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article imageOp-Ed: American anger should be directed at Obama

By David Zublick     Jun 6, 2011 in Politics
A new Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds that Americans are angry. And their anger is directed at just about everything. But Obama's policies have triggered the anger.
Americans are angry at Barack Obama, high gas prices, unemployment, congressional Republicans, and even God.
And some of that anger is justified.
New figures released last week show unemployment is at 9.1 percent. Employers added only 54,000 jobs in May, the fewest jobs in eight months, down from 232,000 in April. This is an abysmal figure.
And what does Obama have to say about it? He called the jobless report a "bump in the road". This from an administration that projected unemployment would be below 8 percent by the end of his first year in office.
How's that Stimulus 2 workin' out for ya?
Gas prices are on the rise. Americans are angry at the prospect of $5 a gallon gasoline some time this summer. Cancel that road trip.
And partly due to high gas prices, grocery prices are also going up. Have you bought coffee, milk , juice or bread lately? It's enough to make you lose your appetite.
Trying to buy a home? Trying to sell one? Good luck with that.
Three quarters of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, and over 80 percent say the job market is nowhere near where it should be. Half of the respondents to the poll do not believe that Obama has a plan to balance the budget, and almost 60 percent think the Republicans have no plan either.
According to the results of this poll, anger is affecting Americans' everyday lives. Many say that cannot sleep at night. Their sex lives are affected. Twenty-six percent of married respondents said that the country's economic woes have taken a toll on their marriage, half of them saying it has made their marriage worse.
Americans needs to take this anger and focus it like a laser beam on the one responsible for the problems we are facing. And it's not God or the Republicans.
It's Barack Obama.
It's Obama's policies that have triggered the anger. He is responsible for the high unemployment rate. His failed stimulus policy has failed to ignite the job market, and his ideas on raising taxes on high income earners and businesses will definitely not result in job growth.
Gas prices are also the result of Obama's failed energy policy. Yes, we should be looking at alternative forms of energy, but Obama's refusal to consider drilling in places such as ANWR is abominable. Drilling domestically would not necessarily bring down prices at the pump immediately, but it would send a clear message to foreign oil companies that we are becoming energy independent.
Food prices would also stabilize with falling gasoline prices. Food prices are expected to soar up to 4 percent this year, after rising only 0.8 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Price Index. Transportation costs play a major factor in the steep price hikes.
As for balancing the budget, that will never happen under a president whose economic policies are heavy on taxing and spending. Congressional Republicans do indeed want to balance the budget. Paul Ryan's plan to cut $4.4 trillion dollars from the federal deficit has been met with strong opposition from the Obama administration and the Democrats, going so far as to paint the plan as throwing seniors over a cliff, even though Medicare as it stands now is unsustainable.
As for the housing market, again, the blame can be placed firmly at the feet of Obama.
The slump in the housing industry is directly tied into unemployment. People without jobs cannot afford to buy homes. Before purchasing a home, buyers want to be sure they have good job security and a stable income. And younger people, finding the working world increasingly hostile, are choosing to live with their parents until they can find steady employment.
Obama's failed policies keep the housing market thin.
Americans need to take their anger out on the person responsible for placing them in the predicament they now find themselves in. Barack Hussein Obama.
And the best way to vent that anger is to carry it to the polls in 2012, and elect a true fiscal conservative to the presidency, as well as replacing the Democrats in the Senate and the House.
Otherwise, the anger will only get worse, and could result in the types of situations we have witnessed in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Algeria.
And that type of civil unrest would be a disaster for this nation.
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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