Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Base Crumbles

When I see the trouble that our President is having, it brings me no joy. As much as I enjoy bashing the man I take no pleasure from his problems, because his problems are America's problems and I love this country with all my heart. Putting aside the current debt crisis, we turn to two articles that portend another set of problems for the man that is our President. His base is crumbling. He's not pleasing anyone.

While many of us are focused on the debt ceiling debate, the rest of the nation is concerned with jobs. Jobs, simply jobs. This Washington Post article focuses on a recent poll.
The Post-ABC poll found that the number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points from 53 percent last year to 31 percent. The number of African Americans who believe the president’s actions have helped the economy has dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half of those surveyed.
Those are horrible numbers. When the President's base support among black Americans is slipping, he's got problems.

Then we turn to this LA Times article where the author talks about Bernie Sanders, the crusty New England independent, who is calling for a primary challenge to the President.
But while most of the media focuses on Republican Boehner and the tea party pressures on him to raise the debt limit not one Liberty dime, Sanders' mumblings are a useful reminder that hidden in the shadows of this left-handed presidency are militant progressives like Sanders who don't want to cut one Liberty dime of non-Pentagon spending.
That's pretty harsh. When liberals like Sanders are calling for a primary challenge, and for the record, what Sanders said is: "I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition." then he's losing the far-left base. As much as I disagree with Bernie Sanders, it's instructive to know that he's not happy with the President either.

When you get right down to the nut-cutting, it seems that this President is anti-business. Whether you like it or not, business is what runs this economy. It's local business that builds a local tax base, that pays local taxes, that contributes to our communities. Those taxes allow communities to do such things as provide water, sewer, streets and roads, and other services that citizens need for daily living. Without a tax base you're screwed and without business you don't have a tax base.

I take no pleasure from our President's problems because his problems are America's problems. I would have loved to say that I was wrong about the man, but it's becoming more and more apparent that our voters picked the wrong guy. Yes, it was historic, but in many cases historic events are devastating to the country that experiences them. We don't need any more historic presidencies.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Concur... And it's NOT getting any better.