You Can Fool Some Of The People All The Time…

CBS News – President Obama’s approval rating has hit the lowest level ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey. The drop may be partially attributable to rising gas prices.

Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, according to the poll, conducted from March 7 to 11. Another 47 percent disapprove of his performance, up from 41 percent last month.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating was 50 percent last month.

The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 12 cents over the past two weeks. The poll found that most Americans, 54 percent, believe gas prices are something a president can do a lot about.

Americans have historically felt that a president can control gas prices, though experts attribute changes to a variety of factors, many outside of a president’s control. They also felt this way when gas prices spiked during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

When asked Tuesday by CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA whether he can impact gas prices, Mr. Obama said, “Understandably people are frustrated when gas prices are going up, and there are things we can do, but they’re not going to result, provide results overnight.”

The president noted that the U.S. has reduced its dependence on foreign oil under his administration and that fuel efficiency standards for cars are being raised. The administration is exploring other ways to reduce prices, but Mr. Obama said the biggest contributor to the current high prices is rumors of war in the Middle East.

“Which is part of the reason I said a couple weeks ago let’s stop with the loose talk about war,” he said. “Because a lot of what’s driving this is people’s concern and fear that there might be major disruptions in the Middle East oil markets.”

Attacks from the Republicans running to replace Mr. Obama may be having an impact on his approval rating as well. His disapproval rating has risen to 89 percent among Republicans (from 82 percent last month), and more independents now disapprove of his job performance than approve. Though Mr. Obama’s approval rating among Democrats remains high, it has dropped seven points – from 85 percent last month to 78 percent today.

Of the four remaining GOP candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has hit Mr. Obama particularly hard on high gas prices, promising on the campaign trail to bring down the price to $2.50.

Jim Ritterbusch, president of an oil trading advisory firm, told CBS News there are no quick fixes.

“It’s become somewhat of a political football,” Ritterbusch said. “But none of the candidates or the current president can flip a switch and drive gas prices down to $3 a gallon.”

Mr. Obama’s job rating on the economy remains about the same as it was last month – 39 percent approve, while 54 percent disapprove.

The economy and jobs remains the most important problem facing the country today, according to 51 percent of Americans. Three in four Americans think the economy is at least somewhat bad, including 30 percent who say it is very bad.

More Americans, 30 percent, say the economy is getting better; 24 percent say it is getting worse. The public’s economic outlook was slightly better last month, when 34 percent said the economy was getting better.

Just 20 percent of Americans feel their family’s financial situation is better today than it was four years ago. Another 37 percent say it is worse, and 43 percent say it is about the same.

While his rating on the economy is about the same as last month, Mr. Obama’s rating on foreign policy has dropped 10 points. Now, just 40 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, while 41 percent disapprove. This is the first time since the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 that more Americans disapprove than approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing handling foreign policy.

Amid speculation that Israel may consider attacking Iran to stop its nuclear ambitions, Americans are split on the president’s handling of the situation in Iran: 42 percent approve, while nearly as many – 39 percent – disapprove. Nineteen percent don’t know.

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  1. I can’t cope with trying to understand or follow all this stuff about Obama care. Every time i think i understand something bad about it I wag my tail and expose my ass. I really need to just be a dumb ass and just call it Unconstitutional. But judicial precedent says i am full of shit.

    Seems I read of Jefferson citing and fearing the power of judicial activism but he and most all through our history refused to make it easy to get rid of the fux.

  2. Isn’t Obama just working with precedents set by previous Presidents like Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Johnson? It would be unreasonable to expect a Democrat President to reverse this. The problem is the electorate is “dumber than a sack of hair” and can’t help but create the monster that is a modern democratically elected government.
    The dream was to develop a population of forward thinking, hard working, diligent, self-sacrificing and insightful people who would create a “shining city upon a hill”. Yet aren’t all those traits noble* in nature?
    *code word

  3. AA I hear your island is a safe place to be when the global shit hits the fan. i gonna be needin a sponsor. Sorry for any stuff i said that ya didn’t like. :)

  4. I’m not sure anywhere is safe these days. Just this week we had a Somali guy run amok, stabbing people and then getting pepper-sprayed, tazered and then shot by the police.

  5. Dw, I’m still interested in expanding on your sheer left wing ideological sentimentality criticism of the movie Joy Division. As the director is British it may be his background coming through. You have to keep in mind that movies are entertainment but I like to look for hidden or subconscious meanings, propaganda, signs of culture distortion or metaphors. For instance I think Zombie movies are trying to tell us something about the state of society.
    So how did the left wing ideological sentimentality expose itself? What was offensive about the movie from an American or Redneck viewpoint?

  6. and then getting pepper-sprayed, tazered and then shot by the police.

    new zealanders.
    always doing things backwards.

