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3 months in office. Jeez. Please folks, let at least a bloody year pass before we get to asking about "evaluation" time. These changes take a little bit more time to see the results.

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Well the far right the 20sum% of them didnt think he would get elected, and now dream up ways to sidetrack him from doing his job.

Shame on them for being so unpatriotic. Its sad the same people said it was unpatriotic to blindly follow the W into disaster.

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I dont exactly agree with everything Obama has planned, damn I didnt even vote for the guy (or McCain for that matter). But I agree with DXXJP that time is needed. However, I disagree with the sidetrack thing, it is called democratic voting for a reason. It isnt suppose to be enacted quickly but with discussion and debate. The only difference between the democrats of the of the Bush admin and the republicans of the Obama admin, is that the Republicans are actually putting up a fight instead of just begrudgingly helping pass one Bush initiative after another.

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When Obama buys back the Federal Reserve (a non-tax paying private corporation) for $450million and saves the American taxpayer $$$Billion (each year) I will personally thank him. -but look at what they did to JFK and Lincoln. Money talks and the financial crooks walk it seems.

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i'm not sure if he is taking the country in the right direction or not, but he sure is trying & trying harder than any past president i can recall. there doesn't seem to be anything he won't take on. america needed a shaking up for sure & they are getting it at last. i wish him the best.

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Obama hasn't really made any change yet. The crooks are still in power and in fact we borrowed trillions (with the Federal Reserve charging interest) to keep them in power. (We bailed out the crooks!! who were overleveraged) Now they are back at it buying up good companies and resources and trying to take over Iran (which has it's own banking system and oil and doesn't want the American dollar). Now they are all on the global warning tax bandwagon again.

One system, one currency, all must be taken over and taxed.

=You missed your opportunity to take these thugs out.

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The numbers at the time I viewed this page -- 78% Pro, 22% Anti -- are only a little out of skew with the polls (Gallup, AP/GfK, Research2000, CBS/NYT, Newsweek) being reported in the U.S. Only President Obama is generally enjoying a high approval rating, with fewer than 30% really, really opposed. Some of those folks are dead-enders, and their motivations are suspect. It's a good honeymoon and clearly Americans are willing to give him some time. They're not expecting instant gratification, for a change.

President Obama won his first election, post-inauguration. The special congressional election in upstate New York was a referendum on his support for the 'stim', and it was a traditionally republican district that went for Bush in 2000 and 2004: Last week, the Republican incumbent conceded and a pro-Obama Democrat is the new representative.

Politicians risk opposing the President at their own peril: Ultimately, some appear dumb. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided to make headlines by opposing the 'stim' and making provocative statements about seceding, casting himself as the alternative to President Obama. This week, he's begging the feds for money to deal with this swine flu scare. That sort of thing winds up helping President Obama politically.

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This ain't statistics. It is popularism for the masses. I don't know if such simplistic surveys should be used to address such difficult issues. That being said, however, on the balance of probability, I think that President Obama is doing a rather good job. I particularly like the efforts that he has made to try and mend some fences with old allies who were basically ignored by the previous administration. At the same time, however, with the mess in Iraq and the economic woes in the US that were handed to Obama, I think it will be some time before he manages to get his head above water and start imprinting his own personality on the presidency (rather than just cleaning up after the last guy).

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That´s an example for a loaded question.

Where is the item "Total disaster" to tick off?

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"Total disaster" was Bush. I think he is doing a good job.

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Ahmadhinejhad, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Castro, Chavez, Putin all agree.

Obama is doing a great job.

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Obama has been a total diaster; will the U.S. survive until 2012? He hates America, is disrespectful, is a crook, .. It goes on and on. Anyone who voted for him hates the whole concept of the U.S.A.

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Have to give Obama credit for saving the USA and the world from the bush depression.

The dead end republicans care more about Obama's birth certificate than they do the country. They are lost and angry about losing the last three elections. None of them can say what they stand for, only what they are against. Like the above post, a perfect example.

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You can't give Obama credit for kicking out bush it was end of term so thats not an achievement, I've yet to see him do anything towards anything.

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You can't give Obama credit for kicking out bush it was end of term so thats not an achievement, I've yet to see him do anything towards anything.

