LES MISERABLES: Detroit Tops List of Most Miserable Cities in United States … Obama’s Current Home Town of Chicago is #4 with a Bullet
For the most miserable cities, it truly is an Obamanation …
This should come as a shock to absolutely no one … According to Forbes ranking, Detroit, Michigan tops the list as the most miserable city in the United States. Detroit was a pretty easy choice for #1 with its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis. What do you notice that every one of these cities has in common … Democrat leadership, or the lack thereof. What do these cities also have in common, they all overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama. Don’t look now, as the immortal Casey Kasem would say during his music countdown, Obama’s current home town of Chicago is #4 with a bullet.
The latest blow was Tuesday’s announcement that the city is on the verge of being taken over by the state. Detroit is in a financial emergency and cannot pay its bills. The city has been issuing debt to fund day-to-day operations. The continuing problems propelled Detroit to the top spot in our 2013 ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
This year we examined nine factors for the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. The metrics include the serious: violent crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes (income and property) and home prices. We also include less weighty, but still important quality-of-life issues like commute times and weather.
Detroit’s problems are hardly new. It has been in a four-decade decline, paralleling the slide of the U.S. auto industry. The city’s debt rating was cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service in 1992, but declining tax revenues from a shrinking city will soon make Detroit a ward of the state.
Violent crime in the Detroit metro division was down 5% in 2011, but it remains the highest in the country with 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI. The city’s financial problems have forced significant cutbacks to the police force. It is a circuitous problem as high crime and unemployment force people to leave the city, which lowers the tax base and strains Detroit’s finances further.
TOP 10 List. The rest of the Top 20 can be seen HERE.
1. Detroit, MI
2. Flint, MI
3. Rockford, IL
4. Chicago, IL – With Barack Obama in office and Rahm Emanuel as mayor Chicago is fading fast. Emanuel’s approval rating plummeting and Chicago is becoming the poster city for gun violence, even with the strictest gun laws in the country. Chicago has slipped from 10th in 2010, 7th in 2011 and 6th in 2012. With the strictest gun laws in the country and with it is only a matter of time before Chicago becomes #1.
5. Modesto, CA
6. Vallejo, CA
7. Warren, MI
8. Stockton, CA
9. Lake County, IL
10. New York, NY
Another Obama Record for the Food Stamp President … Food Stamps Usage Rises to 47.7 Million Participants & 22,973,698 Households in September 2012
They don’t call Barack Obama the Food Stamp President for nothing …
Welcome to the new normal under President Barack Obama. Newly released data show that participation in Food Stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has reached yet another all time high in September 2012. Thanks Barack Obama. Food Stamp participation increased in September alone by 607,559. The number of households enrolled in the program also increased in September by 289,235. You reelected him America, expect more of the same for the next four years.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, reached another high in September, according to new data released by the United Stated Department of Agriculture.
The most recent data on SNAP participation were released Friday, and showed that 47,710,324 people were enrolled in the program in September, an increase of 607,559 from the 47,102,765 enrolled in August.
The number of households enrolled in the program also increased from 22,684,463 in August to 22,973,698 in September, an increase of 289,235. The average benefit, according to the new data, was $134.29 per person and $278.89 per household.
Oh yea, the economy is getting much better now isn’t it?
Democrat Maryland Gov. O’Malley Says Americans Not Better Off Than They Were 4 Years Ago, Then Says But That’s Not the Question … Still Blaming Bush, Obama without Responsibility
Finally we have a Democrat that says America is not better off today than they were 4 years ago.
I guess Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD-D) did not get the complete talking point memo from David Axelrod that all Obama operatives are to dodge the question of whether you are better off today than you were 4 years ago. On CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Gov. O’Malley said that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago. Oops. But then he and Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter went on to bash GWB and blame it all on Bush. Really, is that what you are going to go with and tell the American people after four years of false promises and failed policies?
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.) said Sunday that voters were not better off now than four years ago, but said the economic mess left by the former Bush administration was to blame, not President Obama.
O’Malley was asked by CBS host Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” if he could “honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?”