  7. this illegitimate sonofabitch came to my home state today. last night really, and was not more than 90 miles away. first off it was not open to the public. and the website i link has users all explaining this away as some sort of campaign stop if it were open to the public. no. i think it is because no one would come listen to the dumfuk.
    the one thing i really am curious about is, why in hell did he even set foot in this state?
    no doubt hussein’s people got out the schedules of the gov/ lt.gov to see when they were gone so he could fly in, in typical alinsky fashion.
    pay back kaiser for something?
    i posted a couple of responses to readers comments in that section.
    i was a smart aleck. imagine that.

    hussein soils oklahoma, louielouie to bathe in hydrogen peroxide for weeks

    Tomorrow morning, a pipe yard in rural Oklahoma will become a platform for President Barack Obama’s domestic energy policy.

    The event is part of Obama’s four-state energy tour, and the stop in Cushing — home to one of the largest crude oil storage facilities in the world — is as symbolic as it is significant.

    Here’s why:

    Cushing is the self-proclaimed “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.”

    Marketing hype aside, the small city provides temporary housing for one very important resident: oil.

    Currently, there are more than 40 million barrels of oil there, reports The Oklahoman. And companies are building even more storage capacity in Cushing, upwards of 65 million barrels.

    Futures traders can make money from stored oil, so industry analysts pay close attention to what goes on in Cushing and the price of its oil benchmark, the West Texas Intermediate.

    Lately though, as KOSU reports, Cushing has been more hoarder than hub. And there are only a handful of pipelines carrying oil from Cushing to refineries in southern Texas.

    TransCanada

    This map shows the original route of the Keystone XL pipeline. Construction on the southern portion, from Oklahoma to Texas, has already started.
    Pipelines are Political

    The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will pass through Cushing, bringing crude from Canada to Port Arthur on the Texas Gulf Coast.

    In January, the Obama administration rejected TransCanada’s permit for the northern part of the pipeline, which was saddled with routing issues in Nebraska.

    The move was praised by environmentalists and anti-pipeline activists and assailed by energy companies, and Republican presidential candidates, here in Oklahoma and around the country.

    Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum made primary stops in big-energy Oklahoma to champion oil and natural gas drilling and decry federal regulation, which has become a dividing line between Obama and his Republican presidential rivals, both on domestic energy independence and job creation.

    But some have questioned TransCanada and its supporters’ claims that the pipeline project would create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and more than 100,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

    One study, from Cornell University, found that only 20 full-time jobs would be created by the pipeline project, and that 85–90 percent of those hired for temporary work would be non-local and hired from out of state.

    But Obama has promised to expedite approval of the 500-mile OK-to-Texas segment, the construction of which is already underway at the pipe yard in Cushing, which Obama will use as a backdrop for Thursday’s speech.

    Obama is Expected to ‘Fast-Track’ Pipeline Construction

    TransCanada’s original Keystone KL permit required State Department approval because it crossed the international border with Canada.

    And while the southern segment crosses no such boundary, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has to approve the OK-to-Texas segment because it passes through corps-regulated land and lakes.

    Obama is expected to announce his plans to help “fast-track” this process on Thursday, an anonymous source tells CNN.

    The Energy Industry is Watching

    In an editorial published in Wednesday’s Oklahoman, the chiefs of four Oklahoma energy giants praised private-sector drilling and hydraulic fracturing innovation and pushed Obama to approve the entire Keystone XL pipeline, not just the southern section.

    “Now — not after the election,” they write. “America’s greatest benefit will come when we can transport oil from our best energy partner, Canada, and oil-rich North Dakota and Montana.”

    The CEOs also attacked Obama’s position on corporate taxes and for wanting to end $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies.

    “… punitive tax increases such as eliminating the business deduction of drilling costs or selectively increasing the energy industry’s corporate tax rate by abolishing deductions available to other manufacturers would give us no option but to reduce our drilling programs, resulting in fewer jobs and higher prices.”

    The Public Isn’t Invited

    Thursday’s Cushing speech starts about 10 a.m., but it’s closed to the public. Gov. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb are out of the state, and Obama’s first presidential visit to Oklahoma also won’t be officially welcomed by state officials.

    We’ll report what he said and provide full audio of the entire speech, but Oklahomans who want to see the president in person themselves should start looking for tickets to the Thunder vs. Clippers game in Oklahoma City, which Obama is expected to attend.

  8. AA , as far as the “high cost” of “I shall return” it is true. Men were still dying on the beaches of Iwo Jima long after the Euro war was over and FDR the “old man” was dead. But the Asian “fortresses” under Macarthurs command were all along gutted to bring heat on the Germans. Even starved of equipment Macarthur’s losses were less thean the Battle of the Bulge — and the Germans were basically destroyed by the russians even before Normandy.

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