Saturday, December 26, 2009

Obama's Real Report Card

As Obama's first year in office approaches, his long calendar of corruption and failure flutters its windblown leaves into the abyss of the past. Let us take a brief look back at the full unmitigated ugliness of the Sham in Chief's first year in office... for a proper report card.

The Economy

Obama campaigned on promises to help create jobs and fix the economy. Instead he ballooned the deficit to record levels, failed to create jobs and then lied about it, implemented the same policies he had criticized under Bush, lied about them too, and by the end of the year not only is the economy worse off than it had been under Bush, but the national debt is far higher, the dollar is weaker and America's economic prospects look bleak.

Obama promised to help working class families, instead he burdened them with generations of debt, forced them to make mandatory payments to insurance companies and kept down job growth by promoting "green" projects over shovel ready infrastructure projects. No wonder that Obama's fall has been hardest among working class families and even black leaders are protesting against his abandonment of the black community.

While Obama has shoveled untold billions of dollars into Wall Street brokerages, green tech companies with no real business model and insurance companies-- the same working class families he has promised to help have been left behind and lied to, and worse yet forced to bear the burden of his corporate welfare.

While Obama's Democratic congress had 192 million to spend on rum factories in the Virgin Islands, 20 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate, and almost half a billion for Tesla Motors, a company which has currently sold around only 700 cars... there was no money for school vouchers for Washington DC's kids.

This is par for the course in a chain of spending bills that primarily benefited Obama's corporate backers and ladled out congressional pork earmarks with all the self-restraint of a herd of pigs guzzling from a mud puddle.

While the dollar has fallen almost 20 percent over Obama's term in office, and many American businesses are looking for a way out of a political system that has destroyed the economy with out of control tax and spend policies... the bailouts keep on coming. And so do the lies.

The same Democratic congress that has preserved and protected felons like Congressman Rangel and Senator Dodd, reached into the depths of hysteria to attack Senator Lieberman for having the gall to block their plan for a Public Option, a plan that even the Congressional Budget Office admitted we can't pay for. The resulting battles turned political bribery into a new low with 100 million dollar earmarks being thrown around to win the favor of Senators like confetti.

And the final bill as always goes to the American worker.


War on Terror

On the war, Obama promised to use multilateralism to create a new alliance using soft power. 12 months later, his multilateralism has failed, and his Afghanistan policy looks a lot like Bush's Iraq policy, except it comes with a built in 18th month deadline that Barry Hussein helpfully announced to the Taliban ahead of time.

Despite a year of global criss-crossing, Obama has not achieved a single meaningful result for all that effort. Genocide continues in Sudan, China continues to repress its citizens, Iran and North Korea are continuing their nuclear programs, and none of America's allies have offered front line troops for Afghanistan.

For all his rhetoric, Obama has demonstrated that he has nothing new to offer in the War on Terror that Bush was not already doing... except for his willingness to appease terrorists and the far left by treating the butchers of 9/11 like ordinary criminals, instead of as mass murderers.

When it comes to the War on Terror, just like the economy, it is clear that Obama has nothing new to offer except rebranding, snow jobs and cowardice.



Obama promised a new era of bipartisanship and inclusiveness, but as it turns out he can hardly even tolerate conservative Democrats, let alone Republicans, aside from the easily bought off kind. Not only did his White House launch repeated smear campaigns against critics such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, but the attacks on Lieberman recently are outright reminiscent of 1984's Two Minute Hate.

And each time Obama demonstrates his blatant intolerance for any dissent from the party line, the results help poison the national dialogue and increase opposition to his policies.


International Diplomacy

Well over a year ago, Obama assured his gullible audience that they were witness to the moment when the oceans stopped rising. But all of Obama's diplomatic clout couldn't even get an actual binding agreement out of Copenhagen. If Obama couldn't even sell global warming internationally, it's quite clear that he can't sell anything.

