Most Americans say U.S. in recession despite data: poll

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Popham wrote:

Just wondering if anyone in Washington is paying attention to
this poll. The economy of the U.S. is dissolving before our eyes,
yet we have a Congress and White House paralyzed in their ideological efforts to draft meaningful legislation that might help to heal and restore our fiscal condition to a modicum of prosperity.
GOOD LUCK, AMERICA.

Apr 28, 2011 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Gee, that’s what averages Americans think. In the meantime, after lecturing Americans about the serious work he has to do, Obama jets off to play with pay Oprah and then flies to NYC for more fundraisers–on the taxpayers’ dime. Can you say TONE DEAF??? Nobama 2012. www.thefedupamerican.com

Apr 28, 2011 2:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Joepacifica wrote:

Obama, the Jamarcus Russell of Presidents. Worst draft pick in American History.

Apr 28, 2011 3:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
technovelist wrote:

I’m glad to see that they can’t fool most of the people this time. A depression, of course, is exactly what we are in. This will eventually be known as the Greater Depression, relegating the 1930′s to second place.

Apr 28, 2011 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JustAGuy wrote:

Nobody believes Obama’s cooked numbers. We have eyes, and we see.

Apr 28, 2011 3:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Gallup also has accurate unemployment figures…19.3% the last time I looked.

So, I calculate OBAMA’s “MISERY INDEX” as nearing 40.
(FYI: Carter’s MISERY INDEX was around 22)

Apr 28, 2011 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MCKV wrote:

This article is worthless because the recession does not effect me.

I’m more concerned about my union getting me a higher salary, health care benefits and a better pension.

I’m a teacher and summer is just not enough vacation time.

Apr 28, 2011 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ACRScout wrote:

Obama and the rest of the DC insiders have their paychecks assured, so they simply cook the books to satisfy their own egos. Personally, I have ceased caring. They are intent on running the country into the ground and I am content to sit back and let them. When the money runs out here and Obama gives it all to china he’ll be broke as well, then I will be happy to tell him to go to hell.

Apr 28, 2011 4:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlb wrote:

you cant have phoney naloney numbers from a goverment no body trusts. the unemployment #’s in itself are baloney. the economy will implode because are leader wants gas to explode. he has wanted this amount since he claimed the seat. with people like carol browner running the epa. america is doomed. when he shut down domestic drilling america lkost 30% of our oil.when he sends 5 billion dollars in a loan to brazillian compnay who buy the way is partially owned by soros. it shows he is trying to redistribute the wealth to poorer countries at america’s expense. with gas rising , inflation going up and the fed just sitting on its hands printing monopoly money. we will head into a depression. the recession never left it just got lost in political spin!

Apr 28, 2011 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlb wrote:

you cant have phoney naloney numbers from a goverment no body trusts. the unemployment #’s in itself are baloney. the economy will implode because are leader wants gas to explode. he has wanted this amount since he claimed the seat. with people like carol browner running the epa. america is doomed. when he shut down domestic drilling america lkost 30% of our oil.when he sends 5 billion dollars in a loan to brazillian compnay who buy the way is partially owned by soros. it shows he is trying to redistribute the wealth to poorer countries at america’s expense. with gas rising , inflation going up and the fed just sitting on its hands printing monopoly money. we will head into a depression. the recession never left it just got lost in political spin!

Apr 28, 2011 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AnnieP1 wrote:

Despite government produced data that says the economy is picking up, data that doesn’t take into account food or fuel prices, most people are smart enough to figure it out. We going back into a recession that we really never came out of in the first place. Guess we have to dumb down public education a little more, huh?

Apr 28, 2011 5:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KarlQ wrote:

When Obama won election, it was with Independents who put him over the top. This was before there was a Tea Party. The “independents” of that day included most of who are now called Tea Party members.

These are fiscal conservatives who fell for the Obama promises of “transparency”, “an end of politics as usual”, “reaching across the asile” and “fact based pragmatic leadership”. It is hard to imagine how Obama can win when he has so totally disappointed this group, some so much as to be driven into the arms of the Republican party whom they had just voted against due to their frustration with Bush’s excessive spending … which now looks very small compared to Obama’s unbelieveable explosion in deficit spending.

I, for one, am convinced that this highly politicized federal government is the problem, and must be returned to its original limited function under the constitution.

The only value EITHER political party has for me (and many others like me) is as a club to beat down whichever party is currently in power. I will gladly vote for either party so long as my vote ensures deadlock. The best I can hope for is that they do as little harm as possible…. they’ve both demonstrated they are incapable of working together toward a common good for ordinary citizens.

Possibly, after a decade of failure, both parties will realize they can no longer simply serve their powerful, rich benefactors, but must return to their constitutional duty of serving the nation first, their constituents second, and their personal wealth not at all.

Certainly we will drive the money out of government because the rich and powerful will be foiled by us “poor” independents switching sides to frustrate their every attempt to gain influence through subtle bribery. Honesty and transparency in government is required for our support. Failure to live up to your promises will become certain defeat in the next election.

