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Earth to Obama: What Planet Are You On?
Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2013 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 08/23/2013 1:30:13 PM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama continues to tell us that the quality of our lives and our economy have improved when all the available evidence shows they have not. In fact, they've grown worse under his policies.

Recent economic data, studies and government reports reveal a nation in persistent decline showing very little improvement in the lives of millions of Americans.

Incomes have fallen, poverty and homeless rates have risen, full- time jobs are much harder to come by, as low-pay, part-time jobs are surging, even while the work force is shrinking. Workers are losing their health insurance under Obamacare, confidence in the American economy is dropping, according to the latest Gallup poll, and Obama's job approval polls have sunk into the low 40s.

It was reported this week that "four years after the end of [the 2008-09] recession, incomes remain depressed."

How can this be? We haven't heard that on the nightly network news programs. They keep telling us that things are getting better.

But The Washington Post, in a story that should have run on page one but was thrown on page 11, reported Thursday that "The buying power of Americans continues to be weaker than it was when the recession ended four years ago..."

"Inflation-adjusted median household income has declined 4.4 percent... since June 2009," the year Obama became president and the recession supposedly ended, according to a report by Sentier Research, a data-analysis group run by two former U.S. Census Bureau officials.

While average incomes have risen for some Americans, "it remains 6.1 percent below where it stood when the country toppled into recession in December 2007," writes Post reporter Michael A. Fletcher.

And if you think the decline in incomes is mostly among poor, under-educated minorities, think again. The nation's median income "is lagging across education levels and racial groups," the report said.

While Obama insists the economy has improved since he became president, the facts tell a far different story.

U.S. median income (which is midpoint in the nation's household income range) was $52,098 in June, but that's down from $54,478 in June 2009, and it is well below what median income was ($55,480) before the recession began at the end of 2007.

Then there's this economic report from the Associated Press just last month:

"Four out 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream."

That finding came out just as Obama was attempting to show that he had not entirely forgotten about the economy, delivering a series of speeches about rebuilding "ladders of opportunity." Does anyone remember a single proposal from any of those speeches that would put America back to work?

AP's report, based on new survey data, pointed out that "Hardship is particularly on the rise among whites" who have grown sharply more pessimistic about their families' economic futures. An AP poll found that "63 percent of whites called the economy 'poor.'"

According to the AP, "More than 19 million whites now fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation's destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks."

"Poverty is no longer an issue of 'them', it's an issue of 'us'," said Mark Rank, a Washington University in St. Louis professor who calculated the numbers along with a group of academics from other universities and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The government's monthly economic data reflect these and other disturbing findings from economic analysts that reveal a steadily declining quality of life for tens of millions of Americans.

In March of this year, the U.S. Commerce Department released figures showing personal income fell 3.6 percent, the largest decline in two decades. The number was worse when taxes and inflation were figured into the economic data, pushing real personal disposable income down by 4 percent, the largest monthly decline in 50 years.

"What this means is that the U.S. economy is not merely recovering from the recession more slowly than one might like, but is actually getting worse for many Americans," economic analyst Michael Sivy wrote in Time Magazine's business and money website.

In his prescient March 3 analysis, titled "Why Many Americans Feel Like They're Getting Poorer," Sivy forecast that "the standard of living is falling for as much as half the population, particularly if you look beyond monthly numbers to longer-term trends."

That forecast was deadly accurate. The nation's gross domestic product, the measure our total economic output, barely grew at a snail's past 1.4 percent annual rate in the first six months of this year.

Everything in our economy has slowed down or come to a standstill. A mere 162,000 jobs were created in July, a four year low, far below what is needed to bring the jobless rate down to 6 percent anytime soon.

Wages are flat or falling. Employers are cutting worker hours, reducing the average work week to 34.4 hours. And businesses are cutting costs by hiring part-timers instead of full-time employes, and reducing hours worked to avoid Obamacare's health insurance mandate.

