Monday, February 28, 2011

Barack Obama, Current News - #2680 - Wisconsin, Economy, Mideast Pummel Obama's Leadership Ratings - Newsmax (2) Big Labor's Dilemma - Real Clear Politics (3) Why Middle America is Rejecting Big Government - Michael Barone - Real Clear Politics (4) Poll: On Shutdown, More Voters Would Blame Dems - The Hill

Buffeted by the triple threat of domestic unrest in Wisconsin, a struggling economy and upheaval in the Middle East, President Barack Obama’s leadership ratings have hit an all-time low with voters. The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 37 percent of likely U.S. voters now say the president is doing a good or excellent job as a leader. Forty percent rate his performance as poor. That means Obama's favorable ratings for leadership have fallen to its lowest level since he took office in January 2009. Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Big Labor's Dilemma - Real Clear Politics -What we are witnessing in Wisconsin and elsewhere is the death knell of Big Labor. Once upon a time, most Americans could identify the head of the AFL-CIO. He was George Meany, the cigar-chomping ex-plumber who ran the union federation from 1955 to 1979. He was one of the nation's great power brokers, much quoted and wooed by presidents. It's doubtful that as many Americans can name Meany's present successor. (Answer: Richard Trumka, ex-head of the mine workers' union.) Read more......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.


Why Middle America is Rejecting Big Government - Michael Barone - Real Clear Politics -  It's a question that puzzles most liberals and bothers some conservatives. Why are so many modest-income white voters rejecting the Obama Democrats' policies of economic redistribution and embracing the small-government policies of the tea party movement?  It's not supposed to work out that way, say the political scientists and New Deal historians. Politics is supposed to be about who gets how much when, and people with modest incomes should be eager to take as much from the rich as they can get.  Read more.........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.


Poll: On Shutdown, More Voters Would Blame Dems - The Hill -  Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  The results are surprising because most people blamed the GOP for the last government shutdown, which occurred during President Clinton’s first term. A week before the 1995 shuttering, polls showed the public blamed Republicans by a two-to-one-margin.  Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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