The case against Obama

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Four years ago, can­di­date Barack Obama said vot­ers should look to a pres­i­dent’s poli­cies when de­cid­ing whether to re-elect him. “The ques­tion of this elec­tion is not are you bet­ter off than you were four years ago — we all know the an­swer to that,” he told an Ohio au­di­ence. “The real ques­tion is will this coun­try be bet­ter off four years from now?”

In 2008, it was hard to judge what Mr. Obama would do since he had no track record be­yond his brief ser­vice in the Illi­nois and U.S. sen­ates. It was easy to be cap­ti­vated by his vague prom­ises of hope and change. Over time, his poli­cies took con­crete form: Lead­ing from be­hind, spread­ing the wealth around and, “You didn’t build that.” More of the same won’t make Amer­ica a bet­ter place in 2016.

Most Amer­i­cans feel Pres­i­dent Obama’s fail­ure in a deep and per­sonal way. They’ve suf­fered a lost job, a drop in take-home pay or the gen­eral de­cline in their stan­dard of liv­ing. Hard re­al­ity backs up the gut feel­ing. Mil­lions have given up look­ing for work, and a record 46.7 mil­lion have turned to food stamps to get by. Busi­nesses re­port in sur­veys that they are afraid to hire be­cause they see more taxes and heavy reg­u­la­tion on the hori­zon.

Mr. Obama claims he’s not re­spon­si­ble, that he in­her­ited these troubles from Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. To res­cue the econ­omy, Mr. Obama promised that spend­ing $833 bil­lion in bor­rowed tax­payer funds on “shovel-ready” projects would put money into the pock­ets of work­ers. The pres­i­dent’s Key­ne­sian faith told him gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion is the only way to cre­ate jobs and jump-start growth. It didn’t work.

When Mr. Obama was sworn in, the econ­omy was gen­er­at­ing $13.2 tril­lion in wealth an­nu­ally (us­ing 2005 dol­lars to ac­count for in­fla­tion). On Fri­day, the Bureau of Eco­nomic Anal­y­sis an­nounced the coun­try’s eco­nomic out­put for 2012 was $13.6 tril­lion. So the $833 bil­lion loan bought us $454 bil­lion in growth — hardly a sen­si­ble re­turn on in­vest­ment. Of course, Mr. Obama’s bor­row­ing didn’t end there. He charged up $5,571 bil­lion in debt with point­less “green” projects, Oba­macare and other boon­dog­gles. So much for his prom­ise to cut the deficit in half.

The boast that he’d have the most trans­par­ent and eth­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion in his­tory proved equally empty. Mr. Obama claimed ex­ec­u­tive priv­i­lege to keep Congress from learn­ing the truth about the Fast and Fu­ri­ous pro­gram that en­sured a steady flow of guns to Mex­i­can drug car­tels. The ad­min­is­tra­tion then cited this “gun run­ning” as an ex­cuse to im­pose new gun-con­trol mea­sures in bor­der states. Mr. Obama and his sur­ro­gates lied about the Sept. 11 at­tack that killed a U.S. am­bas­sador and three other Amer­i­cans in Beng­hazi, Libya. Rather than com­ing clean re­gard­ing the Is­lamic ter­ror­ists be­hind the mur­ders, the White House con­cocted a bo­gus tale about a YouTube video, ex­pect­ing to get away with the fab­ri­ca­tion.

In­stead of a strong for­eign pol­icy, we have a com­man­der in chief who bows to the king of Saudi Ara­bia and the com­mu­nist pres­i­dent of China and looks the other way as the Ira­nian mul­lahs de­velop nu­clear weapons. In short, we have a pres­i­dent who em­bod­ies weak­ness in eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic af­fairs. The United States can’t take an­other four years of Barack Obama’s reck­less­ness.

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