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Americans broadly expect President Obama to be a one-term president in the wake of the Solyndra scandal and extremely low job approval that he's been receiving over the past seven months or more, in regard to a continued failing economy & unemployment.

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PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:49 am

Is there such a thing as a (-)sub-underdog???

Underdog would ultimately succeed, where as it does not seem to be the case here with President Obama.

Hans L (958)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:03 am
What kind of WAKEUP CALL does OBAMA need?
Its time for OBAMA to start working for the PEOPLE of the USA!
People not Corporations!

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:34 am
PinkMindy, thanks for telling the world

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 6:01 am

Here's another Solyndra scandal article:

"White House Brushed Off Solyndra Worries, Emails Show" - WSJ @ Care2 News

Ingrid A (524)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 6:57 am
It sure is better to have Bush out of office.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:02 am

Ingrid; That's exactly why President Obama is failing so outright miserably, because he has resorted and capitulated to the will of the Republican Party and has continuously used the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld playbooks!!

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:26 am
I've heard NOTHING from the GOP that interests me or gives me hope they could do better....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:51 am
It's the republicans in congress, people! Learn your politics before hating the wrong people!!

The Big Picture: A 40-Year Scan of the Right-Wing Corporate Takeover of America
Author and public intellectual Colin Greer tells us how we got where we are today. It's not a pretty picture, but hope is on the way.

October 3, 2011
At this moment, there are growing protests on Wall Street in Manhattan, in Boston at the Bank of America, and in cities around the country. These embryonic and creative efforts are targeting the greed of the banks, the collusion of the corporate class with their corrupt elected officials, the high level of unemployment, the huge burden of student loans in a time of diminished opportunities, the increasing numbers of poor and hungry people, and much more. These protests, along with those earlier in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio, are signs of revival of a long tradition of popular revolt against excesses of wealth and the corporate class.

The new protests come after a long dark period -- specifically the last 11 years of George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- during which time conservatives have gained more power and ability to control the national debate than they have in the past 75 years. The current right-wing power presence, spiked by the corporate media's obsession with Tea Party protests, came most immediately as a result of the Great Recession caused by the housing bubble and obscene corruption of the banks. This crisis was exacerbated by large-scale anger about the subsequent bank bailout, and corporate-backed attacks on the health care reform package passed by Congress. But that is just part of the latest political news.

The conservative ascendancy is hardly an overnight phenomenon. Rather, it represents a dynamic shift in American politics that has taken place over more than 40 years, beginning in the 1970s. During this time, conservative billionaire donors, corporations and the Chamber of Commerce, all invested in conservative think-tanks and communications infrastructure, while Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and a broad and deep media network of right-wing pundits have come to dominate the public discourse.

Subsequently, the liberal/progressive side of the political equation has lost much of its influence from the period of the 1970s and early '80s. How this has happened over time is little understood. In fact, the lack of protest and effective organizing against the right wing during the Tea Party ascension especially has been a mystery to many, and a source of great frustration.

Colin Greer, a transplanted Brit, has observed and engaged in every phase of progressive politics. Greer is the author of a number of books (with his best-known being The Great School Legend), has been a professor at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and for many years has served as president of the New World Foundation, known in the philanthropic world for its commitment to supporting grassroots organizing and providing seed money for many of the most effective progressive political efforts over the last decades. Over this long period, Greer has had a cat-seat view of all the forces that have shaped our last 40-plus years. He has a big-picture take on the turmoil and politics of this period, as major shifts -- globally, economically and culturally; the tectonic plates of change and reaction -- have reshaped our world in ways we have yet to fully understand. AlterNet sat down with Colin Greer in his office in New York in late September.

Don Hazen: Why have conservatives succeeded so dramatically in this period, and liberals and progressives are arguably the weakest in decades?

