Is President Obama up to creating private sector jobs?
Here is what it takes:
- Rapport with corporations and capitalists
- Solid fiscal and monetary policy
- Positive new business engineering policy
- Priority to renewing manufacturing America
- Enthusiasm for the task
I think he has the intellectual capacity, though his socialistic tendencies are getting in the way. After all, his parents and grandparents worked for the government. He worked for the government. He has no affinity with the private sector. Somehow, Bill Clinton found it, though he didn’t have it in the beginning either.
It’s time to call upon Bill for help.
If Obama can’t muster the enthusiasm for the task, then he should move along. Let Hillary do it.
“Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/19/2011
The most important poll question in 2012
By Chris Cillizza
Just 47 percent of people approve of the job he is doing, down seven points from a January poll, while 57 percent disapprove of how he has handled the economy.
But, the most important question in the poll as it relates to Obama’s re-election chances isn’t his job approval. It’s whether or not people believe the economy is getting better.
And, on that question, there’s significant reason for worry for Obama and his political team.
Just 28 percent of people believe the the national economy is getting better while 44 percent of people believe it is getting worse in the Post/ABC poll. Another 28 percent believe it has stayed about the same.
Those numbers compare unfavorably to a Post/ABC poll done in late October when just 34 percent said things were getting worse with the economy.
Among independents, fully half believe the economy is getting worse in the new poll while 28 percent think it’s getting better and 22 percent think it is about the same.
In political terms, the trend line is what really matters when it comes to the economy. It’s a perception game. The better people feel about the economy, the more likely they are to believe that things are turning around in the country. And vice versa.
Remember that when President Ronald Reagan won every state but Minnesota in his 1984 re-election race, unemployment was at 7.3 percent. The focus of the election, however, was how it had been over 10 percent in the spring of 1983 — meaning that Reagan could make a credible case that he had gotten things back on the right track.
The rise in gas prices — more than seven in ten people say the price at the pump is keeping them home more often — and concerns about inflation are making it difficult for Obama to make that same argument.
It is worth noting that in the same Post/ABC poll Obama had leads ranging from four to 17 points over his potential Republican opponents. And that Republicans are something short of satisfied with their current options for president.
Still, lingering economic anxiety could well make the identity of Republican nominee besides the point — assuming the nominee isn’t someone like Donald Trump or Sarah Palin who would struggle to appeal to independent voters.
If the election turns into a straight referendum on where the country is and where it is headed economically, the President desperately needs the declining unemployment rate to coincide with a decline in economic uncertainty among the electorate.
By Chris Cillizza | 02:15 PM ET, 04/19/2011”