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New Poll Shows A Third of Louisiana Republicans Blame President Obama for Katrina Response

obama-bushIf this doesn’t terrify you about the amount of misinformation and sheer ignorance in this country, I’m not sure what will.  A recent poll done by Public Policy Polling found that 29% of respondents in Louisiana blamed President Obama for the poor response following Hurricane Katrina.

How many blamed President Bush?  Less than those who blamed President Obama.  Only 28% of those polled blamed Bush for the terrible response by our federal government following Hurricane Katrina.


And possibly just as sad, 44% said they weren’t sure who to blame.

No, this isn’t satire.

A quick refresher course since it’s obviously needed — Hurricane Katrina happened three years before Barack Obama became President! 

Let’s just look at the question and numbers:

Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

George W. Bush: 28%

Barack Obama: 29%

Not sure: 44%

It’s absolutely ridiculous for anyone to blame President Obama for the response organized nearly an entire presidential term before he ever took his oath of office.

Now some might dismiss the poll because it was done by PPP, which does lean left.  However, when you look at the poll numbers themselves, the vast majority of respondents (82% to be exact) identified themselves as conservative.  Which does makes sense because the poll was targeting probable Republican primary voters.

Which only highlights just how incompetent many Republicans truly are.

Because it’s one thing to not understand which branch of government is in charge of what, or even how a Constitutional Amendment is passed, but to blame a President for something that happened three years before he ever took office more so than you do the actual President that oversaw the botched relief efforts, that’s not even insanity—it’s stupidity.

Then like I said, it’s equally as sad that almost half of the respondents didn’t even know who to blame.  That means, when you factor in the 29% who blamed President Obama, a whopping 73% of the Republicans polled in Louisiana weren’t aware of who the President was in 2005.

That’s a terrifying statistic.

It would be one thing if this poll targeted information such as the health care law or our national debt, two items that are clouded in mystery thanks to right-wing rhetoric, but it didn’t.

It asked a very basic, indisputable question and 73% of those Republicans polled said they either didn’t know who to blame, or they blamed a man who wouldn’t even become President until over 3 years after the devastating hurricane.

Then again, many Republicans actually blame President Obama for our economic collapse.  But at least that batch of misinformation is derived from an event that happened only about a year before he become President—not three years.

So they’re a little closer — but still completely, utterly, embarrassingly and horribly wrong.



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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
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  • Cynthia Gurin

    Which appears to tell us that Republicans are staggeringly stupid.

    • http://Icrnewyork.com/ Finch

      I was going to say something similar but I couldnt get my jaw off of the keyboard before you.

      • Jose Pons

        Sheep with low IQs

      • existentialvoid

        this I cannot agree with.

        Part of being forward is to also try to find those who are at least willing to come to the middle, or try to imagine a middle – the radicals on both sides are too strong in ideology and weak in political compromise.

      • Gary Smith

        That’s a spurious argument of false equivalence. There are basically zero “radicals” in the Democratic party holding any sort of positions of influence.

        The Republican party, on the other hand …..

      • Shawn Heidingsfelder

        So I guess you don’t count Obama as a radical in the Democratic Party? Half his party can’t wait for him to leave so they can throw Hillary to the wolves. They re-elected him because they had to, and he still barely got half the votes.

      • Gary Smith

        Obama? Radical? Obama is just about as moderate as it’s possible to be. Because of who and what he is, he instinctively strives for compromise between two sides of an issue, often to the detriment of the issue at hand.

        If you think Obama is a radical, you need to go home, Shawn, you’re drunk.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        enjoy the Hillary 2016-2024. who is your WOLF which U BTHINK will eat her in the election???? ted croooz? rand split brain paul?

      • Tom

        He defeated Romney by over 6 million votes. What part of a landslide don’t you get, Shawn of the brain dead?

      • Nathan Frigerio

        Wish I could give more than a single thumbs up.

      • italylover2004

        There are basically zero “radicals” in the Democratic party holding any sort of positions of influence.Really?

        Harry Reid is leader of the Senate. President Obama is President – that is 2/3rds of the power in this country being led by radicals in the Democrat Party

      • Stephen Hamilton

        Compromise has ben Obama’s problem all along he has tried to work with Congress they haven’t budges on anything. It was said by the SC swiftnoaters that the democrats could have their nword president but he will never get any thing done, raven if it kills the economy dead.

    • Bill Rubin

      Well, let’s be careful. This poll tells us that a significant number of Republicans in the Bible Belt, at least, about a third, are staggeringly stupid. It suggests that about half of Republicans in this region are at best completely ignorant and at worst staggeringly stupid–since 44% weren’t sure between Bush and Obama. It suggests also that nationally that a terribly high proportion of the Republican conservative base is terribly misinformed and likely stupid.

      • April Belew

        Uh, who didn’t already know that?

    • Mr. Smith

      I am a Republican and am far from stupid, i know who was responsible for Katrina and I voted for Obama twice because of the sad state of the party to which I belong. Its not “republican Vs. democrat” its “idiots/willfully ignorant Vs. the well informed”.

      • pj

        Thank you from an independent voter. It is why I AM an independent voter. I do not need a party telling me who to vote for, nor do I want to be attached to their ideology. I used to have respect for the R party, but that is gone with the war on woman and their extreme and radical views. Hopefully the next election will clean them out and maybe the R party can get back to those views which deserve respect. It was never abnormal for me to vote split tickets because I voted on who I thought could do the job well and represent all of the people not just a select few and their own self interests.

      • Tom

        I trust independents less than the GOP. At least the GOP know they are nuts. Independents are total frauds.

      • Curtis Scarbrough

        In the words of Zap Brannigan, “I hate these filthy Neutrals. With enemies you know where they stand but with Neutrals, who knows?”

      • william wilson

        Great to know we still have people that still think

      • Darron Jacobs

        THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY SIR

      • LarSil

        Are you saying, then, that Bush was responsible for Hurricane Katrina? Please don’t say that Republicans are stupid, Mr. Smith.

      • BitchUnfamous

        Did you actually read his post?

      • CJ

        Yes. Bush was responsible for the incredibly botched and incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina!

      • Stephen Hamilton

        Thats right and if New Orleans had had an R as mayor it most likely would have ben a different story

      • italylover2004

        No actually he wasn’t – blame your the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor at the time

      • Robert Cornely

        Wrong. Bush could not send government assistance until the governor requested it. She refused his offer and said she could handle it. He would have had to declare Marshall Law to send help without her authorization. When she finally asked for help, it was there within four hours. Do your research before making outlandish comments.

      • markm123

        I wouldn’t say Repubs were stupid… I will say SOME are lazy and woud rather sit back and wait for FOX or Rush or Glen to tell them how to think. To be fair, there are just as many lazy ass Dems on the left, sitting around waiting for MSNBC to tell them how to think. Our country is in a sad state.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        Possibly true. But. MSNBC doesn’t outright lie like faux noise. At least MSNBC is registered with the FCC as a news org. Faux noise is registered as an entertainment org, that way they can lie with a straight face.

      • Tom

        Ever watch Morning Joe..Lot’s of lies there.

      • Jeremy Stephenson

        Absolutely, he was. Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Obama wasn’t president until 2008. Part of the president’s job is to respond and render aid to disasters such as this in a swift manner. How could Obama have botched something that happened 3 years before he was even elected?

      • Tom

        Bush might not have been responsible for the Hurricane, but he owns the lack of response!

      • scott

        BS. Mayor Raymond Nagin ignored federal and state offers of help and a recommendation to evacuate the city. As a Democrat he didn’t want to ask for help from the Republicans. In 2014, Nagin was convicted on 20 of 21 charges of wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering related to bribes from city contractors before and after Hurricane Katrina and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison.

      • ondotto

        They are not stupid, but to blame someone who was not a president then for what happened 3 years before he became a president is just beyond belief.

      • BitchUnfamous

        O thank you for pointing out that which should be obvious to everyone – and yet seems not to be. Our greatest issue today is not the “name” of a party…it is the mother of all battles between those who interpret reality through the primitive brain and those who do not.

      • Jeanne Rhodes-Moen

        The problem is, the way the intelligent, moderate Republicans have been consistently pushed out in favor of the willfully ignorant, tea party types, that the assumption is that the voters must be equally as ignorant/idiotic to vote them in..(and yes, many are willfully ignorant) we keep hearing about the masses that vote them in because they support ‘good christian values’ and that they don’t need educated, elitists but would rather have the joe sixpacks lead them…. If we heard more from the moderate, thinking, educated conservatives, who aren’t walking lockstep in the idiot’s march, maybe things and attitudes would be different, but at least when it comes to the moderate leaders, it seems as though some are afraid to speak against the marching morons for fear of loosing their seat, as has happened with a couple of long time reps who lost their seats to tea party opponents after speaking their minds in Congress etc.

