The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults finds 86% are at least somewhat concerned about the economic impact of the oil leak. This includes 63% who are Very Concerned. Other polls indicate that Americans are not happy with the way our president is handling the oil spill. Check out the streaming video above and you see the toxic oil continuing to destroy the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil leaking into the gulf is not America’s top priority, the economy is. Every national poll that comes out shows the economy is American voter’s top concerns whether it be unemployment, government spending, or the deficit. And in probably the most ironic news item in years, the President’s deficit cutting commission is running out of money. The group charged with fixing the federal budget has mis-managed its own budget.
With America’s growing concern for the oil leak and continued unhappiness with the economy what is our Finger-Pointer-in-Chief doing? He’s traveling the country selling Obamacare. No really, I’m Serious. Fox News is reporting:
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President Obama on Tuesday kicked off a big push to promote the government’s $1 trillion health care overhaul, following a string of critical reports about missed deadlines and rising costs related to the legislation.
The president used a “tele-town hall” in a Washington suburb to tout the $250-per-person rebates that will soon be going out to seniors to help cover prescription drug costs. The rebates, set for distribution beginning Thursday, are one of the earliest provisions of the new law. Most of the major spending measures don’t go into effect until 2014.
But with an election on the horizon and a rapid-fire sequence of domestic and international crises consuming the president’s time and the public’s attention, Obama is trying to keep focus on the early benefits of the law. He’s getting some help from his Democratic allies in making sure health care stays front and center in the months ahead — and that criticism does not go unanswered.
Obama’s town hall Tuesday was only one component of a multi-layered campaign to promote the health care law. Anita Dunn, Obama’s former communications director at the White House, is teaming up with Democratic strategist Andrew Grossman to launch an advocacy arm to promote the bill. The effort reportedly aims to raise $25 million every year for the next five years.
Rather than concentrate on what America wants, the POTUS is wasting his time campaigning for a bill that America hates, even though he has already suceeded in shoving it down our throats. Yesterday, a Rasmussen poll out shows that 58 percent of likely voters want to repeal the law, while 35 percent want the law to stay put.
“Seniors are particularly fed up with this legislation and that is why the White House is staging an event today aimed at convincing them they are getting a good deal,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “But seniors are right to be skeptical.”
Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee put out a memo saying the rebate checks are only going to a fraction of beneficiaries.
“Don’t be surprised if the president forgets to mention that more than 9 in 10 Medicare beneficiaries will never receive one of these checks,” the memo said, citing figures from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Republicans and the health insurance industry complained that, despite the rebate checks, the law would still lead to a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts and cause millions to lose their current Medicare coverage.
“Seniors are going to be shocked when they see the impact recently enacted Medicare Advantage cuts will have on their health care coverage,” Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
AHIP points to an April report from the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that warned the cuts could make it difficult for some doctors to “remain profitable.” The CMS study said some “might end their participation in the program,” in turn “possibly jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries.”
The president’s “road trip” is another example of the Progressive Democrats governing contra to the will of the people. In Federalist #22, Hamilton said, The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.
The Democrat’s have the power, but not the legitimate authority.