JUDGING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY A FAILURE

Stephen Levine by Stephen Levine on August 23rd, 2012

This is article 707 of 1004 in the topic Obama

There are those who have read my previous blogs and have taken exception to the manner in which I have characterized President Obama and urged his ouster – along with his democrat fellow travelers — from office. So I have decided to take another approach. Looking at what he observed in his Inaugural Address and checking our present state of affairs. For those who want to read his words in full context, the link below directs you to the White House copy of his Address.

If a man is to be judged by his words, let us recall  significant passages in Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address …

Acknowledging the state of affairs upon his inauguration …

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

Fail: We are well into the end stages of Obama’s presidency and he has never stopped blaming his predecessor for handing him an untenable position. While this might have been true for the first two years of his presidency, Obama had the privilege of immediately taking corrective actions to improve both our domestic and foreign agendas – controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate – along with the Presidential veto. He appears to have squandered this opportunity for corrective action, preferring to concentrate on achieving his party’s forty year dream – a single payer healthcare system which would insure the party’s perpetual power and the ability to influence the personal life of every American citizen. Where other issues were concerned, Obama continued the Bush-era policies on a bolder scale; thus reaffirming the correctness of many of Bush’s positions which were roundly condemned by the democrats.

Putting forth Obama’s vision for his Administration …

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift. And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We’ll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Fail: President Obama used so-called “stimulus” funds, mostly borrowed from foreign sovereign sources, to channel money to government entities to secure the positions, wages and benefits of unionized government workers; enlarging the size of government rather than adapting to a new budgetary reality of downsizing and austerity. Where he pledged to build infrastructure, little or nothing was accomplished as funds were diverted into “shovel ready” projects, mostly involving unionized labor, that the President now admits were not quite shovel ready. Under this President’s watch, we saw the further subversion of science to support questionable public policies. Policies which would raise energy prices, lower the American standard of living and to curtail American’s freedom of choice. As for using technology to raise healthcare’s quality and lower its cost, Obamacare insured that costs would rise and the technological innovation be restricted to benefit cost-cutting schemes.

The use of unreliable, unsustainable green power to replace our traditional power sources has been an unmitigated disaster. Billions have been wasted building solar energy plants that went bankrupt and automotive products that nobody wanted; especially in the West and Southwest where 46 miles on a charge was not impressive or useful.

Education is still a disaster. Tuitions are sky high, backed by the government control of student loans, but yielding little in the way of graduates who could meet the challenges of a growing economy. With eighty percent of all funds directed to union-dominated education, one finds that performance standards and tests had to be dumbed down to meet even mediocre graduation rates. Educational justice was more about generating graduates, qualified or not, than providing a quality education. Clearly we could have fixed the system. But Barack Obama chose to allocate resources poorly and to keep the crumbling unionized system in place.

Speaking of our national spirit …

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Fail: With few exceptions, it appears that most people have lost confidence in their government and the honesty and ability of its leaders. We appear to be experiencing the type of malaise suffered under on the the worst presidents in modern history, Jimmy Carter. A malaise which can only be cured by new leadership and those who do what they promise.

Speaking about the lack of cooperation in politics …

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Fail: Bi-partisanship is a joke. The democrats crafted all major bills without republican input and. exerting their voting advantage, refused to allow republican-sponsored amendments or bring republican legislation to a vote. The polarization is so extreme that legislators need to be bribed to go along with the administration’s legislative proposals.

Speaking about the entrepreneurial spirit …

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Fail: Who can forget Barack Obama’s put down of entrepreneurs and small businesses with his comments “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” While it is true that the government subsidized some of the research, it was individuals and companies that built the Internet. I wonder what Tim Berners-Lee, the man who developed the World Wide Web (the www in web addresses) thought of that statement as he sat in his office at CERN, the European Cooperative Nuclear agency.

Speaking about the size of government and its fiduciary duty owed to its citizens …

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Fail: There is no doubt in my mind that government is too big and bloated to be effective. Employing millions as a self-fulfilling political cadre who may, sometime in the future, to vote-in their own leaders and set their own compensation. Under Obama, the government has become big brother, choosing to support socialist-style collectivism over the rugged individualism that build America. There is little or no transparency or accountability as BILLIONS of dollars have gone missing or were inappropriately spent under this administration’s watch. Government officials who should be in prison have skated by – allowed to resign rather than face jail.

Speaking of the free market and regulatory duties …

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched. But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control. The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

Fail: Not only have the government’s regulatory agencies been politicized and headed with hyper-partisans, the have turned a blind eye on those large financial institutions which have severely disadvantaged the consumer. Few, if any, executives have been criminally charged, prosecuted and sent to prison. Not only are these agencies staffed by personnel who formerly worked for who they regulate, but look forward to returning to these very same firms. Creating a revolving door of crony capitalism without adequate supervision. Many of these agencies boast of “record fines” knowing corporations cannot be imprisoned. And even worse, these agencies accept settlements with the corporation neither admitting nor denying the allegations, insuring that the findings cannot be used in civil lawsuits.

Speaking about our way of life …

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense. And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken — you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Fail: This is the saddest section of all because we have seen our President bow before foreign Kings and openly apologize for the past behavior of the United States. Noting that we are just another unexceptional nation among the other nations which make up the international community. He has opened his arms to terrorists, embraced our enemies and shunned our allies. Any credit Obama may take on the terrorism front comes from plans and strategies set forth by former President Bush. Or as the members of SEAL Team Six claim; you get credit for green-lighting the operation, but the credit for the planning and execution lies elsewhere.

Bottom line …

On balance, Barack Obama has not fulfilled his promises. His Administration is neither open nor transparent. His lies have been excused by the mainstream media who claims he is in “campaign mode” rather than point out his falsehoods.

And I believe that we should honor one of his most important thoughts …

President Barack Obama said in February 2009 that his presidency would be “one-term proposition” if the economy did not recover in three years, giving him less than six months from today.

Throw the bum and his fellow travelers out of office. If you wish to comment on what I have said, feel free to do so. If you would like to do a guest blog, send me an e-mail. Our nation can survive this chameleon and begin to repair itself – if and only if there is a significant change of leadership in the House, Senate and the Presidency. Time to excise the communist cancer which has infected the body politic.

— steve

Reference Links …

President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address | The White House

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