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article imageOp-Ed: Polls suggest drop in support for Obama policies

By Larry Clifton     Jun 18, 2009 in Politics
Declining poll numbers are proof that his sky-is-falling outlook and sky-is-the-limit abuse of the taxpayer’s check book are both unpopular and unsustainable.
Though the Democratic Party’s takeover of General Motors; bailing out of Chrysler; takeover and bailout of much of the banking system, and bailing out of AIG and others have pushed annual deficit spending into the trillions under Obama, government health care has not yet been added to the taxpayer’s tab. Obama was unable and unwilling to cut a nickel of pork from the Stimulus Bill passed by this congress and signed into law by him. However, his administration has attempted to convince voters that it can control our snowballing deficit before the entire economy collapses under its weight.
Obama plans to rob Peter to pay Paul by transferring benefits from Medicare and Medicaid to help fund his government takeover of health care. Taxes on everything from potatoes to Social Security will be raised significantly by the Democrats in order to seize control of health care. Still, there is no mathematical formula that supports the Obama plan and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reported that the health care takeover costs being touted by the Obama Administration are misleading and unrealizable.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll pegged Obama's job approval rating at 56%, a fall from 61% in April. Obama's approval rating among independents in this poll dropped dramatically, from nearly a two-to-one approval to closely divided.
The poll revealed deep concerns about Obama’s approach to the economic crisis, notably his administration’s policy prescription for the beleaguered auto industry. It seems a growing number of Americans are skeptical of growing government to extremes using printed dollars and those largely financed by China. Obama and his cohorts have closed down hundreds of profitable GM and Chrysler dealerships adding to the unemployment rate which many experts are now predicting will surpass 10 percent.
Showing similar results, a NY Times/CBS poll revealed that a “majority, 52%, said the government should not spend money to stimulate the economy and should focus instead on reducing the deficit.”
According to that poll, fewer than half of the country approves of Obama's handling of health care or the crisis facing the nation's auto industry.
Obama defended his skyrocketing deficit spending and government domination of the free market by claiming his critics have been successful in tagging him as a big government, big spending Democrat.
The President claimed in a recent interview that, "If you have an argument made frequently enough -- whether it's true or not -- it has some impact. If you want to attack a Democratic president, how are you going to attack him? Well, you're going to talk about how he wants more government and he wants to socialize medicine and he's going to be oppressive towards business. I mean, that's pretty standard fare."
Meanwhile, a majority of Americans believe Obama’s description of a “Democrat president” accurately describes him and voiced their opposition to his policies strongly in these most current polls.
Regarding the Obama takeover of health care, Senator Judd Craig (R-NH) said, “the Kennedy bill looked as if it had been written by Rube Goldberg, Karl Marx and Ira C. Magaziner, Mr. Clinton’s health care coordinator.
Mr. Gregg criticized a provision that would establish a Medical Advisory Council to recommend minimum benefits for insurance policies. Many fear that under government health care, they will not receive the tests needed to discover cancer and other dreaded diseases early enough to treat and that treatment will be scheduled by bureaucratic administrators, not doctors and patients.
Meanwhile, Obama and the Democrats have done nothing to reform Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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