What Has Obama Accomplished?|
December 11, 2009
Making the rounds of conservative talk shows lately is the question, "What has Obama
accomplished so far?" The question is asked of Obama supporters and the answers
range from 'abolishing lobbyists' to 'securing world peace' to 'lowering taxes.'
One thing all answers have in common: They are all grounded in perception as opposed
Obama has accomplished the amazing feat of convincing millions of Americans that
black is white, that cold is hot, that the bad economy is
the fault of George W. Bush
, and the only things standing between America
and peace on earth are those darn Republicans and greedy capitalists.
As author Thomas Sowell points out in 'Is Reality Optional ?' social history
in the last 30 years has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded
good. And no-where is this more evident than in the 'change' Obama is foisting on
the American people.
The empty rhetoric of 'social justice' and 'compassion' is convincingly and successfully
being used to justify ever more ludicrous social policies, which just happen to
come with a huge price tag and more government control.
Ignored by the left and the media, however, is the inconvenient fact that every
single policy promoted by Obama and passed by congress has been a dismal failure.
From the jobs 'stimulus' package that has cost taxpayers a whopping
$236,436 per job created
- to the the 'cash for clunkers' - to the $61 billion
taxpayers just lost
through the AIG and auto industry bailout.
Add in the $75 billion mortgage relief program to stem the largely government caused
'foreclosure crisis.' This program has helped a grand total of
31,000 borrowers to date
, a paltry 4% of the 760,000 who have applied.
Despite the dismal failures of these policies, Obama and his cohorts continue advocating
more of the same. As Dr. Sowell points out, "The anointed are often wrong but never
Though 80% of Americans are happy with their health insurance, Obama has declared
a health care crisis. Obama and congress have devoted most of the year to imposing
government run health care on all citizens, despite the fact that
61% of Americans oppose it
Though evidence has recently surfaced undermining the dire claims of global warming,
our elected elites continue to
ignore relevant science
, insisting that a massive redistribution of our
wealth is needed in order to pay an imagined 'climate debt' to third world countries.
Meanwhile, record unemployment and rising fees and taxes continue to devastate businesses
and families across the nation. The exception are federal workers, who just got
a 2% pay raise
As Democrat leaders and their allies take to the airwaves denouncing corporate greed,
our public servants are scrambling to enact policies that enable them to extort
an ever increasing portion of the wealth created by American workers. In the process,
severely undermining the rule of law and ignoring the
limitations imposed by our Constitution
The Obama administration has plunged America into debt to the tune of a record $12
trillion dollars. That's $39,000 owed by every man woman and child in America. And
there is no end in sight.
Obama's policies are destroying the dollar and bankrupting America. Moody's just
issued a warning
that our triple A rating is in danger. Our president is
also in the process of ceding American sovereignty to unaccountable world bodies like the United
Nations and the International Criminal Court.
What Obama has accomplished is astounding. He has managed in the short space of
one year to dramatically alter the historical focus on individual rights and liberties
to an ephemeral concept that focuses on government primacy.
Due to Obama's charisma and his skill in manipulating the system and redefining
words to fit transient meanings, many Americans continue to believe Obama's rhetoric,
willfully ignoring the underlying reality. Their belief has taken on a religious
fervor based on faith and emotion and any facts to the contrary are summarily dismissed.
After all, "Obama won."
Once again, Thomas Sowell says it best: "We may be entering an era where the greatest
dangers to the survival of Western civilization will come from internal social deterioration.
Other great civilizations have declined and collapsed. We may be the first, however,
to sink slowly into the quagmire, still beaming from ear to ear in self-congratulation
at how 'innovative' we are in our social policies."
Obama is a dangerous man. He has convinced millions of Americans that they are entitled
to the fruits of another man's labor. Virtually all of his policies to date have
been designed to foster a dependence on government. But what the government gives,
the government can take. As millions of enslaved peoples across the globe could
attest - if they were allowed.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
She lives in South Carolina
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