        It’s the same problem we are seeing with the image of Christians in general. I know there are many good people out there who are Christians, but the ones we hear from the most(or at least loudest), are the irrational, irate, anti LGBT, pro-lifers, who have more than a bit of closet racism and anti-woman feelings….it gives the whole religious group as a whole, a bad name. The fact that the two groups have a huge overlap in recent years doesn’t help anything either!

      • Nathan Frigerio

        I get the reference, Cyril Korbluth. A great writer who died too early. The Marching Morons, a story title.

      • chaserblue

        That’s the Republicans fault—they didn’t learn their lesson when they brought the rabid right in to bolster their numbers back in the 80′s. So what do they do in response to the growing Dem threat? They bring the next group of lunatic fringe in to bloat their numbers. AGAIN. Now you’ve got the rabid right AND the baggers trying to eat their way through the GOP like a pair of psychotic face huggers. They’re cannibalizing the GOP from the inside out. You can’t embrace parasites and expect them to have table manners.
        I certainly hope they learn their lesson this time…
        And as far as the Christians go, they need to step up. If they are truly being misrepresented by the vocal fake Christians, they need to get louder—because all people see is the idiots with the placards making everyone’s life a living hell. They need to get loud, denounce the idiots and make some noise—show people that there ARE decent Christians out there, REAL Christians, not these idol worshiping, money grabbing rabid right that attracts all the headlines. That’s what people see and it’s as much the Christians fault as it is the fake Christians. Telling people on message boards “We don’t all think that” is fine and good, but it’s rather localized and what we see is the fake ones getting what they want because they’re making the noise.

      • Beaugrand_RTMC

        I don’t believe the sentiment “If we heard more from the moderate, thinking, educated conservatives, who aren’t walking lockstep in the idiot’s march, maybe things and attitudes would be different” actually holds up. Moderate, thinking, educated conservatives are shouted down by the Tea Party zombies.

      • chaserblue

        Then they should start shouting louder. Unless of course they want idiots like Trump not only destroying their party, but their country, too. It’s the loud ones that are making policy and legislation—and if they aren’t part of the solution, then they are by gods, part of the problem.

      • Tom

        Oxymoron alert. “intelligent, moderate Republicans” Right up there with Jumbo Shrimp.

      • Paul

        “Intelligent, moderate Republicans…” Yeah, all BOTH of ‘em…

      • regressive rightwing trash

        wow— kudos to U my repub American friend

      • Claire

        That’s how my mother is, she is a Conservative but is sick of the Republicans’ bullshit and almost always votes completely Democratic.

      • Curtis Scarbrough

        It’s easy to forget that the extreme, vocal idiots in the republican party do not represent the entire party, and also that the extreme vocal idiots in the democrat party don’t either. It honestly gives me a bit more hope to see that there are rational people on the other side of the aisle, because maybe, just maybe, it will eventually lead to actual discourse instead of profanity strewn shouting matches.

    • SluttyMary

      Facts are evil to republicans.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        Reality always has a liberal bias.

    • http://www.garymenten.com/ ThePhotogsBlog

      It’s impossible to argue with that.

    • Stephen Barlow

      What amazes Me is that ANY journalist would even actually ASK this question?

      I mean if a trend seems to be growing, a pollster might ask an inane question to determine how many of a certain group support that trend, but THIS is the Rove Fallout Era. Where truth NEVER existed.

    • scott

      Cynthia, they didn’t poll the Democrats for a reason. 1/3 of the state of Louisiana drops out of HS. Question: If every single murderer on death row was fed milk as a newborn child, does that mean that milk makes people murder?

  • Nicholas Kaioken Caljean

    I see your point and not to take away from what you’re saying, but, just because they “didn’t know who to blame” does NOT mean they did not know who the president was. It is possible that they weren’t sure whether to blame congress or the president. That part of the question was poorly worded. Also there was no “neither” option. Lumping the 44% with the 29% is misleading.

    The 29% that said it was Obama’s fault is still terrifying though.

  • bugjackson

    Well, this conservative blames the NOLA mayor and the dingbat governor. Bush’s mistake was thinking the two of them could deal with Katrina and waiting too long to step in. The law states that FEMA must be invited in to help and the dingbat froze and did nothing. Bush should have known much sooner that both were clueless.

    • Carleen Burns

      While that is valid and true, that was not the question posed to these individuals. It only gave them the two choices and they could say between those two “undecided” as a third choice.

      • bugjackson

        If it makes you feel any better not one of my conservative friends thinks Barry had anything to do with Katrina and I know a lot of conservatives. Cool? Methinks this polling organization is a bit biased and wanted to rile up a few libs. It appears to have succeeded.

      • MATYCHY

        Bet you don’t have a lot of friends. Just kidding

      • bugjackson

        Actually, I do.

      • MrBritesnide

        Stupidity apparently loves company.

      • bugjackson

        Had a bad day? But you’re right. I am pretty stupid. I am debt free and have more money than I’ll ever spend. I have a wonderful family with two grown kids who pay more in taxes that you earn in salary at your job at McDonald’s. I also have a single digit handicap. Ignorance is bliss, I guess. By the way, with your attitude, it’s won’t get much better for you either. Think about it.

      • MrBritesnide

        Had a bad day? But you’re right. I am pretty stupid. I am debt free and have more money than I’ll ever spend.
        ____________________

        You know MONEY is like SEX. The people who HAVE a lot of it…don’t TALK about it.

        Thanks for proving you have little of EITHER.

      • bugjackson

        Warren Buffett has no money? John Kerry has no money? Bill Clinton has not money? (that’s all he talks about), etc., etc., etc. Bad cliche, young man.

      • MrBritesnide

        Warren Buffett has no money? John Kerry has no money? Bill Clinton has
        not money? (that’s all he talks about), etc., etc., etc. Bad cliche,
        young man.
        _____________________

        You certainly ARE.

      • MrBritesnide

        I have a wonderful family with two grown kids who pay more in taxes that you earn in salary at your job at McDonald’s.
        _______________________

        Don’t decry McDonalds.

        If it wasn’t for THEM your KIDS wouldn’t EAT.

      • bugjackson

        Well, at least you stick up for your employer. Are you a senior hamburger flipper yet?

      • MrBritesnide

        Well, at least you stick up for your employer. Are you a senior hamburger flipper yet?
        ____________________

        Being a senior hamburger….you ought to know.

      • Chomper Lomper Tawee

        Good comeback….. “I just wet myself laughing”

      • pj

        Now you are insulting people who work at McDonald’s? You really think you are better than everyone else?

      • JamieHaman

        lol, I know a fair number of fiscally conservative folks myself, but none of them lives in Louisiana.

      • bugjackson

        Your point? Are you saying there are no conservativesin LA? The state has reelected Landrieu. You may have a point with that.

      • MrBritesnide

        Blaming a liberal polling organization for POLLING is ONE thing.

        Blaming a liberal polling organization for the STUPID RESPONSES given by CONSERVATIVES is an attempt to avoid EMBARRASSMENT.

        Thanks, bugjackson…for proving PPP correct.

    • Bill Rubin

      Well, you are entitled to make that assessment if it makes you feel better. Unfortunately, you conveniently sidestep the issue that your fellow LA conservatives are quick to more often blame President Obama than the actual President Bush who was in office during Katrina. Your own statements implicate Bush as the choice, after all, given the poll question.

      • bugjackson

        Please don’t think that I assign any validity to a poll that includes Obama in the polling question. Now that is stupid and clearly has a bias designed to insight libs against conservatives. It worked, didn’t it?

      • BlueDem1

        The question was a little awkward, but why didn’t the respondents say, “Obama? He wasn’t president when Hurricane Katrina devastated my state in 2005.”

        Because conservatives hate Pres. Obama so much they saw it as an opportunity to impugn him by “blaming” him for something.

      • bugjackson

        Put your Kool Aid down, my friend. I am a conservative. I did not and would not vote for Obama because I disagree with his policies. He had NOTHING to do with Katrina in any shape form or fashion. I am beyond skeptical that the people who did this poll could find a conservative if they tried. And you know what, they didn’t.

      • BlueDem1

        I agree the poll’s question was ridiculous, but you can’t tell me they couldn’t find any conservatives to talk to. For pete’s sake, it’s LOUISIANA. You can find hundreds of conservatives just by standing in a Wal-Mart parking lot in small-sized town.

      • bugjackson

        Your stereotype is not reality. The folks in the south that are in the Wal-Mart parking lots that you refer to are clearly not conservative. I think they voted for BO at about 95%. You’ve never been to small town in the south, much less a Wal-Mart parking lot, now have you?

      • BlueDem1

        Dude… I LIVE in a small southern town. My county voted for Romney by an 86 to 14 percent margin.

        And I shop at Wal-Mart on a regular basis.

      • bugjackson

        And you’re telling me the folks hanging out at Wal-Mart are conservatives? What part of the south are you from, son?

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson

        And you’re telling me the folks hanging out at Wal-Mart are conservatives? What part of the south are you from, son?
        ___________________

        Are you suggesting that folks who hang out at Wal Mart are LIBERALS?

