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  • Obama’s Deaf Ear May Cost His Success

    This week, Obama showed himself once again to be out of touch with both Americans and with the current debt situation in the United States.  He called on the determination, optimism, and fundamental decency of all Americans, but then seemed to suggest that Americans should focus that determination on passing his health care bill.  If Obama wants his presidency to be a success and for our economy to turn around, he will need to learn the lessons of the recent elections.  To regain his footing with the American people, he will have to do more than institute a delayed, short-term, token spending freeze and acknowledge that the key to pulling us out of this recession lies with the innovation and motivation of the American people—not with yet another expensive program.

    In his speech, he promised that he wouldn’t do what was popular, but would do what was necessary.  Unfortunately, it seems he has done neither.  Over the past year he has pushed and shoved a tremendously unpopular health care agenda, and attempted to buy off the last Senate vote with $100 million of our tax dollars.  His tax and regulatory policies, in one year, have dropped us, according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2010 edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, for the first time ever, from being the land of the free, to the land of the “mostly free.”

    And even as he promised yet another “jobs” bill, he is 7 million jobs short of where he promised we would be right now.  He promised a growth of 3.5 million in the last year and instead lost over 3.5 million.  Last year, federal spending reached the highest level in American history outside WWII, and under his leadership, the public debt is projected by the CBO to triple to $22.1 trillion by 2020.  And his crumb that he tossed to Americans was a paltry $447 billion spending freeze which won’t even take effect until a year from now and is only a tiny sliver of our $3.5 trillion budget and only a portion of his own $862 billion stimulus plan – which has failed.  His mission of change has brought Americans into a dangerous situation.

    Americans have responded to this failed way of handling our economy and this blind policy by reminding him that what had been claimed as “Kennedy’s seat,” was truly “the people’s seat.”  But, as evidenced by his speech last night, he clearly has not gotten the message from the election results in the states of Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. For his presidency to remain effective and for his policies to work, he must listen to the American people, push back his own ideas a little and realize that big government is not the way to go.

    As Obama noted, Americans have ideas and are motivated people, unafraid to take risks.  What he did not acknowledge was our fierce independence and our profound love for freedom.  It is the ingenuity of individual Americans that has made this country so successful–not government programs and expansions.   Americans have never wanted the huge government safety net which can also double as a noose.  Obama’s current policies would leave the next generation with only the memory of freedom, a country that is hobbled in the world, and one giant debt to pay.

    Surrounded by like-minded advisers, Obama seems to only hear echoes of his own voice.  He tunes out the poll numbers and election results and focuses on his out-of-touch policy goals.  Our forefathers, whom he referenced, took the risk to come to this land for freedom.  That spirit of determination and fundamental decency endures; we still love freedom.  He said, “Again we are tested, and again, we must answer history’s call.”  Should he continue along this path which in the past year has robbed people of opportunity, he may find, true to American nature, history’s call be to stop his own agenda.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    21 Responses to Obama’s Deaf Ear May Cost His Success

    1. Joe D., Louisiana says:

      "For his presidency to remain effective and for his policies to work, he must listen to the American people, push back his own ideas a little and realize that big government is not the way to go."

      How likely is this to happen? His language will change over the next couple of years, but he won't deviate from his path. The American people will answer history's call and we will have a new President elected in 2012.

    2. icono1, lexington ky says:

      It would be to OBama's advantage to move more to the center with his policies and to some degree rhetoric. However I think he is to much of a ideologue to actually do this.

    3. Hostile Knowledge says:

      Sorry, Audrey. Your words will fall on deaf ears. Deep-seated narcissism isn't a very pleasant affliction to watch in action, but there you have it.

    4. Matt Cude says:

      I disagree with your premise. You argue that, if he was listening, he would move right, as Clinton did, to improve the economy. But what if that's not his goal?

      As Karl Rove pointed out recently in his weekly WSJ column, Obama has spent $2.2 million of DNC money on focus groups – to "listen" to U.S. So he is listening. That's why Obama neglected to mention Obamacare in his last Coakley appearence – he knew, before the "Scott heard round the world", that Obamacare's unpopular – but he "will not quit". Why?

      Because Obamacare helps him achieve his real goal – to establish a Progressive government. In his world view, influenced by Frank Marshall, Ayers, Rev Wright, Alinsky, etc., Americans want the benefits of big govt but they may need a little nudge first or, failing that, they need it shoved down their throat asap – but they'll love him for it later.

      Once you understand that's his goal – then a whole year of "failed policies" seem strikingly successful – to Obama, anyway.

