Compared to Newsweek covers we’re all accustomed to, this is quite a departure:

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Newsweek’s latest cover story comes from none other than noted historian Niall Ferguson. The article, titled “Hit the Road, Barack,” argues that President Obama has proven that he‘s an economic illiterate and that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan’s “path to prosperity is our only hope.”

“Unemployment was supposed to be 6 percent by now. It has averaged 8.2 percent this year so far. Meanwhile real median annual household income has dropped more than 5 percent since June 2009. Nearly 110 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011, mostly Medicaid or food stamps,” writes Ferguson.

“Welcome to Obama’s America,” he adds.

“America under this president is a superpower in retreat, if not retirement. Small wonder 46 percent of Americans — and 63 percent of Chinese — believe that China already has replaced the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower or eventually will.”

Team Obama is expected to offer the following stinging rebuttal: “But… Mitt Romney’s not releasing his taxes!”

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24 Responses to “Newsweek Finally Decides to Get Serious About Selling Magazines”

  1. joyannaadams on August 20th, 2012 1:01 am

    Uh…Has Obama released his taxes going back ten years?

    He is certainly going to lose if his ONLY play is Mitt Romney is a rich man, and rich men are to be hated.

    Right now, most of us would LOVE to be rich.

  2. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 1:04 am

    And most people don`t hate rich people and aren`t even afraid of them.

  3. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 1:07 am

    Is the boss-cat out and the mice are playing at Newsweak ? Or are they what we like to think of as traditional democrats who really do love America, before the marxists took over the party ?

  4. jeffythequick on August 20th, 2012 1:43 am

    I like rich people. All the ones I've know have tried to help others get that way.

    Funny… the poor people I've met also want as many in their club as well.

    "really, I don't need a $750,000 house. I only make $80,000/year…"
    "but with house prices going up, it'll pay for itself!"
    "no… no thank you."

  5. jeffythequick on August 20th, 2012 1:44 am

    We'll be back to our regularly scheduled Conservative Bashing after these messages…

  6. archer on August 20th, 2012 1:52 am

    The best thing that can possibly happen is for the maximum amount of resources in a nation to belong to the people who know how to generate the work so that they can hire people to do it. Passing it all off to the government and having them dole it out to the people who don't work is absolutely counterproductive.

    You think back to the sixties when the war on poverty started, the idea was to make sure that everybody had what they needed and nobody was without. And what it produced was an entire mass of millions of people who refused to work, who do not work, who will not work, who simply take a hand out. It is destructive. It is absolutely destructive. As soon as you create a society where that is not true, you feed indolence, you feed laziness, you create the sluggard.

    Where you have people who don't work, you'll get a disordered society, you'll get a dysfunctional society, you'll get a disrupted society where everything begins to break down. And you look at those people in our society who have in place of work been put on the public dole and you will find chaos and confusion and disorder. You will find the breakdown of social order, you will find escalating crime, you will find all of those tragic things among those who do not work.

    -Dr. John MacArthur

  7. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 2:09 am

    Yeah, the boss-cat will be back. Next week`s cover will display a survey of "How Did You Like Our Joke On Last Week`s Cover ?"

  8. jeffythequick on August 20th, 2012 3:12 am

    I can't believe that Newsweak would have the cajones to speak ill of the man that lead the team that brought down bin Laden…
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/dem-senator-o

    oy vey…

  9. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 3:42 am

    Serious concern there. Zero might just crash a hi-tek chopper on Newsweak`s offices !

  10. jeffythequick on August 20th, 2012 10:41 am

    Worse…

    He'll visit them.

  11. Truesoldier__ on August 20th, 2012 10:51 am

    I wonder if this is the Newsweak going away cover, after all I thought they were supposed to be ending their print edition.

  12. backwoodsconsr on August 20th, 2012 12:06 pm

    Are they admitting that their "news" is not fit to print?

  13. Granny55 on August 20th, 2012 12:22 pm

    Worse, worse – he'll send someone from Chicago!

  14. Truesoldier__ on August 20th, 2012 12:30 pm

    They are at least admitting that no one is buying the print edition, so they plan to go to an online only publication.

  15. Marshall_Will on August 20th, 2012 12:44 pm

    Pasadena Phil has oft paraphrased Niall Ferguson, making this article's appearance in NW all the more shocking. As RedDog, Hangfire and others at MM have noted, "The LSM needs to be afforded a "fig leaf" of journalistic dignity from time to time by the administration". ( para )

    Is this just one more of those instances? We'll see. Any bombshell of a 180 like this -demands- a follow up. Btw while in the checkout line last night I noticed the Nat'l Inquirer offered allegations BHO had been married prior to Meanchelle. However specious ( it makes the line seem quicker? ) Lol!

  16. archer on August 20th, 2012 1:04 pm

    When the sales of your product depends on mass appeal, what is the point of making it so deliberately distasteful and objectionable to more than 70% of the available purchasing public? And in so doing how could the head of such a product keep their position of leadership?

    What if an unmentionable fast food company did that? What would be the result to the management structure?

  17. Truesoldier__ on August 20th, 2012 1:21 pm

    Of course the first wife may have been yet another figment of Obama's over active immagination that was on full display in his autofictology.

  18. Marshall_Will on August 20th, 2012 1:53 pm

    Good point, and it really HAS been marketeers running the show in the Rise of Teh Wun. Mass appeal, mass HYSTERIA?

    It was an All or Nothing wager. Now it looks like Nothing across the board. And that was the frustrating part for Conservatives and I imagine doubly so for Doug, Michelle and other Conservative just-a-bloggers.

    We'd seen pop culture future bargain bin heavily discounted merchandise thrust in our faces before. If you're an American there's nothing 'new' about pet rocks, smiley faces, chia pets, The Bay City Rollers etc. Future garage sales are COUNTING on you Mr. pResident..!?

  19. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 2:28 pm

    "Nice little magazine bidness ya got there. It`d be a shame if sumpim happened to it !"

  20. SignPainterGuy on August 20th, 2012 3:10 pm

    The mysterious wedding ring was just for show ?

  21. Truesoldier__ on August 20th, 2012 3:49 pm

    Like everything else in Obama's life it was yet another prop….

  22. ChapBix on August 21st, 2012 12:11 am

    Just because house prices may be going up does not mean that my take home pay will follow correspondingly.

  23. ChapBix on August 21st, 2012 12:18 am

    And have lost the knowledge of how to work.

    The lessons of the old Soviet Union can teach us much about the diversion of resources and materials to less productive (or no productive) and inefficient uses by an even more inefficient government.

  24. ChapBix on August 21st, 2012 12:22 am

    If there is no response or only tepid response from the WH, I am thinking they are not taking it seriously and that it is just an effort as alluded to above to give Newsweek some space to regain a modicum of credibility (as thin as that is).

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