That is right, he did not kick out Bush. Term over, case closed. What I do not understand is what you do not see? You watch CNN, Fox, NBC or maybe Yahoo news? The Commander and Chief is doing what we elected him to do and we may not all agree, but he is working. Did not agree with everything the past Commander and Chief did, but he did go to work.

Obama has been a total diaster; will the U.S. survive until 2012? He hates America, is disrespectful, is a crook, .. It goes on and on. Anyone who voted for him hates the whole concept of the U.S.A.

Wow, that is just way out in Left Field. I really do not know where you are getting this from, FOX news maybe? It would explain your grammar and thinking, meaning lack there of.

Again, 3 months, a bit early to be judgemental don't you think?

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He appears to have done more in his short time in office than GWB did for four years. or wait, does making inane statements to the press while golfing count?

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I think he's doing a great job so far - he has done more good for the US in his first 100 days than GWB did during all his YEARS in the White House. And he still has a majority of 4 years left to go of his term. The US will be fully on the right track once again at the end of his first term. The people in Congress keep trying to stop him from doing his job. The next election should tell them what the American people really feel - and that is do you job and work with him, or we will replace you. It is too bad we cant vote right now - I would love to replace all my representatives today.

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gogogo,

I wrote saving the country from the bush depression, that has nothing to due with term limits. Why do I have to explain everything twice to bush supporters?

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The only thing that Obama did right in his 1st 100 days was the handling the teenage pirates.

Other than that, he's been a total disaster. Obama makes me miss Bill Clinton.

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Ask that to a member of the far right and you get the usual,"He is terrible he is destroying America, we need to revolt". Real patriotic folks...

Ask a Democrat and they tell you the honest truth how he is doing. I find that Democrats these days are more willing to slam their own than Republicans. Too bad the far right is not willing to be as honest as the left.

Then you ask an Independent and I will tell you, pretty good. He is keeping our nation on the right course. He has begun using diplomacy when we need to and force when it is required. I give President Obama an 8 out of 10.

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So far, he´s doing great. He is working hard to make US again a respected nation. His diplomacy have done 3 great points in 100 days: 1) morally, he is bringing US and the world to discuss politic terrorism (torture); 2) bringing enemy nations to discuss peace (instead of creating and nourishing lies, such as WMD); 3) leading US in a new world round on environment. If he keeps this pace, he is gonna be the best US president.

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I'm among the 46% of Americans who don't approve of the job President Obama is doing.

"He is working hard to make the US again a respected nation"

By accepting an anti-American book from a dictator? By exploding the federal debt to record levels?

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It´s funny how there are some stubborn people who keep, again and again, confusing his 100 first days with the last 8 years of the last administration.

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By exploding the federal debt to record levels?

LOL

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LostinNagoya at 08:58 AM JST - 28th April It´s funny how there are some stubborn people who keep, again and again, confusing his 100 first days with the last 8 years of the last administration.

You sir are correct! The far right is trying in desperation to make people believe that the mess we are in is because President Obama has been in office since 2001.

In their desperation they are trying to erase the name of President Bush from their memories. They started with the,"This economy's state is Obama's fault";

Sean Hannity called the recession "Obama's recession"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200811120011

These far right wingers could not say one thing bad about Bush and his 8 years in office but they blame President Obama for all our woes.LOL

You far right wingers are so bloody funny, can't you guys accept the fact that your party nearly bankrupted our country? Nah I do not believe you even remember how bad it was under President Bush and his gang of thieves.

When you take party over country that is a real sad thing.....I got a great idea, why not blame President Obama's administration for Abu Ghraib while your at it?LOL

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zurcronium: I'm not a bush supporter, I dont care about america, I'm not american, I can't vote so I dont give a FF.

He isn't the world leader because the world didn't vote for him.

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For the reading impaired.

The question is: How would you evaluate U.S. President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office?

Nice to see folks still pining for Bush though some people just miss the guy so much.

Obama A- in foreign affairs. I would have given him an A+ if he could have gotten the Europeans on-board with the Afghanistan surge he is doing. The Europeans should have done more to support him rather than the token force they are sending instead. Though I give credit for trying to get them more involved in a real meaningful way, but since he couldn't have to go A-.

