Dick Morris: Obama sows seeds of demise

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Tom B, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Tom B

    Tom B

    Will the 2010 election look like 1994?

    Dick Morris: Obama sows seeds of demise

    When the Obama administration crashes and burns, with approval ratings that fall through the floor, political scientists can trace its demise to its first hundred days. While Americans are careful not to consign a presidency they desperately need to succeed to the dustbin of history, the fact is that this president has moved — on issue after issue — in precisely the opposite direction of what the people want him to do.

    Right now, Obama’s ratings must be pleasing to his eye. Voters like him and his wife immensely and approve of his activism in the face of the economic crisis. While polls show big doubts about what he is doing, the overwhelming sense is to let him have his way and pray that it works.

    But beneath this superficial support, Obama’s specific policies run afoul of the very deeply felt convictions of American voters. For example, the most recent Rasmussen Poll asked voters if they wanted an economic system of complete free enterprise or preferred more government involvement in managing the economy. By 77-19, they voted against a government role, up seven points from last month.

    And in the Fox News poll — the very same survey that gave Obama a 62 percent approval rating and reported that 68 percent of voters are “satisfied” with his first hundred days — voters, by 50-38, supported a smaller government that offered fewer services over a larger government that provided more.

    By 42-8, the Fox News poll (conducted on April 22-23) found that voters felt Obama had expanded government rather than contracted it (42 percent said it was the same size) and, by 46-30, reported believing that big government was more of a danger to the nation than big business. (By 50-23, they said Obama felt big business was more dangerous.)

    By 62-20, they said government spending, under Obama, was “out of control.”

    So if voters differ so fundamentally with the president on the very essence of his program, why do they accord him high ratings? They are like the recently married bride who took her vows 100 days ago. It would be a disaster for her life if she decides that she really doesn’t like her husband. But she keeps noticing things about him that she can’t stand. It will be a while before she walks out the door or even comes to terms with her own doubts, but it is probably inevitable that she will.

    For Americans to conclude that they disapprove of their president in the midst of an earth-shaking crisis is very difficult. But as Obama’s daily line moves from “I inherited this mess” to “There are faint signs of light,” the clock starts ticking. If there is no recovery for the next six months — and I don’t think there will be — Obama will inevitably become part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    And then will come his heavy lifting. He has yet to raise taxes, regiment healthcare or provide amnesty for illegal immigrants. He hasn’t closed down the car companies he now runs and he has not yet forced a 50 percent hike in utility bills with his cap-and-trade legislation. These are all the goodies he has in store for us all.

    Obama’s very activism these days arrogates to himself the blame for the success or failure of his policies. Their outcome will determine his outcome, and there is no way it will be positive.


    • You can’t borrow as much as he will need to without raising interest rates that hurt the economy;

    • The massive amount of spending will trigger runaway inflation once the economy starts to recover;

    • His overhaul of the tax code (still in the planning phases) and his intervention in corporate management will create such business uncertainty that nobody will invest in anything until they see the lay of the land;

    • His bank program is designed to help banks, but not to catalyze consumer lending. And his proposal for securitization of consumer loans won’t work and is just what got us into this situation.

    So Mr. Obama should enjoy his poll numbers while he may.

    Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of Outrage. To get all of Dick Morris’s and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by e-mail or to order a signed copy of their new best-selling book, Fleeced, go to dickmorris.com .

  2. All true but he underestimates two things. One, how dumb voters are, and two, how invested the media are in Obama. They could be destroying him already over his list of gaffes, mistakes, bad appointments and decisions. Instead, they pretend he is the greatest ever. They will continue to do so and sweep any unpleasantness under the rug. As far as they are concerned, if they don't report something, it never happened.
  3. Looks more and more like 2006.

    The market is signaling an economic recovery out of a deep recession and the GOP has been left standing at the "station" once again.

    But that has been their choice.
    A most strategic blunder.

  4. Of course he uses Fox and Rasmussen Polls as a refrence :cool: :cool:
  5. Mav88


    The only thing of great substance Obama has done so far with his name on it is to spend a lot of borrowed money and claim mortgage relief (which wasn't that popular), everything else is a sideshow and Geithner is simply extending Paulson with a few little twists. Obama doesn't know crap about economics beyond his income redistribution ideas. It takes time for the full ramifications of his socialist budget policies come into force.

    There will come a time when this telepromter image management routine will come under stress, I am patiently waiting.
  6. Is this the same Dick Morris who had what was supposed to be a 'secure' conversation with President Clinton on a matter of national security and had both cocaine and a hooker in the room, and who let the hooker listen in on the conversation?

    It's amazing what Fox News viewers will forgive from those who suddenly 'agree with what they want to hear' while decrying the sins of those whom they don't agree with.

    Dick Morris, a friend of Fox News and the GOP.
  7. What a fucking hypocrite.He was on Hannity criticizing Geithner over 30,000 in taxes and he owed over 2 million in taxes

    Tax troubles
    Morris had been labeled as one of the biggest tax delinquents in his home state of Connecticut, owing an estimated $280,000 in unpaid taxes and a total of $452,367 in unpaid taxes and fees.[24][25] In 2003 the IRS filed a $1.5 million tax lien against him. Morris said that he has reached an agreement with Connecticut and his name will be removed from the next delinquency list. Morris says that he is committed to paying his taxes: "Following a difficult period in my life, I fell into arrears. But since then, I have paid almost $3 million in state and federal taxes."[26]
  8. Fallout
    On August 29, 1996, Morris resigned from the Clinton campaign after reports surfaced that he had been involved with a prostitute. A tabloid newspaper had obtained and published a set of photographs of Morris and the woman on a Washington, D.C., hotel balcony. The Electronic Telegraph reported unverified claims that in order to impress the woman, Sherry Rowlands, Morris invited her to listen in on conversations with the President.

    Morris resigned on the same day that Bill Clinton spoke and accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. In his resignation statement, he said that "while I served I sought to avoid the limelight because I did not want to become the message. Now, I resign so I will not become the issue."[6] In his response, President Clinton praised Morris as a "friend" and thanked him for his years of service. Privately various aides to Clinton were furious that in his resignation statement Morris credited himself with helping the President "come back from being buried in a landslide" and that Morris ended by comparing himself to Robert Kennedy.[7]
  9. A bit different being a talking head with a tax problem than serving as Secratary of the Treasury.

  10. That you see a difference between tax problems is a major part of the problem we have in America today...

    That you would do anything to stand in defense of Dick Morris...

    Shows how soiled your politics have become...

    #10     Apr 29, 2009