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Obama and the 'Competency Crisis'

Another fair-minded liberal who sees Obama destroying the American economy:
Obama and the 'Competency Crisis'
Fewer Americans are working full-time today than when Mr. Obama took office. We have lost over 900,000 full-time jobs in the last four months alone, and long-term unemployment is at a post-World War II high. The public's faith in his ability to deal with the economy has plunged. As Doyle McManus of the L.A. Times put it, "Can this president persuade voters to let him keep his job when so many have lost theirs?" Even Jimmy Carter didn't plumb the depths of national dissatisfaction revealed in the stunning Gallup poll taken Aug. 11-13. The president's approval rating was only 39% with a mere 26% approving of his handling of the economy....
We lack a coherent and muscular economic strategy, as Mr. Obama and his staff seem almost completely focused on his re-election. He should be spending most of his time on the nitty-gritty of the job instead of on fund raisers, bus tours and visits to diners, which essentially are in service of his political interests. Increasingly his solutions seem to boil down to Vote for Me....
Mr. Zuckerman is chairman and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report.

The EPA’s giant green jobs-killer

Wonderful! More job "un-creating" news from the faltering Obama administration. Not to mention that this policy will boost electric bills for residential and business customers of the affected utilities.
The EPA’s giant green jobs-killer
Michael A. Walsh - NY Post - August 22, 2011

Get ready for the sacrifice of tens of thousands more American jobs (at least) to feed the fantasy of “clean energy.” Even as the “green jobs” promise proves to be a lie, the Obama administration is getting set to force the shutdown of countless power plants across half the nation....
With unemployment still sky-high, new jobless claims routinely hitting 400,000 a week and consumer prices rising, is this really the time to hobble the nation’s reeling economy further?
Absolutely, says autocratic EPA chief Lisa Jackson -- who could possibly be against improving the air quality for up to 240 million Americans? “Just because wind and weather will carry air pollution away from its source at a local power plant doesn’t mean that pollution is no longer that plant’s responsibility.” 

Liberals and the Texas Unemployment Miracle

Liberals and the Texas Unemployment Miracle
By John Lott - FoxNews.com - August 19, 2011
With Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry officially entering the presidential race last week, liberals have started attacking Texas' economic record.
Paul Krugman in the New York Times went first last Sunday. "So what you need to know is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment," Krugman claimed.
With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas.....

Rick Perry's passion, impressive record in Texas making Dems nervous

GOP hopeful Rick Perry's passion, impressive record in Texas making Dems nervous
By Andrea Tantaros - NY Daily News - August 18th 2011
"Don't mess with Texas," the famous saying goes. And from the looks of it, the warning could well come to summarize the 2012 presidential campaign. Only days after officially jumping in the race for the White House, GOP candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has rattled the usually cool President Obama, prompting him to go on the offensive and acknowledge his opponent, a very unusual move for a sitting President when the election is well over a year away.
While the rest of the country is struggling, Perry has created a climate in Texas that is favorable to business and unfriendly to regulations and high taxes. Accordingly, the state is thriving.
This makes Democrats nervous, and they are lashing out. In fact, Obama allies like Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) have already leveled charges against Perry's record of job creation, absurdly claiming that most of the jobs he created "are one step away from slavery" because of their minimum-wage status....

Backdoor illegal immigrant amnesty courtesy of Obama.

Unemployment is how high right now, 9.1%, and this is the Obama administrations response?
Republicans Decry DHS Deportation Review as 'Amnesty'
August 19, 2011 | FoxNews.com / AP
The move would likely grant a reprieve to many would-be DREAM Act beneficiaries and thousands of others. The DREAM Act is a proposal in Congress to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service. Though the bill has not passed, Thursday's announcement could serve to carry out its provisions....
Why Bam’s doomed - Clear lesson of US history
by John Podhoretz - NY Post 08/19/2011
Unless something extraordinarily dramatic comes along to change the course of the US economy and the sentiments of the American people in the next six months, Barack Obama is finished.
That conclusion is inescapable from the history of US presidential politics since 1945.
Obama is now below 40 percent in job approval in the Gallup poll. Yes, as the political scientist Larry Sabato points out, almost every president since FDR has fallen to that level. But of those seven presidents, five (Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush) went on either to lose the next election or to not run again.....
Growth in the first quarter of 2011 was a shocking 0.4 percent. Second quarter: 1.3 percent. Forecasters are dropping their estimates of growth for the year to 2 percent -- and that seems extraordinarily optimistic.....

President's bus already out of gas

Even a fair-minded liberal like Mike Goodwin sees what's going on:
President's bus already out of gas
By MICHAEL GOODWIN - NY Post - August 17, 2011
It's the butt of jokes and has been called a "Magical Misery Tour," but President Obama has scored a neat trick with his Midwest bus trip. When he gets home, he can boast to the first lady: Honey, I shrunk the presidency...
Although 25 million Americans -- 25 million! -- are in want of a full-time job, our president is stuck in political navel gazing. He has a pronounced fetish for self-reverence and, according to many eyewitness accounts, regards himself as not just the smartest man in every room, but also the only moral one....