7/25/2013

How one Democratic pollster summarizes Obama's big economic speech yesterday, division and polarization

Doug Schoen, who was Bill Clinton's pollster when Clinton was president, has this at Forbes:
Obama doubled down on his approach in 2012: division, polarization and moving to the left. 
Much like in 2012, the President placed little emphasis on tax reform or growth. He spoke of bringing jobs back to America – specifically in manufacturing – but did not reveal many details of how he would achieve this. 
We heard some talk of balancing the budget and deficit reduction, cornerstone issues of the protracted battle in the House at the end of last year and beginning of 2013. But there was no talk of a long-term deficit reduction plan or plan for entitlement reform that will save crucial programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 
The President emphasized redistribution above all else, but with, again, no long-term plan as to how he would finally make this approach an effective one. Indeed, he hid behind the terms “ineffective government” and “broken Washington,” giving himself leeway in not having solved the economic problems that he promised to fix in both 2008 and 2012. . . .

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