Well, the POTUS is back in his element….campaign mode. After winning the election in 2008, it took Obama months to switch gears from campaigning to governing….although the jury is still out on whether or not that’s what he’s actually doing. I, for one, do not see it. Regardless, he’s back in full swing.
So, let’s go back to 2008. Remember how then Senator Obama promised that he would bring hope and change to America? Remember how he promised to build bridges, and how he planned to bring about a post-racial and post-partisan America? Remember all of the poor saps who actually bought that drivel? Let’s take a look back at the enthusiasm some Obama supporters had for their new leader…
And let’s not forget this little nugget…
Ah, that’s one of my personal favorites… So, has Obama been able to bring about the post-partisan, post-racial America he promised? Or have we become even more divided? You make the call.
Ouch. Looks like we missed the mark on that one!
In addition, Obama promised to get us out of the economic mess that he claimed was the fault of President Bush and the Republicans. So, how is our economy doing? Now, let’s see…where should I begin?
Gasoline prices – In January 2009, the average price of gas in the U.S. was $1.83, per the EIA. Today, it’s $3.84 and climbing.
Food prices – Average corn prices in 2009 were $3.56 (Central IL); today prices are up a whopping 101.4% at $7.17. Soybeans averaged $9.66 in 2009; today, the average price is $13.58. USDA report
Unemployment – In January 2009, unemployment was at 7.6%. As of March 2011, unemployment stood at 8.8%.
Food Stamps – In January 2009, 31,983,716 Americans were receiving food stamps (SNAP). As of January 2011, there are 44,187,831 recipients, a 38.2% increase.
National debt – In January 2009, our national debt was $10.627 trillion. This has now reached $14.1 trillion, and has even drawn international criticism. Russia’s prime minister accused U.S. economic planners of “hooliganism”, and even China is telling the U.S. to be more responsible and take steps to control the debt. And Obama thought we were an embarrassment when Bush left office…just look at us now! Maybe the Americans citizens should go on the next apology tour for choosing this lackluster leader. Well, not me, of course….I didn’t vote for the guy.
Standard & Poor recently changed our AAA credit rating outlook from stable to negative, threatening a 1 in 3 chance of downgrading our rating within the next two years, if we do not find ways to cut spending and reduce the debt.
In an Marketwatch article by Brett Arends today, it is noted that the International Monetary Fund projects that China’s economy will surpass that of the U.S. by 2016. Think about that. China, a Communist country, with a deplorable record of human rights violations, and owns $1.16 trillion of the U.S. debt, will become the economic superpower in 2016. How frightening. Age of America Nears End
So, tell me, do you think we can survive another 4 years of THIS hope and change?