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What’s the subject today? Not the economy …

While President Obama tries to keep the subject on anything but the economy (and I think he miscalculated on the gay marriage thing), the economy continues to take its toll whether the center of media attention or not.

Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama’s weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

And the gloomier outlook extends across party lines, including a steep decline in the share of Democrats who call the economy "good," down from 48 percent in February to just 31 percent now.

And yet we’re engaged in discussions about whether Romney was a bully and Obama was bullied or gay marriage.

The economy is the No. 1 issue in the presidential race, thanks to the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression and one of the shallowest-ever recoveries.

While the recession officially ended in summer 2009, unemployment remains stubbornly high, at 8.1 percent in April. Some 12.5 million Americans are out of work.

The increasing skepticism toward the recovery tracks a weakening overall economy as measured by the gross domestic product, and matches economic growth downgrades by many economic forecasters.

We keep hearing the “economy is the No. 1 issue in the presidential race” but we rarely hear about it in that regard.

Instead we’re continually diverted and distracted by the latest “issue du jure”. 

You’d almost think it was a strategy.



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29 Responses to What’s the subject today? Not the economy …

  • Obama ASSAULTED a little black girl (not white African, like him), and made her cry.
    (We know this from his own book, written by “composite” Bill Ayers.)
    Irony?  Oh, yeah…!!!!

  • “You’d almost think it was a strategy.”
    I think it is a strategy.  The government is a big problem for the economy.  I doubt either candidate wants to admit that.

    • Look up a Romney position on economic growth before you speculate.

      • Does anyone remember RomneyCare?
        At least he’s not as old as Dole and McCain were.  So the nose holders might not feel quite so pathetic this time around, I suppose.
        Yay default lesser-of-two-evils!

  • And the Republican federal and state legislature, as well as governors, keep entertaining bills about abortion and contraception, instead of jobs.

    • And when the GOP had the White House, the House, and the Senate what did they do?  Spent like drunken sailors.  Do you think they want to talk about this?
      The same goes for Obamacare versus Romneycare.  It should be an issue but it won’t be.
      I’m convinced this is going to be one of the worst and meaningless elections ever.

      • I’m convinced this is going to be one of the worst and meaningless elections ever.
        >>>> Possibly. But it will still be immensely satisfying to send this self-obesessed s-bag into early retirement where he can stew in his own bitterness and have to live full time with his wife, which I’m sure is a massive load of daily fun

      • I’m convinced this is one of the most essential elections in my life-time.

      • And when the GOP had the White House, the House, and the Senate what did they do?  Spent like drunken sailors.  Do you think they want to talk about this?

        Dem: You must be one of those crazy tea party extremists who want to tear apart America by blocking bipartisanship.
        Rep: How dare you stick to principles when the GOP holds the reins?

        The same goes for Obamacare versus Romneycare.  It should be an issue but it won’t be.

        RomneyCare should have consigned Mitt to the single digits in Republican primaries.  The fact that so many Republican voters chose the man who instituted the failed government health insurance mandate in Massachusetts exposes as utter rubbish any argument that those voters are for free markets and less government.
        No, the media will likely ignore these inconvenient facts because it is in their interest to protect big government from scrutiny.

    • What an AMAZING LIE…!!!  Texas HAS jobs.  We’d have more if Delusional Energy were not getting IMMENSE, market distorting infusions of capital, taken out of the economy by Moonbeam Barry.
      AND we’d have money for a poor woman’s health system in Texas if it weren’t for Pres. Dog Breath’s knee-jerk support of abortion mills.

      • Yeah, I’m trying to figure out when Planned Abortions became an essential part of the government like the legislature or law enforcement.

    • Hey chucky! “Republican federal and state legislature, as well as governors, keep entertaining bills about abortion and contraception,”    It’s a states rights thing, like Gay marriage – and they’re just trying to keep focused on the same important issues the President is focused on, you have a problem with that?
      mmmmm gooooood…..hypocrisy…yummmmmmmm.

    • Shouting “Those other guys do something just as bad!” isn’t a defense. Your lame “both sides do it” posts, with ever more strained equivalences between the sides, merely shows that you have nothing of consequence to say.

      I guess it makes you feel better to yet again smugly deflate those Neanderthal conservatives with your incessant tu quoque barbs, but any accomplishment there is purely in your own mind.

    • Are the republican legislatures running for President? 

    • Why do you hate representative democracy…???

      • Not to defend tad, but I despise representative democracy because

        it’s the basis for pushing the Fallacy of the Collective (the lie that “the people”/”society” decide something, even when there may be a majority which dissents, including those who explicitly vote for the opposite and those who choose not to participate in the farce at all),
        the “representatives” routinely make false promises and fail to vote in accordance with their campaign positions (giving themselves a cushy aristocratic lifestyle and selling power to contributors/cronies at the expense of taxpayers), and
        the winner-take-all nature of elections, as well as the centralized authority which results, runs contrary to a more natural, ethical process in which people who have a vested interest work out their problems without outside interference, to the point that they find a mutual, consensual solution which benefits all sides.


    • Then why are only the Democrat run states all courting bankruptcy?

  • They don’t avoid talking about it …

    At a campaign event in Seattle on Thursday, Obama described the state of the economy during his first campaign in 2008 as the “worst crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression.”“Sometimes people forget the magnitude of it, you know?” he continued. “Sometimes I forget.

  • Obama doesn’t need any help. The WaPo devoted gallons of ink to the vital and relevant issue of Romney cutting some kids air back in high school (a story which is suddenly falling apart)
    The good news is that Romney seems to understand the game here, and is generally staying on message. As for the WaPo…..they’ll be dead soon enough.

  • “But twenty-first century progressivism is not aimed at political reform. There is no new effort at racial unity. There is not much realization that we are in a globalized, rapidly changing, high-tech economy or that race and gender are not as they were fifty years ago. Instead, progressivism has become a reactionary return to the 1960s — or even well before. The new regressivism seeks to resurrect the machine ethos of Mayor Daley, the glory green days of the Whole Earth Catalog, the union era of George Meany, Jimmy Hoffa, and Walter Reuther, the racial polarization of the old Black Panther Party and the old Al Sharpton, and a Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, or Peter Jennings reading to us each evening three slightly different versions of the Truth.”

  • (FOX News) — Health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer that the check is the result of the Obama administration’s health-care law, according to federal guidelines released Friday.

  • “The Green River Formation–an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming–contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale,”Anu K. Mittal, the GAO’s director of natural resources and environment said in written testimony submitted to the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.
    “USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil, and about half of this may be recoverable, depending on available technology and economic conditions,” Mittal testified.