Diplomatically, Obama's high profile trips around the world have resulted in a lot of publicity and a lot of humiliation as the man occupying what had once been the office of the leader of the free world, instead went around the world pleading for change, and getting laughed at instead. It's not just the sight of Obama crawling to the Japanese Emperor and the Saudi King that's contemptible, but the sight of him penned in on his visit to China, and being mocked in Turkey.

With his constant trips, Obama has managed to keep himself constantly in the news, while completely devaluing the mystique of the office. Unsurprisingly his visits have accomplished nothing except to create a long stream of photographs of Obama around the world.

Meanwhile traditional allies who tried to visit America had those same visits turn into diplomatic disasters as the White House did its best to show its contempt for them. As a result America is now more isolated than ever, and America's enemies are openly taunting the White House at every occasion.


Instead of the B+ that Obama ever so generously gave himself, a real report card might read F+. And that is being very generous indeed. But really it might be better to settle for incomplete, just like Obama's policies.


Keli Ata said...

Wonderful article and assesment of his first year.

I'm not generous at all. And so, like the dean in Aminal House, give him a 0.0 GPA.

Maybe a little harsh but he warrants being on academic probabtion. If he doesn't improve by the next semester/election he needs to leave.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

that's got my vote

Anonymous said...

Hi SK,

Aplogies for going off topic but I thought this important to bring to your attention. I'm a regular reader of your blog and I'm also a Brit. I found this article and I thought you may like to comment on it here as it is to my mind, incredible that British Jews can be so suicidally stupid:

Jews In Crisis

Their perspective on Cast Lead in Gaza is astonishing.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing your views.



Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

It seems to be content reposted from a radically left wing, pro-Hamas, pro-Galloway site that claims to have "anonymous tips" from members of jewish institutions... that unsurprisingly parrot their own agenda and completely distort the facts.

I doubt this comes from any actual members of Jewish institutions, so much as the site itself. Since there are plenty of outspoken anti-Israel British Jews, I doubt they would need to hide behind pseudonyms to get their message across.

Essentially it's radical left wing spew indistinguishable from anything Galloway or the Guardian churns out on a regular basis.

It can be summed up as "Israel = Nazis. Anyone who defends Israel also = Nazis". The rest is just window dressing.

Keli Ata said...

That also seems to be the prevailing attitude of most of the American and British "Pro-Palestinian" crowd on You Tube. It's not so much that they're pro-Palestian as anti-Israel.

That Israel=Nazi attitude is upsetting.

I could ignore them but I remind them of the Hamas charter and tell them if they support Hamas they're no different from the German civilians that waved and cheered for Hitler but then wept when the concentration camps were liberated and cried, "We never knew."

Doubtful I'm changining any minds as much as being a moral accusatory instrument.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

They know what Hamas is, for the most part those really obsessed with Israel, are simply disguising their own rabid hate for Jews behind pro-palestinian activism

Anonymous said...

Well I acquiesce in but I about the post should prepare more info then it has.

Anonymous said...

I think you are too kind to the Obama we all know now... He is bold face in lying and must 'dream' solutions to problems.
He is inept mostly and it shows.

Islandsox said...

I just hope it's not too late for America and what Obama is doing to our country. I'm worried it actually could be either 1) deliberate or 2)lack of any substantial experience. Either way, we must have a new Congress in 2010 and a new President in 2012 to stop Socialism from entering/taking over America, something that the Democratic Party endorses. Most of them belong to the DSA.

Keli Ata said...

Obama is grossly unqualified for president. Not to mention, again, his overestimation of himself--he gives himself a "B" when a more humble person would have given himself an average, a C.

It's interesting watching all of the end of the first decade of the 21st century segments on TV. I think Obama has set the US way back rather than forward. Certainly in terms of counter-terrorism and security.

teacher said...

"Well I acquiesce in but I about the post should prepare more info then it has"

What the heck does that mean?

I give Obama a D and a D- in deportment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply SK, much appreciated.



Lee said...

Spot on, Knish, as usual.

I think our president's actions are all deliberate because even by mistake, a rookie could get at least a few things right. Obama's performance is beyond abysmal. We are in very treacherous waters.

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