Thursday, April 15, 2010

How's that Hope and Change treating us?

Here are highlights by Townhall on some of the Obama issues from year one. It’s hard to imagine things getting worse and now that Brown has taken a seat in the Senate, we may actually have some “Hope and Change”

Barack Obama's first year in office was one long string of gaffes, foreign policy blunders, and domestic disasters strung together in a long, terrible line. Although it's not possible to adequately catalogue every blunder in Obama's first year in something shorter than a book, here are some of the many, many blaring lowlights that really stood out:

1) The stimulus that didn't: The Democrats shoved through a stimulus bill that cost more than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. Why? Over and over again, they said "jobs, jobs, jobs." In fact, the Obama Administration said that if the bill passed, they expected it to keep unemployment below 8%. Instead, unemployment hit a 26-year high of 10.2% in November.

2) Pyrrhic "victory" on health care: In one of the most nauseating displays of government "sausage making" in American history, the Democrats have used open bribery to push a wildly unpopular health care bill through both the House and the Senate. The Democrats are willing to trade tax increases, increased premiums, Medicare cuts, government-financed abortions, taxpayer-funded care for illegals, death panels, rationing, and reduced quality of care for a bill they believe will help move America towards socialism. However, this is turning into the Hindenburg of political bills and could very possibly cost the Democrats the House, the Senate, and the White House over the next couple of election cycles unless Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts and helps kill the bill deader than Lenin in the next few weeks.

3) Thanks for the help on the campaign. Enjoy your new company! In what may be the “crookedest” government deal since the Teapot Dome Scandal in the early twenties, Barack Obama broke legally binding contracts and spent more than 50 billion dollars in taxpayer funds to save union jobs at GM and Chrysler. When it was all said and done, the unions, which provides political shock troops for Democrats all across the country, ended up with more than 50% of Chrysler and almost 40% of General Motors. Jack Abramoff, Bernie Madoff, and Charles Ponzi together couldn't have bilked as many Americans out of their money in a hundred years as Barack Obama did with this scam.

4) Obama lets you know what he really thinks about race: Barack Obama has been well served by letting his supporters play the race card for him while he keeps his hands clean. That way, he looks like a good guy, even while his friends and allies scream "racism" at everyone who gets in his way. However, the mask slipped on the Henry Louis Gates case and Americans got to see what Obama really thinks about race.

After admitting that he didn't know all the facts, Obama accused the police of "stupidly" arresting his friend and then went on lecture everyone about the racism that surely had to be involved. It was Obama's most revealing moment on race since he tossed his own grandmother under the bus even as he supported Jeremiah Wright.

5) Book 'em, Danno! The decision to put 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on trial in New York is simply bizarre. No one in the Obama Administration has been able to give a coherent explanation for why KSM is being tried in New York while other terrorists are facing military tribunals. Why increase the chances of a terrorist attack in New York, give KSM the chance to spew propaganda in the court room, risk the release of sensitive intelligence data, and give a slick lawyer a chance to let Khalid Shaikh Mohammed off via a loophole? This is all doubly true since both Barack Obama and Eric Holder have assured Americans that KSM won't be released, no matter what happens. That should help America's image abroad -- making a big show of putting a terrorist through our criminal justice system and then in essence telling the world it's a sham trial that's about as meaningful as the courtroom proceedings in North Korea or Cuba.

6) This is the most important fight ever! Here's when we give up: Since Obama got into office, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan has markedly deteriorated. General Stanley McChrystal gave Obama a plan to help turn things around, and after months of golfing, Obama got around to partially approving it -- along with a timeline, explaining when we were leaving. Just after telling Americans how vital Afghanistan was, not just to America's security but to the world, Obama then told the audience when we'd be starting to pull out, whether we won or not. After it became clear that the timeline had the potential to dramatically undercut support for the war, the administration backpedaled like they were training for the Tour De France, leaving everyone confused about where we really stand.

7) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Al-Qaeda nipping at your nose: Isn't it great to know that after all the obtrusive, annoying, and time consuming searches we have to endure at the airports, terrorists can still get on airplanes with explosives? Moreover, despite the fact that our government was given every warning that the Christmas Day Pantsbomber was a threat, not only did they manage to fail to connect the dots, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano declared that "the system worked" because passengers managed to thwart the terrorist attack. As if that wasn't insulting enough, aggravating, completely ineffective new rules were implemented because of the attack, and after the Nigerian pants bomber was foolishly put into the civilian court system, he immediately stopped talking. Where's Jack Bauer -- or for that matter, Dick Cheney -- when we need some adults to help protect our country?


  1. There are over 600 tea parties scheduled in the USA today, Tax day. I would say there is a grass roots effort to change the government of change. What a mess this administration has caused in only 15 months. BHO has thrown all of our allies under the bus, most notably Israel. (Will the Jews in the USA finally get educated and turn away from supporting Democrats?) Will the American electorate finally realize that the left is out to destroy our country - a country that used to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave." It seems that the ignorant American electorate has to endure a Democrat administration every three or four election cycles to remember how radical the left is. When will the USA learn from history? Oh, I forgot. Public schools do not teach actual history, only their left wing ideologies.

  2. Tax day is the day we pay the nations bills, and we the citizens pay them, not the government. What family or single adult sits down to pay the bills and instead goes out and maxes out the credit cards? Then repeats that the next month.
    Responsible adults know instinctively this can not continue. Don't be afraid to take a stand. Even if some things the government does appear to have merit, reject them if they are not uniquely a function of government, the "public good", something that the private sector cannot provide because of the difficulty charging those who benefit from them. If one really thinks about the many things government does, few qualify under that definition.