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megimoo
01-21-2010, 06:00 PM
"Another 'Hard Core' Liberal 'Little Pit Bull' vomits all over O_Bummer !"

I'm a bit late, but this is the time of year when pundits issue their predictions for the coming year. Normally I stay out of the political prognostication racket. It's as thankless as writing for Arianna Huffington.

Like when I predicted that Howard Dean had the Democratic nomination all sewn up. Nicely played. It'll be in my obit.

I dare not die.

Do readers remember that I was the only one to call the Afghanistan War lost back in 2001? That I was the first to note that Bush's handling of Katrina would mark the beginning of the end for his presidency? That I was the first American pundit to criticize Bush after 9/11? Nope.

Anyway ...

Politically, 2010 could end up being a big year. So, with nothing more than my already wounded pride at stake (darn you, Howard Dean, you coulda been a contender!), I'm placing my bets.

First and foremost, the economy will continue to sour. There may be small, brief up-ticks from time to time. But the overall picture will keep trending downward. Credit markets won't loosen. There will be more bankruptcies. More foreclosures. Higher unemployment, both official and real.

I'm a pessimist for one simple reason: None of the structural problems have been addressed. No one has done anything to put more money into the pockets of consumers or businesses. More bailouts and stimulus might help, but Congress won't approve them after the last time, when bankers used the loot to buy new yachts. Not that they would have signed on during an election year anyway.

Things won't get better because they can't get better.

Obama's job approval rating, which has already fallen faster than any president's in the history of opinion polling, is tied to the unfolding fiscal apocalypse. Unless there's another 9/11, his numbers will plunge toward the Dick Cheney Zone.

It's fair, mostly. Obama could have done a lot to ease the economic pain: direct federal assistance to distressed homeowners, nationalize insolvent banks rather than bail them out, giant New Deal-style federal employment projects, all funded by immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead, he kept Bush's policies (and personnel). After the voters had rejected them.

Turns out we were wrong about Obama. He's not smart. He's not wise.

He's just calm.

There's also a racist component to Obama's problems with the electorate. Obama is much like David Dinkins, elected in 1989 as New York City's first black mayor. Dinkins, an affable Democrat, made the mistake of thinking that African-Americans were his political base. They weren't. White liberals were.



http://www2.hernandotoday.com/content/2010/jan/20/obama-will-drag-down-dems-november/

AmPat
01-21-2010, 06:32 PM
Do readers remember that I was the only one to call the Afghanistan War lost back in 2001? That I was the first to note that Bush's handling of Katrina would mark the beginning of the end for his presidency? That I was the first American pundit to criticize Bush after 9/11? Nope.
Strange, I thought all this time that the last day of his eighth year would mark the end of his presidency?:rolleyes:

megimoo
01-21-2010, 06:37 PM
Strange, I thought all this time that the last day of his eighth year would mark the end of his presidency?:rolleyes:They always have need of a scapegoat to offload their sins onto and drive out into the desert.