The American people gave Barack Obama a mandate to solve the problem.
And the problem is clearly jobs and the economy, a new Pew Research Poll says.
“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood,” the President said during his Inaugural Day Address.
Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell said, “The American people, I think fundamentally, bet on President Obama because of the economic situation we are in.”
“The stock market dropped another 300 points on this glorious Inauguration Day and people are losing jobs, and that will be No. 1 for him,” Powell said.
America is inching each day closer to an economic stimulus that will give our children and grandchildren more than $2 Trillion in debt.
Yet no one is certain the stimulus will work.
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If there is doubt that the American economy will recover as a result of the actions we are taking, we are either taking the wrong actions or we need to ask ourselves “what else should be done? What should we do differently?”
There will be no national security without a strong American economy. No social security. No health care. No war on global warming.
A news story this week said the only segments of the California economy showing “growth” were in the sectors of government and medical services. That won’t produce “wealth” for future investment….
As Barack Obama takes office, the public’s focus is overwhelmingly on domestic policy concerns – particularly the economy. Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation stand at the top of the public’s list of domestic priorities for 2009. Meanwhile, the priority placed on issues such as the environment, crime, illegal immigration and even reducing health care costs has fallen off from a year ago.
While it is not unusual for the public to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, the balance of opinion today is particularly one-sided. Roughly seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say that President Obama should focus on domestic policy, while just 11% prioritize foreign policy. By comparison, last January, 56% cited domestic policy as most important while 31% said Bush should focus on foreign policy.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,503 adults on cell phones and landlines, finds that strengthening the economy and improving the job situation are higher priorities today than they have been at any point….
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