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What kind of question is that? Look at his record, over 17 trillion dollars in debt, he takes 4 million dollar vacations, he does not answer to anyone, he has made our position in the world weaker and a laughing stock amongst our enemies, he has more scandals than any other president in my life, he bungles any job he attaches his name to (obamacare is a great example) he has taken race relations in the USA back 30 years and i can go on. The answer should be obvious with everyone, but unfortunately he has been able to dupe a large percentage of Americans. 2yr ago from a Republican in Alameda, CA.
Better than trickle-down but should favor the poor and working class much more heavily in his policy. More Keynes. 2yr ago from a Green in South Pasadena, CA.
He has been too tied to go along to get along and notfought for principle nough. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Lakeville, MN.
He's doing the best he can, but Congress stonewall's everything the he does only in consideration of their own political agendas. 2yr ago from a Republican in Fairhaven, MA.
NO I do not approve of his handling of the economy and he is purposely blocking any growth and causing undo harm and pain to the whole country and thus, the whole world is suffering, too. The EPA and the DOE should be sharply curtailed, if not done away with, along with the Dept of Ed. 2yr ago from a Republican in Spokane, WA.
Approve, but he could be doing much better with the full support of congress. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Piedmont, CA.
Obama doesn't control the economy. Congress does and since it is split one should ask what to do with Congress and its stranglehold. 2yr ago from a Republican in Alamance, NC.
The economy is going good for some people. The Dow is treading new ground, the problem is jobs. Tax codes should be changed to keep jobs in the US, and give incentives for US corporate growth. If someone thinks tax ceilings are high now, look back and see what they were in the 5os - the mid 80s. The distribution of wealth is a problem, the top 5% have almost 70% of the wealth. We need tax incentives to keep revenue here in the US creating jobs, income, and creating tax revenue. We need to create a stronger industrial base to build a stronger America. 2yr ago from a Republican in Roscoe, IL.
It is not any one person that got us in the mess we're in. He's definitely not helping, but there seems to be an endless line of people, agencies and businesses to get us in this mess. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Dunedin, FL.
Obama is not handling the economy. Partisan politics, bib business and special interest groups all fight for only their cause and not thinking of the betterment of it's citizens. 2yr ago from a Green in Minneapolis, MN.
I believe he's a liberal socialist that is doing his best to undermine the Constitution and the country! He uses executive power to extreme, and lies to cover his lack of leadership!. 2yr ago from a Republican in Pataskala, OH.
I think that Obama has done a lot to improve the economy for as many Americans as he can. I also believe that the GOP has engaged in nothing but obstructionism and are unwilling to consider any idea or option presented by Obama simply because they don't like him. More importantly, the reasons that the GOP has provided for not liking Obama are simply veiled from one simple, more pervasive than any of us would like to admit reason. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Dania, FL.
I approve of certain aspects but not the entirety. Simultaneously, I think many of his efforts are hindered by congressional gridlock and rigid fiscal conservatives. 2yr ago from a Green in Needham, MA.
The president cannot do anything that congress won't pass. Therefore it's not really him that's doing anything to the economy. What measures he has tried to take to better the economy were either denied or altered by congress. A better question to ask is: "how do you feel about the job congress is doing handling the economy" and let me tell you, they stink. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
The President doesn't handle the economy. He gets blamed when the economy goes bad. 2yr ago from a Green in Washington, DC.
I wish his policies were actually given a try so we could know. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Hudson, MA.
I disapprove of the focus being on Wall Street and the stock market and not on main street and the average American family. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Clinton, WA.
Obama needs to do a LOT more to lower unemployment. The Prez should call upon the Federal Reserve to lend money to states/cities for infrastructure programs to hire the jobless, such as planting trees (FDR planted 1/4 of a BILLION TREES during the Great Depression), painting roofs white, installing solar panels, burying powerlines. The Fed needs to do this as the House will block any economic development plan. 2yr ago from a Green in Potwin, KS.
It's a mixed record. The right is too focused on spending and bailouts, which actually have kept the economy from getting worse. But the increased regulation that the left is insisting on is impeding growth significantly. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Seaford, DE.
PRESIDENT Obama's ability over the long haul to affect the economy is fairly limited. To the extent that he has used the power that he has, I generally approve. On the whole he has been substantially less useful than he could have been. Too wimpy in the face of Republican dogma and obstructionism. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Evansville, IN.
I wholeheartedly disapprove and despise the way this man has "led" the country. 2yr ago from a Republican in Waring, TX.
He's a capitalist who favors the wealthy, so no. 2yr ago from a Green in Albany, GA.
On the surface, the economy seems to be getting better. However, I don't believe anything has really changed. Jobs are still not paying livable wages, and are still being outsourced. Healthcare is still expensive. College education is not affordable. Small businesses are still struggling. We need to fix these issues before the economy can really be considered stable. 2yr ago from a Green in Potwin, KS.
I approve of how he is "trying" to handle the economy. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Odessa, FL.
