In a conversation the other day, my view that President Obama has already shown himself to be a horribly bad President was challenged. While I managed to rattle off enough bullet points to convince them that I know what I’m talking about, I decided that I needed to develop the idea further.
So, in no particular order, here is a non-comprehensive list of the regime’s domestic and legislative accomplishments:
- TARP: On January 31st, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program issued a quarterly report which said, in part, that the program “may have saved the banking system but that it has so far failed to reach all of its other goals.” He noted, again in part, that “nearly 16 months later, home foreclosures remain at record levels, the TARP foreclosure prevention program has only permanently modified a small fraction of eligible mortgages, and unemployment is the highest it has been in a generation.” FAILURE
- Stimulus: Pew research polling shows that “Public perceptions of two of the federal government’s most sweeping efforts to right the economy could be contributing to the pessimism. More than six-in-ten (62%) say the economic stimulus package enacted by Congress last year has not helped the job situation, while about half (49%) say the government’s loans to banks and other financial institutions did not help prevent a more severe economic crisis.” It went on to note that “Substantial majorities of Republicans (79%) and independents (69%) say that last year’s economic stimulus has not helped the job situation.” The shocker was that even 42% of Democrats say that the stimulus did not work. FAILURE
- Government Motors: The federal government pushed General Motors into bankruptcy and fired the CEO—to me a truly shocking and disturbing event. And, in an offhand way, the regime tossed Chrysler into the deal—horribly mistreating all of their investors in the bargain. Since then, they have had access to more than $60 billion in taxpayer money, but are still losing money hand-over-fist. This was really a handout to the unions that backed the Obama regime—and unions are not well known for their success at running businesses. Ford, on the other hand, has been relatively unaffected by all of this, showing that there is at least enough of a market for a well-run automobile company to stay afloat. FAILURE
- Healthcare: We could write whole articles on how bad this one was—many pundits already have. But let’s take a look at a few of the highlights: FAILURE
- According to a Heritage Foundation report by Kathryn Nix: “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is reporting that the new health care law will decrease the number of uninsured in 2019 by 32 million…However, this does not mean that universal coverage will be achieved—23 million Americans will remain without coverage…”
- This is the first time that the federal government has passed a mandate that consumers must buy a product, leaving the bill wide open to constitutional challenges, many of which have already been filed.
- The bill was carefully calibrated by the Democrats so that the cost would come in under 1 Trillion dollars. (This was a purely political move, based on their heavily biased estimates of the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars…) Since passage of the bill, numerous government and private studies have shown that actual costs will be vastly higher, that promised deficit reductions are unlikely to materialize, and so on.
- Doctors are already flocking away from the wreckage. The Houston Chronicle reported that more than 300 doctors have dropped the Medicare program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010. And that’s in only ONE state.
- In an amusing turn, in their tearing hurry to pass a disastrously flawed bill, legislators “forgot” to include a couple of key provisions—including those that ensured that children could not be denied insurance coverage due to pre-existing conditions and the one that exempted congressional staffers from the effects of the bill.
- The complete failure of a similar bill in Massachusetts was ignored.
But then there are foreign policy and defense accomplishments to be recognized:
- Alienating many of our long-term allies: The UK, Germany, and Israel leading the pack. FAILURE
- Trying to kiss up—with no success at all—to our enemies: Iran and North Korea. FAILURE
- Issuing a “defense strategy” that isn’t a strategy at all, but a wish list. (Actually it reminded me of Miss America contestants wishing for “world peace”…) FAILURE
- Let’s not forget the many blunders that were arguably “rookie mistakes” such as changing the “war on terror” to “overseas contingency operations”. Or his current effort to create a military medal for “courageous restraint”. MULTIPLE FAILURES
- The Mexican President coming to the US and blasting US domestic policy—while all the time having far stricter laws in Mexico than have EVER been proposed here. Lord Obama’s response: silence. FAILURE
Let’s finish the lists with some of the many things he promised to do during the campaign that can’t or won’t happen:
- “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” PROMISE BROKEN
- To reduce bills rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them, Obama “will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” PROMISE BROKEN
- “The most ethical administration in a generation”, including “No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.” PROMISE BROKEN
- Closing Guantanamo Bay. PROMISE BROKEN
Oops. I forgot one list. What about his demonstrable successes?
Um, can somebody cue up a tape of crickets chirping…
A more serious question: Can anybody name a single instance in which the policies of this government have actually helped the people whom they are claiming to help? I honestly can’t think of one.