The Official Obama Criticizer Responds to the President’s Congressional Black Caucus Speech

The Official Obama Criticizer Responds to the President’s Congressional Black Caucus Speech

September 26, 2011

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RUSH: (summarized) “Stop complainin’! Press on! Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying, we’re gonna press on. If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew — uh, janitor — makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor. We used a big infrastructure builders in this country! The intercontinental railroad.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is a task for the Official Obama Criticizer: Mr. Bo Snerdley.

SNERDLEY: Good afternoon. This is Bo Snerdley, Official Obama Criticizer, “certified black enough” to criticize with 100% pure organic slave blood in the mix. I have a statement, y’all. Refreshed from his most recent vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Mr. Obama’s now concerned with jobs — or, more accurately, the lack of jobs under his administration. At the CBC Awards Dinner he promised that very small business owners, including a hundred thousand black owned businesses will get a tax cut under his so-called jobs bill. This is a victory of sorts because finally Mr. Obama has rediscovered there are black people in America.

RUSH: Whoa!

SNERDLEY: And then he told his rediscovered black audience to take off their bedroom slippers, “put on their marching shoes, shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We’ve got work to do. We have to press on.” How utterly sad. There was no other audience who rates this unseemly presidential lecture from Barack Obama, and yet the push-back from the CBC has been tame — and now a translation for EIB brothers and sisters in the hood.

Oh, no, he di’in’t! Oh, no, he di’in’t. Oh, yeah, he did. You heard him, B! He and ‘celly partying like it’s 1999 every week up in the White House, up at Martha’s, on the Cape; and now that he’s in our grill, telling us to shake it off, stop whining, stop complying, stop crying. Stop crying? What’s up with that? You better step off, yo, and to relook this situation, dog. First of all, you know what it’s like out here? We got massive no jobs! No, okay? Massive no jobs, yo. Check that out, okay? We got so many empty houses that have been foreclosed on, man, we could start a new hood in the old hood — and homey’s talking about, “Stop crying, stop complain, stop grumbling”? Check this out. Do you go to the Hispanic audience Obama and tell ’em to stop whining about jumping the fence, yo? No. Do you tell the Jew janitors, yo, to, you know, stifle it? No. The soccer moms? No. Your Wall Street posse? No.

Do you tell them to shut up? No. Stop complaining? No. But you come to our leaders… Well, you come to our… Well, you show up at the CBC and then all of a sudden you tell ’em, in other words, S-T-F-U? You all know what that means? Well, never mind, okay? Check this out. Yo, right it’s time to take off the bedroom slippers put on the boots but we marching with you down to the White House, yo, to protest you and what you’ve done! You hooked up your union boys, you hooked up your Wall Street posse, you hooked up your crew, but you left the hood out of it ’til right now and the only thing you got to tell us is “shut up, stop complaining”? You better come better than that, bro, otherwise next November, it’s gonna be real cold up there — and you can’t run to Martha’s in the winter. I’m out, yo. Peace.

RUSH: And that is the Official Obama Criticizer, Mr. Bo Snerdley.

Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government

Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government

Several long-term Gallup trends at or near historical lows

by Lydia Saad

This story is the first in a weeklong series on Gallup.com on Americans’ views on the role and performance of government.

PRINCETON, NJ — A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.

Trend: Reaction to How the Nation Is Being Governed

Majorities of Democrats (65%) and Republicans (92%) are dissatisfied with the nation’s governance. This perhaps reflects the shared political power arrangement in the nation’s capital, with Democrats controlling the White House and U.S. Senate, and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives. Partisans on both sides can thus find fault with government without necessarily blaming their own party.

The findings are from Gallup’s annual Governance survey, updated Sept. 8-11, 2011. The same poll shows record or near-record criticism of Congress, elected officials, government handling of domestic problems, the scope of government power, and government waste of tax dollars.

Key Findings:

  • 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
  • 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
  • 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
  • 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.
  • Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
  • 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.

Congress’ Ratings Have Plunged in Recent Years

Confidence in Congress hit a new low this month, with 31% of Americans saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the legislative branch, lower than the percentage confident in the executive (47%) or judicial (63%) branch. Confidence in the legislative branch is slightly higher among Republicans than among Democrats, 41% vs. 32%.

Trend: Trust and Confidence in the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government, Consisting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Apart from a brief rally in public approval of Congress after the 9/11 attacks, Congress’ job approval rating has followed a similar path, declining sharply since about 2000. The 15% of Americans approving of Congress in the September poll is just two percentage points above the all-time low reached twice in the past year.

1974-2011 Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Public Officials Held in Low Esteem

Americans’ confidence in the people who run for or serve in office is also at a new low; however, the decline has been more recent, dropping from 66% in 2008 to 49% in 2009 and 45% today. For most of the history of this trend, Americans had much more positive views of those seeking or holding public office, but that changed in 2009, and the balance of opinion has since remained more negative than positive.

1972-2011 Trend: Trust and Confidence in the Men and Women in Political Life in This Country Who Either Hold or Are Running for Public Office

Americans Particularly Critical of Domestic Policy

At 43%, fewer Americans today than at any time in the past four decades say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems. That is significantly lower than the 58% average level of confidence Gallup has found on this since 1972, including a 77% reading shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Gallup did not ask the question between 1976 and 1997, however, and thus may have missed low points during the recessions that occurred in the early 1980s or at the time of the House banking scandal in the early ’90s.

By contrast, faith in Washington to handle international problems (57%) is currently better than the 51% all-time low recorded in 2007, during the Iraq war, and not far off from the 65% average seen since 1972.

1972-2011 Trend: Trust and Confidence in the Federal Government When It Comes to Handling International, Domestic Problems

Along with Americans’ record-low confidence in the federal government on domestic policy, Gallup finds record skepticism about government waste. As previously reported, Americans, on average, think the federal government in Washington wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, the highest estimated proportion of waste Gallup has found on this measure in trends dating to 1979.

Nearly Half Now Say Government Poses Immediate Threat

Americans’ sense that the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals’ rights and freedoms is also at a new high, 49%, since Gallup began asking the question using this wording in 2003. This view is much more pronounced among Republicans (61%) and independents (57%) than among Democrats (28%), although when George W. Bush was president, Democrats and independents were more likely than Republicans to view government as a threat.

2003-2011 Trend: Do you think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?

Bottom Line

Americans’ various ratings of political leadership in Washington add up to a profoundly negative review of government — something that would seem unhealthy for the country to endure for an extended period. Nevertheless, with another budget showdown looking inevitable and a contentious presidential election year getting underway, it appears the ratings reviewed here could get worse before they improve.