Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
Ironically, the same points you mention here, which are all continuing to suppress a vibrant economy, are the same points that are keeping Obama as popular as he is with a certain segment of the electorate.
The more people who remain without a job at all, or are underemployed, are the same people who benefit from government entitlement programs. As the POTUS continues to fumble the ball on the economy, the longer these people are out of the workforce, the harder it becomes for them to get back in, and the more dependant they become on Uncle Sam's handouts. The whole thing feeds on itself. As that segment of the population continues to grow, (or fails to shrink), his actions are essentially creating more people who are primed to be more sympathetic to his message.
When someone else comes along and starts talking about reducing the opportunities for people to suckle at the taxpayers teat, then those who are currently doing the suckling are hardly going to be receptive to that message, are they ?
If you ask me, that is the biggest single reason the Republicans are failing to walk away with the contest to the degree that Obama's results suggest they should.
What are these Uncle Sam handouts you speak of. Entitlement programs? One thing that's true with these topics, is that many of you speak generally. It's kind of like throwing lighter fluid on a flame and screaming "FIRE!!!" hoping no one sees you. Other than unemployment benefits (the employee actually contributed to this fund by their working hours etc), what other gov't-aided bennies are available? Welfare? One cannot stay on welfare indefinitely and to qualify is not as easy as you may believe. Besides, the majority of people on welfare are women and children and not Harold the laid-off engineer. Give me a break.