        From what PLANET do you hail?

      • bugjackson

        North Carolina, Georgia and Texas. If a white person wants to feel what it’s like to be a minority, go to any Wal-Mart in the deep south on a Saturday and you may be the only white person there. You will clearly be outnumbered greatly. Now, unless something drastic has happened, 95% of those folks voted for Obama. I know what I am talking about.

      • MrBritesnide

        The more you post the more you CONFIRM the poll.

      • bugjackson

        So what part of the post is not accurate?

      • MrBritesnide

        NONE of your post is accurate.

        It DOES, however confirm every bit of talk radio garbage that floats.

      • bugjackson

        Look, young man, you don’t know what you are talking about. You have never been to a Wal-Mart. That is very clear. If you have you can’t tell the truth when it is staring you in the face.

      • http://www.facebook.com/james.naquin James Naquin

        you do not know what you are talking about!! North Carolina, Georgia and Texas were red states in the election not to mention all three have republican Governors

      • BlueDem1

        AND Republican-controlled state legislatures! No Democrat currently holds any statewide office in Georgia, and I believe the same is true for Texas.

      • ktann1020

        I’m on your side on this one, but please verify your facts before posting… North Carolina went blue in 2008 for only the second time in 40 years, and we almost pulled it off again in 2012.

      • ktann1020

        I already thought you were an idiot, but you just confirmed it. What state are you from? I’ve lived in North Carolina for 6 years now, in multiple different cities, and I can assure you that I have not been outnumbered racially at any Walmart at any point of the week day or night. It’s closer to 50-50 here. You should realize that seeing as this state went blue two elections ago and close to it again this past election, so now the good old Republican party is doing everything in their power to suppress the black vote and the educated vote. Can’t win fairly so make it so those voting for your competition can’t. Sounds legit.

      • bugjackson

        Everyone is a name caller on this site. Not very creative names either. You make my point, by the way. The original post said that all people at Wal-Marts were conservative rubes. My point is that in the south that was not possible because a large number of the folks you see at Wal-Mart in the south are black. At least 95% of them voted for Obama. You say the percentage is 50/50. That is about right So, we agree, don’t we?

      • MrBritesnide

        Everyone is a name caller on this site. Not very creative names either. You make my point, by the way. My point is that in the south that was not possible because a large number of the folks you see at Wal-Mart in the south are black. At least 95% of them voted for Obama. You say the percentage is 50/50. That is about right So, we agree, don’t we?
        ________________________

        Actually we DON’T….

        You use a lot of conservative talk radio absolutes…which labels you right off the bat as NOT VERY BRIGHT.

        If ANYTHING you make the point of the POLL….the RESULTS of which CLEARLY crawled up your butt in a SERIOUS way. Anyone like YOU who spends SO MUCH TIME making ridiculous justifications with SUCH FLIMSY INFORMATION….is OBVIOUSLY DESPERATE.

        You typify the moronic section of the electorate you represent MORE than you realize. And before you whine that this is AD HOMINEM….

        realize that it’s sociological observation.

      • corperatefatcat

        you are totally right man. why don’t those lazy poor people on social security go ahead and die already so I can stop paying for thier taxes. the people in this country are crazy if they think I’m going to pay for thier lazy asses to have health insurance. Free insurance for women and children? that’s communism right there. The government needs to go away so I can make more money. I don’t see the chinese complaining about a living wage..

      • lifelongbhamer

        you are just an idiot and not worth any further comments

      • bugjackson

        I don’t think you bothered to make any comments. Have a nice day. And watch the name calling. It puts you in a bad light.

      • Gary Smith

        I’ve lived almost all my life in the South: Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. You couldn’t be more wrong.

      • bugjackson

        You’re telling me the black folks that shop at Wal-Mart are conservative? Methinks you look but you do not see.

      • Gary Smith

        I’m telling you that your assertion that Walmart patron are predominantly black is blatantly untrue.

      • bugjackson

        It all depends on where you are, pal. There are towns in the south that have more blacks than whites. The one I grew up in was 50/50 white and black. So, my comment was totally accurate. That is unless i was in a town where the black folks voted for Romney and we both know that is not true.

      • MrBritesnide

        It appears you use RACE to explain a LOT of your STUPID COMMENTS.

      • bugjackson

        I think your wife beater shirt needs washing. It really smells.

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson
        I think your wife beater shirt needs washing. It really smells.
        __________________________

        The evidence that you THINK at all has YET to be proven. What you’re INHALING must be the STENCH of your own RANCID IDEAS.

      • Charity Marshall

        what your saying is incredibly racist most people don’t make decisions like that based on what color they are

      • bugjackson

        Charity, what I am saying is not racist. Earlier today, someone with an agenda said that all people who shopped at Wal-Mart were conservative rubes. I live in the south. When I go to Wal-Mart, at least half or more of the people I see there are black. I don’t believe and neither do you that those black people vote conservative. That was my point. It isn’t racist. OK?

      • Michelle R. Knight

        I live in the south, You my man are a bigot and a racist. Obama would love to do things for this country, but if you would but open your mind and your ears you would have heard from your own party that they were going to make it impossible for Obama to do anything. How many laws have been passed? How much has the 113th Congress done for us? NOTHING!! Wages are not increasing, but food and shelter costs are, Did you know that while Bush was in office Congress set themselves up a little law that gives them a cost of living pay increase every year? Why did they think there was a need for the “Patriot Act”? That has been nothing but a JOKE from the beginning. How would you expect anyone to take a Republican seriously anymore? The whole party has become a joke. What about all the republicans having a fit about Obama’s BC and how he doesn’t have the right to be president when was BORN here, but are willing to accept Cruz, who was born in Canada? They have shown themselves to be the PARTY that expects you to do as you are told. They are a bunch of hypocrits, racists and bigots. Are you sure YOU want to be aligned with that group? You are sounding just like them in your posts.

      • bugjackson

        You call me a bigot because Congress and the President can’t get anything done. Are you nuts? Are you telling me that the black folks that shop at Wal-Mart voted for Romney? Wake up! Your entire rant is liberal talking points. You said nothing that came out of your own head. If you can, THINK. I went to a high school that was 50% black. I go to a church full of black families. I work with blacks and socialize with blacks. How dare you. You don’t know which end is up.

      • Michelle R. Knight

        You went around most of the point. When you start spouting off about how food stamps, which is now SNAP and look up the statistics on who is getting them, then you would know that SINGLE parents and ELDERLY are getting over 60% of what goes out. I personally know someone who makes over $50K per year who gets them. Can you tell me why someone who makes that much needs food stamps and MY DAUGHTER, who doesn’t have ANY money to spare from paycheck to paycheck can’t get any help? There is a double standard in this country and you are not helping. When you say you have plenty of money. who did you step on to get? When you point out that your community is 50/50, you have black friends and black people go to your church, you are perpetuating the racism. We are all in this world together. Doesn’t matter if you are black, white or purple. You need to learn which end is up and take a hard look at yourself. I have friends and people I know, doesn’t matter what color they are to me, it’s how they act and how they treat others. Since you live in Texas, YOU can send back that extra 35 cents per dollar that they get from the government and see how quickly you guys change your mind about how things are done. By the way, just got rid of someone who thinks just like you do and he spouted the same bullshit. Now according to him it’s everyones fault but his…lmao!

      • bugjackson

        Ok, Michelle, I will try to reason with you and then I’m done. You called me a racist. You started the name calling. You cast the first stone. I tried to show you that I was not a racist by describing the interactions I have on a daily basis with the people you accuse me of hating. A racist has no interaction with those he hates. A racist works against those he hates. On the other hand, I work and interact with the people you say I hate. That is point #1. Point #2 is you come at me with the liberal propaganda that if I have money then I must have stolen it from someone or stepped on someone to get it. I started out with a new suit my Father gave me along with an en envelope of payment stubs for the remainder of my college loan. I started out in the hole, in debt and in an entry level job. I lived in a dump because that was all I could afford. I was in sales so I was 100% accountable for my performance. No where to hide and no one to blame if I didn’t get the sale. Well, I worked at it and became very good at selling. I then proceeded to get promotions over the years based on the results I brought in. Michelle, I have never taken a sick day in my entire career. It seemed that I was always sick on weekends and vacations, but whatever. So you throw out a a huge insult to me personally when you claim that I didn’t earn what I have. I have busted my rear end and I have been rewarded for the effort. Can you understand that? Can you see that is a good thing? As for taxes, I pay more than 35 cents on the dollar. You see, I pay property tax, sales tax, and all the hidden taxes on phone bills and such. This year I am paying an extra $1715 Obamacare tax on investments and Medicare tax. So when those on the left say I don’t pay my fair share, I tell them to stuff it. I also give a chunk to charity. I would give to charity even if there was no tax deduction because it is the right thing to do. BTW, I am against all deductions. A flat tax is fair to all. Deductions favor those that government wants to single out. Point #3-If you had read my posts you would know that I am not against Food Stamps for the 60% you refer to. But they should be temporary. People need to figure out how to take care of themselves and the sooner the better. And Michelle, you know there are freeloaders. Don’t kid me or yourself. We both know people who have made wrong choices their entire lives disregarding sound advice from friends and family. Now, they are broke and looking for a handout. Those people are accountable. At some point, after they have been helped by charity, Food Stamps, the personal kindness of others, they need to step up and make an effort. Do you see anything wrong with that? Anyway, that is all for me. If I am not making sense to you, well at least I tried. Have a nice day.