“No,” replied O’Malley, a prominent Obama surrogate, adding “but that’s not the question of this election.”
This is just sad and pathetic. Inherited a unique situation, eh? So to tell me that what Obama inherited was worse than what Ronald Reagan inherited from Jimmy Carter in 1980? I do not think so. The stagflation and “Misery Index” under Carter was unprecedented with double digit unemployment, inflation and mortgage rates. Granted under Obama, inflation and mortgage rates have been replaced with foreclosures and bankruptcy. Once in office did Regan blame Carter? No, instead Reagan was responsible for unprecedented jobs growth with Reaganomics as “many economists have stated that Reagan’s policies were an important part of bringing about the second longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history, and followed by an even longer 1990s expansion that began under George H.W. Bush in 1991.” What does Obama and his minions do, whine about what they inherited and claim that a meager and anemic job growth is a success.
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, appearing on the show alongside O’Malley defended the president’s record, saying the economic recovery was well under way.
The Obama campaign acknowledges voters are concerned about the economy, but says the administration inherited unique and challenging conditions from former President Bush.
America is tired of excuses and echoes the sentiments of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush when he stated at last weeks Republican National Convention its time to stop blaming other “… So Mr. President it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies. You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the 4th year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions and you have not done that.”
Sorry, every President inherits some thing for a previous administration. Obama knew what he was getting into. To hear them whine, maybe Barack Obama should never have run in the first place in 2008? It would appear the Community Organizer only wants perfect situations. You may have inherited it Barack, but your policies and liberal agenda have made matters worse and prolonged the recession.
Jimmy Carter to Speak Via VIDEO at Democrat National Convention, Oh Boy, Didn’t He Lose a Landslide Reelection during Bad Economy?
Jimmy Carter to remind Democrats that Obama is just an extension of his first failed term in office …
Wow, this will certain fire up the Democrat troops, former President Jimmy Carter will speak via video at the Democrat National Convention. Because Carter has been just so relevant. But then again why not have Carter speak at the event, isn’t Barack Obama really just Carter’s second failed term as President? This should be truly inspiring as Carter reminds us of the days of the misery he inflicted upon the American people and the subsequent landslide loss he had to Ronald Reagan when Carter ran for reelection. Independents watching the Democrat National Convention might be deciding among themselves who had the worst economic vision, Carter or Obama? Jimmy carter had the misery index, Obama has just provided misery for millions of out of work Americans.
Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, Perfect Together
Former president Jimmy Carter won’t be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, but he’ll address the gathering by videotape.
“Rosalynn and I regret that we will be unable to be at the Democratic Convention this year in Charlotte. However, we remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years,” Carter said in a statement released by the Democratic convention.
Exit Question: Does Obama really want a president who is considered the biggest failure so that people watching can make comparisons between the two and the dude who lost in a landslide for reelection during a bad economy?
Obama … Carter’s Second Term on Steroids: Americans’ Satisfaction Almost as Low as It Was Under Carter
The sycophant MSM liken Barack Obama to Lincoln and Reagan. Wrong, Obama is Jimmy Carter …
President Barack Obama is looking to eclipse yet another dubious record. With just nine months to go before the 2012 Presidential election, only 22% of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going.Yet another dragging indicator for Obama ahead of the election. What voter who is on the fence is going to vote for an incumbent who so many believe is taking the country in the wrong direction? Just a mere 22% say they are satisfied. That number seems rather high in my opinion.
It’s February, nine months before a presidential election, and only 22 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going. Voters haven’t been this unhappy with the country since George H.W. Bush’s presidency, when only 21 percent of Americans reported being happy with the country’s direction. And before that, the lowest approval rating was 19 percent during Jimmy Carter’s first term.
What do the two presidencies have in common? Neither of them won re-election. And, if the trends holds true, Obama looks to be in an equally precarious situation. [Read about the 10 Worst Presidents.]
