Obama's Fantasy Politics Fooling Fewer and Fewer Americans

M. Catharine Evans
In response to an article entitled "More Maryland families than ever require government aid to stay afloat" a 58-year old commenter wrote "there are no jobs for someone my age...we just tough it out."

He's not alone.

Neil Bergsman, director of the Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute told the Maryland Reporter "it took from January 2008 to February 2012 to double the number of people enrolled in the Food Supplement Program."

For cash-strapped families in Maryland who do not qualify for state assistance, food bank officials said there has been a surge in demand for the basics. Even people who wrote checks and donated food to their local food pantries a couple of years ago are now asking for help. 

Apparently, the state of Maryland is not doing well. Just like the rest of the country.

A headline at the Weekly Standard reads "Under Obama: 30 Worst Months of Employment in the Past 25 Years." 

A report from the Employment Policies Institute reporting on high unemployment figures for teens declared, "When the analysis is broadened to include discouraged teens that have stopped actively looking for work but would still like a job, nearly every state experiences a jump in their teen unemployment rates."

Researchers from the Journal of Labor Economics found summer jobs are strong indicators of a teen's future success in the marketplace. With D.C.  coming in first at 51.7% unemployment, young people living in the nation's capital should be discovering just how much the economy sucks under Obama's failed policies. 

Others toughing it out are college graduates and those with Master's and PhD's. Record numbers are on food stamps.

Another group not getting much attention in the news are middle-aged parents going through their savings and tapping into their retirement funds to help out their grown children. 

39% of all adults ages 18 to 34 say they either live with their parents now or moved back in temporarily in recent years.  Among 18- to 24-year-olds more than half (53%) live at home. Among adults ages 25 to 29, 41% live with or moved back in with their parents.

On Friday Fox News chronicled Barack Obama's desperate struggle to win back the white working-class voters who supported him in 2008. 

Among middle-class, white voters who said they were struggling financially, Obama trailed Romney 58 percent to 32 percent.

Obama scored pretty well with white voters [in 2008] with household incomes less than $50,000. He nabbed 47 percent, according to exit polls. That was more than enough to deliver the win given Obama's massive margins among minority voters.

So the situation is worse, not better than four years ago. No one knows that more than hard-working taxpayers dealing with stagnant wages and rising food and gas prices. 

But what makes the last four years and the economic anxiety so much harder to take is the fact that Obama lied.

He lied from the get-go. In 2008 he promised transparency, debt reduction, an end to crony capitalism, a spirit of bipartisanship, "the same kind of healthcare that members of Congress give themselves," and he said he would "put more money into working families' pockets."

In the first quarter of 2011 49.1%.of the population living in Obama's America resided in households where "at least one member received some type of government benefit."    

Obama never had any intention of helping people; only of helping himself and the people who put him in office. He's sunk billions into phony companies with taxpayer monies.

It's Grove Parc Plaza all over again. He and slumlord Valerie Jarrett looted the Treasury to pay off various cronies and there's nothing to show for it but a bunch of scurrying rats.

Obama suckered idealistic young people into voting for him. On some level their naiveté and desire to believe is understandable. 

But far more bizarre was Obama's effect on professional intellectuals and upper middle-class white suburbanites. They read Dreams from my Father and deemed it a "'tour de force." (words from my own sister-an attorney!).

A blind man could have seen candidate Obama and his radical friends really did want to spread the wealth around. But as Cardinal Ratzinger once wrote "intellectuals are blind when it comes to their intellectual constructs. For this reason they could forswear every realism and continue to fight for a system incapable of honoring its promises."

The talented Mr. Obama has betrayed the middle class where it hurts - -in their bank accounts, investment portfolios and in their job security. Even if they haven't been laid off they know neighbors, friends, or relatives who have suddenly found themselves working two part-time jobs at one quarter of their previous salaries.

A member of my own family, a bank vice-president for 20 years, was laid off in 2010. Shellshocked at the impending loss of his home (which he eventually had to sell) he spiraled downward for over a year. My brother's toughing it out now, still unable to understand what happened to make him believe in that hopey-changey stuff.

Think Obama is losing sleep over the lies he spewed in 2008?

For the record in 2003 George W. Bush gave up golf saying it sent the wrong message while our troops were in harm's way. According to White House Dossier the current commander-in-chief hit his 90th round of golf this past December in Hawaii.  As Americans planned staycations, the Obamas have spent millions on treks to Spain, Marthas Vineyard, Mexico and South Africa. And the President is still not letting up on golf despite the economic maelstrom headed our way.

Lastly looming over regular folks' heads is a 15 trillion dollar debt. Remember when Senator Obama blasted Bush for increasing the debt?  Well he has managed to outdo Bush in three years!

CBS News reported in March 2012:

The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.

People are noticing Obama's fantasy politics aren't working.  Americans are well aware of the reality of the tenuous struggle to retain the dream they've worked hard to attain.

