As promised, I’m going to start writing again! So if you happen to be craving a fresh, conservative, and of course always RIGHT perspective on current (or at least semi-current) events, look no further! Or, if you’re not craving such a right-leaning perspective, then… stick around anyway! If nothing else, you might get into an interesting debate with some other reader, or myself!
As I said in my last post, today we are going to revisit what has proved to be by far the most popular topic on this blog: the stupid things that Obama has done. It seems that lots of people dislike our commander and chief, but many don’t seem to know exactly why they dislike him. In search of the truth, many readers are directed to this website, where they read and are enlightened about the many mistakes of our glorious leader. I first posted a list of five stupid things that Obama had done sometime after the inauguration, and I feel that after nearly three and a half years of Obama in the White House, it’s time to update that list to include some of his more recent blunders. So, here are what rank as (in my opinion) some of the worst things that Obama has done so far.
1. Abysmal handling of the economy
Okay, so this is sort of leeching off my list from three years ago, where I criticized Obama’s stimulus package. But seriously… let’s see how Obama’s stimulus has held up under the test of time. Our unemployment jumped from below five percent before Obama, to around ten percent in 2010. Now, currently the unemployment numbers are falling, but if you pay attention closely, the reason those numbers are falling is not because more jobs have been created, but because people have given up looking for jobs! (If you’ve given up looking for a job, you’re not considered unemployed… go figure.) And what has Obama’s response to all this been? Spend, spend, spend! Sure, Obama claims that he wants fiscal responsibility for government, but when the rubber meets the road, there is no government program too expensive for Obama to fund. And where has all this massive spending gotten us? Well, more unemployment, national debt beyond imagination, and the loss of our AAA credit rating. I told you this back in 2009 that Obama’s policies were a bad idea. And I ask you, are things better or worse now that Obama’s policies have taken effect? I could write a whole post about how bad the Obama economy is, (and I might), but for now I will move on to the next item.
2. Shoving Obamacare down the American people’s throats
This perhaps should be number one on the list, because I think it truly was one of the worst decisions he and the democrats have made in the last three years. Let’s look at the facts, shall we? Obamacare over the next ten years is going to cost us $1,160 billion dollars. It will introduce even more government control into what is literally one of the most personal and private aspects of our lives. It will give bureaucrats the power to tell us how we should eat, how much we should exercise, and what medications and procedures we should have. This is so bad in so many ways, it’s depressing just thinking about it. But what makes it really, really stupid strategically speaking is that at the time it was passed, an overwhelming majority of Americans were against Obamacare. In fact, a majority of Americans still are against it. So why on earth did the democrats decide to shove this monstrosity through congress against the will of the people? I honestly don’t know. Maybe they knew they were going down, and they wanted to use their power while they still had it. But whatever the reason, Obamacare was just plain stupid, and we will be suffering as a result of their stupidity for years to come (unless the supreme court comes to its senses and makes the right decision).
3. Nixing of the Keystone Pipeline
Now, I’m the first to agree that eventually, we will need to find an alternative energy source because, let’s face it, we will eventually run out of oil. I’m all for developing electric cars which are powered by nuclear-generated electricity. But, that said, the way to promote the development is not by restricting access to oil. And Obama’s policy on energy has been absolutely awful over the last three years. First, there was the knee-jerk moratorium on deep water off-shore drilling. Then, to satisfy the left-wing environmentalists, Obama halted the construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would have helped tremendously in bringing down the price of gasoline, and created jobs. Obama is obviously pandering to the left-wing environmentalists in an effort to get reelected (notice, Obama didn’t say he would permanently end the project, just that he was going to conveniently delay making a decision until after his reelection), so in a sense, this might be a smart political move. After all, allowing the pipeline probably isn’t going to win him any conservative votes (he’s far too far gone for that), but it might anger some of the hard-core environmentalists that he seeks to please. But while this move might have been politically expedient, it was horrible for the country.