      • Jenji Morgan

        YOU ARE A FLAT OUT LIAR. Texas here. WALMART IS FULL OF WHITES EVERY DAMN DAY OF THE WEEK. They have no choice but to shop there. FW TX IS SOLID GOP. Get a grip fool.

      • Jeremy Owens

        The Republicans are the reason this country was driven into a ditch and the reason we are catching such greif to work our way out of it.

      • BlueDem1

        Georgia. What part of the south are you from, old-timer?

      • bugjackson

        Native Tar Heel. Texas now. How old do you consider old?

      • BlueDem1

        You called me son. I responded in kind.

      • bugjackson

        You give me a wide spread of years to choose from.

      • MrBritesnide

        A “wide spread” between siblings is CLEARLY the reason you’re even here among us.

      • Jeremy Owens

        So sorry to hear you live in a town engulfed in ignorance.

      • bugjackson

        DFW?

      • MrBritesnide

        Unfortunately this poll was not about WHO you would VOTE for.

        It DID however ask a pretty straightforward question that individuals who ADMITTED to being white conservatives were at a pathetic loss to answer.

        It also unwittingly revealed the fact that said ADMITTED white conservatives were such rabid Obama-hating racists, that they BLAMED him for everything from the war in Vietnam to the rash on their butts.

      • BlueDem1

        What about their obesity? : )

      • bugjackson

        You live in a dream world, young man. This poll was a joke. Just because it fits your preconceived leftis narrative you accept it at face value. I am telling you as a conservative the poll is total BS.

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson

        MrBritesnide

        4 minutes ago

        You live in a dream world, young man. This poll was a joke.
        _________________________

        Actually YOU’RE the joke.

        The POLL is just confirmation.

      • bugjackson

        As usual when a leftist loses an argument, he/she starts the name calling. You’re right on schedule. You really do need to work on that attitude. Until you change it, you’ll never get off Food Stamps.

      • MrBritesnide

        As usual when a leftist loses an argument, he/she starts the name calling. You’re right on schedule.

        _______________________

        Am I? I thought myself incredibly LATE. ESPECIALLY since you arrived so quickly at “VICTIMIZATION JUNCTION”.

        And since so many of your Tea Party brethren were on FOOD STAMPS such a short time ago before they got on the race baiting gravy train I thought you’d be KINDER about the social safety net.

      • bugjackson

        I am not a member of the Tea Party. Never have been. You tend to jump to conclusions, which is not surprising for a lib.

      • brentT

        i don’t know if you noticed, but you jumped to the conclusion that he was a liberal… so you might want to check your hypocrisy… i suppose the second, rather than defending the brainless majority of the LA conservatives, why don’t you condemn them? Defending a stupid statement out of sheer bullheaded stubborness to not agree with the “other guy” is equally as bad (if not worse) than being the one to say it in the first place.

      • bugjackson

        Well, with his comments, it’s a fair bet.

      • Jenji Morgan

        What we are, used to be called moderates. But no longer. Now if we ever utter a single word against the insanity and hatred from the GOP or their tea party CULT, we are flaming liberals. You done pissed in the post toasties. You have alienated a huge chunk of the moderate voters with pure hatred and contempt for your fellow citizens.

      • bugjackson

        Not in the Tea Party. I haven’t pissed anyone off. But you do have an anger issue. Do you hear voices?

      • Moon Momma

        I also think he has partially agreed with you that it was a ridiculous poll. One that a partially intelligent human being could have noticed they were being trapped into. Democrat or Republican, a smart individual would have known Obama wasn’t even in office as President or as a Senator of Louisiana when the people there were failed by lack of adequate support.

      • Shane Randy Lee Burlech

        Funny thing, Bug Jackson. I had a debate with a group of Christian Republicans about a week ago… I post one, well thought out post, and out of 23 responders, only 3 replied with well thoughtout counter-arguements that made me rethink my position on several of my views. The other 20? Name calling, and insult throwing.

        I’d like to point out as well, haveing only just noticed your food-stamps comment, that if you attack someone as well, you’re no better than they are. Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean they’re poor, stupid, and living on welfare. If you hate people who are poor and living on welfare, make your representatives force companies to pay better wages, so people won’t HAVE to use your tax money to survive. If you hate people who are stupid, then make your representatives stop cutting spending on Education, so that we can have people with half a brain on the internet to have polite, yet compelling debates with eachother.

        It’s the easiest solution to both problems, and while yes, both sides of the table ignore this fact, we the people should be better than they are. We’re not trying to lobby for votes to stay in our cushy, high-paying office job where we get to decide how to run the country. The best people to determine the issues in this country, are not the politicians, but the people living these issues every day.

      • bugjackson

        I don’t suffer fools lightly. You would be correct if you had said that. I don’t hate anyone. I want people to learn to take charge of their lives. Don’t wait for the government to take care of you. Americans have made that choice since the country began and it is why we are a great country. When people think they are entitled, then, yes, there is a problem. It is a problem that can be fixed. There is no hate. But, sometimes we all need a swift kick in the butt. That is a good thing, not a bad thing.

      • lloydsev

        This country was founded on our belief of entitlement … it’s the entire reason for the bill of rights. Americans have had a sense of entitlement since before the founding of the USA.

      • bugjackson

        Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not free stuff.

      • MrBritesnide

        WHAT exactly do you mean by “waiting for the government to take care of you”? And do you apply that to the 75 CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSPEOPLE that receive a PLETHORA of government subsidies that amount to BILLIONS?

        Apparently you don’t mind ENTITLEMENTS….you just mind WHO is receiving them.

      • bugjackson

        You don’t pay attention. I am a conservative first. I hate earmarks and government subsidies. I am against all tax deductions-ALL of them. I will still give to charity. It is the right thing to do.

      • MrBritesnide

        You don’t pay attention. I am a conservative first.
        ________________________

        Well THERE’S your problem right there.

        You should be a HUMAN BEING first.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        don’t you DARE bring facts into a discussion with a regressive rightwinger!!!! shame on you :))

      • Charity Marshall

        entitlements are called entitlements because people are entitled to use them if they need too not because they “think” they may want to “mooch” off of the government

      • pj

        Bugjackson, why do you equate all people who are on food stamps as being, lazy, stupid people? There are a lot of people who were hurt during the economic collapse who were intelligent hard working people who have had to use this to feed their families. Why are they being punished and insulted for what wall street did to them?

      • bugjackson

        Food Stamps have doubled since Obama became President. There are ad campaigns to get expand those on Food Stamps. It is a dependency that should be used only when needed and then get back to taking care of your self. Everyone is a victim in your world. There is no achievement or overcoming of obstacles in your world. Just let government take care of you from cradle to grave. What a dismal, uninspiring life.

      • Edmund Moore

        Food stamps have doubled for many reasons, But your statistical correlation fails to recognize the role of Wall Street greed, Congressional complacence and the failure of trickle down economics . All these causes can be attributed in large part to the Reagan years and Bill Clinton’s willingness to compromise with another ideologically bankrupt Congress. So where do we go from here; Nowhere till the GOP decides to truly “come to Jesus” or they become so marginalized your position won’t matter a tinkers damn.

      • bugjackson

        You do know Wall Street gave more money to the Dems than the Republicans last go around, don’t you? And remember, there are more boomers than your generation. The issue there is to get them motivated. Right now, there is no clear leader. If one appears, look out. And don’t give me that dying off spin. We are a healthy bunch.

      • MrBritesnide

        Just not MENTALLY so.

      • bugjackson

        Most of us vote. Only once per boomer, but we vote.

      • MrBritesnide

        If you put the energy into making sense that you put into being a snide asshole….

        you MIGHT make something approaching a point.

      • Sherri G

        Military families QUALIFY for food stamps!!!! They are not lazy, stupid or moochers and protect your sorry ass so you can trash other Americans with your “holier than thou” attitude.What about the elderly, disabled, homeless VETERANS and working poor that qualify? You are saying they are all lazy, stupid and moochers? WOW. .IF companies went back to paying LIVING WAGES with benefits vs Greed; if we stopped tax breaks, loopholes and subsidies to corporations THAT DONT NEED THEM and if we brought jobs back to America, then people wouldn’t need to apply and qualify for food stamps. This was a problem started years BEFORE OBAMA but crashed right BEFORE he took office so go hug your Bible and lay off the Faux Kool-Aid!!

