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Fresh off President Obama’s State of the Union address, it’s clear now that this administration has reached the level of the previous one in one very critical aspect. The public doesn’t believe him when he talks–and, maybe even worse, they aren’t really even listening anymore. The networks and the cable TV news outlets might drone on and on about what he said, and what he promised, but Ethel in Saginaw, Michigan could care less. And so could Evan in Albuquerque. And Jocelyn in Spokane. If any of them listened to the President’s speech, here is what they heard:

Blah, blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. Blah, blah, blah.”

To quote The Who’s Pete Townsend, “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” I’m not claiming that Bush’ 43 and Obama are remotely the same kind of person, nor leader. They’re not. One is a man of high moral character and the other is a narcissistic, arrogant fool. Jack Welch nailed it when he said, “I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader–if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world–in the room, you’ve got real problems.”

Obama has always thought he was the smartest guy in the room: hence, real problems. But not if you listen to the Paul Krugman’s of the world. They’ll tell you things are going just swimmingly. Unemployment is down. Housing is booming. People are signing up for health care in record numbers.

To quote the President, “Blah, blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. Blah, blah, blah.”

Unemployment is at 6.7 %. In January of 2009 it was 7.6%. Hurrah! All hail King Obama. But hold on a second. In 2009, right as the recession was about to end, the participation rate of Americans who could work was 65.5%, meaning that almost 2 out of every 3 Americans who wanted to work were working. That figure was a 20-year low, until now. The number as of this past December was 63%, a number not seen since Jimmy Carter was in office. 

Of course, Obama’s supporters will throw these numbers to the side. “Not true! Look at the stats!” they’ll yell. You have your stats, I have mine. Let’s leave it at that.

But can’t you feel it? Does it really feel like America is thriving? When Krugman starts making claims about the Affordable Care Act doing so well do you feel it, let alone believe it? If it was doing so well, wouldn’t they refer to it as ObamaCare, as they once did? The ACA is called that so as to deflect any blame from possibly being associated with the President. If they truly believed it was the success they claim it to be, we’d be hearing new songs about Obama and his wonderful health care plan.

The polls show that ObamaCare is at another all-time low in the public’s view. Too bad. It’s great. Just don’t look at your policy…or should I say your cancelled policy? The President said that his legislation has already enabled more than 9 million people to sign up for private insurance or Medicaid. Do you even know what Medicaid is? Medicaid is a federal and state program designed to help with medical costs for people with low incomes. They sign up for it all the time, or get renewals. It was disingenuous of the President to claim that, because of ObamaCare, upwards of 9 million people have thus far signed up.

On the flip side, if you read the conservative-leaning outlets, you’d think nobody has health insurance anymore. Also not true. Once again, I say don’t look at the numbers. You’ll drive yourself crazy. Who to believe, who not to believe? Is this guy a liberal, does this woman lean to the right? I follow this stuff all the time and it’s pretty confusing. Bill Maher = wrong. Bill Kristol = right. Really? All the time? (Pretty close, but you have to be wary of people who have agendas. They often find the result they want, and then go get the evidence to support it.)

On ObamaCare, don’t listen to Paul Krugman or Bill Maher or Bill Kristol or Charles Krauthammer. The American people are the ones to listen to. They don’t like it. After almost 5 years of selling it, after its abysmal launch in October, after the flat-out lies by the President about being able to keep your plan and your doctor, they don’t like it. The people aren’t stupid–although electing and re-electing Obama as President aren’t helping with that particular argument.

The old saying is, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,” which brings me to the housing “boom.” I bought my first house in 2002, and sold it just two years later for almost double what I paid for it. It was almost a criminal act. The people who bought the house paid way, way too much for it. The house wasn’t worth it. It was tiny, on a busy street, near poor schools. Other than that, it was a steal.

My point is, I knew that the value of the house was inflated. And now, we’re getting back to that stage. Interest rates continue to be ridiculously low for many reasons, one of them being that the government doesn’t want to pay the interest on the national debt. We can’t afford it. Let me tell you, where there is a boom, there is almost always a bust to follow. Will it be next week, next month, or next year? I don’t know when, but it’s going to happen. The Obama cheerleaders just don’t want to hear it.

Blah, blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. Blah, blah, blah.”

 Scott Johnston – NEWSslinger Contributor
A longtime television Sports Producer/Writer, Scott Johnston is turning his attention away from baseball, football, and tennis and  towards his favorite other sport: politics. A husband and father of two, Scott lives just north of Boston in the very blue state of  Massachusetts. He writes about things other than politics in his blog . Originally from Southern California, Scott and his family moved to the Northeast almost 10 years ago and enjoy it very much, other than the winters and the politicians, both of which he finds cold, long (-winded), and hard to take.