ago and don't want to admit that he really has been nothing more than a mediocre president.

You're being generous.

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Re: Obama Negatives
« Reply #49 on: March 09, 2012, 02:05:14 PM »
LMAO.

There have been times, after his infuriatingly-frequent capitulations to the wingnuts, when I have scorched Obama as bad or worse than any of the righties on the board.

Go back to the original list of 11 items, I give Obama an unconditional passing grade on one or two, I think.

I'll give you that.

I think some of the unconditional Obama love comes from those who kissed the ground he walked on four years ago and don't want to admit that he really has been nothing more than a mediocre president.

Mediocre but with extenuating circumstances. 2 wars and an economy on verge of collapse. Overall I think he has navigated us through pretty well which is why I am willing to cross the isle.

I admire starman for showing some intellectual honesty.
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