Colin Greer: There is no single causal factor. The shaping of these two divergent paths begins in the 1980s when you had the last flourish of an expansive society. But the last three years of the '70s were characterized by stagflation and disappointment and took a great toll, forfeiting a real sense that the constant growth of openness in American society and economy was endlessly sustainable. Fast-forward to the present and we have the twin dominance of austerity, i.e. eviscerating public spending as the solution to economic crises; and aristocracy, represented by the protected tax and profit oasis of the wealthiest 1 percent.

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PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 10:18 am

Ohhh how pitiful and shameless the pro-Obama camp has become, because the same exact individuals keep protesting all of my alternative Obama news articles and I have noticed it's mainly when it comes from a mainstream bonafide news medium; such as this ABC News/Video Interview!!

Ahhh, who released all the mockingbirds with their 'same of the same' and 'business as usual' pro-Obama rhetoric, in order to divert everyone's attention away from the true matters at hand.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 10:24 am

President Obama needs 3 items in order to be reelected in 2012:

#1. A new speech writer (everyone should agree).

#2. A new Campaign 2012 manager.

#3. A time-machine in order to go back into 2009 and correct all of his mistakes, fumbles and failures across the board.

And then perhaps President Obama could get reelected in 2012!?!?

I have been noticing Obama's mind-set has been transitioning of late and he is now becoming ...

His Own Whipping Post ...

According to this ABC News Interview.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 10:40 am

... But alas, they have their own personal right of opinion and self-expression as I do, so we will listen to their dwindling by the day encampment, as it continues to lose steam and evaporates into a meaningless *footnote* inside some old archaic encyclopedia in our future.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 10:53 am

The best counter-evidence against these mainstream claims that they can truly muster here???

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 11:00 am

This is how link evidence should look like:

Vice-President Biden is making news by addressing all American voters and clearly stating that it is time to stop blaming George W. Bush Jr. and to start blaming the Obama Administration for our current economic situations, successes and failures.

"Biden To Voters: Time To Stop Blaming George W. Bush For Bad U.S. Economy" @ The State Column

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 11:04 am

... And like this:

The president's fundraising difficulties speak volumes in regard to his current problematic relationship with the critical U.S. financial community.

Tough times ahead!!

"Obama's Former Campaign Funders On Wall Street Turn Against Him" @ LATimes

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 11:13 am

... Or some counter-evidence should look something like this:

Former White House aid David Axelrod, who has since fled back to Chicago as Obama's 2012 reelection top strategist, now sees 'no wind in their sails' and nothing but an uphill climb, because the wind has changed direction and is blowing in their faces.

"Top Obama Campaign Strategist Sees A 'Titanic Struggle' For Next Year" @ LATimes

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 11:58 am

President Obama is definitely NO Abraham Lincoln, although he has stated a strong political infatuation with our great historical president on record. Obama is not on any significant record ... as yet!

Evidence sometimes also looks just like this:

If any of these bills pass through congress, then it would put President Obama in the precarious position of either signing or vetoing moves, which would then have high impact on the ground in an already volatile and anxiety-stricken Middle East.

"Obama Boxed-In On Next Mideast Move" @ CBS News

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 12:06 pm

Or evidence has been known to take the form of:

A new book featuring President Barack Obama, whose Pulitzer winning author confides that he received extensive co-operation from the White House for the writing, portrays Obama as indecisive, out of his depth and facing insubordination from advisers.

"Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Casts Grim View Of President Obama's Leadership" @ Telegraph UK

I could go on and on, but I think you will understand my meaning.

Still waiting for some real mainstream counter-evidence to actually review here!!!

Christia F (158)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 3:29 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Tia

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:24 pm
Not better off than four years ago?
Of course not, repugs were in power then.
Better off then two years ago? Not ny a long will take years to clean up after Bush and his henchmen..but it will get done.
Just take a look at Wall Street..the people have spoken.

Agnes N (703)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:33 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:58 pm
Noted , maybe he does not want to run again !

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:23 pm
Noted. Thanks for the post.

Penny C (17)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:42 pm
Time for some change.

Carol D (346)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:57 pm
Remember......When Bush was in office it was the Democrats who controlled both the House and the Senate!! Mmmmmmmm....and we wonder why things were a it will take the Republicans a bare minimum of another 8 years to even bring it back to even!