Obama D- in domestic affairs. Darn near a total F. His economic policy is nothing more then spending money we don't have, borrowing to the hilt, and big daddy Government. I see nothing but more debt, people more and more dependent on Government and generational theft on a massive scale. I think it is the wrong track and I think in the long run will be his downfall when the economy will continue to contract after his economic policy really starts to show what it truly is. A prescription for killing private initiative and innovation in the market place, to one that doesn't have to really worry about improving their lot in life becuase Obama's gonna be there with a bail-out everytime along with your free health care. D- on that front. To bad he wasn't more of a centrist on that front, if he was I would have given him a B so far. My opinion C- overall so far.

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Considering what Obama had to work with when he entered office, I think he's doing pretty well.

Others have said it before, but it bears repeating: Repairing this economy is going to take time, and there's little any other person in the same position could do to make things speed along any faster.

Do recall that the American “Captains of Industry” are still attempting to locate their balls after watching them retreat deep into their nether-regions, in a defensive reflex following the Lehman Bros. meltdown. So much for the "low taxes spur investment" argument - Hunkered down in Bunker Mode, businesses receive gobs of FREE money from taxpayers haven't given any indications to suggest they'll be doing their part to help any time soon.

Also, do recall that the most vocal opponents to the stimulus package have almost all invariably provided zero in the form of viable, concrete alternatives to the current stimulus plan, except for allowing “people who lost their shirts to suck wind,” a little pearl that neglects the staggering impact such callousness would ultimately have on welfare rolls, rising crime rates, and ballooning unemployment insurance payouts across the board.

No one wants to answer this question, but I’ll keep on asking it: Where was Conservative Fiscal Concern© for future generations of Americans when the Bush administration was running up trillions of dollars in debt in the form of foreign loans to support the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars?

Spending tax dollars to ensure Americans have jobs, homes, and education today is somehow fiscally “unsound,” but dumping trillions into blowing the hell out of a country on the other side of the world, then rebuilding it to provide jobs, homes, and education to the people we just bombed is somehow more prudent?

This vaunted “Fiscal Conservatism” that we keep hearing so much about these days sounds more and more like a scam coming apart at the seams, particularly in the absence of any real conservative leadership when it comes to addressing the current economic crisis.

To some of the “conservatives” here who continue to naysay Obama’s every move: Since you haven’t made any constructive (that being the key word) suggestions over the past four months, why don't you just bow out gracefully now and let the adults get around to governing the country? The only contributions you've been able to make thus far are vitriol, anger, and immature ranting about America somehow being “doomed,” warnings suspiciously but unsurprisingly sparse in details regarding how or why, of course. If you don’t intend to be part of the solution beyond simply bitching day in and day out, then you’re only contributing to the problem. To paraphrase the old Nike ads: Lead, follow, or simply get out of the way,

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Not impressed, sorry. Too many flip flops. His public speaking is not so good, either. Sometimes he seems lost for words. So far, all he has done is to reverse some of the good policies of the Bush era. I did agree with his action on Guantanamo, though, and his efforts to reach outh to Cuba. However, his reversal of the Bush stance on stem cell researc, his support for abortion, (the uncontrollable murder of the unborn) and his apologetic crawling on his stomach in Arab/Muslim countries and denying America`s Christian heritage? - disgusting, to say the least.

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I sure hope he can bring the murderous thugs Castro, Chavez and the Iranian mullahs to the peace table. He is so brilliant and cool that I'm sure they will find him as irresistible as 75% of JT readers do.

I love what he's doing with the F-22 fighter. We don't need to be such a strong country. If someone wants to fight us, we'll just turn the other cheek. And if someone attacks the weak, we'll just say, "It's their problem." No more butting in thanks to nObama.

I'm also really glad we've become a socialist country. No more bothersome thinking for ourselves. That's how we got in this mess, right? Not the blame of the central banks at all. Just trust in the government.

We can certainly trust nObama because he was a community organizer (close to the people!) and is also a product of the venerable Chicago political culture.

I'm sure that the billion he gave Hamas for rebuilding Gaza will be put to good use as well and not used for rearming and tunnel building. Israelis can rest at ease.

We are all on the brink of Utopia.

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” . . . his support for abortion, (the uncontrollable murder of the unborn) . . . “

And a considerable number of Americans, like myself, don't see it this way. Which is probably why it's not an issue that's suddenly going to be resolved with your dramatic hyperbole.