    5. foxmuldar Pa. says:

      It was another boring speech we heard on Wednesday. What was really bad, was the childish behavior of Obama. Bad mouthing talk show hosts, of course he ment Limbaugh and hannity, and then the way he talked down to the Supreme Court Justices. That was really childish. Alito was correct in shaking his head as to say no. But of course the liberal media tried to make Alinto the bad guy even though Obama was the one one that was wrong. Obama is all about himself. It was I this and I that and its what I want, not what the american people want. It was a big waste of time. Obama will learn how americans feel come november.

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    7. Steve G, Chicago says:

      The push for health care no one wanted…the Coakley campaign…the president's State of the Union address…all of these things point to liberal Democrat establishment that is completely out of touch with the will of the American people.

      You really won't find better commentary on the SOTU than this: http://rjmoeller.com/2010/01/a-speech-to-remember

    8. RayOne says:

      The President is not deaf, many things but not deaf.

      He is wise to realize that the Nancy/Reid filter does not serve his objectives.

      In fact, that Nancy/Reid 'this is the way things get done attitude, can set him as the fall guy for failure.

    9. mary usa says:

      why not send our President an email ,think this work…

    10. Troy La Mana - Pahru says:

      The Obamanation, and Liberals in general, will never "realize that big government is not the way to go."

    11. Paul H, DC says:

      I doubt we'll see President Obama "pivot" to the center the way Bill Clinton did. The President's SOTU Address indicated that he is completely oblivious to the fact that he's lost middle America and has wasted his "honeymoon" period by focusing on issues (healthcare, cap-and-trade) that are of little-to-no importance to most Americans right now. Hence, the GOP in the Senate is absolutely doing the right thing by filibustering Obamacare because a majority of Americans oppose it. President Obama is of course angry about this, saying on Wednesday, "If the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business in this town, then the responsibility to govern is yours now as well." What he didn't mention is that in his first year as a US Senator, Barack Obama voted to sustain Democratic filibusters ELEVEN TIMES, including filibusters on several US Circuit Court nominations and President Bush's UN Ambassador-designate John Bolton. Thus, the Dems are hypocritical here, have no leg to stand on, and are apparently perfectly willing to continue driving their car down the road at full speed even after passing several signs that say "BRIDGE OUT 5 MILES AHEAD". Come November, they'll be at the bottom of the ravine.

    12. Brad Kelley, Marylan says:

      People like O'Bama, Pelosi, Reid and their ilk believe government has the last say in what the People have to do in this country. It is our job to show the O'Bamanites that the People have the last say in what government can do. We have already witnessed the build-up to possibly one of the most sweeping changes in American government since its inception. It will not matter whether O'Bama has a deaf ear. He is about to be rendered powerless by voters who listen.

    13. M, New York says:

      Matt Cude, right on. You know what you're talking about. Conservative hosts and well meaning people say, "he should try this and that, oh doesn't he see that his policy will only create debt, etc etc", they are overlooking the glaring fact that his policy is to destroy the country he was raised to hate.

    14. Normca says:

      Obama is being Obama; this is who he is. A Marxist and Statist. Although he blames Bush, his party implemented the CRA, voted for the TARP; he flew his campaign plane to DC to do so. Its now his slush fund. His party voted for the so called Bush tax cuts, his party voted to withhold spending for a war until Bush signed budget after budget [last time I looked the Congress controls the purse strings]. Now the Ideologue [who is ashamed to say what he is] calls the Bush years the lost decade. Apparently $12 million new jobs during those "dreadful" years is a bad thing. Cash for clunkers, other buying incentives and now $5,000 tax break for one year to hire an employee just results in short term bumps. His policies will not result in long term job creation like the Reagan tax cuts and rate reduction did. People are either out of work or underemployed and this is directly attributed to Obama's policies. He doesn't have the experience to know what it takes to operate a business, to plan ahead etc. He can't change; its not in him – Reverend Wright made him, the unions and Sorros bought him. It is hoped he and his party continue not to understand what happened in the three states and continue down the same road until November whenhe gives his next State of the Union oratory in front of a Republican controlled House and Senate. This is the greatest country in the world and will survive despite him.

    15. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Obama is not "deaf". He hears the people. He just don't care. Obama is determined to drag this country into socialism. Obama WILL NOT "pivot" or "move to the right" as Clinton did. Obama is a "ideolouge". He is devoted to Marxist ideology. Regardless of what lies we hear from his lackeys in the left wing media, he hears every one of our words, but as Congress does, he totally ignores us.