Ellen m (215)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 6:37 pm
Mindy, I didn't go searching for this story, you sent it to mr my friend!
If you feel i'm a "mockingbird" spouting the "same of the same", but are so intent on upholding the right of freedom speech for us dwindlers, let me say no worries invited the comment, and since I have tons of causes I could be doing right now..The NAACP, GBLT rights, trying to stop abuse at the polling booths, or cheering on the Wall Street demonstrators, or even rewatching Perry trying to squirm out of why he used the "N" word...just don't send me the news, invite me to comment, then use a backhanded insult when I do..its real easy, for me anyway. ONE LOVE

Myron S (70)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:12 pm
Jason R. said it all for me, except: Jesus, Pink, get over yourself.

Billie C (2)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:59 pm
obama was sunk when he had control of both houses and still couldn't get anything passed. dems had control for the last 2 years of bush and the first 2 years of obama. where is our change? oh yeah down the drain so they could whine about bush did it. obama isn't the man to get anything changed. you have to be able stand up and fight for what you believe in obama can't do it. he stands up and and whines like a tattle tell on the play ground johnny did it i saw him. time for him to go home and play in his chicago play ground where they like him.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 2:19 am
Neither Party is blameless in this mess. While I agree things certainly weren't perfect before, all of you who hate "Repugs" and pass sainthood onto Obama, have your head in the clouds. Perhaps if everyone got wise and said enough is enough with the 2-Party system, then we could go Green and have some real change. If you care about the environment, then you must vote Green Party.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 4:30 am

Now 4 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Obama's job performance and this immense negative opposition is still growing. His strategy is at odds with his message.

"Opposition To Obama Grows -- Strongly" @ WashingtonPost

Sounds like an Underdog to me, but some people cannot resist the allure of the underdog, even if he is going down in flames.

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 5:27 am
Thanks for the article.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 6:52 am

President Obama has lost a very significant percentage of his Campaign 2012 support (lost Blacks, Hispanics, Jewish, Democrats and Liberal voters ... a very large %!).

All he has left at this time is hardcore Liberals and hardcore Democrats, so you be the judge here.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 9:45 am

You cannot currently send a star to Nyack because you have done so within the last week. (and add Myron and Jason to that, too....)

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 10:43 am

Here may be perhaps one very good reason that America is no better off:

The Solyndra Scandal that cost American tax payers at least $535 million dollars in a failed Obama bankruptcy loan agreement!!

"Obama's Solyndra Scandal Reeks Of The Chicago Way" @ Chicago Tribune

Any questions???

Kenneth L (314)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 11:18 am
"Any questions???"

Sure (though you don't intend to ever answer any. So Weird!)

Since you trash Obama constantly as prez, WHO would YOU like to see as the next prez who could do a better job in your opinion?

t's like some smart-mouth loudmouth continually bashing their team's quarterback as horrible, terrible, garbage, junk, useless, worthless...and so the perfectly sane, reasonable question to them would be 'So who would be YOUR pick for quarterback?" and the idiot never says who.


PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 5:12 am

If the Democrats could convince President Obama to do the best and right thing for their party and then he would step-down out of the 2012 race and they could then convince Hillary Clinton to run, then I would without a doubt vote for Hillary Clinton in 2012!!!

If that fails to occur (and it never has happened before), then I will vote Third Party no matter what that means , because I do not have to feel forced to vote for a particular candidate, just because a few Care2 people that I don't even really know tell me to do so or that it would be a good idea to do so.

Every American also retains the right and I don't say it's a good idea, but every American retains the right to refuse to vote ... If there is no candidate which is considered to be good enough.

In this case it is a matter of American ethics, rights and freedoms, because no one should be forced to vote for any candidate for any possible reason ... No not at all.

In my opinion, everyone can vote for whomever they please in 2012, but as for me there has been no clear indication that President Obama is a good leader, a good president, a good commander in chief ... etc. in regard to the U.S. economy and unemployment, foreign policy making decisions and so on ...

