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Obama Brings Magical Economic Thinking to Nation’s Heartland

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Posted on Jul 8, 2010
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President Barack Obama holds forth at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday.

President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.” But that’s what he said as he attempted to get local voters to consider throwing in for Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan, and he planned to do much the same in Nevada later in the day for embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But if these economic policies were actually working, wouldn’t more Americans be working, too?  —KA

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Obama also has been trying to get voters to buy a message he himself acknowledges is a tough sell — that things would be a lot worse if last year’s $862 billion stimulus bill hadn’t been passed. Obama plans additional remarks on the economy on Friday while in Nevada, at the University of Nevada.

Such pairing of official presidential events with campaign appearances has another benefit, too: it lets the White House bill the candidates’ campaigns for far less of the president’s travel costs, otherwise covered by taxpayers.

In Kansas City, Obama’s tone was sometimes aggrieved as he suggested he wasn’t getting credit for helping the economy.

“You wouldn’t know it from listening to folks but we cut taxes” for the middle-class, he said.

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By G.Anderson, July 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

Well Mr. President, currently 46 states are facing bankrucpy…it’s been calculated that they need about 200 billion dollars to keep from going under.

In another year housing will be at 1970 levels…

I think we know what this means, don’t we?

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By Louis Fuchs, July 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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Obama started out great with a lot of hope and change and such.  Now he has
fizzled.  He’s just another mediocre politician trying to keep his job.  Obama’s
formula for keeping his job is to avoid leadership at all costs.  Do not dare do
something that makes sense and may electrify millions of American voters.  Just
sit on your hands and avoid offending anyone, especially the Republican
minority.

Congress is doing the same thing.  They ran for office so that they could be
part of the ruling class.  It is easy for them to pass laws that restrict our civil
rights because those laws don’t apply to them.  The use smoke and mirror
tactics when they talk about Defense spending, Agricultural subsidies,
corruption in Homeland Security and the Interior Department and tax breaks
for big corporations and the rich so that we can’t get a handle on the truth.  We
can’t hold them accountable.

We hired all these people to lead us to a better life, not ravage us with their
greed.

After changing Congress in 2006 and the Administration in 2008 to no avail,
where do we go from here?????

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By skulz fontaine, July 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

National bankruptcy is the right direction?

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