The Only Way to See Positives in Obama’s Economy is to Kill Expectations

August 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm (2012 Elections, George W. Bush, Job Reports, Jobs, Jobs Created, Lowered Expectations, Obama Economy, President Obama, Unemployment)

With today’s jobs report indicating an increase in unemployment to 8.3%, the Obama campaign is sure to draw attention away from the number 8.3 and instead focus on the number of jobs created, 163,000.

It will be celebrated as progress, a step in the right direction, and proof that the private sector is doing fine.

But the only way anyone can possibly believe that is to have been barraged for four years of repeatedly lowered expectations.

Jonathan Collegio of American Crossroads writes:

In short: It is impossible to celebrate 163,000 new jobs as an accomplishment three years into a recovery – unless you have lowered expectations to the point that you do not expect to get folks back to work. Today’s jobs report only exceeds expectations if the president has exceedingly low expectations for America.

Proof of that can be found in the President’s own words.  Surely he had higher expectations when George W. Bush was in office, based on this statement criticizing the number of jobs created in a 2004 report.  Then Senator Barack Obama blasted President Bush on the state of the economy in a radio address to fellow Democrats:

“For the past few weeks, President Bush and members of his administration have traveled the nation to celebrate recent improved economic statistics. Well, I’ve been traveling too, all over this large and diverse state. In cities and suburbs, downstate and upstate, I’ve heard from people who say it’s way too early to claim victory when it comes to our economy,” Obama says in the Democrats’ radio address from June 26, 2004.

“After three dismal years of job-loss, we all welcome encouraging statistics,” Obama acknowledges in the 2004 address. “But for most Americans, the health of our economy is measured in a different and more personal way: If I lose my job, where will I find one that pays as well and offers real benefits? Can I afford health-care coverage on my own, or the cost of sending my children to college? Will I ever be able to save and retire with dignity and security? These are the questions I hear hardworking people asking. For them, the basic rewards of a middle-class life, rewards that we once took for granted, have become an elusive dream.”

The numbers Obama blasted?  310,000 jobs created, and 5.6% unemployment.  Somebody should be making a campaign video right now with those very same words, referring to today’s economic outlook under the President.

Collegio is correct, the only way anyone can look at the economic reports coming out of the Obama administration and see a positive outlook, is to have bought the lowered expectations.
We need a President who will raise Americans expectations, not lower them to make himself look better.

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Flags Flying at Half-Staff For Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Afghanistan, Bobby Estle, California, Flags, Governor Cuomo, Half-Staff, Hero, Heroes, Jose Belmontes, New York, Ohio)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, August 3, 2012 in honor of two Fort Drum soldiers who died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on July 28.
Private 1st Class Jose O Belmontes from La Verne, Calif., and Sgt. 1st Class Bobby L. Estle, of Lebanon, Ohio died of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 630th Engineer Company of the 7th Engineer Battalion of the 10th Mountain’s 10th Sustainment Brigade.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Private 1st Class Belmontes and Sgt. 1st Class Estle and send my deepest sympathies to their family, friends, and fellow soldiers,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will honor the service of these Fort Drum soldiers and we will be forever grateful for their dedication to our nation.”
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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Romney Hammers Obama on Unemployment Rate – "America Can Do Better"

August 3, 2012 at 11:00 am (2012 Election, 8.3, America Can Do Better, Economy, Jobs Report, Middle Class, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Ugh, Underemployment, Unemployment)

When will America grow weary of the Obama administration having to constantly find a silver lining in the monthly jobs reports?  Wouldn’t you rather have flat-out positive employment news, as opposed to having to find a glimmer of hope in a sea of economic despair?

The U.S. economy closed out an otherwise weak second quarter by creating more jobs than expected, with 163,000 new positions added, but the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent.

Markets reacted positively to the announcement, with stock futures indicating gains at the Wall Street open. Economists had been expecting 100,000 new jobs.

