Originally Posted by empty vessel
I think all of the information is interesting. It's just that some of it, for me, counts as arguments against Obama (assuming we are assigning responsibility for all of this data to him). For example, nobody cares (or should care) if corporate profits are up. That might only mean that workers' wages are down (and they are). That's not a good thing. Likewise, that "discretionary spending is now on a path to its lowest level since the Eisenhower Administration" is something to be lamented, not celebrated. That is something political conservatives should be proud of, not progressives. It also seems to be presenting shrinking public employment as a positive, which, of course, it is not. That means fewer people have jobs than otherwise would. Likewise, touting the president's budget as having cut the deficit and stabilized the debt may be politically advantageous, but only because it preys upon the country's economic ignorance. Cutting spending (and/or raising taxes) now may be exactly what throws the country back into recession. And debt is virtually economically irrelevant. These are conservative talking points, not progressive ones.
The reason for those things are twofold:
1) Obama isn't a progressive. As much as you and I would love that, he isn't. At best he's a center right politician, and that's why these things are the way they are. As much as people on the far right want to say he's a socialist, these things prove in no way, shape or form is that true.
2) I've seen for the last year or so at least he's had a very heavy effort to frame things in conservative ways first, and then expound on them. I noticed it first in his last State of the Union Address. That might be because of point 1, obviously, but I think it also has other reasons. I think he's doing this because it makes the far right even crazier. They look even worse to independents, because of this. It forces Romney to either not confront the issue or to go even further right and alienate more people. The "Obama is bad for business" sorts of stuff start to look silly if Obama can tout that corporate profits are up. Public employment and discretionary spending at a low level should also definitely be touted by him if they are indeed true, because, again, it makes the conservative argument that he's growing the government look downright crazy.