      • bugjackson

        No. I said Food Stamps serve a purpose. I am saying the number of people in the country expecting free stuff has skyrocketed since BO became President. The people on this site over generalize. Not all Food Stamp recipients are lazy, but some sure as hell are. As for jobs, if government would get out of the way there would be plenty of jobs. Especially in the oil and gas business. Look at North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.

      • MrBritesnide

        The people on this site over generalize. Not all Food Stamp recipients are lazy, but some sure as hell are.
        _______________________

        Lazy according to WHO?

        If you don’t like government then LEAVE THIS COUNTRY and start your own.

        And GOOD BLOODY RIDDANCE.

      • bugjackson

        Lazy according to the people who pay for the Food Stamps. How much blood do you suck every month?

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson–Lazy according to the people who pay for the Food Stamps. How much blood do you suck every month?
        _____________________________
        WE ALL pay for the food stamps idiot.

        YOU’RE nobody special. Neither are you being unduly put upon…so reel in your fake outrage. You seem OBLIVIOUS to the 17 congresspeople who suck up 48 BILLION in FARM SUBSIDIES every year. Or perhaps because they’re ALL WHITE….a racist piece of shit like YOU considers being SUCKED like that as money well spent.

      • bugjackson

        You’re such a nice person.

      • MrBritesnide

        I’ll consider the SEWER that comment bubbled up from.

      • Jenji Morgan

        They’re not lazy. If you saw the work a “mooch” had to do, and the hoops they had to jump through to get those benefits, you’d reconsider the wording of your posts. I’d never want to be one of them. I’ve been LUCKY and never needed anyone. But recently I’ve wondered just how much longer before my LUCK runs out due to MS. I’ve managed to find a way to keep working from home for the past 5.5 years with zero help and zero benefits. LUCKY. You need to learn that word. You have been NOTHING MORE THAN LUCKY. But you just sound arrogant and cold and self centered. So tell us all, when your lucky runs out (and it will) why should we care about you and people like you?

      • bugjackson

        Wow, you are one angry dude. The definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity. The great South African golfer, Gary Player had a great response to an amateur who called a shot he had made out of a sand bunker “lucky”. His answer was that the more he practiced, the luckier he got. You might learn from that wisdom. But you do need to get that anger under control. It will run up your blood pressure.

      • Jenji Morgan

        I’m not a dude. I get my definition of luck from the dictionary and not some cute meme I saw on the internet. Luck: noun 1.success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. Once again you’ve reinvented reality to suit your ego. You need to spend less time examining my health concerns and more time examining the root of your ignorance.

      • CJ

        Totally uncalled for and shameful reply Mr. Bug.

      • MrBritesnide

        As usual when a leftist loses an argument, he/she starts the name calling. You’re right on schedule.

        _____________________

        Am I??

        I thought myself rather LATE…considering your rush to get to “VICTIMIZATION JUNCTION”. You clearly are OBSESSED with food stamps. You’re also pitifully out of date….along with “welfare mammas” and “purple Cadillacs”. It’s called “FOOD INSECURITY now, Grand Dragon.

        And the PROGRAM is called SNAP. They haven’t used STAMPS in 15 years.

        An ASS like YOU should REALLY wear a SADDLE.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        name calling? such as calling U a small dicked low IQ pseudo-Christian FOX “news” watching lemming?

      • lifelongbhamer

        bugjackson, you are surely a stupid, fact-ignoring conservative. It is people like you who make sure that I never vote republican

      • bugjackson

        Ah, you did make a comment. And you take the typical LIV tact to call people names. Oh well, nothing new there. But I will tell you something you might remember someday. If you ever get a good job and make some money, you may get tired of giving all of it to the government. If you don’t ever achieve anything, you’ll want the gravy train to continue. I guess it depends on the choices you make.

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson-Ah, you did make a comment. And you take the typical LIV tact to call
        people names. Oh well, nothing new there. But I will tell you
        something you might remember someday. If you ever get a good job and
        make some money, you may get tired of giving all of it to the
        government.
        _________________________

        So says the cracker right attention whore.

      • Jenji Morgan

        I am self employed and taxed as such. The ONLY taxes I’m tired of paying are those used to support the war machine and to bail out banks. I’m just as disappointing in Os recent talk of Syria as you are with him giving FOOD to hungry people. I’m disappointed in him, I’m disgusted by you.

      • bugjackson

        Had a bad day, sport? How much to you give to feed the poor? Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army get $150 a month apiece from me. Every month. Have a nice day.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        wow!!!! ,,,,and U have what exactly to PROVE thy conclusion?? ( OOOOPS: facts are not a part of regressive repubs repertoire)

      • Mrs_oatmeal

        As with MOST political polls, the question was not asked properly. They were kind of leading the answer. It should have been asked with no names listed as choices. It may have been that they were afraid most would have no answer.

      • Michael Sewell

        Stop feeding the troll

      • altha

        @bugjackson, ok don’t vote for Obama in 2016 you got to be a part of the 29% of those fools.

      • bugjackson

        You do know he is not running/can’t run in 2016? Priceless.

      • MrBritesnide

        You do know he is not running/can’t run in 2016?

        _____________________

        You DO know he’s WON TWICE by OVERWHELMING MARGINS right?

        Of COURSE you do.

      • Michelle R. Knight

        Technically he could. No more than 10 years, he could run, then give it up half way to the vice president.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        But how could you support an ideology that includes racism, plutocracy and a general disregard for human rights. Those are just the obvious ones. Bring back Lincoln republicans, hell, even a Nixon rep. At least Nixon hated everyone equally.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        why do U small dicked regressives always always always reiterate FOX “news” chitter chatter such as KOOL AID? cannot U say anything your limited mind can spontaneously come up with? seems our so-called KOOL AID is better than the alcohol U rightwing crybabies are over-ingesting

      • Fedupwithfalseprophets

        Every president is to blame for being a puppet for who’s really in control of things here. Obama is just getting the job done. Which, is infuriating people that can see past parties and that can see the truth. Are you aware of any law that he’s passed or what’s really in Obama care?

      • BlueDem1

        Absolutely. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, no insurance company can deny myself or my children coverage if I have to change jobs because of some “pre-existing condition”, people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be charged higher premiums than others, and best of all, insurance companies can no longer CANCEL a person’s EXISTING coverage if, heaven forbid, they happen to become sick at some point down the road. (i.e.–”You’ve been diagnosed with cancer? Sorry, but we have to cancel your coverage. Yeah, I know you’ve been with us for years, but we just can’t afford to insure you anymore, you’re too expensive”).

        In addition, insurance companies are now required to pay at least 80% of the revenue they make from my premiums towards medical claims (not executive bonuses and private jets) and perhaps best of all, people will now have to start paying for at least a portion of their own medical bills. People who refuse to buy their own insurance coverage and then use the E.R. as a free walk-in clinic whenever they become sick or injured drive up everyone else’s costs. Conservatives talk so much about “personal responsibility” and yet they rail against the requirement to purchase insurance (despite the fact it was originally their idea!).

      • Stacy

        So if you took a poll administered by conservatives, but it mentioned Obama’s name somewhere, you’d discount it? I’m not a huge Obama fan myself, but I don’t think that ANY question that mentions his name is invalid!

      • bugjackson

        Stacy, if conservatives did a poll asking if Obama had anything to do with the attack on Pearl Harbor, I would say it was a stupid poll. Just like this one is. Obama had nothing to do with Katrina. Now if they found a couple of brain dead people who said they were conservative and that Katrina was BO’s fault, I would immediately dismiss the poll as biased with an agenda.

      • MrBritesnide

        YOU’D say it was a stupid poll.

        APPARENTLY your ignorant Obama-hating brethren would respond that OF COURSE Obama was to blame for Pearl Harbor….the bedbug outbreak and OF COURSE the “BLACK PLAGUE.

        88% of respondents is somewhat MORE than “a couple of brain dead people who said they were conservative”.

        Although something tells me that you dismiss a LOT of embarrassing facts.

      • bugjackson

        Ok, enough of your garbage. The poll was BS. It is a farce done to rile up people like you who can’t think deeply enough to see how trumped up the poll is. I am telling you, your stereotype for conservatives proves that you don’t know any.

      • MrBritesnide

        Ok, enough of your garbage. The poll was BS. It is a farce done to
        rile up people like you who can’t think deeply enough to see how trumped
        up the poll is.
        ____________________

        The BS is what you’re FULL of.

        The poll riled up the right people though….

        and it wasn’t liberals.

      • Jonathon B

        @bugjackson:disqus Im not gonna Stereotype anyone, because the left has some stupid ass ignorant people just as much as the right does but since the Obama election all the moronic Conservatives have come out of the woodwork and it makes it very easy to talk shit about them. Also i have worked at Walmart for many years ( not anymore and never will again ) and you above statements are wrong….