Gallup Poll: Most Americans Still Say They Are Better Off Than Their Parents … Might Want to Check Out that $15+ Trillion Debt
REALLY? SOME MAY WANT TO TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES …
A recent Gallup poll showed that most Americans still say they are better off than their parents. REALLY? 69% of those polled said that they were better off than their parents, 29% said, not so much. Unless you are comparing your parents who lived during The Great Depression or the Carter 1970′s, the poll results are a bit hard to believe. Heck, many are not better off than I was in my mid to late 20′s. Of course those making more $’s say they are better off; however, I really wonder how much the younger folks in this survey understand the debt they owe in the future. They might be singing a different tune.
High-income Americans are significantly more likely than those with lower incomes to say they are doing better financially than their parents were when they were the same age. Still, even a majority of lower-income Americans say they are better off financially than their parents were.
Maybe Gallup should have polled the 1 year old to 10 year old demographic and the unborn who will be responsible for paying off the out of control $15 trillion (DEBT CLOCK), every growing debt run up by those who state they are better off then their parents! With this present economy, the number of unemployed, records number of food stamps, poor housing market, energy costs and the out of control federal debt, it is hard to believe how individuals think they are better off than their parents.
The fact that you have less liberties today than your parents did automatically makes you less better off than your parents.
Oh but wait according to ABC News, seniors will get an increase of $38 a month. BIG WOOP! Reason why there is an increase … inflation is on the rise.
Obamanonics vs. Reaganomics: One a Complete Failure, the Other a Resounding Success … “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
Call it a Tale of Two Presidencies, Obamanonics vs. Reaganomics.
You make the call which is which, it should not be too difficult to determine Obama from Reagan. Democrats and the MSM like to call Obama “Reaganesque;” however, any common sense thinking person knows Obama is “Carteresque”. The talking points of the LEFT is that Obama inherited a bad economy and they have constantly used that as an excuse. Flashback to Ronald Reagan, who inherited a worse economy from Jimmy Carter and turned it around. No one heard excused from President Reagan, they got results instead.
Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama – the two should never be mentioned in the same sentence
“It was the best of times [Reagan], it was the worst of times [Obama], it was the age of wisdom [Reagan], it was the age of foolishness [Obama], it was the epoch of belief [Reagan], it was the epoch of incredulity [Obama], it was the season of Light [Reagan], it was the season of Darkness [Obama], it was the spring of hope [Reagan], it was the winter of despair [Obama], we had everything before us [Reagan], we had nothing before us [Obama], we were all going direct to Heaven [Reagan], we were all going direct the other way [Obama] …
Democrats like to compare Barack Obama to former President Ronald Reagan, but do they really? Not after reading the Wallstreet Journal’s latest article spelling out the failed accomplishments of Obamanomics and the success of Reaganomics. No honest and thinking person could ever compare the two Presidents, the manner in which they went going about fixing a terrible economy and the results of their policies. The key words here were “honest” and “thinking”. The MSM seems to have amnesia when they compare Obama and Reagan forgetting the fact that “The Great Communicators” policies
The two presidents have a lot in common. Both inherited an American economy in collapse. And both applied daring, expensive remedies. Mr. Reagan passed the biggest tax cut ever, combined with an agenda of deregulation, monetary restraint and spending controls. Mr. Obama, of course, has given us a $1 trillion spending stimulus.
By the end of the summer of Reagan’s third year in office, the economy was soaring. The GDP growth rate was 5% and racing toward 7%, even 8% growth. In 1983 and ’84 output was growing so fast the biggest worry was that the economy would “overheat.” In the summer of 2011 we have an economy limping along at barely 1% growth and by some indications headed toward a “double-dip” recession. By the end of Reagan’s first term, it was Morning in America. Today there is gloomy talk of America in its twilight.
My purpose here is not more Reagan idolatry, but to point out an incontrovertible truth: One program for recovery worked, and the other hasn’t.
Posted August 29, 2011 by Scared Monkeys
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Oh Yeah, He’s re-electable …
Once again we are witness to more “Hope & Change” from President Barack Obama … How many voters have buyer’s remorse? Obama and his minions try and compare him to Reagan and Lincoln … SORRY, OBAMA IS CARTERESQUE!
