Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The "State of the Union" Action Plan....

President Obama calls for action , but will
the public trust him?
The State of the Union address that was presented by President Obama was a great speech , but I was looking for substance for his  "year of action ". Can he pull this off? He has  3 years left . Second terms have historically been tough ones for presidents. From Ronald Reagan's Iran Contra scandal to Bill Clinton's Lewinsky affair to Hurricane Katrina during George W. Bush's second term, U.S. leaders have so often found their second four years going off the rails that it's known colloquially as the "second-term curse."
President Obama's message to Congress is  "My way or the High way." Brazile: Obama's message: A dysfunctional Congress, but we'll get it done anyway . Last year was Mr. Obama's worst , today he is not even trusted by the public at large . ***A recent poll Fully 62 percent of respondents say they "dislike" Obama's policies. Less than one-third said they like both him personally and his policies. Conservatives should also take note that relatively few Americans (33 percent) say they dislike the president on a personal level. The polls are don't always say things right , but the President's credibility is a problem , and it deteriorated with his Health Care law . So this all means  is Can President Obama "regain" the public trust , and try to fix some of the mistakes of his last term? Hes has to , he has no choice but to really focus on domestic issues , but he has to walk cautiously . The Republican's have been having the "jitters" on the President's call to "action" with Obama's threat ++ of executive orders .  “We can go to court,” said John McCain. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.” House Speaker John Boehner declared, “We’re going to watch very closely, because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him, and following the Constitution is the basis for House Republicans.“ And Texas Senator Ted Cruz, no stranger to hyperbole, warned that this is just part of a ”persistent pattern of lawlessness” and a “willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat.” Well , OK.  @ 8 million jobs is a terrible recovery and you throw in the trillions Obama has spent it's downright nauseating. Remember 750 billion of the 1 trillion bailout went to GOVERNMENT union jobs. He lied about Benghazi coverup. He has used executive mandates more than anybody. He has failed to fufill a single campaign promise in 6 years other than obamacare that is the worst bill passed every. He liked about the tax payer cost of obamacare. We are still at war. We still have gitmo. He has hired lots of lobbyist to his counsel. He has spent twice as much as bush in 1/2 the time, will increase federal debt by 7 trillion dollars. Facing a still sharply divided Congress, President Obama pledged to charge forward on his own to push a second-term agenda focused on rising worries about economic inequality and opportunity in his State of the Union addressThe strategy is aimed at shifting emphasis to the power of the executive branch after many of his proposals remained unfinished or untouched in the halls of Congress in 2013. "America does not stand still – and neither will I," Obama told lawmakers in a joint session at the Capitol. "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do.""Let's make this a year of action," he said.
This year, Obama faces the difficult challenges. 

***President Obama starts his sixth year in office with the public dissatisfied about almost everything he has done. His overall approval rating is 46-50 percent, yet only 37% trust him to make the right decisions in the last three years left to his presidency, a new Washington Post/ABC poll shows.
In terms of Foreign Policy, 49% of Americans disapprove Obama’s handling of Iran, only 39% approve. The president’s 50-42 percent rating for handling the threat of terrorism has slipped under majority approval for the first time in his presidency. More personally, too, Americans divide on whether Obama’s a strong leader (48-51 percent) or honest andtrustworthy (49-48 percent). His favorability rating is essentially even split, 49/50.
@ . The Presidential speeches have always sounded to me like propaganda . With specialty "State of the Union" speeches . The State of the Union is the address presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, typically delivered annually. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows presidents to outline their legislative agenda (for which they need the cooperation of Congress) and their national priorities.[1] The address fulfills rules in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, requiring the President to periodically give Congress information on the "State of the Union" and recommend any measures that he believes is necessary and expedient. 
++The American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara keeps atally of every executive order from every president. And where does Obama rank compared to other post-World War II presidents?  Second from the bottom. At 168 executive orders in five years, he has two more than George H.W. Bush. Above him, with 169, is Gerald Ford. Then, the numbers take a leap. JFK had 214 executive orders; George W. Bush had 291; Jimmy Carter had 320, and Lyndon Johnson had 325. Bill Clinton signed off on 364 during his eight years, and Ronald Reagan came in with 381. The winners in this game are are Dwight Eisenhower with 484, Harry S. Truman with 907, and the awful tyrant Franklin Roosevelt with a whopping 3,522.

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