      • Linda

        It is invalid if they were polling an incident that occurred prior to him being POTUS. Otherwise, why not include him in polls regarding WWI or Crucifixion of Jesus Christ? (WT*!)

      • Eamon Doyle

        *incite

    • Amy Moon River

      You leave out the fact that Bush is clueless, too.

      • bugjackson

        As a conservative, I pointed out that he made a serious mistake letting two libs, the mayor and the governor take the lead in the Katrina debacle. I also disagree with his very large expansion of government, which Obama has taken to new heights. But, George Bush is a good man who did his best to protect the country after 9-11. Obama has continued and expanded nearly every policy Bush put in place post 9-11. So if you bash Bush on these policies, you will have to do the same to Barry. In terms of helping the cause of Aids in Africa, that was all George Bush. Obama gets no credit for that worthwhile effort.

      • Amy Moon River

        Um…okay…Patriot Act, 2 upaid for wars, tax cuts for the wealthy…twice, unfounded war in Iraq, in the selling of which he tied bin Laden with Hussein…2 men who despised each other. Let’s not forget ignoring warnings that the attacks were going to happen or the fact that he sat in a classroom with kindergartners and continued to read a children’s story and photo op for 21 minutes AFTER he was informed that the first plane struck the first tower in NY. I could go on and on and on, but apparently you think the mental capacity of a straight C student is good enough to run our country.

        And Obama can’t overturn anything without the DO NOTHING CONGRESS’ approval, so your point about Obama continuing these policies is moot.

      • bugjackson

        It is not moot. Obama and the libs had total control of both houses of Congress for his first two years, yet that slips your memory. By the way, it is a fact that Bush had higher grades at Yale than did John Kerry. It is also a fact the Al Gore flunked out of seminary. But, because both were libs, their grades don’t matter? That’s pretty weak, Moon River. And as for Barry, what were his grades, anyway? We know about those other guys.

      • Gary Smith

        You really should check the actual facts before spouting you talk radio rhetoric, my friend. The actual facts of the matter are that the Democrats did not have control of both houses of Congress for two years; they had it for 4 months.

        Democrats had a 60 seat majority from September 24, 2009 thru February 4, 2010. 4 months; not 2 years

        Democrats lost their 60 seat majority when Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts was sworn into office in February of 2010 after winning the special election for Ted Kennedy’s seat.

        NOTE: This does not even account for the number of days Congress was not in session during that time. If one subtracts the number of days Congress was out, the time that President Obama had a Democratic majority in Congress is further reduced by more than 30 days, or another full month, maki8ng it actually 3 months.

        Of a possible 94 legislative days during that period, the Senate was only in session for 67 days, while the House labored for 54.

      • MrBritesnide

        bugjackson
        By the way, it is a fact that Bush had higher grades at Yale than did John Kerry. It is also a fact the Al Gore flunked out of seminary. But, because both were libs, their grades don’t matter? That’s pretty weak, Moon River. And as for Barry, what were his grades, anyway? We know about those other guys.
        _______________________

        That would be MISTER PRESIDENT to YOU Mr Saltine. And nobody makes the Harvard Law Revue with a “C” average. And as for George W. Bush’s grades being higher than John Kerry’s…that happens to be a “fact” that you FAILED to prove. Especially since John Kerry’s college career was interrupted by the Vietnam WAR. Tell us again where Bush WAS during the time he was AWOL from the National Guard? I’ll be willing to bet that he WASN’T in Da Nang or Hanoi. He wasn’t in the Yale Library pouring over his NOTES either. At least so say his PROFESSORS. He was nursing a HANGOVER from Scotch and COCAINE and skating by on his Skull and Bones associations and family legacy. You know, bugjackson…YOU don’t seem to have ANYTHING to offer here except HOT AIR and FALSE BRAVADO.

      • bugjackson

        You know, you are a very unlikable sort. Whatever.

    • JamieHaman

      You can indeed start by blaming the idiot mayor of New Orleans, as well as the governor in office, however, don’t forget that President Bush was celebrating Senator John McCain’s birthday with the Senator. While I personally can forgive all three for being overwhelmed in the first 48 hours after the levees broke, after that, I blame Pres. Bush. As President he had a lot more resources to put to all of the problems there, and failed to do so in anything like a timely manner.

      The truly appalling part is that 73% of those polled got it wrong!

      • bugjackson

        FEMA law required and still requires that the local state must invite the Feds in. The governor delayed the request for days. Bush is guilty for allowing her ineptitude to continue that long. But, it was her fault for the delay being as long as it was.

      • MrBritesnide

        Ah yes. it’s NEVER conservatives fault.

        I was just following ORDERS. Isn’t THAT the standard right wing line?

      • bugjackson

        No. Actually conservatives don’t like getting orders from government, especially liberal government.

      • MrBritesnide

        Actually conservatives don’t like getting orders from government, especially liberal government.
        ________________________

        Must be why they’re doing so brilliantly. (smirk)

      • bugjackson

        Actually we are. Not many conservatives are on Food Stamps and don’t intend to be. BTW, I pay for my own phone too. I’m probably paying for yours also.

      • pj

        Wow, you are definitely misinformed.

      • MrBritesnide

        Sure you are. And since you don’t KNOW my income…political leanings…or indeed anything tangible about me…to everyone reading this you an idiot spouting bullshit.

    • altha

      This is the MOST ignorant thing i have heard yet!!

    • Michael Wylie

      Uugh… nice job Brownie.

  • Bea Houseoffashion

    why would Obama’s name be on the list? This is a stupid poll

    • Tanner Westman

      To prove that people love to blame Obama for everything.

  • Mickstertor

    This might be a stretch, but in an effort to give folks the benefit of the doubt – could it be that respondants were referring to the state of affairs today when they gave their answer? I’ve been to NOLA and throughout the state of LA several times over the past 8 years and you can still see some of the devastation. I can only assume that some people’s lives have not returned to normal. (yes? no?) Perhaps their thinking was – What is Obama doing about our issue today? Dunno – just trying to make sense of this.

  • BlueDem1

    Next they’ll say that the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion were the fault of President Obama also.

    Louisiana is the perfect example of what happens to society when people do not receive a good education. Couple that with backwards-thinking right-wing fanaticism to that and you get the cesspool we know as rural Louisiana.

    • Pipercat

      Who Dat!!!!

    • Etien de Lamothe-Cassel

      Not to mention rampant inbreeding.

      • BlueDem1

        Take it easy, no reason to go overboard. Louisiana does have some good things: New Orleans jazz, boiled shrimp, Cajun cuisine, and beautifully-preserved plantations along the Mississippi River do come to mind. : )

      • pascale moving forward

        U forgot poor education,housing, jobs and health care

      • Jenji Morgan

        NOLA is famous for it’s crooked police department. I vowed ten years ago to never return. To hell with NOLA.

    • Amy Moon River

      Didn’t you know that Obama was responsible for slavery?

      • BlueDem1

        Yeah, the righties have been screaming for the past 4 1/2 years that he’s “enslaving” America.

      • Fedupwithfalseprophets

        No, but he will be responsible for taking our rights away, which he is already doing. He’s going to be responsible for creating martial law and possibly a NWO. So, if you have a brain you’d see past republican & democrat issues and wake up to what’s really going on in our country.

      • Gary Smith

        List these rights that have been taken away.

      • Paw Paw Paw Paw

        G,D have you been on earth >? your gov.s steps on our rights everyday , i guess tracking everyone is ok with you what about the (NDAA) A ct

      • G. D. Smith

        List the rights that have been taken away.

      • lloydsev

        The NSA stuff, which is the only thing infringing on rights as it violates our privacy and the right to a court oversight for search and seizure, was started as a response to 9/11 in the Patriot Act. Yes, he is responsible for not vetoing the re-authorizations, but he not responsible for creating and enacting it.

      • BitchUnfamous

        Grow up…the government has been spying on it’s citizens forever! Obama just didn’t lie about it. (and this statement is from someone who is very opposed to being spied upon).

      • regressive rightwing trash

        the right to do what exactly has been taken away??? and what decade will Obama be taking all ur little dick guns away?

      • Mrs_oatmeal

        He has taken away as many rights as he has guns. I would like to know which rights you are talking about. The right for LGBT marriages? The right to vote? The right to healthcare? Oops, no that would be the Republican agenda!

      • TruthSeeker

        If that was true – he’d have the Republican vote! At least the white portion.

      • BitchUnfamous

        I wouldn’t be surprised if many think so. I was just informed tat Obama’s racism is responsible for those two psycho’s who killed the Australian guy. Yow.

      • Satyavani Vadrevu

        I was going to write something about before his birth, but you are good at going way before the birth of his ancestors.

      • JGN

        No, slavery is on the other side of the list, so Obama is not responsible.

