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Majority no longer blame Bush for economic woes

That’s primarily because the current administration has been in power 18 months, it has spent like there’s no tomorrow with borrowed funds and the economy is still in the tank. Most adults consider that more than enough time to do address the "inherited" problems and if not fix them, be on the road to doing so. But blaming the previous administration is no longer a viable option.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters blame Obama’s policies for the nation’s economic condition, compared to 47 percent who fault former President George W. Bush, according to Rasmussen Reports.

Although the difference is small and within the margin of error, the poll marks the first time in Obama’s presidency that more people blame him than Bush for the economy.

Obama’s 48 percent also shows a three percentage point increase over the past month, according to Rasmussen. As noted, the margin is small and within the margin of error but is, for the first time, against the Obama administration. More importantly, that’s the way it has been trending in past polls.

So essentially what you should expect to see, as the months pass and the unemployment rate remains high, GDP growth sluggish, consumer confidence down and businesses sitting on the side lines is more and more Americans coming to consider this mess the "Obama economy".

The White House has repeatedly tried to inoculate the president from economic blame with the message that Obama inherited a bad economy from Bush, and has made difficult, unpopular decisions to turn it around.

In a speech to the AFL-CIO, Obama made the case that the problems he faces are the result of Bush economic policies.

"We’re not going to go back to digging the hole," he said. "We’re not going to go back to the policies that took Bill Clinton’s surplus and in eight years turned it into record deficits."

Really?

That’s obviously not how the American people are seeing those policies and their effect.  There’s nothing in the Bush years that even approach the record deficits being piled (and projected) by this administration.

So that old song and dance seem to finally be getting old.  And it is surprising the White House is still trying to push it.  You’d think they’d understand that it was a perishable excuse and it has long since passed its expiration date.  And, as the poll indicates, people have grown tired of it and just don’t accept it as a reasonable excuse anymore.

Not that it will stop the "Blameshifter-in-Chief” and his henchmen from continuing to trot it out there at every opportunity.  Their problem is it just isn’t viable anymore.

~McQ

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19 Responses to Majority no longer blame Bush for economic woes

  • “We’re not going to go back to the policies that took Bill Clinton’s surplus and in eight years turned it into record deficits.”
    But McQ, there are TWO lies in that one sentence.  The “Clinton surplus” did not exist.

  • “But blaming the previous administration is no longer a viable option.”

    Even though the financial crisis was brought about by Fed policy with some help from some in the investment banking sector, it happened on Bush’ watch and he, therefore, must take the heat for it.. Likewise, Obama must take the heat for policies that are prolonging the crisis.

    • Fine, we’ve given him the heat, for 18 months we’ve handed it to him.  He’s not the President any more.  We get to acknowledge he helped create a mess, we do that, but we don’t get to claim he’s continued to keep it a mess.

      What good is applying the heat to a man is no longer President?  How does that possibly help anything?  Other than excuse making, it doesn’t.  It’s way past time to get over it, that dog stopped hunting at least a year ago.

      • Looker, the heat I’m talking about comes from the voting booth. Bush paid and Obama will start to pay.  Our votes are our weapon of choice.

  • “We’re not going to go back to digging the hole,” he said. “We’re not going to go back to the policies that took Bill Clinton’s surplus and in eight years turned it into record deficits.”

    While I realize that politicians lie, the proclivity of this regime and especially The Dear Golfer to daily tell the most outrageous falsehoods is breathtaking and frightening.  I’m waiting for the day when the regime goes totally Orwell and starts referring to increases in the deficit / debt or the unemployment rate as DECREASES.

    It would also be nice if MiniTru would ask (1) which Bush policies The Dear Golfer is talking about and (2) remind people about the difference in size between the worst of Bush’s deficits and what The Dear Golfer is doing.  But I won’t hold my breath.

    • I’m waiting for the day when the regime goes totally Orwell and starts referring to increases in the deficit / debt or the unemployment rate as DECREASES.

      Nah, what they’ll do is ‘project’ bigger increases, then claim the difference between the two as a ‘decrease.’

      • That is already done. Remember those vicious Republican attempts to slash spending on the safety net?

  • “So that old song and dance seem to finally be getting old.  And it is surprising the White House is still trying to push it.  You’d think they’d understand that it was a perishable excuse and it has long since passed its expiration date. ”

    This guy has never had to actually do anything substantial, meaning he doesn’t even understand the simple concept that excuses actually have a short shelf life.  No one seems to have ever held him accountable for anything substantial, how would he have ever learned that?    Being eloquent, good looking, and voting present has always served him well in the past, are you trying to say he can’t continue to draw from that well for this problem?  Racists!

    • Let’s be more generous. As a community organizer, your job is just to find a problem, and scream about it until it becomes an issue for someone else to fix. They don’t have to fix anything, just point out problems.
      Seems sort of like a journalist.

  • If almost half of the people surveyed still blame Bush for the current economic woes, then I would say that the “blame Bush” strategy has been successful.

    • To this point, you could make that argument. But this poll says a plurality now sees it as Obama’s. And that will grow with each passing trend – that’s how the polling is trending.

  • I cut the Obama administration no slack, evil marxist bastards that they are. But in the way of just being honest, it takes about 18 months in most cases for fiscal policies to bear fruit.

    And that is frightening, because that means we are really in for a shit sandwich in the next months.

  • Forty-eight percent of likely voters blame Obama’s policies for the nation’s economic condition, compared to 47 percent who fault former President George W. Bush, according to Rasmussen Reports.

    What do those 47% who blame Bush think is the cause of the present economic mess? Every one of them whom I’ve heard spews nothing buy LapDog media blige.
    Do they (conveniently) forget what the state of the economy was when the Dems took over in January, 2007? Do they remember Pelosi screeching about the “…worst economy in fifty years…” during the 2006 elections?
    Those folks DESERVE Obama and the Reid-Pelosi Congress.
     

    • Actually, its not a partisan problem, or at least not 100%.
      Let’s take Taiwan for example. During elections there, politicians routinely take credit for economic successes. Some people there (my wife included) truly believe Presidents can control the economy – that they can cause the markets to rise, and unemployment to fall, etc. Yes, they have some power – but not that much, and even their small successes may actually be due to old policies bearing fruit, or the legislature not them (see Clinton/GOP congress.) But the mental model people have is that the Great White Father can do all.
       

  • Bill Clinton’s surplus

    Um…the Republican Congresses surplus…and the high tech revolutions surplus….
    What a sick MF.