A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll of 1,000 American adults offers evidence that our country is in trouble. This poll has been historically friendly to the president, but this time the stats are somewhat grim.
Here are the highlights:
- Do you feel confident or not confident that life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us?
- 21% of Americans feel confident about that; a whopping 76% are not confident
- Do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction or are off track?
- 22% say right direction; 71% wrong track
- Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?
- 40% approve; 54% disapprove; 6% not sure
- Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?
- 14% approve; 79% disapprove; 7% not sure
- How do you feel towards Republicans in Congress?
- 19% positive; 24% neutral; 54% negative
- How do you feel towards Democrats in Congress?
- 31% positive; 21% neutral; 46% negative
- Are you satisfied or dissatisfied about how the United States is dealing with immigrant children from Central America?
- 11% satisfied; 64% dissatisfied; 20% don’t know enough
Here’s what I think the poll tells us:
Americans do not believe the country is being run effectively.
In Congress, they blame Republicans more than Democrats, but both parties are scorched.
And, finally, President Obama receives low numbers on just about every vital issue.
That’s very bad news for liberal Americans, who continue to support the president.
(I wonder if NBC will run a story on the poll they sponsored?)
In a recent interview, liberal commentator Dan Rather said:
“President Obama’s not using the power of the presidency. The basic power of the American presidency is the power to persuade—to persuade your own people to follow your leadership and persuade those overseas to follow as well—and there’s no magic wand that President Obama can wave to make up for his lack of persuasion.”
Dan Rather seems to be saying that Barack Obama is stymied primarily by the problems he inherited. That simply is no longer true. And there’s no need for a magic wand when you have six years to improve things.
Ronald Reagan inherited a mess from Jimmy Carter and turned it around. Abraham Lincoln walked into incredible chaos—largely the fault of James Buchanan—but prevailed. President Obama did inherit a terrible economy, but a fairly stable foreign situation.
Not only has Mr. Obama failed to significantly improve the economic story, but on his watch foreign policy has nearly collapsed. By nearly every measure, things are worse in America than when Mr. Obama took office.
The Politics of Distraction:
President Obama and his administration have proven to be consummate campaigners. Their current talking points as well as the 2012 election campaign was based on the assumption that if you can’t promote your accomplishments—DEFLECT and deflect is in full throttle!
Here’s a capsule of the deflections to watch over the next few months:
- America is not in decline or getting weaker. We are just “re-aligning” in a changing world. If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
- Impeachment—Republicans aren’t talking about impeachment; Democratic politicians and fundraisers are.
- The economy is improving. We’re adding more jobs every month. Unfortunately, the jobs are low paying jobs. Overall, wages continue to decline and we’ll be $20 trillion in debt by the time Obama leaves office.
- As each malfeasance exploded in the Fast & Furious episode as well as the IRA, the VA, Obamacare and Benghazi, we were assured that each was deplorable and the president would make sure people would be held accountable. Did he mean in our lifetime or the hereafter?\
In our foreign relations, there isn’t even an attempt to deflect.
Putin plays us like a child and we can’t persuade anyone to join us in mounting meaningful sanctions.
The red line in Syria came and went and so did our believability.
The ISIS terror army is on the verge of taking over Iraq; and after a year of “study,” we’ve finally launched a limited effort to halt their advance albeit without any long-range strategy to crush this insidious extremist crusade.
Yes, we will survive the worst of our presidents, but we will pay a steep price to overcome the malaise and the debt this one will leave us.
In 2012, the mantra was GM is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead. Today, that needs to be changed to Al Qaeda is more alive than ever and our economy is on life support.