In virtually all of the news media's reporting about the economy's decline, one name is rarely or almost never mentioned: Obama. It's as if the economy is on one planet and the president is on another, and never the twain shall meet.

But Obama is to blame, lock, stock and barrel, for the economic pain millions of Americans are going through. It all stems from his anti-growth policies which have given us higher taxes, oppressive gas prices, crushing federal debt, and unending economic uncertainty and costly regulatory obstacles that have paralyzed our economy.

And it's not going to end until his term is over and a pro- growth, pro-free enterprise president occupies the Oval Office and declares that America is "open for business."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: debt; economy; economygrowth; epicfail; jobs; obama; regulations; unemployment

1 posted on 08/23/2013 1:30:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 08/23/2013 1:33:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama: “All is proceeding as I have foreseen”


3 posted on 08/23/2013 1:33:50 PM PDT by Ray76 (Common sense immigration reform: Enforce Existing Law)
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To: Kaslin

It’s not even listed in any known interstellar database.


4 posted on 08/23/2013 1:35:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

Earth to Donald Lambro: What makes you think that Obama is trying to fix the US economy?


5 posted on 08/23/2013 1:40:18 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 08/23/2013 1:41:50 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Planet Xenon, I would guess.


7 posted on 08/23/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Kaslin

“Inflation-adjusted median household income has declined 4.4 percent... since June 2009,”
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Oh, if only that were true! As with so many other things in Obama/Bizarro world the truth is far worse.


8 posted on 08/23/2013 1:51:36 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Ray76

the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four...
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////A figure which, not that long ago, was beyond the wildest dreams of riches for most Americans.


9 posted on 08/23/2013 1:57:29 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Kaslin

The only class not feeling the pain is the DC political crowd. Could that be because they write the laws?

Nah, I’m sure that’s just complete coincidence....


10 posted on 08/23/2013 1:58:52 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: Kaslin

He’s in the netherworlds. And doing his best to turn this planet into hell, too.


11 posted on 08/23/2013 1:58:53 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Ray76

Give him time, it takes a while when your goals are to mimic Cuba


12 posted on 08/23/2013 2:04:15 PM PDT by spawn44 ( MOO)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 08/23/2013 2:08:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: SIDENET
Earth to Donald Lambro: What makes you think that Obama is trying to fix the US economy?

You beat me to it, SIDENET. President You Didn't Build That is doing his worst to destroy capitalist, prosperous, exceptionalist, individualist, constitutional America. Thus far, he's been awfully successful.

14 posted on 08/23/2013 2:16:45 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Kaslin

The scary part is....in 2-years we will look back on today as the good old days.


15 posted on 08/23/2013 2:22:15 PM PDT by wny
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To: Kaslin

Obama is using a form of “socialist realism” ....a idea Joseph Stalin come up with in the 1930’s

Basically pretend all the wonderful socalist ideas are working in speeches and media hype..all the while the people are living a downtrodden life...

Act like the utopia has arrived....instead of the reality of a distopia......


16 posted on 08/23/2013 2:22:29 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Standing Wolf

I recall Rush Limbaugh saying right after he was first elected: He hopes Obama fails. Well, he’s not failing.


17 posted on 08/23/2013 2:24:30 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
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To: BenLurkin

How about FANTASY LAND.


18 posted on 08/23/2013 2:27:38 PM PDT by Southern by Grace (kickbacks, bribes, maifia payoffs is how the D's get R' done!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Kaslin. Partisan Media Shills ping.

> The Washington Post, in a story that should have run on page one but was thrown on page 11, reported Thursday that “The buying power of Americans continues to be weaker than it was when the recession ended four years ago...”


19 posted on 08/23/2013 2:34:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Popman
.a idea Joseph Stalin come up with in the 1930’s

We're essentially living Stalin's plucked chicken parable.

