No truer words have ever been spoken than this sentence by former Vice President Dick Cheney this weekend.
I have always admired Mr. Cheney – I think he is one of the few honest politicians ever to serve this nation. I find him to be open and forthright, never afraid to speak his thoughts, and never one to back down from his positions. Had he been a younger, healthier man, he would have been the best president since Ronald Reagan.
VERY early in his administration, Obama started appointing czars for everything. Many were unsavory characters and more than a few were tax cheats. See a comprehensive list here:
The rich get richer and the blacks have gotten poorer. NOW, as part of his campaign rhetoric, Obama is lambasting the wealthy to divide the haves from the have-nots. Typical class warfare.
The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data. The analysis shows the racial and ethnic impact of the economic meltdown, which ravaged housing values and sent unemployment soaring.
The stimulus that stimulated nothing but Obama donors. It would take a book to document all this waste, fraud and abuse. Suffice it to say, Obama had a $770 BILLION DOLLAR SLUSH FUND which created ZERO jobs. From his own lips: ‘…Shovel-ready was not as ... uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.’
Obamacare – an entitlement that will dwarf all other entitlements. The only way Obama could get it thru Congress under a trillion dollars the first year was to COLLECT taxes for four years to pay for it BUT NOT TO HAVE ANY BENEFITS UNTIL 2014. Can you imagine the power company connecting up your electrical panel for your house, but telling you they won’t flip the switch for four years! Yeah – that makes sense!
Unprecedented spending – Obama has increased the deficit/debt by more in his first 3.5 years in office than the 43 presidents that preceded him COMBINED.
Obama has destroyed our foreign policy and weakened us internationally. We have a history of standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel – no longer – Obama has personally snubbed Netanyahu on more than one occasion. Obama cancelled the missile defense plans we had agreed to with Poland, leaving them high and dry and defenseless against a soviet attack. In the Middle East/North Africa, he has promulgated the removal/death of dictators friendly to the United States and encouraged takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood. He has failed to stand up to Iran and North Korea and I suspect both countries are laughing at our weaknesses. He has even insulted the Queen of England.
Failure to deal with the entitlement crisis - Growth of government dependency is at record levels: From the Heritage Foundation 2/8/2012
One in five Americans—the highest in the nation’s history—relies on the federal government for everything from housing, health care, and food stamps to college tuition and retirement assistance. That’s more than 67.3 million Americans who receive subsidies from Washington.
Government dependency jumped 8.1 percent in the past year, with the most assistance going toward housing, health and welfare, and retirement.
The federal government spent more taxpayer dollars than ever before in 2011 to subsidize Americans. The average individual who relies on Washington could receive benefits valued at $32,748, more than the nation’s average disposable personal income ($32,446).
At the same time, nearly half of the U.S. population (49.5 percent) does not pay any federal income taxes.
In the next 25 years, more than 77 million baby boomers will retire. They will begin collecting checks from Social Security, drawing benefits from Medicare, and relying on Medicaid for long-term care.
As of now, 70 percent of the federal government’s budget goes to individual assistance programs, up dramatically in just the past few years. However, research shows that private, community, and charitable aid helps individuals rise from their difficulties with better success than federal government handouts. Plus, local and private aid is often more effectively distributed.
Failure to deal with immigration – instead, he chooses to SUE states that are trying to deal with it. He even stood with the President of Mexico AGAINST Arizona’s immigration law.
Obama’s administration took over the student loan program, which has harmed small banks across the country. Growing government even more.
Unemployment is still over 8% and the economy is still in the tank. Obama has not put forth ONE policy aimed at growing the private sector.
This administration’s unconstitutional assault on religious freedom is unprecedented. His attempt to force the Catholic Church to provide abortion and birth control backfired.
Two SCOTUS appointments that apparently share a brain. With the possibility of FOUR MORE if re-elected, which would affect the interpretation of the Constitution for generations. We already have judges legislating from the bench – a clear violation of the Constitution as intended by our founding fathers.
Obama’s war on fossil fuels will break the back of what’s left of the American economy. Increases in gasoline and electricity are just the tip of the iceberg – but then, Obama promised that energy prices ‘would necessarily rise.’ Well gas prices have gone from $1.96 when he was sworn in, to over $5.00 in spots around the country. His refusal to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs, is harmful to a country fighting back IN SPITE OF OBAMA. His delay in granting permits to drill in the Gulf of Mexico is killing the gulf coast economy. Yet Cuba is about to begin drilling 70 miles from the Florida Keys. Obama’s EPA is dragging its feet in permitting new coal mines. The government continues to put federal land off limits for drilling oil.
Obama’s determination to fund all things solar is a disaster and a scandal.
See [http://reidsright.blogspot.com/2011/09/obamas-solar-problems-grow-faster-than.html ] posted last fall.
Obama’s takeover of General Motors was nothing more than a sop to the unions and an unnecessary buyout – if GM had been able to go through a structured bankruptcy they would have come out stronger and a more viable company. Now the unions and the government own the show and the American taxpayers have taken one in the shorts – again. In addition, Obama has continued to press production of the Chevy Volt, which no one wants to buy EVEN WITH A $10,000 GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY PER VEHICLE‼! Could it be because they catch fire?
Like all liberals, Obama hates the military and has done, and is still doing, everything to destroy it. On the one hand, he is reducing the size of our fighting forces while on the other hand, he is taking away benefits promised to our fighting men and women.
Obama has also pushed for open homosexuality in our military - and won.
There has been no diminishment in existing military threats to our national security to justify Mr. Obama’s proposed reduction in our military forces. His proposal, therefore, amounts to a unilateral disarmament in the face of the threats that made our present military strength necessary in the first place.
Mr. Obama seems to be willing to run the risk of leading our country down a path of potential annihilation in the name of building more bicycle paths, windmills and solar panels. He has turned his back on the dangers that lurk behind his proposed cuts to our military budget.
Obama’s Department of Justice, headed by Eric Holder, has a policy of not prosecuting black crime, as witnessed by the total lack of law enforcement when the Black Panthers intimidated voters at the polls ON VIDEO! Obama also insinuated himself into two racially tinged news stories – the professor vs. white cop in Cambridge, and the Trayvon Martin killing this past February in Florida. This same Department of Justice has SOLD GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG LORDS that were used to kill an American border agent – Brian Terry. There is a new rumbling that perhaps HHS Secretary Janet Napolitano purgered herself when testifying on Operation fast & Furious before Congress. Time will tell on that one.
Obama shut down NASA, costing Florida hundreds of jobs.
Obama National Labor Board tried to block Boeing from opening a factory in South Carolina – a right/to/work state. The theoretically apolitical NLRB was protecting union jobs in the northwest. They have since dropped their suit.
Shall I continue? I know most of you will never make it this far, but the list DOES go on.
Personally, I think Mr. Cheney was kind when he called Obama’s presidency an unmitigated disaster.