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Obama’s Hope: Winning with Less

goshank Wrote: Nov 07, 2012 6:32 PM
Republicans in 2012 want to give cover to their atrocious record on fiscal policy often say Bubba Clinton had no surpluses. However, even conservative economists knew there were surpluses as far as the eye could see. Let's do an examination. Originally published in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL- Tuesday, November 4, 1997- Don't Waste the Budget Surplus - By Martin Feldstein. http://www.nber.org/feldstein/wj110797.html Of course Republican ideologues will never acknowledge that the Republican Party changed the fiscal course of the USA from surpluses forever in 2001, to deficits forever in 2012.

This column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

No matter who wins the presidency on Tuesday, one outcome is all but certain: Barack Obama will draw less support and fewer votes after four years as president than he did as an untried, little-known, freshman senator from Illinois. In other words, the more the American people know about this particular politician the less they seem to like him.

Republicans and Democrats offer opposing explanations for the president's decline in popularity.

For the GOP, his lost backing demonstrates a failed presidency, with a truly disastrous combination of arrogance and incompetence.

For his...