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2) programs which take money from other programs which need it
3) tax codes
4) gun policies
6) business growth
7) the general state of the economy as a whole
8) the fact that no one is necessarily hiring (we've been hovering at or around 8.4% jobless rating for the last 6 months or so)
1) Ok, something that happens under every administration and exploded under Reagan, George W Bush and Obama, but something that Congress--not the President--ultimately has control over.
2) I agree he's spending too much on defense, but Romney would probably spend more. To be serious, though, what are some examples of this other than defense? What I think we can agree on is that the government should work on streamlining processes and creating efficiency within the various departments. But that is not, ultimately, within the power of any President.
3) Taxes are at the lowest levels in decades. And though they should increase, Congress won't do it. But again, this is the domain of Congress, not the President.
4) Gun policies that haven't had a deleterious effect on gun ownership and aren't curtailing rights . . . pretty much a continuation of what President Bush did. I still don't see the issue.
5) I agree that he didn't go far enough to improve our healthcare system but at least he got something done. Or are you saying that the poor should remain on the Republican healthcare system of "Just say NO to illness." Something has to be done to reduce healthcare costs. The most logical thing is to reduce the cost of prescription medications and initial doctor visits in order to get people to seek treatment before the condition is something that causes them to go to the hospital. This will help, although it is not a great remedy. But I have yet to see a Republican alternative to this that makes any sense--especially since the bill that passed was the original Republican alternative.
6) Something that even Romney said is fine recently. And Congress again has the ultimate taxing and spending power.
7) Oh, so the recession that started when Bush was in office (and was not his or any politician's fault, by the way, but the fault of the supply side policies and focus on inflation adopted by the Federal Reserve) is Obama's problem. Got it.
8) So people are
hiring at least at the rate that people are being laid off or else the unemployment rate would be dropping
Although I agree with you that the unemployment rate is too high (and the true unemployment rate is nearer to 15-17%, down from close to 20% when Obama took office, from what I remember--I could be wrong on the current number), the Fed has the most control over unemployment and Congress has the next most control. The Fed can focus on one of two things in interest rates: inflation or unemployment. With a low inflation rate, the dollar stagnates or depreciates. With an inflationary rate of around 3-5%, or even a greater increase over a short time period (although that can be very
dangerous to mess with), the true value of the dollar decreases and labor and products become cheaper, leading to increased exports over time. Increased exports leads to more jobs, which leads to more consumer spending, which leads to more jobs, and so on. That's obviously not an ever-extending cycle, since the cost of qualified labor increases as the unemployment rate sinks. But you get the picture. And that's controlled by the Fed, not the President.
So what you've said is that you are afraid of Obama because of things that, for the most part, the President cannot control. Sounds like a great reason to be scared of him