The information derived from polls is often of little use. Sometimes polls are down right misleading. If you were to do a review of recent poll results as reported by Gallup or Rasmussen or Pew or others, you would find that Obama’s approval is 40+%. You would also find that 70+% of the people polled believe the country is on the wrong track. To my way of thinking, both polls can not be a correct representation of how the electorate are feeling.
Common sense tells us that the poll showing that 70+% of the electorate believe the country is on the wrong track is about what you would expect. And, if that is true, there is no way that 40+% approve of the way Obama is managing the country. A week or so ago the same polls were showing the President’s approval rating at 38 or 39%. Did something good happen in our economy in that last week that I missed? I don’t think so.
The President’s approval rating is in the tank and Obama knows it. He knows that he has to do something about his approval rating if he is to be reelected. He has correctly decided that he must focus on jobs; the number one issue with Americans today. Obama has been setting the stage for his grand plan for weeks. He has even arranged to make his plan public by using a joint session of Congress as his stage. This is unprecedented. It is all very smart politics on his part.
Will we hear anything new in this plan? Of course not. Obama only knows one way. It will be more useless stimulus by a supposedly all-knowing government. But, from a political standpoint, it is still a smart move. A very large segment of our populace are desperate to hear some good news on plans to create jobs. They are looking for straws to grasp onto and Obama is going to give them some straw. My question is what are the Republicans going to offer?
Is the GOP plan to sit back and poke holes in the President’s plan? I hope the Republicans have more in their tool box than that. I hold to the concept that the best defense is a good offense. The Republicans better have a jobs plan of their own.
You will recall that during the budget debate and the debt ceiling debates that was the Ryan plan and the there was the Cut, Cap and Balance plan. The Republicans were able to make a lot of hay out of the fact that at least they had a plan, where as, the President and the Democrats had nothing.
The Republicans do not want to find themselves in the position where the President and the Democrats have a jobs plan and they can point at the Republicans and claim that they have nothing to offer.
If the Republicans have a jobs plan, why haven’t we heard about it? Herman Cain announced his 9-9-9 plan a couple of weeks ago but no one is talking about it. Am I wrong to be worried about our GOP leadership?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?