I won’t lie, the November election was a stinging defeat for Republicans. Only about 1 million more voters voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 than voted for John McCain in 2008, which is completely dumbfounding considering the polls leading up to the election and the state of the economy under Obama’s first term. And that on top of the blow the Supreme Court gave to the American people which removed all pretense that government was the servant of the people. Looking back over these last several months I’ve come to the realization that I simply do not recognize this country any longer.
We as a people are irredeemably envious of everyone around us, spoiled, materialistic, ignorant — of history, of principle, of human nature –, and simply deserve everything we get from this point forward. We are all now slaves to government; a government that restricts and removes our rights and our privacy more and more each day. A government that punishes success and rewards failure. A government that divides us and sets one upon another. And half of the country applauds and asks for more. Our media lavishes praise on and proclaims the very cancer as the “second coming“.
Obama is no second coming, rather he’s the beginning of the end. Obama’s ballyhooed change is all around us. The economy hasn’t recovered from the recession and threat of a double dip is very real because those running the government today do not believe in the very economic forces that drive the economy. Businesses all around the country have reacted and are cutting back the hours of their employees and converting full time jobs to part time jobs in order to skirt around Obamacare laws. Action that will only exacerbate the economic troubles our country continues to face. When combined with the reality of a dwindling workforce and its impact on entitlement spending and the national budget one can’t look at the state of our nation today and feel anything but a deep foreboding.
Not that a Michael Bloomberg endorcement would be anything to desire as a Republican, but in a candid moment when Michael Bloomberg lets slip that Mitt Romney would be a better President than Barack Obama? You know that must have had a few tongues wagging in the west wing! Of course Bloomberg is only saying what a lot of Democrats of thinking, even if they can’t say it publicly. So now can we Republicans start saying to Democrats that if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney that they are Religious Bigots?
Obama never really quit campaigning after the 2008 election. Undoubtedly he must have been thinking forward to all of the accomplishments he was going to usher through Congress as he stood under Greek columns in 2008 accepting the Democratic nomination for President. Not many think he’ll make that mistake again — of festooning with such pomp again that is.
But life has a habit of not going the way we want it to. And for someone who spent his entire life ducking responsibility — drug use, refusal to take stands on controversial legislation, minimal private sector work experience — he simply wasn’t prepared for the disappointments and tasks that would lay ahead of him. Instead of walking into the White House and immediately getting to work setting the economy to right, he lacked executive experience and knowledge that he would need in order to do that. Instead, he ushered through a $900 Billion Stimulus package which funneled millions to campaign donors and other connected individuals; instituted $100 Billion in highly questionable loans to companies that likely couldn’t have gotten them on their own through the private sector (Solyndra, and many others); and failed to create the jobs President Obama promised would come of borrowing nearly an additional $1 trillion dollars.
Jobs that were created through the stimulus legislation, however, ended up costing the country $300-500k to create per job. Yes, you saw that figure right. However, that figure is reflective of the administration’s claim of “saved” and created jobs. A claim that is entirely unsupportable in that you can’t document jobs that weren’t lost, but were saved none-the-less. The administration now counts jobs that are supposedly “funded” by stimulus dollars, instead. Free money to pay my existing employees? Sure, I’ll take some! Hire new employees? Are you kidding? Demand drives hiring and we have none of that around here, thank you very much! The actual figure is likely higher, though I haven’t seen a credible figure yet.
Instead President Obama ushered through Obamacare, which most expect to be tossed by the Supreme Court later this year despite considerable political capital expended by the President and Congressional Democrats to pass it. Itself, a tremendously expensive drain on the nations budget! Estimates now show that the initial 10 year cost will be $1.7 Trillion, though even that cost is gamed. In order to get it passed, Congressional Democrats back loaded the costs while immediately instituting the taxes and fees. The figure represents only 6 years of actual Obamacare related spending, but 10 years of taxes related to it. The cost will balloon as time passes, though how much is impossible to determine.
Instead of fostering realistic economic growth President Obama has gone on a spending spree the likes of which the world has never seen before. He’s drowned the United States in debt, having accumulated more current and projected debt than all of the previous Presidents before him combined. In terms of real debt he accumulated more than President Bush did in 8 years, in less than 2 years. Lacking in a business background, President Obama simply doesn’t understand how to create jobs. Nor do his advisers, who like him are similarly lacking in the knowledge and skills businesses tap to foster growth and economic demand. Such a waste. A waste that points to the President’s unrealistic ideology, which is grounded in the world of academia where there are no actual repercussions for being wrong.
President Obama promised he would create jobs, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to reign in the cost of healthcare, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to banish lobbyists from the White House, and didn’t. President Obama promised he was post-racial, but throws the race card in every instance anyone disagrees with him. And the list goes on. This is why President Obama can’t run on his record, and why his entire campaign will be negative. That negativity has already begun and will only get worse as the 2012 campaign season kicks into high gear.
For those who want to see the facts about the Obama administration, here are a few charts to digest. While they should be self explanatory, I’ll discuss them briefly for the liberals in the audience. The data for each of the charts was obtained directly from the CBO, Dept. of Labor, and the Treasury. Read more…
I have a friend that happens to be a liberal, and so it’s not terribly surprising that the OCCUPYWALLSTREET movement would come up. As so happens recently he’s tried gently chiding me about the aims and goals of the movement. Of course, being conservative, I’ve refuted his chiding by pointing out the ridiculousness of the movement. Not only have I pointed out the ridiculous nature of the varied demands of the movement, but also the crimes committed by protesters across the country, and the general ignorance of the movement’s political philosophy to begin with. I also compared the actions of the movement against those of the Tea Party rallies over the last year which never resulted in a single law being broken, or property damage. What a comparison it is too. Read more…
The federal government has taken to itself all kinds of powers not enumerated by the Constitution, they argue, and the public has too often gone along.
But not any more! I’ve been a a political junkie all my life but at no time have I ever been as energized to become involved as I am now. Not during the height of the Clinton years, and not during the the worst years the Democrats threw at Bush. I have Obama to thank for this energy and I am impatiently waiting to vote him out of office next year. I will never go along again!
Remember the liberal pundits saying they could “gather a crowd” as large as Beck’s? Photo gratuitously lifted from President Obama’s conservative cousin. First question when I saw this picture earlier today was when were they both taken. Good thing he answers that question for us. How many liberal groups tried to out out-organize Glen Beck?
It must be very sobering for a man like President Obama, who by reports is notoriously thin-skinned, to have to live with the wide-spread rejection that he’s having to live with at the hands of the Tea Party movement and the political right. But to also have to live with it at the hands of his own left-leaning activists is an entirely different matter. Boy do I wish I were a fly on his wall some days! Next best thing is just to read about his interviews though.
if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place. It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.
I can’t speak to all of the reasons why the left is abandoning the President’s agenda, however we do know that at least some are rejecting it for the same reasons that virtually all on the right, and many in the middle are — they believe he’s gone too far and extending government into everyday life that was never intended by the framers. But President Obama believes it’s all because of the evil Fox News. Keep believeing that Mr. President. We’ll see if you still do on the morning on Nov 3rd.