On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen. Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, with the other he began to systematically pluck out its feathers. As the chicken struggled in vain to escape, he continued with the painful denuding until the bird was completely stripped. “Now you watch,” Stalin said as he placed the chicken on the floor and walked away with some bread crumbs in his hand. Incredibly, the fear-crazed chicken hobbled toward him and clung to the legs of his trousers. Stalin threw a handful of grain to the bird, and it began to follow him around the room, he turned to his dumbfounded colleagues and said quietly, “This is the way to rule the people. Did you see how that chicken followed me for food, even though I had caused it such torture? People are like that chicken. If you inflict inordinate pain on them they will follow you for food the rest of their lives.”

20 posted on 08/23/2013 2:49:11 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Kaslin
der Große Lüge...
21 posted on 08/23/2013 2:57:28 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

Planet ‘LIV’!!


22 posted on 08/23/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: SandRat

ANAGRAM.................
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
When you rearrange the letters:
STRUGGLING INCOMPETENT LIAR

In a news brief he commented on the gas attack in syria, “Im causiously thinking about this because thats what the Amercian people pay me to do”


23 posted on 08/23/2013 3:17:51 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (liberty amendments.............. get to work!)
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To: Kaslin

This could plant the seeds for a new revolt.


24 posted on 08/23/2013 4:05:36 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: All

Revolt is coming.


25 posted on 08/23/2013 4:07:25 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: C210N

Sadly, I see a preponderance of our young people content with spending 5 or 6 years in college living on borrowed money and then graduation to the “Life of Julia”.


26 posted on 08/23/2013 4:08:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Kaslin

Would someone please post the pic entitled “My work here is done”?

I do not know how to post pictures.

Thank you.

PS Or, someone could pass the destructions to me, and I’ll post it!


27 posted on 08/23/2013 4:24:59 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

28 posted on 08/23/2013 4:29:53 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: BenLurkin

Obama has brought us to the door of economic depression. He will not do what he must do to re-launch the economy. He just wants to tax and spend, and support extreme liberal causes. The answer is to impeach him, remove him, and get going on rebuilding the country.


29 posted on 08/23/2013 4:31:03 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Vlad the Impaler proposed no path to citizenhip. Consider that.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m giving America one last chance. If she continues to drift leftward I’m going to finish the life off on some tropical island somewhere with a fishing rod in my hands.


30 posted on 08/23/2013 4:40:10 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Kaslin

Can’t be,
Obammy gave himself a B+
Put himself up there with the greats like Lincoln, jefferson.


31 posted on 08/23/2013 5:13:26 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Joe Boucher
Put himself up there with the greats like Lincoln, jefferson. Whatever happened to the left's orgasmic dream of this , project ?
32 posted on 08/23/2013 5:30:17 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Kaslin

That is it!

Thank you!


33 posted on 08/23/2013 5:34:03 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin

PS Perhaps you ought to start a new thread with that pic?


34 posted on 08/23/2013 5:37:17 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin

He comes from planet $h.. for brains. They also use these “brains” as a sexual lubricant.


35 posted on 08/24/2013 4:56:30 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Cheerio

wife, 2 dogs and I are on a vacation in the RV. Just left the Black Hills to head slowly back to Florida.
The 4 that deserve to be thre are in all their splendor.
Obammy will be up on Mt. Rushmore about the same time that mosqe gets built in the shadow of the twin towers


36 posted on 08/24/2013 5:42:12 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Joe Boucher
33 Shocking Facts Which Show How Badly The Economy Has Tanked Under Obama Zero Hedge
37 posted on 08/24/2013 7:31:50 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Kaslin
And it's not going to end until his term is over and a pro- growth, pro-free enterprise president occupies the Oval Office and declares that America is "open for business."

Going to have to pry the Senate from Harry Reid, as well.

38 posted on 08/24/2013 9:25:31 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Cheerio

yes,
but he is clean speaks well and has a nice smile.
But most important, he is a negro.
So we have to be understanding.


39 posted on 08/24/2013 3:02:59 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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