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Obama’s lost that (liberal) loving feeling

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:18 am - September 7, 2011.
Filed under: Liberals,Obama Worship & Indoctrination

One of the defining things about Barack Obama the presidential candidate was how much enthusiasm he generated among his followers. They didn’t just believe he would be a good president; they were convinced he would be a great one on par with Lincoln. Some swooned in his presence; there were even reports of people fainting when he appeared before them at campaign events.

People traveled many miles and volunteered long hours on behalf of his campaign. They became rhapsodic when describing his qualities (often imagined) and delineating his potential. Now, it seems this passion has cooled.

When talking with liberal friends (and family members), many of whom were gung-ho for the Illinois Democrat in 2008, I hear mostly disappointment. One septuagenarian one-time Hollywood heartthrob called him a “failure.” A mother on the cusp of middle-age wishes he would refrain from seeking reelection to allow a more competent Democrat to take his place. A man a few years younger than she says that while he has concerns about the Medicare reforms in Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, grants that at least the Wisconsin Republican has a plan for deficit reduction while Obama does not.

They’re not the only ones.  Yesterday, Glenn Reynolds linked this piece from Richard Cohen, “Barack Obama has lost the Hamptons”:

Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned. Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.

Even the press, Glenn quipped this morning, “has become noticeably less deferential of late.

The quicker government gets out of the way, the sooner entrepreneurs will be able to create more jobs

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:05 am - September 7, 2011.
Filed under: Economy,Entrepreneurs

Instead of resorting to the same old/same old Democratic formula of government solutions to the problem of persistent unemployment, men who are actually in the business of creating jobs (well, as a byproduct of providing goods and services) have some advice for the president, advice which can be summarized by something a successful president once said:  “In this present crisisgovernment is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

The editors at CNBC . . .

. . . asked several CEOs leading up to the speech what bold steps Obama could take to reduce the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

John Schiller, chairman and CEO of Energy XXI, said “if the government would get out of the way, from a regulation standpoint, and let us [XXI] do what we do good you’ll see us continue to hire and grow this economy.”

“I think that’s a message from across the board,” said Schiller.

Let’s hope that before his speech Thursday night, the incumbent president has a change of heart and pivots from the tried and failed policies of the past to those that have worked.  The fewer burdens the federal government (indeed governments at all levels) places on private enterprise, the more jobs they can create.

(H/t: Reader Peter Hughes)