By The Right Scoop


When asked if his administration takes any personal responsibility for the current state of this economy where middle class families are struggling to keep their homes and put food on their tables, Obama says that he didn’t create the condition, but he knows what did:

Well we didn’t create the condition. We haven’t solved it fully yet because it was three decades in the making. I mean if you look at the trend lines, essentially what’s happened is that because of automation, because of globalization, you had a lot of manufacturing move out of the United States. Business got more efficient. They needed fewer workers. They had more leverage over workers. And all this added up to a tougher time for middle class families.

Over the last decade, between 2000 and 2008, the wages and income were flatlined even though the costs from everything from energy, to food, to healthcare were going up. And that problem was being papered-over through consumer debt – home equity loans, credit cards. And then the bubble burst.

So now, I think we’re having to squarely address problems that had been building up over time.

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  • Anonymous

    blame blame blame

    • Anonymous

      Ya, but did Bush cause the automation of society? Must have, that dang efficiency expert Bush!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLUI22G764C2GQ3JAOXD4BV4IE Gretchen

      Doesn’t it just make you sick when you hear him talk.. and he NEVER steps up and takes responsibility for ANYTHING! Even if he didn’t do everything to cause the situation that we are in now, (which I think he did for the most part) it is insane for him to act like he did NONE of it, just insane!

    • Anonymous

      Joel you are so right! In fact, I noticed you used “blame” three times. Ever heard the old saying, “when you point your finger at someone there are always three fingers pointing back at you”? Exactly!

  • Anonymous

    Obama said in his Texas (erm, make that Kansas) speech that the poor can no longer “climb out of that situation and back into the middle class no matter how hard they work”?

    Is it the bankers?
    Is it corporations?
    Is it the 1%?
    Is it China and India?
    Is it ATM machines?

    No, it’s the socialist scum, the communist piece of crepe you’re looking at right now!

    It’s your regulations, your unions, your social security, it’s your canceled pipelines, your unpredictable legislation, your mandatory healthcare insurance.

    It’s your lack of leadership. It’s your class warfare. It’s your partisanship. It’s your shifting of blame.

    It’s your blind idealism. It’s your hatred of American values. It’s your denial of American superiority.

    It’s your arrogance. It’s your incompetence. It’s your stupidity.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think he expects good results with his policies, either. Not good results for us, anyway. What we view as bad, he views as good. I disagree with the leftist notion that he wants us to succeed and it’s just taking time. IMO, he has intentionally prevented the economic recovery and will do so much more aggressively next term. In order to rebuild into the liberal socialist utopia, capitalism has to fail first….with a little help from a friend (Obama).

      • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo Ozzie

        The movie V for Vendetta comes to mind…..there is a whole section of the movie where Portman is broken down (capitalism) by her captor. Eventually she’s become so broken that she becomes obedient to the captor (Obama) and he effectively transforms her in his image. It’s been years since I’ve seen it, but I’m pretty sure I got it right.

        • Anonymous

          I’m almost sure I’ve seen it, but I can’t remember. Sounds like our predicament right now.

  • Anonymous

    Marx would be proud of his protégé son.

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    OH……MY………Goodness! Dear leader will not be happy until all businesses go back in time to before the industrial revolution when everything was made one at a time. Damn that Henry Ford for thinking of assembly lines!

    Damn globalization (yet who is the party of “We are the world”?) too bad it wasn’t purely globalization which forced companies to move overseas… we all know what was the real reason.

    Interesting that it was ONLY during the Bush years according to dear leader, that “wages and income were flatlined..” Everyone I know actually were doing quite well financially. It was between the years 2002 and 2007 that my husband was earning more than he’d ever earned before… 2007 hmmm. What changed? Yeah, Bush was still president, but Congress decided to drain the swamp with Pelosie, Reid, Frank and Dodd holding the plunger.

    • Anonymous

      Started in ’06, when the Dems took over Congress. Coincidence? Nah, it’s gotta be Bush.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget the Community reinvestment Act of 1977 which Clinton doubled down on and Bush tried to warn about. Frank said Fannie and Freddy were fine. It’s all coming back to me now. Lots of democrats shredding their fiduciary responsibilities as well as their oaths, both past and present tense.

        Oblame-a. We hardly knew ye. Would that you were a stranger still. In many ways you are. You’re like a ghost, with an invisible past, but guess what everyone with eyes can see? Your negative results. Though you and your fellow democrat extortionists caused the downgrade to our nation’s credit rating, you have convinced the citizenry to apply for an upgrade in the White House, the Senate, and the Cabinet.

        Good luck as you wrestle with history for the rest of your life. With any justice, you’ll be down for the infinite count.

        • Anonymous

          I’m with ya all the way.