Move over Jimmy Carter … American has Barack Obama, the worst President in modern American history. What more damage can Obama do to America? I am guessing he contemplates that while golfing. The fact of the matter is that confidence in Obama is gone and is in no sign of ever coming back. Obama has done out of his way to implement policies that have failed and continues down the same path of failed polices and agendas. Obama has never been a leader, he was a talker and a campaigner. All of America is finally figuring it out. HAS A COUNTRY EVER HAD MORE BUYER’S REMORSE IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
The unemployment rate continues to be over 9% and the underemployment is at 18.1%. Barack Obama is the first US President to reside over an economy that has had a downgrade of its credit rating. Add one more notch to Obama’s belt … consumer confidence has dropped to the lowest level in three decades. Not since the Presidency and “MISERY” of Jimmy Carter has the consumer confidence been so low.
Confidence among U.S. consumers plunged in August to the lowest level since May 1980, adding to concern that weak employment gains and volatility in the stock market will prompt households to retrench.
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment slumped to 54.9 from 63.7 the prior month. The gauge was projected to decline to 62, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.
The biggest one-week slump in stocks since 2008 and the threat of default on the nation’s debt may have exacerbated consumers’ concerns as unemployment hovers above 9 percent and companies are hesitant to hire. Rising pessimism poses a risk household spending will cool further, hindering a recovery that Federal Reserve policy makers said this week was already advancing “considerably slower” than projected.
According to a recent Gallup poll, only 8% of Americans think that the economy is good or excellent, while 55% believe its poor. It gets worse, or better if you are Barack Obama … 80% believe the US economy is getting worse, only 16% believe its getting better. That 16% either need their heads examined or root for the total destruction of America.
The numbers on the consumer sentiment index fell to 54.9 in early August, down from 63.7 in July, and the index has fallen for three straight months. Gallup has economic confidence at -56. Thanks Barack Obama.
Unemployment at 9.1 percent of the workforce, low wage rises, and the protracted debate in Congress over raising the U.S. government debt ceiling spooked consumers, survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement.
“Never before in the history of the surveys have so many consumers spontaneously mentioned negative aspects of the government’s role,” Curtin said.
“This was more than the simple recognition that traditional monetary and fiscal policy measures were largely spent. It was the realization that the government was unable or unwilling to act,” Curtin added.
Bad economic times were expected by 75 percent of all consumers in early August, just below the all-time peak of 82 percent in 1980. Buying plans for household durables and vehicles declined in early August, falling back to their recession level lows.
Barack Obama and his policies have crushed the spirit of Americans. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 32% say America’s best days are in the future. What inspiration Barack has given us. Is it any wonder why Obama has a -22% Rasmussen Presidential Index and an overall job approval rating of -6.3%.
As the Gateway Pundit states, its Barack Obama’s “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. 2012 can not get here fast enough. “We the People” need to take our country and future back in 2012 and throw this clown out of office in resounding and “landslideable” fashion.
Dow Jones Falls Over 500 Points, Biggest Drop Since May 2010 … So Much for the Debt Ceiling Deal to Stabilize the Economy
I think its safe to say that no one has any faith in Barack Obama as a leader … A Total and Epic Failure.
Americans were told by Barack Obama and his minions that increasing the US debt ceiling was paramount to saving the US economy and stabilizing the economy. What say you Mr. President? Not only has the stock markets been down every day since the debt deal was signed by Obama, but yesterday the Dow Jones fell over 500. Thanks Barack. I guess those in DC who voted for this well labeled … sandwich, now see that many Americans hated this compromise. I wonder why? Now PJ Media asked the question … should Obama resign?
A CEO with such a disastrous first three years as our president has had probably would already have been called upon to resign or been pushed out by his company’s board of directors — more than likely for some time.
Obama has failed in virtually every direction, foreign and domestic. His policies indeed are almost non-existent. He is completely rudderless, unless you accept the view that he is following the prescription of Cloward-Piven and has set out to destroy American capitalism from within.