If some of you wish to persuade and convince others to vote for the reelection of President Obama, then please present your hardcore mainstream empirical data and information here to do so!

Or else just keep blowing steam and looking to bully all of us into voting 'your way' in 2012.

Prove it, show us and properly convince us that President Obama is the right man for four more years.

I have requested this mainstream proof concerning President Obama on multiple other comment lines and all I get in return (and it's not in any facts as most of us would expect) is insults, ridicule, bullying and antagonism, which in my opinion ...

PROVES NOTHING to myself or to any of our other readers on this comment line!!!


To The Reader:

If you have not done so, please go click-on the green 'Visit Site' button and review the complete article and watch the entire video presentation for yourself and then decide for yourself too ... Thank you!

Also if you're up for it, Google "Obama Solyndra Scandal E-mails" or just check out the daily Obama News on the Internet and if you see what I see, then you would notice a strong Anti-Obama trend growing across America, rather than a positive Pro-Obama camp forming.

Obama has lost a significant percentage of critical minority voters Black, Hispanic, and lately even Jewish voters; along with losing another large percentage of his Liberal base and even losing some of his own Democratic Party.

So if anyone can find a strong positive and rational foundation for voting for the reelection of President Obama in 2012, then please post this mainstream evidence here for us all to read ... And again I thank you for any participation that you may wish to give!!


PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 5:34 am

P.S.: For a real eye-opener just Google: Anti Obama -- and see what comes up there too!

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 6:54 am
"Every American also retains the right and I don't say it's a good idea, but every American retains the right to refuse to vote ... If there is no candidate which is considered to be good enough"
Well of course that's anybody's 'right'. But I think that idea would get you into hot water with a lot of people. 'Good enough'? What does that mean? Somebody WILL be the next prez that's the fact. Better vote for the one that you think is best suited, or a third party, and not vote just because there isn't anyone who's 'good enough'.
Seems to me you should be then running all sorts of pro-Clinton articles, or tons of pro-Green articles, not just Obama bashing fluff and hype and opinion blogs most of the time.

I don;'t get what all your 'forced to vote for a particular candidate' thing comes from. Who's 'forcing' anyone? No more than you 'forcing' others to not vote for Obama. I've personally seen examples in the nature conservation arena where Obama has done some good things. You're not interested in that. Lots of articles have been posted by people that seek to correct anti-Obama rhetoric and misleading, slanted views regarding some issue.
Lastly, nobody has to 'convince' you of anything. I mean why? Who are you?

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 7:22 am

That response does not constitute in any way, shape or form an overwhelming body of evidence to convince anyone to vote for President Obama!!


To The Reader:

Hardcore Liberals and Democrats would rather the reader not gain access to news articles such as this one provided on Care2, but in my opinion they would much rather that I had never posted it in the first place, but that would make it a type of mind-controlling censorship, would it not!?!?

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 7:27 am

Everyone should read this one:

"An Angry Obama Is Still A Losing Obama" - Opinion @ Washington Post

Although some will claim this article as being 'rhetoric', by displaying their own brand of personal rhetoric upon it.


Phyllis P (237)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 9:05 am
@ Kenneth, you are right. No one is required to vote. I did not vote last election, in my opinion neither candidate was worthy.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 1:01 pm
Still no Green Party articles from PM. Still no Green Party political candidates or platforms by PM. Just incessant Obama bashing.
You can't be part of the Green Party in any official capacity. Nobody could stomach how you operate 'for' the Greens---i.e. the way to help the Green Party is devil-ize the current president. Yeah, that's brilliant and really helpful.
You have some other agenda that no one knows about PM. Make sure you keep it well hidden.

Emily Drew (88)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 11:00 pm
Noted thanks PinkMindy. We need change and we need it now!

Carol D (346)
Monday October 10, 2011, 10:19 pm
I agree Emily!!!!! That and a lot less "Why don't you like our boy?" "Why are you always bashing him!?" Because he is a friggin NUT case!!!!!!
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