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report

In response to an article entitled "More Maryland families than ever require government aid to stay afloat" a 58-year old commenter wrote "there are no jobs for someone my age...we just tough it out."

He's not alone.

Neil Bergsman, director of the Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute told the Maryland Reporter "it took from January 2008 to February 2012 to double the number of people enrolled in the Food Supplement Program."

For cash-strapped families in Maryland who do not qualify for state assistance, food bank officials said there has been a surge in demand for the basics. Even people who wrote checks and donated food to their local food pantries a couple of years ago are now asking for help. 

Apparently, the state of Maryland is not doing well. Just like the rest of the country.

A headline at the Weekly Standard reads "Under Obama: 30 Worst Months of Employment in the Past 25 Years." 

A report from the Employment Policies Institute reporting on high unemployment figures for teens declared, "When the analysis is broadened to include discouraged teens that have stopped actively looking for work but would still like a job, nearly every state experiences a jump in their teen unemployment rates."

Researchers from the Journal of Labor Economics found summer jobs are strong indicators of a teen's future success in the marketplace. With D.C.  coming in first at 51.7% unemployment, young people living in the nation's capital should be discovering just how much the economy sucks under Obama's failed policies. 

Others toughing it out are college graduates and those with Master's and PhD's. Record numbers are on food stamps.

Another group not getting much attention in the news are middle-aged parents going through their savings and tapping into their retirement funds to help out their grown children. 

39% of all adults ages 18 to 34 say they either live with their parents now or moved back in temporarily in recent years.  Among 18- to 24-year-olds more than half (53%) live at home. Among adults ages 25 to 29, 41% live with or moved back in with their parents.

On Friday Fox News chronicled Barack Obama's desperate struggle to win back the white working-class voters who supported him in 2008. 

Among middle-class, white voters who said they were struggling financially, Obama trailed Romney 58 percent to 32 percent.

Obama scored pretty well with white voters [in 2008] with household incomes less than $50,000. He nabbed 47 percent, according to exit polls. That was more than enough to deliver the win given Obama's massive margins among minority voters.

So the situation is worse, not better than four years ago. No one knows that more than hard-working taxpayers dealing with stagnant wages and rising food and gas prices. 

But what makes the last four years and the economic anxiety so much harder to take is the fact that Obama lied.

He lied from the get-go. In 2008 he promised transparency, debt reduction, an end to crony capitalism, a spirit of bipartisanship, "the same kind of healthcare that members of Congress give themselves," and he said he would "put more money into working families' pockets."

In the first quarter of 2011 49.1%.of the population living in Obama's America resided in households where "at least one member received some type of government benefit."    

Obama never had any intention of helping people; only of helping himself and the people who put him in office. He's sunk billions into phony companies with taxpayer monies.

It's Grove Parc Plaza all over again. He and slumlord Valerie Jarrett looted the Treasury to pay off various cronies and there's nothing to show for it but a bunch of scurrying rats.

Obama suckered idealistic young people into voting for him. On some level their naiveté and desire to believe is understandable. 

But far more bizarre was Obama's effect on professional intellectuals and upper middle-class white suburbanites. They read Dreams from my Father and deemed it a "'tour de force." (words from my own sister-an attorney!).

A blind man could have seen candidate Obama and his radical friends really did want to spread the wealth around. But as Cardinal Ratzinger once wrote "intellectuals are blind when it comes to their intellectual constructs. For this reason they could forswear every realism and continue to fight for a system incapable of honoring its promises."

The talented Mr. Obama has betrayed the middle class where it hurts - -in their bank accounts, investment portfolios and in their job security. Even if they haven't been laid off they know neighbors, friends, or relatives who have suddenly found themselves working two part-time jobs at one quarter of their previous salaries.

A member of my own family, a bank vice-president for 20 years, was laid off in 2010. Shellshocked at the impending loss of his home (which he eventually had to sell) he spiraled downward for over a year. My brother's toughing it out now, still unable to understand what happened to make him believe in that hopey-changey stuff.

Think Obama is losing sleep over the lies he spewed in 2008?

For the record in 2003 George W. Bush gave up golf saying it sent the wrong message while our troops were in harm's way. According to White House Dossier the current commander-in-chief hit his 90th round of golf this past December in Hawaii.  As Americans planned staycations, the Obamas have spent millions on treks to Spain, Marthas Vineyard, Mexico and South Africa. And the President is still not letting up on golf despite the economic maelstrom headed our way.

Lastly looming over regular folks' heads is a 15 trillion dollar debt. Remember when Senator Obama blasted Bush for increasing the debt?  Well he has managed to outdo Bush in three years!

CBS News reported in March 2012:

The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.

People are noticing Obama's fantasy politics aren't working.  Americans are well aware of the reality of the tenuous struggle to retain the dream they've worked hard to attain.

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report