    • Anonymous

      Are you suggesting that it’s the hostile environment that causes jobs to move overseas? Oh, the horror of it, lol.

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        gee, imagine that huh? ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another mistake Obama makes: He says that prices were going up while wages were not, and that was patched over by increasing consumer debt.

    He got it backwards. How do prices go up when wages (available money) don’t? Because money became available in other ways – namely, credit in the form of low interest rate mortgages. And those low interest rates were possible because the government guaranteed them in the egalitarian effort to make housing affordable to all.

    So government guaranteed loans, driving down interest rates, increasing access to cash, driving up the cost of goods. That’s how it happened.

    • Anonymous

      That’s why it isn’t necessarily a good thing to raise the minimum wage. Min wage goes up, prices have to go up for businesses to pay for it, then min wage needs to go up further. Inflation. What we need is NOT for wages to go up, but for prices to come down. Does a loaf of bread HAVE to cost $3.50?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        Actually, the point of Minimum Wage is to level the playing field, so to speak. The ONLY people that are unaffected by the increases are welfare rats and Hourly employees. The SALARIED employees are the ones that get HURT by this increase. THUS, the “1%” give more of their hard-earned money to their employees, and then get to pay more for their groceries.

        There is NOBODY that is HELPED by minimum wage increases. Otherwise, why not set the Minimum Wage at 1 MILLION DOLLARS!?! That would fix ALL of our problems, right? Liberals are so freaking insane!

        • Anonymous

          All costs trickle down to us. That’s why Congress can never help us by punishing businesses in the name of helping us little folk. We always get the cost increases. Raising minimum wages does only 2 things – reduce the number of minimum wage jobs AND increased costs to pay for it.

        • Anonymous

          O’s theoretical utopia/arcadia would place the minimum wage and the maximum wage at the same level…with major exceptions going to the like-“minded” storm-troopers, who will, like Orwell’s pigs, be “more equal” than the rest of the poor folks unfortunate enough to live there.

          Once the souls have been sucked out of the rest of the barnyard bevy of bolsheviks, they can more properly be referred to as chattel.

          • Anonymous

            Dare I say ‘2084’?

            • Anonymous

              With another Obama term and democrats in control of both houses of Congress, it’d more like 2014 or 2024…which is why, it ain’t gonna happen.

              Along with those amber waves of grain, there be amber waves of folks, of every shade. Guess what they’ll be waving to O’ and company after they shoot their ballot bullets?

              Yep…bye, bye :-)

        • Anonymous

          Of course. I’m glad you finally came to see the light. In jest, obviously.

          Setting the minimum wage at $1 million (per hour?) would instantly make everyone jobless. No productivity, no food, no nothing. Instant way to collapse the economy.

          Even if we just printed $1 million per person and handed it out, that would be the new poverty level. Your next loaf of bread would cost $200 and houses that rent for $1,000 a month would jump to $100,000.

          All in fun, but I think people behind OWS think that somehow distributing all the money the rich have will make everyone well-to-do. That’s just wishful thinking.

          Long way of me saying that I agree with you, lol.

          • Anonymous

            Setting the minimum wage at $1 million (per hour?) would instantly make everyone jobless

            Ya, but unemployment would be at 0%, ’cause no one would be looking for work.

            • Anonymous

              Let’s not give Obama any ideas.

        • Anonymous

          anyone not making MW is affected, comparative purchasing power for people making over MW goes down as MW rises.

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        That was one of the reasons I was glad to move from Canada when I did. Minimum wage back then was about 9 bucks an hour. I don’t know how high it is now, but I imagine one could go into a McDonalds and say, “Yes, I’d like a 20 dollar value meal please.”

        • Anonymous

          ‘value meal’ for $20. Love it. But at least up there you would be able to get the toy.

          • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

            LOL! Yeah, it’d have to be included for that price! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    dear cousins, translation: his utopia (refer to north korea) is coming. so he needs for us americans to be properly educated to adapt

  • Anonymous

    According to his quote, wages and income flatlined between 2000 and 2008, while food/energy costs skyrocketed. Looks like everything got better after ’08. No more increases in food and energy costs. I think MY house didn’t get the memo.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      neither did my groceries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

    The only “TOOL” is HIM

    What an ARROGANT POS HE is!

    GO BACK to PLANET DUMBO – PLEASE!