    • Sherri G

      Did you know that Egypt and their hundreds of years of conflict is ALL due to poor leadership by Hillary and Obama……yeah, that’s the newest one…they don’t blame him for actions over the last couple of years but ALL of the mess is HIS fault….they are several sandwiches shy of a full picnic and then some….ROFL

  • louis

    do we really need a poll to show us how stupid republicans are? i think not. the real question is why do poor people from any background support republicans? the answer=Jebus told them too. anyone that isnt part of the elite 1% really has no business supporting the GOP. they may as well change that to GOD, cuz they believe they are the chosen people of jests Christ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.copeland.3 Ted Copeland

    Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco were a bigger disaster than Katrina

  • Jeff Olds

    the percentages listed add up to a total of 101%

    • Dead_Mariner

      Most statistics are +/- 1%, so not a big deal.

    • Amy Moon River

      They probably rounded up if it was over .5, as most mathematics do when they are reporting percentages.

  • Jeff Olds

    the percentages listed add up to a total of 101%

  • jones

    now, while I am not conservative and I vehemently abhor the GOP, if we’re going to be really honest here, the financial deregulation that led to the economic meltdown started in Clinton’s term.

    • Dead_Mariner

      Trickle down started with Reagan, but so did the “obamaphone”…

  • Dead Samuria

    why would they even put Obama on the poll. Stupid for anyone to choose him but its a little misleading placing him on the poll

    • Sherri Silas

      A poll question is much like a test question and all responses are not right. I want to think that anyone that live in the US knows who the president was during Katrina. However over the past few years I have found that many talk and have no idea what they are talking about, they follow those who talk the loudest…. Sad

    • Etien de Lamothe-Cassel

      It’s not at all misleading for those with half a brain. I would say you rank up there with Louisiana residents DS.

  • pjwaldron

    The ones who blame Obama are certainly ignorant or stupid. But the 44% who opted for “don’t know who to blame” may just be indicating that neither of the two very limiting choices offered accurately describes the blame situation. Certainly not Obama, but maybe more complicated than just putting it all on Bush.

  • osurubydoo

    Holy lack of education, Batman!

  • JamieHaman

    This would be hysterically funny if it wasn’t true.

  • Statistical Consultant

    I think this article (and the message board) reinforces the idea that statistical logic is not intuitive to humans. This entire poll is crap from beginning to end.

    1) 274 people polled CANNOT be extrapolated to 100′s of thousands or millions of people with any real sense of confidence (Louisiana has a little less than 5 million residents and cutting for adult conservatives probably wouldn’t drop the number below ~1 million)
    2) Oh and of the 274, only 82% identify as conservative…invalidating the extrapolation further and adding error around how conservative responses were distributed over the question
    3) Followed a few links, but couldn’t find anything related to specific polling methodology (it’s very hard to draw conclusions without this basic information). We really need a sense of the demographics of the sample population, how they were selected/contacted, etc. Moreover, without this information we don’t know what contributes the most to the erroneous responses (perhaps it’s an interaction of education and age that explains the response and not political affiliation)
    4) Trying to add the “Obama” plus the “Not Sure” percentages is silly considering “Not Sure” was the essentially the only “I don’t know/I don’t think the response was poor/etc.”
    5) If you go to the data released so far you’ll see the overwhelming majority of the “Obama” responses came from those older than 65…not necessarily the most reliable group to extrapolate from considering the plethora of diseases and general confusion that plagues the elderly (among other reasons).

    Anyone who takes this seriously is either way too emotionally involved in politics or isn’t too statistically informed

    • JamieHaman

      Geeze here you are bringing facts to the table. What did you want to go and do that for? Messes up everything. roflmao

    • purdylox

      THANK YOU lolol where did you find the poll I was looking (notably not VERY hard) I honestly would like to see the rest of the polled questions, the only ones I saw was the ones on the link provided and that was the last 4 questions

    • Pipercat

      Looks like this was a land line phone poll. I’ve always been skeptical of all polls that use such a small sample. No matter the methods used, the end results always draw some conclusions. Good discussion matter though.

  • Al

    LOL, you should all talk. You should be ashamed of yourself for voting for Obama. LOL

  • Nolalover

    Well, it is truly disappointing to see some of the comments in this thread. So, here is my attempt to inform you poll comment readers about post Katrina response. Katrina was a devastating event, and the recovery is still ongoing. So, yes President bush was involved, and yes President Obama was involved also. Maybe not directly (administration) in all aspects, but like the quarterback, the signal caller gets the blame. So, to put some of the blame for failed assistance or action on either president could be accurate. Just like if the next president could be blamed for hurricane Sandy recovery if it is still ongoing after President Obama’s term is up. Hell, some people in the northeast thought New Orleans was still flooded a year after Katrina! Is it possible that the pollsters asked questions to the elderly who cannot remember who is president 8 years ago? No-one knows. To assume is ignorance in itself.

  • Larry

    First, this was a horrible poll question. It’s a clear example of baiting. Sadly, there were people who took the bait. I am from the deep, DEEP south and the entire state is rural. You will find people who blame Obama for everything and give him credit for nothing. To the guy commenting on Wal-Mart: Are you serious? I’m not going to say that the customers at Wal-mart are 100% conservative, but its at least 50/50. You live in a dream world if you think that the people who shop at Wal-mart in the rural south are liberals.

  • Joe Martin

    WOW! 101% surveyed, that’s a higher percentage than most polls I’ve ever seen.

  • purdylox

    I am not wanting to start drama I would just like to point out that according to this poll (checked the link provided in the article) that only 274 people were in this poll, and it was conducted over a 3 day time, polls done for my bio class took a week and each student had to poll 20 people each and then all that was totaled up making a class project having more people polled in a school project than this one study, now these people need better school systems for SURE, I am just saying that this poll is a SMALL poll and an entire party (either party) shouldn’t be judged on a poll done of only 274 people in ONE state and my GUESS one or two small towns. The information needs a bigger range to be taken to seriously I personally believe that this poll was taken for a purpose and someone got a hold of a PART of a poll and ran with PART of the information, the link does not even provide the entire poll, I for one would like to see the entire poll, the site the poll was taken by has polls on there about aliens and the 2016 election, so I would like to know which side this poll leans to, aliens or reality? can anyone provide the link to the entire poll please, I honestly am just curious about the REST of it

  • Zane

    I just heArd at the airport that 75% of la is on welfare. Must have been misinformed from the other la. Lol

  • Me

    This does not seem to be a straightforward poll. It seems designed to trip people up.

  • DJShinobiShaw

    Apparently the hurricane was wearing a hoody and had skittles and iced tea in its pocket. Wait what?

  • harry

    Retardlicans!

  • Michael Brooks

    The GOP’s are really screwy in the head!

  • http://www.garymenten.com/ ThePhotogsBlog

    The GOP has made ignorance and anti-intellectualism something of a badge of honor, so this is hardly surprising.

  • Charlie Smith

    Blame the stupid choices given by the poll! Many feel the democratic govenor, Kathleen Blanco was the problem. Perhaps that explains why 29% blamed Obama. What a ridiculous poll.

  • Fedupwithfalseprophets

    Well obamas to blame for alot of what’s going on in America. However, Bush was no better. Obama is just finishing the job previous presidents couldn’t do. And, if you think this is a republican/democrat thing you’re sadly mistaken. The two party system was established to keep this country divided.

  • Candace Moulton

    Just because they answered “not sure” doesn’t mean they don’t know who was president. They might have been “not sure” between Bush or FEMA or something else.

  • NOT a sheep

    As a lifetime Republican I wonder how many of you are actual contributing members of society? Do you have a job or living off the system? Am I paying for your home, food, transportation and child care while you sit on your lazy asses and run your mouth about something that doesn’t matter one way or the other? The reason I read this crap is because someone I thought had a brain posted this link on his facebook page and I could not for the life of me believe he was really this naive but apparently he is. But although he has a job – he doesn’t have a family to support, takes public transportation so thus he goes along with whatever his peers think. So continue to drink the kool aid and remember that your president is still blaming the previous administration for all of his dumb ass ideas and he has been playing at this job for 5 years. Thank GOD he is done this time around.

    • Gary Smith

      More facile, stereotype-based talk radio bullcrap spouted by someone who apparently swallows it hook line and sinker without expending any thought about it.

      And just FYI, I’m a middle-aged US Army Combat Arms veteran (19D1P, Airborne Cavalry Scout) who had spent the last 22 years in the petrochem industry.

  • Darkcloud

    LMAO!!!! I am a black Canadian laughing my ass off at Bug Jackson and the rest of you from South of boarder. Ignorant as hell but yet so damn funny!!! Even I know more about your history then you do. You guys deserve a lot better then what you have received from Obama, Bush2, Clinton, Bush 1, Carter and Regan (who I am sure had a major hate on for black people). You guys are nuts!!!

    • darkcloud

      Your like a chocolate pretzel salty yet sweet. Ignorant yet soooooo funny! Bugjackson, your everything that I would expect from an American. “of course a psychopath has the right to own an automatic rifle, We don’t deserve free health care , rather loose our house paying medical bills…” When I feel bad about something. I read your post and realize that I could be a lot worse off! Thank you

  • TOM

    I think the biggest issue is the amount of people polled who needed someone to blame. doesn’t matter who.. just someone.. That in itself speaks volumes.

