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Obama bad on economy?

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This shit infuriates me: AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy.

Apparently 56% of respondents disapproved of Obama’s handling of the economy.  That’s their business — in my opinion, they’re quite wrong, but they’re entitled to their opinion, sure.  Maybe they feel he’s been too light on reform or hasn’t been aggressive on repealing Bush-era tax cuts, something like that.  Whatever — I can handle that.  What irks me is that 61% said that the economy has stayed the same or gotten worse during Obama’s term.  Uh, what?

That is objectively wrong.  The recession officially started in December 2007.  That means GDP was contracting.  Around the time of the election and Obama’s inauguration, huge financial institutions were dropping like flies — Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, etc.  Now, perhaps it’s poor wording on the pollster’s part, as I think the worst part of the recession did happen during Obama’s term, but for fuck’s sake, we’re obviously better off now than we were a year or a year and a half ago.  The US economy is growing, stocks are back above 10,000, housing sales are up, deflation is backing off, and so forth.

What bothers me most is that the idiots that think Obama is driving the economy into the ground while he’s fixing things are so damn successful with the media.  The Tea Party is a group of morons, and I’m terrified at what’s going to happen in the upcoming midterm election.  I don’t love Obama at all, but I’m also 99.999% confident that he’ll be better than whatever dolt the Republicans throw up against him in 2012 — let’s hope Obama’s reforms show more obvious signs of working by then.


Written by nelsonlu

August 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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Dear Mr. Obama

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During your recent Internet town hall meeting, you very briefly addressed a question regarding the legalization of marijuana.  I am writing to let you know that I am deeply offended and disappointed by your disregard of the question.  It was a tactless and condescending way to deal with a very real issue that affects millions of Americans and others around the world.

I won’t go into statistics, as I’m sure you’ve had a flood of correspondence related to this, but I’d like you to consider one thing.  You’ve admitted to using marijuana yourself in your youth.  How would it have made you feel if you had been convicted of a felony and imprisoned for it?  How would it have made you feel to see your life disintegrate because of a plant?  How would it have made you feel to have your highest elected official laugh at your predicament?

Mr. President, marijuana does not wreck lives or kill people.  The prohibition of marijuana wrecks lives and kills people.  Please give this issue further consideration, and at the very least, consider not laughing at your constituents and erstwhile supporters.


Lu Nelson

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April 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

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Obama finally pissed me off

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I suppose it was bound to happen sometime, but I was caught up in the hype too.  I saw Obama as our savior, an intellectual light at the end of a tunnel of stupidity and greed.  But he’s certainly not flawless.

Earlier this week, Obama solicited questions through a website, which he would later answer in a symposium.  It was his way of connecting to the people, or so he says.  Overwhelmingly popular were questions regarding the legalization of marijuana.  These were not juvenile pranks, but legitimate comments on policy urging Obama to consider the revenue benefit from taxing marijuana, the cessation of gang violence both here and abroad, and to consider all of the harmless felons that are jailed or have been jailed for a victimless crime.  It was a good question, and one which needs to be addressed. It’s especially apropos at the moment given the recent surge in drug-related violence in Mexico.  (See here or other similar stories: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbEJdi8La33B8KtK2gnldYMme7fwD97603U80)

Though I am personally against prohibition of drugs, if Obama had simply given a reasoned, well thought out answer, I’d have been happy enough.  The question Obama had considered asked whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation.  He and the audience just laughed and laughed about it, and then he gave a dismissive answer of “no.”  This is absolutely fucking inexcusable.  To insult and degrade his constituency in such a way is enough for me to very seriously consider any other candidates in the next election.  He was an asshole.  There is another way to describe how he answered that question.

Written by nelsonlu

March 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

President Obama

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In just a few short days, Obama has managed to do more good than Bush did in his entire eight years.  I’m elated that we now have a president that respects science, acknowledges people of all economic levels, religions, and sexual orientations, and believes in acting humanely toward all people around the entire world.  I had my doubts about his commitment early on, and I did vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary, but Obama has so far surpassed any expectations I had for our new president.  (List from here: http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7834460.stm?ad=1)

On January 20, before the end of the day, Obama requested the prosecution in US military trials in Guantanamo Bay suspend all trials for 120 days, putting an end to the unjust system of military tribunals deciding the fate of people who never signed up for said military.

On January 21, Macon Phillips, Obama’s Director of New Media, unveiled a new White House web site and on it made a blog entry (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/change_has_come_to_whitehouse-gov/) detailing a new system of openness within the White House.  All non-emergency legislation will first be posted to the web site to invite comments before Obama will sign it into law.  Bush’s Administration not only failed to encourage participation, but hid as much as possible in order to match to the beat of their drum without condemnation.

Yesterday, January 22, Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay within a year’s time.  He also ordered the CIA to shut down similar overseas detainment facilities, and banned physical abuse, threats, and waterboarding.  He said, “we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture.”  The reasoning behind allowing torture completely eludes me, as intelligence gathered from it can’t be trusted.  Someone under that much duress will say whatever their captors want to hear.  It doesn’t surprise me that Bush was too stupid to understand that, however.

Today, Obama declared he would be lifting a ban on funding for groups that provide abortion services outside of the US.  This ridiculous ban was put into place by George W Bush and harmed the efforts of many organizations worldwide, straining their ability to provide valuable family planning services to impoverished and AIDS-stricken people the world over.  I’ve searched and struggled, but can’t find the reasoning behind the ban having existed in the first place.  I would say it was quite obviously a religious move, one which clearly has no place in our government.  And what kind of shitty religion would encourage causing suffering and death to mothers and soon-to-be mothers around the world?

We now have a clear path to reason in government, and it is a wonderful breath of fresh air.  A President who will not actively hide what’s going on in his administration, but even encourage involvement from the citizens?  A President who is against torture?  A President who will cooperate with other nations in avoiding the destruction of our planet?  The past eight years have led me to forget what the United States used to be, and what it should be — thank you, President Obama, for reminding me.

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January 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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I’m not sure how it happened, but it looks like the Democrats might have managed to blow it again. [http://www.pollingreport.com/wh08gen.htm]  McCain and Palin have somehow been successful in their goal of making the campaign about image instead of issues. [http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/09/mccain_manager_this_election_i.html]  I always thought Obama was very likeable but I think he went wrong with picking a stodgy old white guy for VP.  It’s funny and sad that as soon as Palin came on to the ticket, nobody seemed to care about experience any more — the issue just dropped off the radar of the media and the Republican campaign.

So now we’re stuck with people not voting for Obama because they think he’s Muslim or because his middle name is Hussein, and people voting for McCain because he’s a war hero.  This kind of irrational crap really gets my blood boiling, but I fear there’s not much I can do.  The media has just barely, barely glossed over Palin’s frighteningly conservative views, and has instead focused solely on her family.  Palin is practically the same as Bush when it comes to political views, but nobody gives a shit because she’s an attractive woman with a pregnant daughter and a baby with Down syndrome.

I’m not sure what happened to McCain — in 2000, I kind of liked him, and would have vastly preferred him to Bush.  It almost seems like my only hope now is that he’s pandering to the far right during the campaign and will regain his senses and scruples if he does actually acquire the presidency.  Maybe Obama will still manage to pull it off though.  I’m sure being in the Midwest, my anecdotal experience on how the election is going is not too worthwhile, and they are still just a few percentage points apart in the polls.  I’ll be crossing my fingers and waiting.

Written by nelsonlu

September 16, 2008 at 9:37 am