America to Obama: “Don’t Wee Wee on Our Leg”

One of my biggest pet peeves during the Age of Obama is the realization that criticizing your own party is a total waste of time because in the end, you’ll just be accused of blindly following it anyways…which I’m reminded off everytime I make a criticism of Dear Leader. Next are inevitably the words “George W. Bush” followed by “blah, blah, blah, yackity, schmackity.” The attitude from most open minded the tolerant progressives is that I can’t criticize the new boss (since dissent is now treason) just because the old boss and I share a R-(state) after our last name.

Never mind the fact that I was never a fan of the old boss and did criticize him – not to mentioned voted for “Not Bush” in 2004 (I’m not convinced people actually voted “for” John Kerry) – I’m not allowed to speak ill of policies that, regardless of how bad the last guy was, I think are going to make things worse.

And apparently I’m not alone in my criticism either. I give you Arthur C. Brooks, just because he’s mad smarter than I am…

The Congressional Budget Office now estimates that the national debt will balloon to $17.1 trillion by 2019. And he is trying valiantly to deliver on his second promise. Between keeping his promises and the signs of an improving economy, Mr. Obama has every reason to think his approval ratings should be flying high. Instead, Gallup reports that disapproval of the president’s economic policies has grown to 49% in July from 30% in February. Even among the president’s core supporters, young people in the 18-29 age group, his overall approval has dropped 11 points since January…

Consider the evidence. Despite the vote in November, it is clear that when Americans are not in an abject panic, we dislike government fiscal promiscuity. The president’s sinking approval ratings are due precisely to his administration’s free-spending ways. In a July 2009 Gallup poll, the No. 1 reason for disapproval of the president’s economic policies was, literally, “spending too much.” In second place was the worry that the president is “leading the nation toward socialism” through government takeovers and bailouts…

What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life…Citizens will put up with a lot—but not with anyone who imperils our future. There is practically nothing that lowers American happiness more than taking away our faith in a better tomorrow. Data from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey in 2004 show that, even if two people have the same income, education, race, sex, family status and political views, a lack of optimism about the future lowers the likelihood by nearly 50% of one saying he or she is “very happy” about the present.

Read the whole article, as they say. It’s also not Republican’s who are critical, because Dear Leader is hemorrhaging support for independents. These are the same independents that delivery elections to presidents and that, contrary to popular belief, didn’t vote in favor of a radical liberal agenda. Independents don’t vote for what they like as much as they vote against what they don’t like.

In 2008, they voted against a president and a party they didn’t think was doing a good job. Now they’re turning against a president and a party that isn’t doing much of a better job either.


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