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Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas
Washington Examiner ^ | 04/26/2011 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 04/26/2012 1:39:25 PM PDT by MissesBush

Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.

“They view everything through their own personal situation and if they can’t afford to do it, they can’t enjoy it, they don’t like Obama using their tax dollars to benefit himself,” said pollster John McLaughlin. “In this case, they see him as out of touch. While they are struggling he’s not sharing in that struggle and he’s basically doing what they can’t do on their tax dollars,” added the GOP pollster.

He and several other top-tier Republican pollsters, organized by Resurgent Republic, traveled to 11 battleground states to host focus groups of independent and swing voters, mostly Democrats, who voted for President Obama in 2008 but who are now on the fence.

McLaughlin handled blue collar and Catholic voters in Pittsburgh on April 3 and Cleveland on March 20. He found that they are very depressed about the economy and feel that their tax dollars are being sucked up by both the rich and those living on government assistance.

During the focus group discussions about debt and spending cuts, many in his group volunteered criticism of the presidential vacations as something that should be cut. Among the lines McLaughlin wrote down was one from a Democratic woman who said, “Michelle Obama spends $1 million to take the kids to Hawaii,” and another who said, “President Obama was the only president to take so many trips.”

The theme, said McLaughlin, is that the first family “is out of touch” with working class voters.

He added that the president’s attack on the rich and GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s wealth is working, but the voters were also lumping in the president’s vacation spending in with the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas scandal and federal spending for those who aren’t looking for work.

“There really wasn’t a real dislike for Romney. It was just that he is too rich. But on the other hand there is a start of resentment of the government,” he said. “What surprised me is that these were Democrats back biting on their own president,” added McLaughlin.


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This is why I have to laugh when the Obamabots and their media organ grinder monkeys say the public can't relate to Romney because he's wealthy. They can related to the Obamas and their 17 vacations since taking office including the $4 million Hawaii extravaganza and Michelle's $467K vacation for her and her buddies in Spain?? I hope the Obamas take a really extravagent one this summer. Maybe a cruise of the South Pacific on a private yacht or something really ostentacious to drive home the point that we have a play baby as president, not a leader.
1 posted on 04/26/2012 1:39:33 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

How dare this rabble question the actions of “The Won”. They must be made to understand the Obama NEEDS these vacations as it is a very hard job deciding how best to run our lives. Have the people no compassion?


2 posted on 04/26/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: MissesBush

All animals are equal, but some Democrats are more equal than others.....

“Comrades!” he cried.

You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples.

I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health.

Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig.

We pigs are brainworkers.

The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us.

Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.

Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back!”


3 posted on 04/26/2012 1:49:28 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: MissesBush

I believe most average people (this of course precludes leftists, class warfarists, stupid envious people who know in their hearts that they’re less intelligent and/or industrious than others) don’t envy wealthy people for merely being wealthy. But they know the difference between a Carnegie or an old-money family who lived quietly and on their own dime, and people like the Obamas who not only neglect their noblesse-oblige (not that they’d ever understand that concept) but do it on the tax-payer dime while telling everybody else to put more air in their tires.


4 posted on 04/26/2012 1:50:35 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: MissesBush

Obviously, these “blue collar dems” are RAAAAYYYYSSSSISSSStSSS.

Everyone knows that black democrat politicians are ENTITLED to use their offices to “live large” due to the legacy of slavery. To protest that entitlement is raysssist.


5 posted on 04/26/2012 1:54:06 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MissesBush

Hey these disgruntled Democrats need to zip their lips and just accept that their betters are deserving of a few rewords. After all, the Obamas are doing what Lenin and Stalin failed to get accomplished.

I’m not sure what their motivation in being unhappy with Obama could be, but I suspect racism.


6 posted on 04/26/2012 2:00:12 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MissesBush
Liberals are so mental and stupid, they actually think their leaders care what the hell happens to them. Their guru's of socialism/communism only want equal squalor for the peons - not themselves. It's to the Ritz for them. Pelosi and her AF jet/trips etc. The liberal peons just don't get it.
7 posted on 04/26/2012 2:05:11 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: MissesBush

this is what comes to mind when I hear of the Obamas’ excesses:

Well we’re movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.


8 posted on 04/26/2012 2:05:38 PM PDT by Archytekt
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To: Archytekt
this is what comes to mind when I hear of the Obamas’ excesses:

Well we’re movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.


George Jeffereson earned his way to the apartment in the sky by owning and operating a chain of dry-cleaning shops. He didn't have his life handed to him. Everything he had he came by honestly with his own work, time, and sweat.
9 posted on 04/26/2012 2:13:41 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: MissesBush
RACISTS!!

(There. That put an end to the "angry at PRESIDENT! Obama (Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmm)" story.. on to the NBC-cherry-bomb journalism's spin.)

10 posted on 04/26/2012 2:22:25 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: MissesBush
I never understood those who were hostile to wealthy people just because they were wealthy. I always look at the source of the wealth. Those who inherited their millions never impressed me at all e.g. JFK but those who came up from either middle class or below and managed to acquire wealth - honestly - I could admire even if I couldn't necessarily emulate them.

The class warfare and 'hate-the-rich' game Obama and the left are playing is not only divisive but dangerous. That many of the leftist proponents of class warfare, such as Barack Obama, are, themselves, rich, is simply ironic. It's unfortunate that so many Americans, living in the 'land of opportunity' are fooled by Obama and the left. His 'hate-the-rich' meme is simply a way to deflect his abject failures that have badly damaged the American economy. His attempt to, in effect, shift the blame for that to those who have been financially successful is transparent. With multimillionaire Mitt Romney as his opponent, Obama is pursuing a campaign strategy that has double benefits - if it works. I can only pray that, like his Marxist policies, it fails.