    16. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      He hears us, he is arragant, he talks the talk but there is NO ACTION. He is like the magician at the kids party, he makes you see what is not there. He is angry because WE are not bowing down before him and agreeing like those in Communist countries. He is constantly on the campaign trail, today on Fox they showed his flights to foriegn countries (at tax payer expense), his jaunts around the country etc. He has been out of the white house more than any other president in their first year, he has spent more than any other president, and I bet knows less about how to run this country than any other. Nov 2 2010, cannot come too soon. I am not going to say vote REp. VOTE CONSERVATIVE, lets return this country to what our forefathers wished for in 1776

    17. Drew Page, IL says:

      Mr. Obama sold himself to the American voters, making a lot of promises to make life better for everyone who made less than $250,000 a year.

      He has run into a number of problems. First, he has not done what he said he would do. Second, he has done a number of things that he didn't tell people he was going to do.

      He has lost all credibility with friends and foes alike. No one believes him anymore, regardless of what he says, nor should they.

      He hears, but he doesn't listen. He doesn't listen because he doesn't care what people say who don't agree with him. Don't believe me? Ask the Supreme Court.

    18. Joe B says:

      Matt Cude on January 30th, 2010 at 11:00am said: "I disagree with your premise. You argue that, if he was listening, he would move right, as Clinton did, to improve the economy. But what if that’s not his goal?

      As Karl Rove pointed out recently in his weekly WSJ column, Obama has spent $2.2 million of DNC money on focus groups – to “listen” to U.S. So he is listening. That’s why Obama neglected to mention Obamacare in his last Coakley appearence – he knew, before the “Scott heard round the world”, that Obamacare’s unpopular – but he “will not quit”. Why?

      Because Obamacare helps him achieve his real goal – to establish a Progressive government. In his world view, influenced by Frank Marshall, Ayers, Rev Wright, Alinsky, etc., Americans want the benefits of big govt but they may need a little nudge first or, failing that, they need it shoved down their throat asap – but they’ll love him for it later.

      Once you understand that’s his goal – then a whole year of “failed policies” seem strikingly successful – to Obama, anyway.

      M, New York on January 30th, 2010 at 11:00am said:

      Matt Cude, right on. You know what you’re talking about. Conservative hosts and well meaning people say, “he should try this and that, oh doesn’t he see that his policy will only create debt, etc etc”, they are overlooking the glaring fact that his policy is to destroy the country he was raised to hate.

      I 100% agree with both of you!

    19. Lyndell J. Cooper Li says:

      Thank you Ms. Jones!!!!!!!!!!!

      At last!!! A real woman who does not want a hand out and takes charge of her own destiny. I hope you will get married and have lots of babies. Women like you ought to reproduce!!!!!

      Perhaps the United States will be a world leader again when finally have a commander-in-chiefess!!!!

      Once again, Thanks

      Lyndell J. Cooper

      Linn, Missouri USA

    20. Judy, Mass says:

      Obama can hear loud and clear but he chooses to ignore us. He has his agenda which has been planned for a very long time. Not only "his" agenda but his marxist, socialist, progressive's network that is steering the ship. They are relentless and will go to any measure to stuff it down our throats. We need to stay informed with our radar up. Because there are more of us than more of them. All we need to do is vote them out in 2010 and 2012. I have faith that their agenda will not even stick to flypaper. My democrat friends are coming to realize that they made a very big mistake in voting him in office. They said, "I didn't think this hope and change was going to destroy our Country!" Never thought I'd hear that from die hard dems………………It will be our hope and change when they are voted out of office……………GOD BLESS OUR GREAT NATION…………

    21. Pamela Franklin says:

      I have heard that President Obama's feels that the republicans need to work with him to get things accomplished: Isn't that why we have the government system that we have in this country to hold back a president for going ahead and doing as 'he' wishes rather than what the people want. I feel that the senators need to stand up for the people and as they do that they will not agree to everything that this President wants to push through so quickly. We had better be making our wishes know as citizens.

    22. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      You can say God bless our country all you want. Did our forefathers just send emails, talk to radio shows, talk amoung friends and so on about the TYRRANY imposed on them? Your (our) HISTORY HAS BEEN REVISED ON PURPOSE YOU KNOW! Or maybe you don't know. History is changed so we won't decide to do the same things NOW as they did THEN! Our economy/dollar/jobs/history is being destroyed on a daily basis by the PROGRESSIVES! OBAMA SAYS SO YOU FOOLS! Its right in front of your eyes and you goof balls jsut go YAWNNN, time for bed. One day you will wake up in a country different from the one you know. My prayers are for Obama so hopefully he will realize the damage he is doing to the ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE OUR BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS CAN ACTUALLY PROSPER, rather than wait in line for a handout, which is exactly what progressivism/marxism will bring. Its all over the freakin world! Don't think we can't be NEXT!

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