12.9M people participated in a new Fox/Microsoft realtime opinion poll taken during President Obama’s speech. The overall approval rating was broken down by Repub, Indep, Dem declared respondents who watched the speech. None of the rating traces ever went above the 50% neutral line, but stayed mostly in the 25% to 35% region. It was surprising that even the Dems couldn’t give the President a solid C at any point in his presentation.
According also to Pew Research the lowest marks were given the President when he made his case for responding to climate change with all kinds of green initiatives, after claiming how well they had worked in Europe (a competing low was on gun control). Well, that dog didn’t hunt, and it seemed that everyone knew the experience Europe’s economies have had with green energy and green jobs. Their answer was a clear ‘let’s not go there’.
Audacious was the proposed new initiative that called for the minimum wage being raised to above $9/hr to fulfill the requirement that someone making that should be able to support a family of four. Even the Dems know that that will kill more jobs, and the smarter ones even know that the minimum wage was never meant to be the stasis point in a person’s career, but a temporary transit point on the low end of the economic ladder. But for socialists, that is a good place to keep their constituents, because the elites know that the minimum wage must be supported by additional government checks to get their flocks up to a sustainable level as consumers and grateful voters.
What again struck home for me was Obama’s call for another tax hike on the ‘rich’, because the just passed one apparently fell short of getting these greedy people to pay their fair share. The big emphasis for the new and improved fair share will be through “closing the loopholes”.
Have you noticed that ‘tax loopholes’ are now accepted by the sheeple as being something evil and underhanded that only the morally deficient wealthy find to wiggle their way through to reduce their tax bills. Doesn’t anyone remember that those so-called loopholes were purposely fashioned by the world’s greatest deliberative body to motivate taxpayers to do this or that so the economy will benefit and the government gets its share of newly created wealth? They didn’t get into the tax code by accident, these provisions were put there by the same dirtbags who are now decrying their use by taxpayers, most of whom are also job creators.
And finally, the President again left the country with his clear vision that wealth left in the hands of the private sector gets stuffed into vaults and mattresses where it just accumulates. And these wealthy only use it to gleefully roll around in when no one is watching. It is the government which must relieve them of their filthy lucre, and only the government can properly “invest” it to create jobs and move the economy forward. How’s that been working out for us?
[update] For some time now I've been trying to make the case that we are already in Depression2, and that history will record it as such. Obama's fawning lamestream has been putting lipstick on his economy for some time now, but a closer look at the numbers and what's happening on the ground tells a different story. In California the business exodus continues (see also report on Russ Steele's UV4IT http://youvotedforitblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/february-13th-2013/ ), but what I have not seen reported is the number of businesses that are quietly shutting down in the face of a still declining California economy and anticipation of new regs and cost increases now in view from Obamacare, AB32, and other government tsunamis already launched against the job creators. In our own community another two prominent restaurants are closing doors, businesses whose fortunes are also determined by the state's overall economy. This is not a recovery or what a promising future looks like.