Well, we have already passed the deadline for the Congressional Budget Office to have time to process and “score” any Super Committee budget deal, and we are now fast approaching the November 23, 2011 legislative deadline for a bill to be passed.
Both Democrats and Republicans on the Super Committee have all but thrown in the towel, and instead are now working against a promised “veto threat” from President Obama, should they pass any measures that circumvent the original rules of the game.
Why did the Super Committee fail?
It was destined to fail, because it is an exact “reflection” of the perfectly balanced ideological gridlock occurring in Congress–Conservatives “dominate” the House of Representatives and Democrats still retain control of the Senate.
Now, many Conservative strategists see its expected failure supporting the Democrat (and mainstream media) “do nothing Congress” narrative, which, as Rush Limbaugh has been pointing out, will be used to blame all of their failures on the Republicans.
And, it is perhaps the only “political weapon” available to President Obama in his fight for re-election–because his record shows him to be a loser of the highest magnitude.
And, as further proof, his recent veto threat, made from afar, is intended to preempt any “dilution” of the budget cut “triggers” built in to the deal–in order to deliver the “maximum pain” possible.
Obama knows that he and Democrats can count on the complicit mainstream media to heap the “blame” on intransigent Republicans–who remained unwilling to raise taxes on job creators.
The plan was simple; all the Super Committee Democrats had to do was show up, scowl, produce nothing and criticize Republicans on the record, through to the deadline date.
Fortunately, Obama knew he could count on Democrats to do nothing, and they accomplished this objective with the same aplomb as they all did in not having produced an annual budget for the country since originally taking office in 2007.
There is only one thing wrong with this Democrat plan…
Americans have already seen through it, according to three recent polls, and are holding President Obama and Democrats accountable.
In an excellent November 9, 2011 article by Niles Gardiner, he broke down the poll results and perfectly captured the public’s sentiment regarding the federal government.
The first poll, from ABC News/Washington Post highlights “a fed-up public,” which “is greeting election year 2012 with a razz for the government, a jeer for incumbents and a wearying sense of economic frustration”, according to Gardiner.
According to the poll 31 percent of Americans are downright angry with the way the federal government works–a record in polling dating back to 1992. And, if we add in those who are merely dissatisfied, the total soars to 80 percent–one point from its high 19 years ago.
Now 74 percent believe that “the country’s headed seriously off on the wrong track — not a number that bodes well for incumbent presidents.”
As to historical significance, regarding a president’s re-election, a year before the 1992 election, during the last downturn [not] anywhere near this severe, 72 per cent said the country was on the wrong track; a year before the 1980 election, 77 per cent said so; and, a year before the 1976 vote, 71 per cent.
Those results presaged the one-term presidencies of George H.W. Bush (R), Jimmy Carter (D) and Gerald Ford (R), according to Gardiner.
Other poll question results were similarly bad.
“A staggering 89 per cent of Americans now say the economy is in ‘bad shape'”.
And, 61 per cent of respondents disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, with 48 per cent strongly disapproving.
And particularly worrying for the White House, the vast majority of Americans now believe their personal economic situation is getting worse, with a mere 13 percent say they’re better off now than before Barack Obama took office; nearly three times as many say they’re worse off.
Two-thirds worry about being able to maintain their standard of living; 31 percent are “very” worried, a new high in the last four years.
Fewer than half, 43 percent, are confident they’ll have adequate resources for retirement, the fewest in ABC/Post polls back to 1996–down dramatically from 68 percent near the height of the boom, in July 2001, according to Gardiner.
The findings of The Wall Street Journal/ NBC survey are broadly similar.
When asked if the Obama administration has lived up to expectations on the economy, 74 per cent declared it had “fallen short”. Again, 74 per cent said the same with regard to the Administration’s handling of the federal budget deficit, with 70 per cent agreed on the issue of reducing government spending.
When asked if the Obama administration has fallen short in “changing business as usual in Washington”, 72 per cent answered affirmatively.
As to the “hope” part of the survey, just 25 per cent of Americans believed that the “economy will get better” in the next 12 months, with a mere 16 per cent agreeing that “things have got better” in the last 12 months, according to Gardiner.
Gallup’s [June-August] polling shows that 42 per cent of Americans now call themselves “Conservative”, up from 40 per cent in January-March. Concurrently, those having a “Liberal” ideology fell from 22 to 21 per cent during the same time period. The percentage calling themselves moderate also fell, from 38 per cent to 37 per cent.
So, is it any wonder that 57 per cent of Americans [today] “have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems,” with 27 per cent believing “the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” according to Gardiner.
No matter how the mainstream media positions the liberal ideology–the public “knows” that its “job-killing” regulations have pummeled the middle class, forcing them to liquidate savings, while union sweetheart deals have bloated state and federal budgets, and their irresponsible “kick the can down the road” approach to Social Security and Medicare–threaten their very existence.
The “Perfect Storm” of the results from the three different polls above, prove that the population has migrating to the “Conservative” side of the aisle for the past three years, rendering the future prospects dim for Democrats.
Copyright (c) 2011 by Jeffrey Klein
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