  • NaijaMusings

    I’m mesmerized. Not sure how to take this. It essentially validates what I’ve been thinking for a long time…. Even when we make it, we are still “tolerated not accepted”….

  • LarSil

    A. Who drafted the questions?
    B. What questions were asked?
    C. Who was the target audience?
    D. What possible answers were available?

    As I read the responses and comments here, I note that some people are claiming that President Bush was responsible for Hurricane Katrina. …Really? I suppose President Grant was responsible for the Jamestown Flood, too!!!

    Gosh darn those dratted Republicans!!!!

  • Cynthia Gurin

    “Fox News Special Report w/ Bret Baier 11/8/12
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  • Jorge Cadena Romo

    Humanity as a whole will dispute the honor bestowed here to the Republicans, as probably another 30% in the Democrats’ side commend Obama for his quick response in the humanitarian efforts…

  • Mike Williams

    Perhaps, if you think about this in the proper light. President Obama Has done nothing to claim he was not the cause of the delay in response to Katrina.

    Now before anyone gets their collective panties in a knot. Just hear me out.
    We have ample evidence of a lack of GOP long term memory.
    The Potus has a duty to make sure that the people have accurate updated information. He should put up billboards that state “That %#@$ was already F&*K%D up when I took office…”

    • PitoDaddy

      Your comment is funny as hell…I’m still ROTHFLMAO! Thanks, my brother…I really needed that laugh. Our president has had to deal with a lot of bullshit since he’s been in office.

  • Dick Cramdar

    Makes you wonder what backwater, trailer park filled areas of Louisiana they used as a sample for this survey.

  • SteelShooter

    While I agree that much of this is stupidity and party-line bull, but do not discount the fact that Obama ran, in part, on how bad that response ways and how if he was elected he would fix it. Many heard that as “I will give them more money” not as “I will make the next one go better”. Quite a few of these answer are from people that thought Obama would immediately step in (even after 3 years) and give them all something. Not meeting that expectation is also part of the “poor response”. I know this was the thinking of many groups that found themselves disappointed when their underwater mortgages didn’t get paid off or they didn’t get keys to a new fuel-efficient car. (Yes, people actually thought they would get these things.) Seems there is more than one kind of stupid at play.

  • Ron Fischer

    Not suprising considering it from from a Progressive/Socialist organization, Hell a lot of people blamed Bush for it, when in fact it was the Liberal gov. and Mayor of New Orleans who wouldn’t let federal goverment in to prepare.
    Also as i remember, they were the ones who parked the buses that were to be used for evacuation in a lot that was prone to flooding

  • Nsphere

    May I qualify this poll please? Its rednecks. Not so much repugs, although they are generally bat shit nut cases, but by and large Southerners are very limited intellectually. They are just not that clever people because they do not emphasize intelligence as a virtue down south.

    My friend with a PHD was told to remove PHD from her business card because she was based in South Carolina and they think its pretentious.

    Can you imagine that? Bust your nuts for years for a Doctorate and they look down on you for acknowledging it.

  • Sally

    There must be a lot of idiots in LA. Or is it just the unschooled residents of LA?

  • guest

    Oh. My. Lord! You people are SO stupid! But you can’t argue with stupid so I won’t. But I will say that is the most rigged “poll” ever….really? You ask that question, give two persons to choose from and three answers, NONE of which are ones I(and possibly most) would consider as acceptable responses.
    So if I were given that, I would pick Obama as a joke(which he IS anyway), because I don’t like the other two choices.

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  • Dropsie1

    This isn’t about stupidity. This is hardcore, willful DENIAL. Republicans will blame ANY current Democratic president as being responsible for ALL the mistakes of the last 30 years.

  • Stephen Hamilton

    That explains every thing! No wonder they won’t to keep the insane asylums closed. I’ve know for a while something was out of wack because a working man voting for a republican is like a chicken voting for colonel Sanders

  • Billy Thomas

    At least you was honest about targeting the republicans with the poll you planned to attack them with. The Fact is that the Repubicrats are to blame for EVERYTHING! Obama is just the current PUPPET for hire, and you IDIOTS blame the Republicans, and they blame the Democrats, Because Neither can Admit that the real problem is that Both want to control, and FORCE everyone to live by their belief’s . Politics is just the smokescreen the Elite use to distract EVERYONE so they can ROB us. so just keep on sucking Obama’s dick til the Elite choose their next PUPPET, or round us all up for the FEMA prison camps we built for them. At least we bought them enough hollow point bullets to Execute Everyone in the US with. Too bad all you Republicrats were so busy Worshiping your Political parties that you couldn’t see what they were doing in time to stop it :(

  • JustMe

    Instead of voter ID, perhaps voter IQ should be considered to be able to vote!

  • Will C

    Ok I’m black so blame ME for stuff that happened before I was even born! shows the typical person the gop caters to might have a good job but theyre clearly stupid. Yet its the democrats suffering with all the problems.

    • Will C

      I guess I’m 4 years old today. I meant blame all the problems in the world on one black person. Even stuff thats totally not relevant & from a different time period. Thats what I meant!

  • handmadehand

    So when will the responsible Republicans stand up against the Teat Party types?
    I’m fine to watch the whole clown parade stagger over a cliff, but why can the intelligent among the economically-elect not wrest power back from the Tea-anderthalls before the Democrats take over completely?
    This is almost too good to be true.

  • Missdaisy

    Yeah, and mayor Ray, and the governor of Louisiana are excused from the way they handled things??? Bs!

  • joe

    This isnt far off… Obama voted against sending aid when he was a senator.

  • fairness_rules

    In Missouri a goodly number of people also think like this. Sad thing is they hate Obama so much they don’t even care that they are wrong. They still blame everything on him because of who he is and the fact that they get all their info. from right-wing media and others who think like they do. I never thought I would see people willingly be so stupid. Sad for our country.

  • Chris

    Reminds me of how badly Jimmy Carter bungled the ’76 swine flu outbreak….the mini-epidemic that panicked the nation almost a full year before Carter even took office.

    #MicheleBachmannFacts

  • And One

    “Then like I said, it’s equally as sad that almost half of the respondents didn’t even know who to blame. That means, when you factor in the 29% who blamed President Obama, a whopping 73% of the Republicans polled in Louisiana weren’t aware of who the President was in 2005.’ Okay, I’m sorry, this bit bothers me. The question had 3 possible responses, and just because a respondent didn’t think GWB was primarily to blame (and therefore answered “not sure”) doesn’t mean he/she wasn’t aware who the president was. This is an unfair statement. I’m as disturbed by the 29% as the next guy, but I suspect much of the 44% was a result of prideful repubs not wanting to admit their boy messed up.

  • Jane Doe

    More proof that most Republicans have low IQ’s.

  • Tom

    This country has gave and gave to the state of Louisiana and the ungrateful assholes don’t even know where the help came from? Next time let em get Jindal to help them. I am about done with this fucking state.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Can we get a refund from the French. The LOUISIANA part of the Jefferson 1803 Purchase is defective.

  • http://www.ablecomm.com mnmarcus

    … and Hillary lost the Civil War

  • Robert Rt Taylor

    Wow really…..stop playin

  • william wilson

    It’s sad but not surprising

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  • Steve

    WOW it works to defund Education.

  • scott

    Did they even ask Dems or is this a biased poll? Exactly 1/3 of Louisiana are HS dropouts and 1/3 thought Obama was president. Coincidence?

  • scott

    Fact: Louisiana has the 2nd worst education level of 50 states. Fact: 1/3 of Louisiana drops out of HS. Fact: Mayor Raymond Nagin ignored federal and state offers of help and a recommendation to evacuate the city, PRIOR to Katrina landing. As a Democrat he didn’t want to plea to a Republican administration for political and fraudulent reasons. Fact: In 2014, Nagin was convicted on 20 of 21 charges of wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering related to bribes from city contractors before and after Hurricane Katrina and was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Fact: The economic bubble burst during the Clinton administration. Fact: The banking deregulation that caused the mortgage crisis during the Bush administration was signed into law by Clinton. Fact: The answers to the same question by Louisiana Democrats were NOT included in this article for a very good, albeit biased, reason.

  • Cynthia Gurin

    Eisenhower Republicans (of which I was once one) realized years ago that there had been a political coup and that today’s Democrat party more closely resembled the “treat everyone fairly and we all do well” old Republican platform of the ’50′s. The overwhelming majority of us switched parties when the war-mongering Military Industrial Complex NeoCons, and the 1% vultures, pandering to far right religious zealots, bigots, misogynists, and the intellectually challenged, gained total control. What’s being used as front men are the puppets you see on stage in the clown car debates, whose strings are being pulled by the NeoCons & Koch level 1%.

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