If he had backing from the obstructionist republican and tea party's he might have a chance to turn the economy around , but as long as they are here our country's economic woes will continue , only the complete and utter elimination of the tea party and republican party will give us the chance to restore our economy. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Tacoma, WA.
It takes the President, Congress, and economic cycles determine the economy. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Compton, CA.
It's hard for me to agree with anything Obama does as I believe he is too inexperienced and mature to lead a nation such as ours. Also, his radical philosophy and agenda is so completely counter to the spirit of our nation that even when I agree with some action he has taken, I remain suspicious and wonder how he is advancing his anti-American plans by doing so. 2yr ago from a Republican in Portland, CT.
Obama does not have enough actual power to solve most economic problems . We need to scale back monetary stimulus and put more money into infrastructure and transfer payments. 2yr ago from a Democrat in West Long Branch, NJ.
I approve of President Obama attempts to control the US economy. FUCK those GODDAMN obstructing assholes in congress, who don't give a flying shit about anyone or anything in this country. They are paid by corporations and only want their reelection and corporate jobs when they are through. FUCK THOSE CONGRESSIONAL BASTARDS!!!. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Philadelphia, PA.
I agree with his recent emphasis on addressing income inequality and his pursuit of the stimulus package. But he has deferred to advisors like summers and Geither who take a ridiculously pro wall-Street stance. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Oxford, MS.
I approve, but I'd like to see congress let the bush tax breaks expire. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Littleton, CO.
Sitting presidents often have far less effect on the current economy than we would like to believe. It's not clear that the President is really having a substantial effect on the economy at all, thus it's not clear if there's anything to approve or disapprove of. 2yr ago from a Green in Conway, AR.
I don't approve of his appointments of Wall Street veterans to government economic positions. I also don't think he has nearly enough to address income inequality. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Lake Saint Louis, MO.
The ongoing threat to our economy is inaction in congress, not from the president. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Bellingham, WA.
Yes, but he does not support his own policies strongly enough. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY.
I disapprove of certain aspects of Obama's handling of the economy. 2yr ago from a Green in Saint Paul, MN.
It is a difficult question, but I think that he thinks that he is doing the best he can considering the fierce opposition to anything he does by the GOP. I think he can be stronger and stand up to the GOP. It is critical for all Americans that he help us out of this mess created by the GOP. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Arnold, MD.
It's not "Obama" handling the economy; it's Congress. Overall, they're all doing a horrible job for the economically vulnerable among us. Big business, though, is doing wonderfully. 2yr ago from a Green in Ellsworth Afb, SD.
I approve of Obama's efforts, but disapprove of all the congressional obstruction. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Fremont, CA.
Under the circumstances (Congress blocking any efforts to help economy improve), I believe he is doing reasonably well. I think things could improve more if he were not so (apparently) tied to Wall Street control. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Hygiene, CO.
Handling it as best as the situation he was handed. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Pasadena, CA.
Hard to argue when the stock market has had the longest bullish trend in many years, unemployment rate is down, businesses are growing and spending again, housing market recovering. True, the stimulus packages helped the economy rebound but, overall current administration handled situation pretty well. 2yr ago from a Republican in Newport News, VA.
With all the opposition he is facing it is a miracle he can accomplish anything at all. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Cloquet, MN.
Despite all his efforts, I don't think Obama has made much of difference in the economy's current recovery. A split government and a large body of citizens who are willing to obstruct, ignore, or destroy his administration, seems to trump any approval or disapproval of his "handling" our economy. e.g. almost nothing he has proposed has ever met with skillful execution, or cooperation....especially the ACA. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Twin Falls, ID.
Yes. He could do better but the country is held to ransom by a large number of self-centered, self-indulgent politicians who think nothing of taking time off "work" while citizens are homeless and impoverished. 2yr ago from a Green in Pasadena, CA.
True unemployment is over 11% if all those in the employment market before the recession were counted. he has done nothing to help business or grow the economy. He has helped his cronies and given billions to green energy which has yielded little to nothing as regards economic growth. what he has done is expanded social programs to help take care of those out of work, printed money, $80billion a month, add to the debt at a dangerous rate with little regard for the consequences. He is a socialist who is intent on total redistribution of wealth in the US. why would anyone think a community organizer with his radical background would know or want to help the US economy?. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Beaverton, OR.
I do not believe that Obama can be praised or condemned for the state of the economy, but his administration's methods leave something to be desired. 2yr ago from a Green in Woody, CA.
Assistanc eprograms are needed but the government has nearlya lways failed at monitoring, mainatining and changing; subsequently people who need assistance th most don't get it and the programs get abused by so many who knwo how to manipulate the system. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Delray Beach, FL.
I feel that those who are on welfare should have to earn it, by working in some city, state jobs, such as cleaning streets, garbage pickup, help in soup kitchens or some other needy service the community. I feel nothing for nothing....It should not be increased for more than the dole out the original children. ... Birth control should be available.. 2yr ago from a Republican in Trenton, NJ.
Obama is just face to our government what lies behind the mask no only in the matters of money but in heart soul mind not sure at the moment. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.