People think that the price of gas is somehow controlled by the oil companies. This is sheer lunacy. The oil companies are going to charge as little as they can get away with while still being profitable. The price of oil is determined primarily by available supply, and secondarily by taxes. It is interesting to note that in the last fifty years, we have cut our domestic oil production nearly in half, while simultaneously the prices of oil have skyrocketed. This is because instead of using North American oil (which we have in abundance), we buy oil from the Middle East, who has absolutely no interest in the health of our economy, and in some cases has the express interest of bringing our country to disaster. The obvious solution to the problem would be to increase North American production (that way we can either produce our own oil, or buy it from the Canadians who have a vested interest in our economy). If the US started buying oil from Canada or producing it domestically, global prices would fall, and the amount that Americans pay at the pump would be drastically reduced. The Keystone Pipeline was a measure designed to get Canadian oil to US markets, which would have brought a dramatic drop in prices. But instead of allowing a REAL economic stimulus through (the Keystone Pipeline would have put more money back in everyone’s pockets, as well as creating real, useful jobs), Obama decided to stop the construction just for the purpose of pleasing his far-left-leaning environmentalist buddies. Again, I could write an entire post on oil and Obama’s energy policies (and maybe I will), but for now, I’ll move on to the next item.
4. Taking credit for bin Laden’s death
This one is interesting. Now, it’s harder to pin Obama down on this, because it’s not like he’s going around taking personal credit for killing Osama. But what he is doing is refusing to acknowledge that the policies of torturing prisoners at Guantanamo bay was what led to the US finding bin Laden’s location to begin with. Remember, Obama made a promise to close the detention camps in his 2008 presidential campaign, calling the camps a “sad chapter in American history.” Then, when the very camps that he condemned turn around and produce information vital to the killing of bin Laden, Obama makes absolutely no acknowledgement that maybe these interrogation camps weren’t quite so terrible after all.
Now, it would be too much to expect Obama to admit that he’s wrong, I think. After all, if he came out in favor of the camps, he would instantly alienate much of his leftward leaning anti-war voters. So in a way, you can’t blame the guy for doing what he’s doing. But what’s really disgusting is that he turns around and takes credit for bin Laden’s death. The fact is that if Obama had had a chance to enact his policies on Guantanamo ten years ago, bin Laden would still be running around free today. But Obama blatantly deceives the weak-minded masses into believing that it was somehow his policies which led to bin Laden’s death. This is not so much stupid as it is just nauseating. Bush deserves ten times more credit than Obama does for bin Laden’s death, but of course no one in the media would ever dream of telling you that. I can only hope that Mitt Romney is smart enough to point out this fact, in which case it will make Obama look very stupid. But if Romney fails to take advantage of this glaring contradiction, then Obama will come out looking great, and get all the credit for bin Laden’s death.
5. Flip-flopping on gay marriage
This is more recent, so I’m not sure if it really belongs on a “top five” list. But, I think it does merit some attention. And this one is really just stupid, I think. Obama is claiming that his views on gay marriage are “evolving” so that he’s now come out in favor of legal recognition of gay marriage. Now, while I think that his intention was to win more gay votes, I don’t see what this is really actually buying him. First of all, there’s no way on earth that the gays are voting for Romney. Obama and the democrats have the gay rights vote in the bag. So coming out for gay rights isn’t going to win Obama any more votes. But what it does do is give Mitt Romney an ideal opportunity to tear into Obama for flip-flopping on his position. Why Obama chose to change his official view right now is a mystery to me, as I don’t see what it buys him, but I know it could potentially hurt him. There are only two reasons I can see for Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.
The first possible reason is that he wants to energize the gay rights base. The gay rights vote might already be in the bag for Obama, but if they’re not passionate enough on Election Day, they might not get out to vote. So perhaps this is an effort get the gay rights voters to actually come out to the ballot box and cast their vote. The other possibility is that Obama is actually worried about some of the gay rights votes being lost to a libertarian candidate. This is not too far-fetched, as a libertarian candidate might actually draw a large number of gay rights voters; large enough perhaps to change the landscape of the election. But either way, I think that changing his views on gay marriage at the last political second is a mistake. If the republicans have any common sense, they’ll attack Obama on this and hopefully reveal him to be the political posturer he truly is.
Well, there you have it, my friends: an updated, revised list of the stupid things that Obama has done over the last three and a half years. I can only hope that Americans have enough common sense to see through Obama’s pathetic attempts at attacking the Republicans to the truth of Obama’s miserable failures.