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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Best of Richard Russell
January 28, 2010
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"Our new president is in trouble: Obama Seen as Anti-Business by 77% of U.S. Investors, Poll Says."
"Bloomberg -- U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business, and they question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloombergsurvey.
"The global quarterly poll of investors and analysts who are Bloomberg subscribers finds that 77 percent of U.S. respondents believe Obama is too anti-business and four-out-of-five are only somewhat confident or not confident of his ability to handle a financial emergency.
"The poll also finds a decline in Obama’s overall favorability rating one year after taking office. He is viewed favorably by 27 percent of U.S. investors. In an October poll, 32 percent in the U.S. held a positive impression.
" 'Investors no longer feel they can trust their instincts to take risks,' said poll respondent David Young, a managing director for a broker dealer in New York. Young cited Obama’s efforts to trim bonuses and earnings, make health care his top priority over jobs and plans to tax 'the rich or advantaged.' "
Russell Comment -- Obama's approval rating has collapsed. Americans are sick of Obama's push for his confusing health bill -- Americans are out of jobs and they are much more interested in finding work than fixing a broken health system with a mixed-up health bill. This is a President and a party in trouble.
What's going on?
(1) China is now the engine of economic progress for the free world. The Chinese economy has been "on fire," and China's leaders want their banks to cool it, and hold back on lending. The world's fear, and this includes the US, is that if China slows down, the whole world will slow down. Thus, China has become "the new US" as far as international commerce is concerned. When China "cools it," the rest of the world shudders.
(2) The unemployment problem in the US has become intractable. No amount of Fed spending and stimulus programs appears to be able to jump-start the US economy. Seventy percent of the US Gross Domestic Product is brought in by consumer spending. Consumers won't spend while they are unemployed or fearful of losing their jobs.
(3) Small business is the biggest source of hiring and job creation. Owners of small businesses are being taxed out of existence and they are totally confused as to what the government is going to do next. In other words, they are paralyzed, and when the don't know what to do next, they do nothing.
(4) Americans have lost confidence in their government. President Obama's approval rating has plunged into the basement. Businessmen don't know what Obama's going to propose next. Americans are also disgusted with the greed and conniving of Wall Street, all with the approval of the government. And Americans are furious -- while they are losing their jobs they read about multi-million dollar bonuses being passed out on Wall Street to bankers who American believe have caused the economic mess.
(5) American family wealth and savings have been destroyed by the bear market of 2008-09. This has prompted Americans to cut back on spending and save. Americans are sick and tired of the whole "new health plan" that Obama appears to be obsessed with. Americans are more worried about government spending and unemployment, and they fear the nation has elected an out-and-out socialist in Democrat's clothing. Confusion reigns in the nation.
(6) Americans sense that the US is losing its leadership in the world, and that China is the "new US." For the first time in history, Americans fear that their children will not have a better life than they've had.
(7) American today are very fixed on economics and the stock market. They lost a bundle during 2008-09, and with the Dow only having recovered 52% of its bear market losses, and housing prices having been whacked, Americans are very confused and fearful regarding the future. Net family wealth has been decimated.

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