Apr 28, 2011 5:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KarlQ wrote:

Note: President Obama believes that he is making progress when he drives the cost of gasoline up towards 7 to 10 dollars a gallon. He thinks (and his secretary of energy has stated) that this is required for “green energy” to become competitive.

His rich benefactors have invested in “green” and need those high prices for their investments to pay off. I simply don’t believe the President is serving us, or the “green revolution”, or any idealism he might claim. When he disses the oil industry, rejects drilling permits, tightens regulations on oil/gas/coal/etc, and promotes the investments of his benefactors, he is serving THEM, not us. He is making them RICHER on the backs of the rest of us.

One exception: he HAS promoted deep water drilling in BRAZIL (!!!) where his benefactor Soros has invested many, many billions in an oil drilling company down there.

The exception proves the rule.

Apr 28, 2011 6:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SFOGOP wrote:

If you vote for this dude again.. you deserve everything this county has got going for it..which is nothing at the moment.
He should have bailed out the states not the banks…, brought our troops home….

Apr 28, 2011 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TomGenin wrote:

Think about that poll for a minute.

The majority of black and minority are Demcorats, the very segment hardest hit by the recession with black men unemployed at around 34%.

And they’re the same group with the heads deepest in the sand.

Apr 28, 2011 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
greatnesslost wrote:

When gas prices spiked after Katrina, the economy tipped into negative territory. Marginally employed people with ARM mortgages began to default stressing banks. Naked short selling by George Soros and others triggered a panic and the current situation evolved.

Follow run up of gas price. Each week it rose 10 cents per gallon jobless claims that week jumped by 20,000. Once weekly jobless claims move past 400,000 per week official unemployment begins to rise. When April’s number comes out, if the Bureau of Labor Statistics does no jig the number by making 300,000 “give up and leave the workforce” unemployment should rise. Official statistics should show a loss of 40,000 jobs, and unemployment rising to 9 or 9.1% .

Almost to the day Obama’s main Czar, Cass Sustein moved in BLS.gov figures began to skew. Over the last two years 3,750,000 new workers should have appeared. (based on population demographics) Instead size of US workforce has declined by two million. This has created a bogus unemployment number obviously is not from the real world we live in. Take March 2011 figures. If normal population growth was applied 200,000 jobs becomes 50,000. Feb 2011 figures actually would be – 34,000. The media laps up Sustein’s bilge -a construct by elites in Washington to buoy up consumer confidence, and spending. Real events on the ground point otherwise. With national gas price average probably near $4 per gallon within 10 days, like in 2007 – 8 the economy will stop growing. If fuel prices drop it will scrape by.

Apr 28, 2011 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
garth_dakota wrote:

When they conduct this poll, do they ask people who might actually know – regular working people, and small business owners? Or do they ask government union employees and welfare recipients who don’t have to know OR care if the economy grows or goes under??

Apr 29, 2011 8:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
snapperman wrote:

The only explanation is that the 27% haven’t heard that Obama’s “stash” has been spent.

Apr 29, 2011 8:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sbenard wrote:

We’re growing our DEBT at 12% to sustain GDP growth of a paltry 1.8%! Debt is getting larger and the economy is barely breathing! That is a terrible investment! That math adds up to one thing — a CATASTROPHE!

Apr 29, 2011 9:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Illogicbuster wrote:

This because the “official data” is false. Real inflation rate is ~10%, which immediately puts real quarterly GDP in negative territory since ’08. Real UM (as figured for most of 20th century) is just slightly better than during Great Depression.

Apr 29, 2011 9:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
robertsgt40 wrote:

It should be clear, even to the myopic, that a thin film(slimy at that) of the population is accumulating large portions of the global wealth while the vast majority are being squashed. This is no accident. The perfect storm is gathering to usher in WWIII and a one world govt. Defeat by design.

Apr 29, 2011 10:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rickdc wrote:

There are over 7,000,000 people not working. who were three years ago, with an increasing job age population. the real unemployment must be close to 15% not counting underemployment.

Apr 29, 2011 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ted1203 wrote:

in other words, “Them simpletons aren’t buying our BS that the economy is improving. They are realizing that we ( the MSM) are nothing more than cheerleaders for the Obama Administration”

Apr 29, 2011 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Moderate recovery is insufficient to bring recent college grads into the workforce, they are returning to school seeking Master’s degrees to defer their student loans. Parents are panicing over additional loans. Stimulus spending is being pumped into unemployment, but that is raising debt levels at the State, but that amount is only enough to barely keep households afloat. Housing with shadow inventories continues to drain. There is no attempt to push that pig through the python for the fear is that it will collapse already soft values, so you have millions of underwater housing loans going unpaid by homeowners now squatters. Boomers are being let go to jettison their higher salaries, youngers are not being hired, so companies are doing more with less in the 30 to 50 age bracket. Government has yet to really react by cutting PE cost and benefits. Even Walmart is worried about spending habits. Road project blossom but nobody commutes. Yup we got a real rocket ship ride going on.

Apr 29, 2011 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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