Written on Saturday, November 12, 2011 by Floyd Brown
America’s mainstream media is hard at work on the Obama re-election effort. Nonstop reporting on the Herman Cain allegations, the break-up of the European Union and Occupy Everything is quietly building a playing field or political environment to empower Obama’s excuses.
Here is how it works.
The media has taken a great field of GOP candidates and made them look like a sequel to the Hollywood blockbuster Dumb and Dumber. Each successful frontrunner has been mowed down to size by outlandish and journalistically unethical reporting, combined with a nonstop series of debates that produce highlight reels of gotcha questions these so-called reporters never ask Obama.
Obama in contrast simply travels the world at government expense, teleprompter in hand giving well-crafted speeches written by others. The softball questions lofted his way are intended more to boost him than share with Americans the true story of how tough it really is living in the Obama socialist economy.
So we will try to ask some questions here the media should be asking Obama in person.
Mr. Obama: The United States Census Bureau reports that in 84 percent of our largest metropolitan areas, the percentage of “very poor” people increased during 2010, do your policies share any blame for this disaster?
Mr. Obama: The number of people who fell into poverty in 2010, 2.6 million people, was the largest recorded increase since records were first kept in 1959, the number of “poor” has risen from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent today, do you think you could do a better job of stewarding the economy?
Mr. Obama: During 2010, the poverty rate for children hit 22 percent; in at least 314 American counties, a minimum of 30 percent of children live with daily food insecurity; school lunch programs are an indispensible part of the daily food intake for more than 20 million children. Why do you think children are doing so much worse during your tenure in office than during the George W. Bush administrations?
Mr. Obama: More than 45 million Americans live on food stamps. Since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, the number of people on food stamps has jumped 74 percent; current projections say that approximately 50 percent of all American children will live on food stamps at some point before he or she reaches 18. How do you intend to empower people to get off these government programs before we have a debt crisis like Europe?
Mr. Obama: One in six Americans now depends on some kind of federal anti-poverty program; food pantries and soup kitchens are serving 46 percent more Americans than they were in 2006; there may be as many as 500,000 American children who are homeless in our country today. How do you explain the continuing collapse in America’s economy as more of your legislative agenda has been made into law?
Mr. Obama: When you see that your prescription for what ails the economy is failing when will you change direction?
Instead of forcing Obama to give Americans answers, we have a media that focuses on destroying any Republican that has the potential to really challenge him. They report heavily on stories that empower Obama’s biggest excuses. Excuses such as: this disaster was caused by George W. Bush don’t blame me, Europe’s problems have become our problems, this is global, don’t blame me. And the classic, if only the wealthy paid their fair share we wouldn’t have these problems, don’t blame me.
The common message shared by Obama and his minions in the media is clear. Obama doesn’t own this economic apocalypse. Collectively they shout, it is someone else’s fault. In the meantime the economic collapse is morphing into a cataclysmic, systemic failure.
In the end we almost expect Obama to smile as he chants in unison with the Occupy crowd, “our failure is America’s fault.”
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