As the country struggles to gain growth traction, the unemployment rate held above 8 percent for the 41st consecutive month, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The silver lining of course is the statement that more jobs were created “than expected”.  Roughly every job report since Obama took office has produced numbers that were unexpected.  But the numbers are almost always consistently revised downwards – quietly – a month later.  Case in point, this jobs report also stated, “June’s anemic 80,000 gain was revised down to just 64,000.”

Romney responded to the record unemployment numbers under the Obama administration:

“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a hammer blow to struggling middle-class families. Yesterday I launched my Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will bring more jobs and more take home pay. My plan will turn things around and bring the economy roaring back, with twelve million new jobs created by the end of my first term. President Obama doesn’t have a plan and believes that the private sector is ‘doing fine.’ Obviously, that is not the case. We’ve now gone 42 consecutive months with the unemployment rate above eight percent. Middle class Americans deserve better, and I believe America can do better.”

Can we return middle class America to prosperity?  Romney thinks so, we think so.  Here’s the plan…

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White House Response to Solyndra Going Under? "Ugh."

August 3, 2012 at 9:00 am (Bankruptcy, California, Dan Pfeiffer, David Plouffe, Lis Smith, President Obama, Solyndra, Stephanie Cutter, Ugh, White House)

It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Obama campaign was still trying to spin the Solyndra debacle as a “successful and innovative” venture.

… campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said. “In fact, both Republican and Democratic administrations advanced Solyndra’s application, and the company was widely praised as successful and innovative both before and after receiving the Department of Energy loan guarantee.”

A year ago yesterday however, the administration wasn’t quite as poetic when describing the plight of the company.  In an e-mail exchange involving Obama aides Dan Pfeiffer, Stephanie Cutter and David Plouffe, discussin of Solyndra’s demise prompted a one word response – “Ugh”.

Pfeiffer – “This is going to be a real pain, Solyndra is about to go under apparently.”

Cutter – “Ugh.” 

What a symbolic representation of the fall of Obama’s pet solar project.   The California solar company, Solyndra, once heralded by the Obama administration as a prime example of how the Recovery Act created new jobs while promoting his vision of renewable energy, closed their doors.

Response?  Ugh.

Obama himself spoke at the facility, praising it as “a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism.”

Now?  Ugh.

Once a beacon of solar light in the progressive green jobs agenda, Solyndra received a $535 million federal loan with the help of newly minted energy secretary, Steven Chu, only to find themselves staring down bankruptcy and the release of more than 1,100 workers.

What say you, Mr. President?  Ugh.

Doug Ross reports on the “ugh” factor, citing a silver lining to be found in the Solyndra mess.  That the company’s executives maintained respect for the taxpayers as they bilked them out of millions of dollars.  And that the company remained environmentally conscious.  Both of which Ross sarcastically explains – are untrue.

He adds, “Stay tuned for the musical production, Solyndr-Ugh.”

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Obama Campaign Suing to Make It Harder For Military Members to Vote?

August 3, 2012 at 7:00 am (Military, Mitt Romney 2012 Election, Obama Campaign, Ohio, President Obama, Suppressing Military Vote, Veterans, Vote Suppression, Voter ID)

If they were illegal aliens, felons, or dead people, the Obama campaign would surely be suing to make early in-person voting a year-round concept.

But this is the military, and while Team Obama wants you to think they’re concerned about laws that suppress the vote of everyone, the reality is they’re only concerned about suppressing the vote – of Democrat supporters.

How else to explain a lawsuit that fights the privilege of military members to earn three extra days to cast an early in-person vote in the state of Ohio?

Breitbart Reports:

President Barack Obama, along with many Democrats, likes to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces. Obama, in particular, enjoys being seen visiting troops and having photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?

On July 17th, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in OH to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military. Their suit said that part of the law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis.”

Currently, Ohio allows the public to vote early in-person up until the Friday before the election. Members of the military are given three extra days to do so. While the Democrats may see this as “arbitrary” and having “no discernible rational basis,” I think it is entirely reasonable given the demands on servicemen and women’s time and their obligations to their sworn duty. 

Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that the military typically votes Republican, or that veterans have already shown overwhelming support for Mitt Romney.

Nah…

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