  • Jim Botts

    I wonder if the smartest guy in the room realizes that all of this stuff was around just 6 short years ago when Bush was in office with an unemployment rate of 4.5%

    Paging main stream media, cleanup in aisle 5

  • http://www.envisionliberty.weebly.com/ Mike Leavitt

    Willful ignorance is not bliss. I really hate this guy’s philosophy. It needs to “whither on the vine.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

    1.) This reporter must be biting his lip to not laugh

    2.) So – Efficiency is causing Inefficiency ?

    makes perfect sense – on PLANET DUMBO

  • Anonymous

    There’s no such thing as too much horse manure for the garden. I’ll add this one in case you haven’t seen it:

    http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/the-obama-administration-is-planning-a-second-term-attack-on-gun-rights/

    The Obama campaign’s strategy (to destroy the Second Amendment) goes like this:

    1. Neutralize gun owners and NRA members as a political force in the upcoming national election by pretending to be pro-gun or at least not focused on pushing a gun-control agenda;

    2. With gun owners neutralized, Obama will be able to win the election. After the president is re-elected, he won’t have to answer to voters because he won’t have to face another re-election battle;

    3. Launch a full-scale, all-out assault to rip the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights through legislation, litigation, regulation, executive orders and international treaties — in short, every lever of power at the administration’s disposal.

    If I missed saying it recently, Thank you Right Scoop for all you do.

    • Anonymous

      Gun owners can’t be fooled OR neutralized by this bozo. That’s the main reason we own the guns.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Nuke. My goal is to encourage greater ownership of guns in this country. If you hadn’t considered owning a long gun before, consider the low priced, 9mm and .45 cal Tactical rifles. 10 round clips, reasonably priced ammunition, compact, “fun” to shoot and easy to maintain.

        I bought one. I went to my local gun store and said, ” I want something for home and homeland defense. If something happens and my nation needs me, I don’t want anyone else, including the police or the Armed Forces, to have to carry my water for me.” (9mm, laser, extra magazines, 1000 rounds-wife loves it.)

        • Anonymous

          I believe in a glock, a shotgun, and a sniper rifle. A set for all occasions. Makes a nice Christmas gift for the relatives, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    News flash Mr Obama: you and your progressive liberal democrats are responsible. Did you forget that you and your party kept spending and borrowing money? Time for you to realize that the American people are not stupid and are not buying the talking points. As the saying goes you can fool some of the people some of the time but you CAN’T fool all the people all the time!

  • Anonymous

    His administration may not have caused the condition, but the government sure did. In a nutshell, we are broke because of big government. Obama is increasing government size, increasing government interference and manipulation, and driving costs through the roof, so he can’t say it was because of previous administrations. He is worse than the previous administrations by far and he’s compounding the problem quickly.

    Scared passenger…”Obama, the car is moving too fast and there’s a cliff coming”.
    Obama….”Then I better push the gas pedal”.

    • Anonymous

      Scared passenger…”Obama, the car is moving too fast and there’s a cliff coming”.
      Obama….”Then I better push the gas pedal”.

      Obama… “and I didn’t put the engine in the car, either. So keep quiet.”

      • Anonymous

        Obama….”Don’t worry, it’s a Cevy Volt. It’ll never get that far.”

        • Anonymous

          He should get behind hot air balloons. He has plenty of that.

      • Anonymous

        That was funny, but it kinda ruins the analogy. If there was no engine the car would stop and we’d be happy, right?

        • Anonymous

          Right, and if there were no recession/depression, Obama wouldn’t be doing all the spending to ‘save or create’ so, so many jobs. He’s just taking a situation (a car with an engine) and making it worse (speeding toward the cliff). Sorry to expand on your excellent analogy. I’m just saying…

          • Anonymous

            Nah, expand away. Just finding out where you were going with it. No matter the analogy, we all know the end result is bad.

            • Anonymous

              I went back and read the thread. I see where you were coming from. What I meant to say was “and I wasn’t the one who put the engine in the car, either. So keep quiet.” Might change the meaning a little. My bad.

              • Anonymous

                Lol, now that’s funny. I had completely misunderstood you. I thought you meant there’s no motor in the car and I was scratching my head. Ok, now that I got my head out my “you know where”, we are on the same page.

                • Anonymous

                  No problem. When I went back and read it, I saw it the same way you did. If someone misunderstands their own writing, then that’s bad. Hope I’ve corrected it. :)

                • Anonymous

                  Yep, you corrected it.

  • Anonymous

    One more thought regarding this. Obama has a valid point regarding automation being the cause of so many of our country’s fiscal woes.

    I mean, being a Marxist automaton himself and all. That’s automation we can believe in…until we wake up and short-circuit his program.

    It’d be so nice if we could run a top-notch antivirus program on DC.

  • Anonymous

    we got an automaton in as potus so yeah…we can blame automation.

  • Anonymous

    After a broad assessment of many right leaning site. I will have to agree with Walter Williams and conclude that Barrak Husein Obama will be re-elected!