You say there’s no room for compromise when it comes to your religious beliefs regarding the sanctity of life and I say there’s no compromise when it comes to fending off those who would force Americans to accept what really amounts to the American Christian Right’s version of Sharia Law. Some Christians have let unbridled emotion coupled with a fanciful and entirely self-serving reinterpretation of Christian scripture create this hysterical, irrational monstrosity called “Right To Life.” You folks need to take sizeable chill-pills before you end up way off the reservation – i.e., killing abortion doctors and bombing abortion clinics. Oh, wait. That’s already happened, hasn’t it?

Abortion laws have absolutely nothing with the problems currently beating the crap out of these United States and are about as pressing as mobilizing the nation to stop gays from marrying, as if that were a security risk in and of itself. They have to do with your particular wants. If, in your mind, the biggest crisis facing the nation right now is kissing up to the Christian Right, then it’s best someone remind you: This isn’t just about you, Sparky.

” . . . apologetic crawling on his stomach in Arab/Muslim countries . . . “

Obama opened a dialog. No one crawled. No one apologized. You're exaggerating beyond all reason.

" . . . denying America’s Christian heritage"

If forcing non-Christian Americans (like myself) to swallow Christian dogma in order to appease your insecurities ranks that high on your list of what America needs right now, then perhaps you don't really understand what this whole experiment in democracy was originally about. You may need a refresher course on the foundations of this great nation, and don’t just stop at “our founding fathers were Christians.” Jump back further to the part where some were escaping religious persecution in a Britain that forced the masses to accept Protestant “heritage.” Again, it’s not only about you. It’s about 13.2 million people without jobs and an 8.5 percent unemployment rate. How declaring America a bastion of Christianity will address these pressing issues is a mystery to me.

And your pièce de résistance:

"His public speaking is not so good, either."

LOL! This is the kind of wholly infantile, playground drivel that has come to characterize the width and breadth of the most vocal of the Republican support base lately. Go ahead: Whine a little bit more about Obama shaking hands with Chavez. Suggest how America should continue the highly successful diplomacy tactic of standing in the corner, arms folded, sporting our best angry pouty face. That'll do it. Worked great with North Korea. They even exploded their first nuke on Bush’s watch to show the world how convincing America’s "hold my breath 'til I turn blue" strategy really was. Man, you’re killing me here with this silly crap.

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Bigs: "your party nearly bankrupted our country"

Heh, yeah, no Democrat voted to spend any more than what the government was taking in, right?

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I'm also really glad we've become a socialist country. No more bothersome thinking for ourselves. That's how we got in this mess, right? Not the blame of the central banks at all. Just trust in the government.

That would a partial credit to Obama, he wasn't the one who start socializing the banks, he just kept the ball rolling.

Heh, yeah, no Democrat voted to spend any more than what the government was taking in, right?

Obama is on his way to be the frist Democrat president to double the national debt. A title currently held only by Reagan and Bush Jr, who happen to be both Republicans. With the Republicans and their record of national debt increases, you wouldn't think that would be that big of deal for Republicans, oh, that's right it's because they didn't get a tax cut. Sad really, niether side seems to understand fiscal responsibility.

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Ask a Democrat and they tell you the honest truth how he is doing. I find that Democrats these days are more willing to slam their own than Republicans. Too bad the far right is not willing to be as honest as the left.

Really? I find that the exact opposite of this is closer to the truth. There has hardly been a word of criticism from the democrats for their own. All the criticism of Obama has been coming from Republicans. I grant you that some of the criticism is unwarranted, even unfounded, but other criticisms are quite accurate, even if they have been misrepresented.

For example, referring to him as the "Teleprompter" is accurate, if misleading, however it really has no bearing on his first 100 days in office. Other examples however are telling. His firing of the head of GM, his moves towards socialized medicine. His incompetent foreign policy. (Sorry but I see no other way to describe what his state department has done, as well as well as his criticizing America tour in Europe and the Mid-East.)

Overall, I personally rate him extremely poorly. Of course if you agree with his policies, then you'll approve of him. If you can't be bothered to find out the truth, or the details about what he has done, or is doing, then you'll probably like him as well. The media and his handlers, have for the most part has done a very good job of spinning him to appear very capable and well as likable. If however you disagree with him, then regardless of how he appears, you'll disapprove. Count me amongst the latter group.

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Why is the media fixated with this 100 days thing? You can't do anything in that amount of time in any government, especially the US.

I would preferred to have answered "Too soon to tell"

Ask again in 2 years time

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Why is the media fixated with this 100 days thing?

