Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wall Street Journal: Bad Economy Direct Response To Obama Plan; the President is "running out of people to blame."

Markets are at a 12-year low as President Obama declares war on investors. The markets despise his tax plan. Every major "Obama" milestone has sent markets into oblivion.

This is what I keep telling you people! When is anyone going to listen? This is Obama's Recession!
On Oct 9, 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit its all-time high of 14,164.
On Nov 19, 2007, Barack Obama took the lead in the Democrat primary race for Iowa- the Dow was at 13,176.
On May 9, 2008, Obama took the lead in superdelegates for the Democrat nomination. The Dow was at 12,745.
On Jun 3, 2008, Obama clinched the Democrat nomination for President. The Dow was at 12,603
On Nov 4, 2008, Obama won the election. The Dow was at 9625.
On February 17, Obama signed into law the CRAPulus Generational Theft Act.
The Dow was down to 7552.
As of today, tody, the Dow is below 6800.
In case you're counting, that's more than 7,000 points that the market has declined since The One took the lead in Iowa. Thanks, Obama.

Is the Wall Street Journal a legitimate enough source to verify that we are, in fact, in the OBAMA RECESSION!

The Journal makes the case that the markets recent, and continuing, free fall is a direct response to the Obama Administration's policy.

As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to 6763, for an overall decline of 25% in two months and to its lowest level since 1997. The dismaying message here is that President Obama's policies have become part of the economy's problem.

Americans have welcomed the Obama era in the same spirit of hope the President campaigned on. But after five weeks in office, it's become clear that Mr. Obama's policies are slowing, if not stopping, what would otherwise be the normal process of economic recovery. From punishing business to squandering scarce national public resources, Team Obama is creating more uncertainty and less confidence -- and thus a longer period of recession or subpar growth.

So what has happened in the last two months? The economy has received no great new outside shock. Exchange rates and other prices have been stable, and there are no security crises of note. The reality of a sharp recession has been known and built into stock prices since last year's fourth quarter.

What is new is the unveiling of Mr. Obama's agenda and his approach to governance. Every new President has a finite stock of capital -- financial and political -- to deploy, and amid recession Mr. Obama has more than most. But one negative revelation has been the way he has chosen to spend his scarce resources on income transfers rather than growth promotion. Most of his "stimulus" spending was devoted to social programs, rather than public works, and nearly all of the tax cuts were devoted to income maintenance rather than to improving incentives to work or invest.

The market has notably plunged since Mr. Obama introduced his budget last week, and that should be no surprise. The document was a declaration of hostility toward capitalists across the economy. Health-care stocks have dived on fears of new government mandates and price controls. Private lenders to students have been told they're no longer wanted. Anyone who uses carbon energy has been warned to expect a huge tax increase from cap and trade. And every risk-taker and investor now knows that another tax increase will slam the economy in 2011, unless Mr. Obama lets Speaker Nancy Pelosi impose one even earlier.

Meanwhile, Congress demands more bank lending even as it assails lenders and threatens to let judges rewrite mortgage contracts. The powers in Congress -- unrebuked by Mr. Obama -- are ridiculing and punishing the very capitalists who are essential to a sustainable recovery. The result has been a capital strike, and the return of the fear from last year that we could face a far deeper downturn. This is no way to nurture a wounded economy back to health. Listening to Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the weekend, we couldn't help but wonder if they appreciate any of this. They seem preoccupied with going to the barricades against Republicans who wield little power, or picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, as if this is the kind of economic leadership Americans want.

Perhaps they're reading the polls and figure they have two or three years before voters stop blaming Republicans and Mr. Bush for the economy. Even if that's right in the long run, in the meantime their assault on business and investors is delaying a recovery and ensuring that the expansion will be weaker than it should be when it finally does arrive.

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