Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Feeling the Pain? Not Obama!

The following quotes are from an article which is titled "Does He [Obama] Feel Your Pain?" at The New Republic, of all places. (!!)

The Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts, which like the PPP poll, was pretty much on target in the final result, singled out two white working-class towns, Gardner and Fitchburg, as bellwethers. Obama won Gardner, where Democrats hold a three-to-one registrations edge, by 59 percent to 31 percent in 2008. Brown won it by 56 percent to 42 percent. Obama won Fitchburg, with a similar Democratic edge, by 60 percent to 38 percent in 2008. Brown won it by 59 percent to 40 percent. That suggests a fairly dramatic shift among white working class voters.

...If you look at national polls, Obama has suffered the greatest loss of approval among exactly the same groups. In the Pew polls, Obama suffered a drastic drop in support in the $30,000-$75,000 income group, from 63 percent to 17 percent approval in February 2009, to 53 percent to 35 percent disapproval in the January 14 poll.

I'm acquainted with a fellow who has been self-employed as a business-services professional here in Wisconsin for over 20 years. He reports that he has done ZERO business since last August. Further, he tells me that a couple of his professional colleagues in the Twin Cities, with similar time-in-grade and credentials, running a firm of five professionals, have done ZERO business since October.

Based on what I've been told, the new-car business has dropped off a ledge this month--the result of "Cash-for-Clunkers" last year.

Meantime, Obama is throwing a White House party once every three days on average since taking office.

What pain?


The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for January slipped to 15 from 16 in December, below market expectations for a reading of 17.

In that index, 15 is the numeric equivalent of 'absolutely stinking godawful.'


The Commerce Department said on Wednesday housing starts fell 4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 557,000 units, pulled down by a drop in groundbreaking activity for single-family dwellings. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected housing starts to rise to 580,000 units.

What pain? Air Force One still flies. Been to Massachusetts, Copenhagen, New Jersey, Virginia....Pain??

HT (all) Hot Air

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