11 posted on 04/26/2012 2:23:49 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Nepeta

oh, I agree with you, completely, but the tune still comes to mind


12 posted on 04/26/2012 2:27:29 PM PDT by Archytekt
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To: MissesBush

The similarly nouveau riche Clintons took extravagant vacations, too, and no one cared because anyone who wanted to was working. For the Obamas to live it up while so many are involuntarily unemployed, and watching their costs of living go up daily, is showing a tin ear.

I expect them to enjoy a very low key vacation this summer. By Christmas it won’t matter one way or the other, they will go to town on the taxpayers’ dimes.


13 posted on 04/26/2012 2:33:35 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Nepeta

Definitely agree !


14 posted on 04/26/2012 2:48:53 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: MissesBush

I’ll bet that the fact that they never seem to go home - to Chicago for vacation is part of their problem with voters. Theoretically, that location is set-up for the Obama’s, e.g. secret service stuff, etc. It seems like every other POTUS has a home to go too, including W, but not the Obama’s.


15 posted on 04/26/2012 2:52:17 PM PDT by unique1
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To: Nepeta; Archytekt
He didn't have his life handed to him. Everything he had he came by honestly with his own work, time, and sweat.
Actually that was just a TV sitcom and he was just an actor but still a positive portrayal - sort of ... ;-)
16 posted on 04/26/2012 3:09:15 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: tcrlaf


17 posted on 04/26/2012 3:12:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tunehead54
Of course he was fictional. He started out as one of Archie Bunker's neighbors, but moved out of the old neighborhood.
18 posted on 04/26/2012 3:13:48 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta

All you needed was an understated “tee hee” ... not even an LOL.

What really made me mad when I was young was to see Scrooge McDuck rolling around in his vault full of gold coins and wads of currency when I couldn’t buy a candybar ... ;-)


19 posted on 04/26/2012 3:46:03 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Jim Scott

“It’s unfortunate that so many Americans, living in the ‘land of opportunity’ are fooled by Obama and the left. His ‘hate-the-rich’ meme is simply a way to deflect his abject failures that have badly damaged the American economy.”

Hillary’s “hardworking white people” will not be voting for the Kenyan Pirate in the fall.

Are they racist? Who cares?


20 posted on 04/26/2012 3:47:15 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

voting for him would be racist.


21 posted on 04/26/2012 5:45:54 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

‘Voting for him would be racist.’

Watch for Zero to then garner 99% of the votes from black voters.


22 posted on 04/26/2012 6:24:48 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Nepeta; CORedneck; Archytekt
Actuallyt, if you read the *script intro* a little more closely, he got that chain by suing a "White-Hispanic" who shot his son's dog, and was awarded the business chain in a court-ordered, race-based lawsuit by NAN (Rev Al Charlatan).

sarcasm100

23 posted on 04/27/2012 3:43:22 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: MissesBush
*** Michelle's $467K vacation for her and her buddies in Spain?? ***

How dare you question 'The Queen's' right! Just because that one $467K vacation to Spain is about the average annual income for Ten (10) Families of four people -- who died and left you boss over her.

Sheesh. You'd think you personally had say or VOTE in this matter. [HUGH sarcasm /off]

But 'series', after they are booted out they SHE should be charged with embezzlement, misuse of public funds, and FELONY THEFT.

24 posted on 04/27/2012 4:08:31 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: MissesBush

This is what you get when you vote in socialism. You have the elite class that enjoys all pleasures life has to offer.

Then the elite class spreads the crumbs evenly to the peons.The peons that they favor over other peons will get a few crumbs extra with perks.

See, ain’t that all fair? I mean, they never promised that you would be wealthy, they just said you would be even.

Miserably even. Now eat yer peas and shut up.


25 posted on 04/27/2012 4:20:13 AM PDT by dforest
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To: MissesBush

If Demwits are anything, they’re the jealous type.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 6:15:22 AM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: tcrlaf

27 posted on 04/27/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

“voting for him would be racist.”

I love how they keep up the race mantra after a lot of white people cast their ballots for the Kenyan Pirate; serves them right. Most of them won’t be supporting him this time (for a variety of valid reasons unrelated to race). I like the photo somebody posted of a TEA partier holding a sign: “It doesn’t matter what the sign says, you’ll still call it racist”; what a great slap at the media!


28 posted on 04/27/2012 9:48:58 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: MissesBush

Most of the Blue Collar Dems are Red Neck. They’ll vote DemocRAT again. Don’t you know that the DemocRATS are for the working man and the Republicans are for the rich?


29 posted on 04/27/2012 5:52:06 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Drill Thrawl
Have the people no compassion?

NØpe!



Where there's a shell, there's a way.

25 years ago, we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.
Today we have Obama, no cash, and no hope!

If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.

Or you can get raw with these strings.

How about this gamechanger from America's Got Talent (which they SHOULD have won).

And finally, this, dedicated to the one and only rdb2, WHO HAS RETURNED HOME!.

Either way, the violin is sweet yet LETHAL.

Do it!

30 posted on 05/01/2012 11:25:04 AM PDT by rdb3 (If you were tried in court for being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict you?)
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