If that is so — and I don’t really accept it for a variety of reasons — he has failed even at that, because his reelection becomes less likely with every passing day. A Cloward-Piven strategy could not be successful in only four years. America is far too strong for that. In the case of Obama, his policies are leading to something quite the opposite — an epic disaster for the Democratic Party and (modern) liberalism in 2012.
What happened when the US markets caved in like an Obama cheap suit, or is it an empty one … the Asian and European markets followed.
The Astute Blogger has three recommendations that could fix the terrible US and global economy. We especially like number 3. It has become obvious that Obama has become Jimmy Carter. The only way the economy in the late 70′s could get better was that Carter had to be replaced as president in the 1980 Presidential election and replaced he was in a landslide by Ronald Reagan.
IF OPEC CUTS THE PRICE OF OIL TO $35
IF CHINA ALLOWS THE PRICE OF THEIR CURRENCY TO GO UP, AND…
IF OBAMA RESIGNS OR ANNOUNCES HE WON’T RUN FOR REELECTION
What does any good leader do when
Rome the United States economy is falling around him, why Obama plays the fiddle of course. Actually he had a birthday barbecue. But before that he ran off to a fundraiser in Chicago. Priorities Mr. President, priorities.
The question really needs to be asked, is Obama in over his head or is this intentional? In either case Barack Obama must go. Do your patriotic duty Mr. President and just resign. It is hard to believe that Obama can be reelected in 2012. If he is, it is the end of America.
Remember this Promise from Obama: If Debt Ceiling Limit Deal Passed … It Would Avert a US Economic Crisis
President Barack Obama and his minions pounded the drum that if the debt ceiling crisis was averted with a deal to raise the debt limit, that it would bring stability to the markets and business.
REALLY MR. PRESIDENT?
August 2 came, D-day for the raising of the debt limit where the sky was supposed to fall, the bill was signed into law to raise the debt limit and guess what … stocks fell 256 points!!! What happened to the stability? Obama claimed that the raising of the deb limit to prevent the elderly from not getting their social security checks would sooth the markets and the economy. Barack Obama was once again wrong on the subject matter. Didn’t Obama tie job creation and the economy to the debt ceiling? The Lonely Conservative asks a similar question … “wasn’t the debt deal supposed to save the economy?”It can’t be a coincidence that the markets plummeted on the day that Obama signed the bill into law under the cloak of darkness as no one wanted to be associated with this “sugar coated Satan sandwich”.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 265.87 points, or 2.2%, to 11866.62, on Tuesday. The blue-chip index’s eighth consecutive decline marks its longest losing streak since October 2008. It has lost 6.7% during the skid, dating back to July 22.
Obama and his minions also told us that a bipartisan deal would prevent the US credit rating from falling? WRONG AGAIN BARACK. Credit agency Moody’s presently has outlook for the U.S. grade is now negative. Why? Because the debt ceiling deal did nothing to change the spending habits or really address paying down the debt in any serious manner. It’s not just Moody’s who has an issue and a negative view of the US debt, its all of them. Thanks again Barack Obama.
Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed their AAA credit ratings for the U.S. while warning that downgrades were possible if lawmakers fail to enact debt reduction measures and the economy weakens.
The outlook for the U.S. grade is now negative, Moody’s said in a statement yesterday after President Barack Obama signed into law a plan to lift the nation’s borrowing limit and cut spending following months of wrangling between Democratic leaders and Republican lawmakers.
It was said by GOP leaders that the debt deal was the best that they could get since they only controlled the House and Democrats controlled the US Senate and the Presidency. If America is serious about paying down the debt and its future, Obama and the Democrats must be thrown out of office in 2012. It is obvious that Obama’s policies are failures and his agenda is far too LEFT for the United States. It is obvious that Obama was and is the lest qualified individual ever to be President and is the worst ever. The only person in America who is happy today is former “misery index President Jimmy Carter.
The issue is not just the debt increase and out of control spending, its the continued poor jobs creation and no growth in the economy. But wait, Obama has reassured the people that he is back focused on jobs. WHAT A COMFORT.
2012 cannot come fast enough.