    As a born and raised Texan, I will be encouraging my state to Secede, even though it will never happen, its fun to fantasize about. So, what do you think fellow Texans. There are very few other states that like us anyway. We send DC 1$ and get back $.94. We have the only assembly/disassembly facility for nuclear weapons in the US. We have enough gas and oil for our own needs. We definitely have the ability to feed ourselves. We also have the most independent minded citizens in the nation. We have the room for expansion. We would also be free to secure our borders in the fashion we please. Are you tired of a Yankee majority telling we Texans how to run our ever day lives? Are you tired of the DC establishment taking your hard earned dollar and giving it to drug addicts and baby factories. Are you tired of people who come here for the sole purpose of having there babies automatically becoming full fledged citizens of the USA? The reason go on and on and on!

    Fellow Texans, Please, Let us come out of this Coma of complacency and tolerance. Stand up and be counted before it’s to late!

    Please no responses from the left or right coast. This is a Heartland issue!

    • Anonymous

      Sign me up.

      Ex-Tex-Pat

    • Anonymous

      I’m jealous! Out here on the left coast, we are blessed with all the resources TX has and more. But our full time, over activist, leftistlature is killing us and our once vibrant economy. It is heartbreaking for this CA native!

      • Anonymous

        In my opinion you may have as many resources, but are lacking in the most important. Self reliance!

  • Anonymous

    That darn Bush again…it is all his fault.
    Never blame me!
    Baby Boy in Action

  • Anonymous

    All you need is someone to provide cuts to corporate taxes, capital gains, drill in the country now, close the DAMN border, bring spending levels at least to 2005 spending, cut federal wages to at least 10%, have ALL federal workers contribute 2.5% to pensions and healthcare and stop blaming Bush. Be a leader. Can a true conservative please stand up and pledge to do this and a helluva lot more?

  • Anonymous

    @gilleysuited, Have you seen ‘Jericho’ the TV series…I liked the ending…’Welcome to the Sovereign State of Texas’. An interesting story

  • Anonymous

    This sob caused millions to lose jobs and his love affair with the EPA is going to destroy more jobs, families and hopes for the future. He’ll invest in failing green companies, bail out the useless, traitorous, dope-smoking commie unions at GM but he can’t find a way to pay for Unemployment benefit extension by cutting real waste in government.

    He won’t drill for oil, he won’t stand up to our enemies-What good is this feeble minded miscreant?

    Look! Some Americans are barely hanging on to their homes on unemployment you miserable cretin and you can’t find a way to fund it! I say, “Fix it bitch, or pull up your pants and slither back to the brothel where you were reared.”

    This may be an American President, but the man sitting in that empty suit is a huge waste of a 50-year-old, good time at a Honolulu motel.

    • Anonymous

      Your name is a misnomer!

  • Anonymous

    This entire interview is a sham.

  • Anonymous

    No he did not create the conditions, he just made them worse and worse. He never takes the blame for anything.

    • B-Funk

      Isn’t it clever how he side steps admitting that he made the problem worse. What a weasel! Or, how the problems he mentions of higher energy, food, and healthcare were caused by mountains of gov’t regulations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BPIFJYIKAC7TGLOTY6UZ6MCTAA Brock S.

    Yeah, uh that’s the problem. Same thing happened back in the day with buggy whip makers. They would have single-handedly caused the great depression.

  • Anonymous

    Unions and the government sent our manufacturing jobs overseas. They do not support the worker they support thier own power and greed.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Scoop…….Congrats for the h/t from Levin!!

  • Anonymous

    seriously, is he THAT STUPID that he would do that AGAIN?? he’s blamed technology at least 3 times and each time he’s rightly mocked!!! wtf!?

  • Anonymous

    I guess the industrial revolution back in the day was a major step backwards in job creation in his mind. Automation creates jobs!!

    Lets see now that I don’t have to pay a salary and benefits for worker Joe I can now expand my business. Just because Joe may be out of a job doesn’t mean it’s bad. Someone created that machine. Someone has to install and maintain that machine. A company somewhere is adding jobs to create and distribute those machines. I can now open two more locations for my company because of the efficiency and cost reduction the machine has now caused. And guess what….I NEED PEOPLE TO WORK IN THOSE NEW LOCATIONS!!!

    Obama thinks that money that is saved by companies in using automation is just pocketed by some greedy cartoonish corporate goon. That money is called capital and it is invested in other physical capital to grow business which in turn creates jobs. The creation of the automation itself creates jobs. How can he be so blind???

    Maybe he should go out to large farms and tell them to turn in their combines and large farm equipment and go back to manually plowing the fields and having workers work the fields. I’m sure they would love it. Cause hey more jobs right?? But wait…what about the companies that produce those combines and tractors?? Guess who’s now out of a job??

    The automation argument is so completely retarded and yet no media hack calls him on it.

    Henry Hazlit talks about it in “Economics in One Lesson” which is a really good read and easy to understand.