Poll: Half of Americans Question Obama’s Competence – More Than George W. Bush!

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(townhall.com)

Half of Americans believe President Barack Obama is incompetent.

Half.

Obama is now officially viewed by his countrymen as less competent than George W. Bush at the same point in their presidencies, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted June 11-15.

“The … survey found that just half of all respondents consider Obama to be competent, even lower than those polled in the wake of Bush’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina,” the Washington Examiner reports.

“And 54 percent said Obama is no longer able ‘to lead the country and get the job done,’” according to the news site. “More than 40 percent of respondents believe the administration’s performance has gotten worse in the past year.”

The polling results are so bad they’ve even prompted some in the mainstream media to declare the president a lame duck.

“This poll is a disaster for the president,” NBC News Chief Chuck Todd said Tuesday. “You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.”

“On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” Todd said, according to the Examiner.

Predictably, Obama’s worst ratings are on his handling of foreign policy, which is obviously tied to his thumb-twiddling as ISIS extremists besiege Iraq and unravel all progress in the country.

“Just 37 percent of those surveyed approved of the president’s handling of foreign affairs,” the Examiner reports. “Progressives fear that disillusionment with the White House could endanger Democrats in November’s midterms. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.”

OOPS! House Democrat Admits Obama Had Enough Funding to Treat Veterans – But Didn’t

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(mediaite.com)

The Democrats’ only hope to pin the outrageous VA scandal on Republicans is to somehow portray them as obstructionists who cut the VA budget to save money.

Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown apparently didn’t get that memo.

As Mediaite puts it:

Rep. Corinne Brown (D-FL) probably did not set out to substantiate virtually every Republican talking point regarding how Democrats and the Obama administration have handled, or mishandled, the scandal surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nevertheless, that was the result of her spirited attempt to defend President Barack Obama Wednesday at a House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing.

Invoking images of the central Florida congresswoman hovering high above her district in an SR-71 Blackbird, Rep. Brown assured the hearing’s attendees that she has performed her “reconnaissance” on the VA. Following the successful completion of that mission, Brown reported to her colleagues that the Veterans Affairs facilities in Florida were “doing fine.”…

In less than two minutes, Brown confirmed two key Republican themes. First, that this administration has failed to deliver on its campaign promises; that the president and his party are detached, aloof, and deluded; that they cannot address this abominable scandal because they largely refuse to acknowledge it exists. And second, that a lack of funding for the federal government’s Leviathan social bureaucracies is not the reason why they disappoint so often and so completely. Those bureaucratic monsters fail because their unwieldy design and the scope of their mission preclude the possibility of success.

Brown’s tut-tutting proves a lack of resources was not the VA’s problem. In fact, it was reported last week that the VA expects to have more money than it can spend this year for the fifth year in a row.

Women’s Advocate Says a Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Pull People out of Poverty

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(hsaforamerica.com)

Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, debunks the idea that an increased minimum wage will help millions escape poverty.

From Newsmax.com:

President Barack Obama’s proposal to boost the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million Americans but eliminate about 500,000 jobs, budget analysts say.

Schaeffer called the claim that minimum-wage earners live in poverty a myth.

“The reason people live in poverty is not because of low-wage jobs,” said Shaeffer during an appearance on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV. “It’s because they don’t have paid, consistent work.

“The fact is that only 9 percent of people living in poverty had full-time work last year. Similarly, 67 percent didn’t have work at all, so the big issue is job creation. That’s what would really help.”

Schaeffer said some Republicans are getting behind a minimum-wage hike for the wrong reasons.

“It sounds compassionate, it sounds nice, but the bottom line is … what this would do to younger workers,” she said. “The fact is that the people who would be hurt the most are those with the least amount of experience, the least amount to lose, so to speak.

“Entry-level jobs, which are often minimum-wage-earning jobs, give people much more than just the salary. These are critical skill-learning opportunities.”

The loss of jobs that would occur with the minimum wage hike would adversely affect the female workforce, she added.

“The reason it would hurt women in particular is that women account for nearly two-thirds of part-time workers and these workers are a lot more likely to be making minimum wage. They’re also a lot more likely to have their jobs cut, if need be, so women are definitely much more vulnerable to job losses.”