The recession is over declares the king! State, National, International, posted by Pablo, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:12 am
Even President Obama's most ardent supporters are being to take notice that he only blames others while he makes things worse. He is very quickly showing himself to be completely clueless and a true empty suit.
Posted by Raj, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:30 am
I fully believe that Obama is deliberately destroying the private sector so that more and more will be dependent on him for federal assistance.
The evidence for successfully turning around a failing economy is clear, yet it is dismissed by Obama, McNerney and other Congressional Democrats. Reagan entered a worse economy and thru tax cuts, lower reguations, and communicating optimism and confidence in American innovation, he created 20 million jobs in a short time period.
Yet...Obama and his Admin take the anti-Reagan approach...and the results are very evident given that we are in a depression with few economists being optimistic on a quick recovery.
Posted by None of the Above, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm
This is from the link you posted. I don't see President Obama declaring it over:
"He spoke shortly after a group that dates the beginnings and ends of recessions said that the economic downturn that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009. At 18 months, that makes it the longest since World War II, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research."
It might be worth remembering that Obama entered his term in office with the economy already in a tailspin, a record high deficit and, oh yeah, committed to the billion a month we were spending in Iraq, in a war that at the time had no connection to Al Qaeda.
Reagan actually used the Keynesian approach to the economy, which probably rebounded not as a result of the much-ballyhooed trickle-down theory but as a natural consequence of dumping as much money as he did into defense spending.
Posted by Sarge, a resident of Livermore, on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Your refering to our ELECTED President as a "king" is both insulting and stupid. That's right, I said stupid. If you are really that unhappy with the election process maybe you should try living in a country that does not have open and fair elections. Is it that... or is your thinly veiled racism showing. The man is trying to improve the condition his predecessor left this country in. Don't blame President Obama for making an effort... blame the greedy, faith based,warmongering and rights reducing administration that left this nation in such bad shape!
Posted by Ken, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Worst president we have ever had and hopefully will ever have. He has absolutely no idea what he is doing and now is overexposed. He has sewn the seeds of what is coming in November not only this year but in future elections as well. I truly believe the only thing he knows how to do is talk into a teleprompter if someone puts in the words for him. If he speaks on his own it is awww, awwwww, awwwww.
I would rather have anyone as a President. I wish Hillary were President at least she would be getting some good advise from someone who knew what he was doing.......that is right her husband, Bill.
Posted by Huh?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm
""Something that took ten years to create is going to take a little more time to solve," Obama said."
10 years? But Bush was only the president for 8! And don't forget that 2 of those years we had a democrat majority in Congress!
When will Obama start taking responsibility and doing something smart for the country? He has done nothing but going on vacation, accepted nobel prizes, sent her wife to Spain (yes , the taxpayers financed the air force 1 and all the security, and the hotels were very expensive), the list goes on....
I voted for Obama in 2008 because of Palin, but in 2012 I will vote for anyone but Obama.
Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a member of the Hart Middle School community, on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Ah, the woes of the rich Pleasantonians, suffering oppression against the black Muslim radical President who was born in Kenya (we all know that Hawaiian birth certificate is Photoshopped) and wants to slightly raise their top tax rate from 35% to 39%, which is less than half of what it was when LBJ was President and a far cry from the 91% rate they paid under Eisenhower.
When, I ask you, oh when, will this oppression of the rich end?
And the First Lady has traveled abroad? Well, there's Obama's problem right there--womenfolks needs to be kept t'home, not out there in the world, wearin' store-bought shoes and thinkin' for theyselves. No, sir, we cain't have that.
p.s.--I'm interested in some part-time work. How much do you get for being a right-wing political shill? And I'll need to be paid in cash, don't want the socialist Muslim government getting their grubby paws on any of MY hard-earned cash.
Posted by Michael, a resident of Livermore, on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:37 am
Look at the situation logically. I voted for him but what I voted for and what he is doing are not the same. I did not vote for an american hating, business hating, socialist. I voted for what I thought was going to be a different kind of politican but what I got was just the same old same old maybe on steriods. Simply and honestly put, he is out of his league, not qualified for the job, and needs to be replaced.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:18 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Does the evidence really support this idea that he's American-hating, business-hating, and a socialist or are you just buying one side's propaganda? There's more than a few conservatives that refuse to use the word "socialist" in referring to Obama, but you just don't hear about them because it doesn't sell media. Now we see the GOP ripping itself apart between those who will cater to the anti-intellectual populism and those who retain their values.