Because he had 100 days and did nothing - absolutely nothing. The greatest failure ever in American history. All we can expect is another 3 1/2 years of failure. God needs to speed up Palin 2012 so that America can get back on track.

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Because he had 100 days and did nothing - absolutely nothing. The greatest failure ever in American history. All we can expect is another 3 1/2 years of failure. God needs to speed up Palin 2012 so that America can get back on track.

Well thats certainly not true. I don't like the guy, but I am at least informed enough, or perhaps honest enough, to know he has done quite a bit, even if I disagree with just about all of it. Don't agree with Palin in 2012 either. At least not right now. I mean I like the woman, but not enough to elect her President. Though compared to Obama, she could hardly do a worse job then he has done.

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One FACT that you can't ignore (although I have no idea what it means) is that Obama is the MOST polarized president, as far as approval rating split between dems and repubs after 100 days. HOWEVER, with each president since NIXON, the gap has consistently gotten wider, so it's likely a meaningless statistic, as is the 100 day bench mark the media created to give their goons something to write about.

What I see In Obama's future is a steadily increasing erosion of support, as the economy will continue to tank, and the more problems keep coming up, people will start to realize they need more than a charismatic speaker to the choir to steer the country back on track.

One thing that is troublesome is how people keep referring to the previous administration, Obama included. That only works BEFORE the election, not after.

As soon as Obama's public opinion slips significantly, he will be completely powerless, AKA Jimmy Carter.

His only hope for effective leadership is to maintain solid support among dems in the house, as they currently have a majority. If they start to bicker with him, it's done.

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@LFRAgain - KILLER post, every sentence! round of applause most definitely due. you are wasted here, my friend!

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Heh, yeah, no Democrat voted to spend any more than what the government was taking in, right?

In 2001, the Republicans were handed the White House and a large budget surplus -- AND they had effective control of both houses of Congress to boot.

After the utter and complete mismanagement of the country by the Republicans, I would say that President Obama has been a breath of fresh air.

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After the utter and complete mismanagement of the country by the Republicans, I would say that President Obama has been a breath of fresh air.

No, it has been more of the same, only more so. He came in and said, you think Bush can spend money, well just wait til you see what I can do. You'll see deficits never before conceived of. And sure enough, here we are. The public voted the Republicans out at least in part because of their wasteful government spending. Now the democrats are outdoing them in every way!

The only thing Obama brought with him, is the rotting sewage smell of corruption. And being from the most corrupt state in the union, Illinois, nobody does it better.

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You'll see deficits never before conceived of.

Spoken by those who are pretty much devoid of any knowledge of history and basic statistics. Any federal deficit has to be taken as a percentage of the GDP of the nation involved. In that regard, the spending that the US undertook in WWII was much greater as percentage of GDP than what is going on now. And, more importantly, the spending is very much needed since the woe mismanagement of the economy by the Republicans.

As for Illinois, the state has been run by Democrats and Republicans over the years -- and Barack Obama came to that state rather late in his life. As for the most corrupt, I think, by indictments and scandals per capita, Palin's and Ted Steven's state has got Illinois beat by a mile.

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Not good. He is something of a showman (show-off) and I am waiting to see what he will really do. The stats say he is doing well but stats do not tell all. Stats are biased. Most in my community are not pleased but there is nothing we can do about it.

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One more comment about stats : My community would be the wrong one to ask how well the President is doing because it is predominately republican and STATS ARE BIASED!

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I'm among the 46% of Americans who don't approve of the job President Obama is doing.

Yeah, but your mind was made up a year ago.

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Global future is good with Obama administration or in post obama administration ,which will have to be better than present administration.

The weak points of Obama administration are those under him,they got to improve and catch with up Obama.

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Obama has not only doubled the national debt, he has increased the national debt more then every single president in history combined. His money is not going to the economy, its going to the people who got him elected in the biggest financial fraud in the history of the world. They are talking about needing another trillion in debt spending for more economic crap, you know like unions and acorn need more money. The American constitution charges the government to maintain a military, not handout money to people because they are minorities or illegal residents or people who have been on welfare for the last 5 generations.

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The republicans did not mismanage the economy, the economy was dicked over by a very bipartisan effort to force banks to give money to low income and high risk people for homes that cost a million dollars sometimes. The economy was doing pretty good until the Democrats took over congress... congress as you might not know actually manages the American economy.

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