We’re in Deep Trouble if these Survey Numbers are True

I don’t have to say it, but if a Republican were in office, his poll numbers would be way down. In September of this year, Alec Baldwin tweeted, “If Obama was white, he’d be up by 17 points.” No. If Obama was white, he’d be down by 17 points. If he was a Republican – black or white – his approval numbers would be in the teens.

I can only speculate that a majority of Americans are not paying attention to the election or to President Obama. They are getting impressions from their friends. There is no studying of the issues. I’ll go on to add that the majority of Americans wouldn’t know how to study the issues.

A Barna Survey revealed that 48 percent of those surveyed rated President Obama’s honesty as “excellent” or “good” on a five-point scale. Nearly 70 percent gave the same ratings to Obama on the intelligence factor. The most shocking number is that 45 percent found Obama’s philosophy of government to be excellent or good.

Among Protestants, Obama received the best scores on honesty, intelligence, and philosophy of government.

I don’t get it. How can these numbers be as high as they are given the fact that unemployment is “officially” stuck in the 8-percent range, the economy is stalled, spending is out of control with calls for more spending, we’ve been involved in toppling two foreign governments where it’s Iran déjà vu all over again, and there are calls for higher taxes on the most productive members of society?

If the President Obama is so smart, then why doesn’t he understand that you don’t fix an economy by raising taxes and adding more regulations on businesses? Then there’s the teleprompter thing. Do you remember how the media poked fun of Ronald Reagan because he used note cards? Obama can’t give an address without the use of a teleprompter.

Sure, Obama may be book smart, but that doesn’t mean he’s economic smart. His ideology has gotten in the way of the facts of history and the fundamentals of economics, and his accomplices in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the media are covering for him.

The honesty results are equally puzzling. President Obama continues to blame everybody and everything for the failing economy except his own policies. Nearly four years of blaming George Bush are enough, so now the down-turn in the economy is being blamed on the weather, the tea party, millionaires and billionaires, the Japanese earthquake, and the American people for being “soft.” We’ve seen this before:

“In 1979, as the U.S. was reeling from skyrocketing interest rates, high unemployment and an energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter delivered a televised address that would later infamously be labeled, ‘the malaise speech.’ He never used the word, but rather blamed the poor economy in part on a ‘crisis of the American spirit.’”

Unlike Carter, whose popularity plummeted in the final two years of his presidency, Obama’s is still high. Some polls show him ahead in swing states like Ohio and Colorado. What’s wrong with these people?

I don’t get it. Maybe Obama is right, Americans have gotten soft . . . soft in the head.