"Calling Obama a “socialist” simply isn’t logical. He doesn’t share the belief that industries should be nationalized by the government or even taken over by the workers as many American Marxists espouse. He may not be as wedded to the free market as a conservative but he doesn’t want to get rid of it. He wants to regulate it. He wants “capitalism with a human face.” He wants to mitigate some of the effects of the market when people lose. This is boilerplate Democratic party liberalism not radical socialism.
I detest conservatives throwing around the words “socialism” and “Marxism” when it comes to Obama as much as I get angry when idiot liberals toss around the word “fascist” when describing conservatives. I’m sorry but this is ignorant. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge of what socialism and communism represent as well as an ignorance of simple definitions. Obama will not set up a government agency to plan the economy. He will not as president, require businesses to meet targets for production. He will not outlaw profit. He will not put workers in charge of companies (unless it is negotiated between unions and management. It is not unheard of in this country and the practice may become more common in these perilous economic times.).
An Obama presidency will have more regulation, more “oversight,” more interference from government agencies, more paperwork for business, less business creation, fewer jobs, fewer opportunities. It will be friendlier to unions, more protectionist, and will require higher taxes from corporations (who then will simply pass the tax bill on to us, their customers). But government won’t run the economy. And calling Obama a “socialist” simply ignores all of the above and substitutes irrationalism (or ignorance) for the reality of what an Obama presidency actually represents; a lurch to the left that will be detrimental to the economy, bad for business, but basically allow market forces to continue to dominate our economy."
Posted by Michael, a resident of Livermore, on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:11 am
Doesn't matter to me if you get angry or not, go ahead and throw yourself down and have a little tantrum for all I care. I am a small business owner and a veteran, and yes I voted for President Obama, and admit it was a mistake. I wish Hillary had run and believe we would be better off right now. Yes he is all for spreading it around as he says, and I knew I was in trouble when he went to the mideast and bowed and apologized for the US. I wish I had known more about him before I voted. I still have no idea who paid for his education, private Hawaii High School, private Occidental College, Columbia University, and the Harvard.
Doesn't matter anymore as I have learned my lesson and will never vote this way again.
Posted by Forgotten, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Truly insulting that Obama & some in his administration is saying the recession is ending. A male in my family JUST lost his job in JULY, NO severance, as his company shut down, after bleeding $$ AND employees for over a year....sinking, ran out of money. And, shucks, sinced there were NO unions at the company, AND, altho they made widgets, they were not manufacturing green widgets,... and it was not a minority focusedd industry.....So TOUGH ! ! Out of lock suckers, just out-of-work white-guy engineers ! ha! Obama only helps unions, minorities, or greens.....sticks to his agenda.... economy be damned ! ! Just like from day one, he didn't let economy deter him from his campaign agenda and campaign paybacks....Unions, minorities, & greens ! MAIN street be damned. And wed haved no representatives that fought for us...not McNerney, not Pelosi, not Boxer...not if we don't fit on that checklist of the ones they OWE or are OWNED by !
Posted by Paul, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Thank you for your service to our country, and for working in the private sector, as well. I hope your business is thriving.
However, I'd like to submit to you that Hillary and Obama have very similar ideals...tho their 'operating styles' may be different. Did you know, for example, that Hillary was a huge admirer of Saul Alinsky? She wrote her Masters thesis praising Alinksy and his book "Rules for Radicals."
She is as much of a socialist/marxist as is Obama. For that matter there are more than 70+ self avowed socialists in the Fed.
Hey Stacey...ok if you don't like me calling Obama a socialist or marxist...I'll go with an avowed COMMUNIST.
Posted by Michael, a resident of Livermore, on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm
Business is so so, not great and not terrible. I am kind of sitting on the fence trying to figure out what the future holds so am putting off on any type of hiring at this point. I am a small business owner and my company makes over $200,000 gross per year so Obama gets his way he will raise my taxes from 34.6% to 39.6% and 5% is enough to me to consider laying off a couple of employees in order to make the same amount of money as before. In answer to someone above I think Hillary has enough sense not to raise taxes in a recession and make no mistake about it we never emerged from any recession but are still in it and maybe going deeper. I think I am for far less government and maybe all of this Obama/socialist/communist/stupid agenda or whatever you want to call it has me leaning towards someone like Rand Paul.
Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Did you know that the Tea Party embraces Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" as a means to disrupt the democratic process? That Republicans from as wide a scope as Dick Armey to John Feehery to James O'Keefe advocate Alinksy's tactics?
Here's a web link for ya. For some reason, they don't discuss this on americanthinker.com...
Posted by Dark Corners of Town, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm
To 'Nurse Shark' - What's in that article and it's references isn't even in the same scope/league as Code Pink's actions in DC, the SEIU on the streets, and the anti-war anarchists during the Bush war years. Doesn't even come close. Vogel writes a good article showing the dilemma of having to use a weapon you don't like to use, but may be forced to because your opponent uses it.
Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm
DCOT: I'm not sure what your point is. It sounds like you're saying, "yeah, we're evil, but there are other evil people too." Or are you defending Alinsky? Or refudiating him? Or just trying to divert attention from the fact that Paul's just had the rug pulled out from under him?
@Maxie: Grandma, is that you? You know Dr. Landy said you shouldn't be blogging at this hour--remember how sitting in front of the computer this long flares up your hemorrhoids?
Posted by Maxie, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm
I feel so very sorry for you, you seem so full of venom and hatred towards those who do not feel the same as you. I truly pity you and hope you can come to grips with your insecurities and what has caused so much hate in your heart. I hope you find peace.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
From an earlier link I posted:
"The means of production are still in the hands of private citizens, even though those governments - and soon, our own - make it difficult for private enterprise to succeed. It makes no sense to call what Obama is doing “socialist” if you wish to adhere to the strictest definition of the word. And if you’re not going to stick with how a word is defined and make up your own definition, why bother with the English language at all?"
"The unhinged nature of some of the criticism directed at the president reflects badly on the entire right. When you consider that Obama is a duck in a shooting gallery that a pie eyed prostitute could hit with her eyes closed, it is a mystery why so many seek to misrepresent and exaggerate what this president has done and what he stands for.
Keep your eye on the target and allow logic and reason to guide your criticisms. Leave behind the paranoia, the fear mongering, and the hysteria. That’s the losers argument. Let objective reality animate your commentary and people will actually start to listen rather than turn you off quicker than a Tim Robbins movie."
Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of the Canyon Creek neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm
I choose to believe Maxie is being sincere. Maxie, I appreciate your concern. I suppose I'll feel better early in November when the Tea Party implodes and begins to eat its own offspring. That should help soothe the pain I feel for America right now.
Posted by Bobby, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm
Nurse Shark and Spacey, you both make most of us want to puke you are so repulsive and I guess I know why you spend most of your waking hours on this blog. Get off of your a.......s and get some fresh air and exercise...........geez
Posted by Forgotten, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Nurse Shark's function is to be a Sxxx Disturber for 'her party'..and code pink nuts, all around union picketer & organizer etc. See, she commented all the way thru this thread with idle meaningless chatter for the sole purpose of keeping the talk AWAY from Obama....Obama with the special interest AGENDA he never deviated from for his entire first year....totally ignoring and tone-deaf to the economy that disappeared from MAIN Street....while he fiddled with assorted inner-city programs, green grants & gifts to his green donors, and special big-buck paybacks to assorted unions, manufacturing and PUBLIC UNIONS EVERYWHERE.... all while Main street, and small manufacturing disappeared. Of course he did fly out several times to give solar wannabees $ 1/2 Billion at a crack...rather than them using venture capital (does that mean taxpayers earn the dividends, since the BIG boys wanted to use public $$ instead of their own $$....oh, THEY HOPED WE WOULDN'T NOTICE THOSE DETAILS !! Now they say they might not get those companies off the ground for a year or two. Gee OUR GUYS in our everyday middle-class world could have kept little companies viable with just a bit longer with just a bit of cash. TOUGH !! BIG GREENS GOT IT INSTEAD !!! and they are only 1% of CA jobs....SUCH INjustice ! ! ! !