As of this writing, Obama’s State of the Union address hasn’t happened yet, but he’s expected to focus on jobs and the economy. A recent Gallup poll showed that most Americans are not at all happy with his job performance thus far into his tenure. His highest approval rating was 53% in the area of national defense. What exactly he’s done to defend this country remains a mystery, but at least in that same area, 44% disapproved.
His top disapproval rating was 65% in the area of the federal budget deficit, followed by a 60% disapproval rating for his performance on the economy.
With such horrendous approval ratings, how in the world did he get re-elected? Figures are showing that his biggest voting blocs, blacks and women, are worse off now than they were when Obama first took office in January of 2009. For most people, especially blacks and women, this has been the worst “recovery” the U.S. has ever had. Black unemployment has gone up from 12.7% to 13.8%, and female unemployment has increased from 6.9% to 7.8%. But it’s even worse than that:
“Further, an additional 1.2 million African-Americans had left the workforce entirely during the same time period, with the number of those reported as not in the workforce rising from 10.3 million in January 2009 to 11.5 million in January 2013… Similarly, the number of women who had left the workforce and given up hope of finding a job grew in the four years since President Obama promised to rebuild and recover. In January 2009, 4.9 million women were not counted in the labor force – by 2013, that figure had risen to 5.4 million."
And as more people are forced out of employment by Obama’s “economic recovery” measures, more people get signed up on food stamps. During his tenure, food stamp participants have increased by 49%, from 31.9 million to 47.6 million. CNS News reported that the current number of food stamp enrollees now exceeds the population of Spain.
I doubt that Obama brought any of these things up in his address. He likely talked about how we just need a few more years to create more (government) jobs, and that if we trust him and his executive prowess, the economy will be fully recovered by the end of this term, and the middle class will be restored.
But none of that will happen. Things will continue to stagnate or deteriorate. Rights will continue to be transferred from the people to the government. People will continue to be forced out of the private sector and onto the socialist plantation. That’s the state of the union, and to us, it’s abysmal. But to Obama, things are moving along quite well and according to plan.