Recently a frequent poster on my Facebook wall, ostensibly responding to this piece about Barack Obama’s risible speech at the Holocaust Museum yesterday, sent me a private message, in which he made the following declaration about me:
If George Bush had prevented a depression…brought us out of a recession…doubled the stock market…provided better benefits for veterans…created 3 million jobs in 22 months…created tax breaks for 95% of the country and killed a ton of terrorists INCLUDING Bin Laden… you would be campaigning to have his face on Mt. Rushmore. Again…how does Bush “keep us safe since 9–11…but Obama doesn’t keep us safe or get credit for killing Bin Laden. Again….it’s selective outrage and inconsistent measurement.
The thread is here. I consider it EXTREMELY presumptuous to say to someone you don’t even know “if X had happened, you would do Y.” Really? How can someone who doesn’t know me say that? It’s ridiculous. I don’t even know what I’m going to do a lot of the time until right before I do it.
The groundless assumption made in his message is beside the point. He attributes achievements to B. Hussein Obama that many liberals see, but unfortunately, this emperor has no clothes. Let’s consider them one by one.
Barack Obama prevented a depression. So he and his mouthpieces say, but, like the statement about my campaigning to put Pres. George W. Bush on Mt. Rushmore, it’s pure conjecture. I am bit surprised that this guy, who claims to be all about “facts” and “truth” would send me a message trumpeting supposed achievements that are imaginary, but there you have it. Here’s what we do know. In February 2009, the One insisted that Congress IMMEDIATELY pass his “stimulus” bill to prevent unemployment from going above 8%. Despite an urgency that was so great that there wasn’t even time for members of Congress to read the bill they were passing, once it was passed on Friday, February 13, 2009, Barack and Michelle jetted off to Chicago for one in a continuing series of expensive date nights. (Remember, reparations have to start somewhere, and they figure why not with them?) He signed the bill the following Tuesday. The unemployment eventually went to 10% in October of 2009, despite nearly a trillion bucks thrown down Obama’s rathole/slush fund. Cue the sad trombone.
Brought us out of a recession? Other than Austan “Recovery Summer” Goolsbee, Tim “Turbo Tax” Geithner and their friends, who believes that? Let me guess. A boatload of economists at universities and think tanks? Here in Real America we’re not buying it. The day Barack Obama took office the unemployment rate was 7.8%. Today it is over 8%, even though many people have left the workforce (see below). In February, the CBO said the actual unemployment rate is actually closer to 15%.
Benefits for veterans? I’m not sure to what he refers. I do know about his plan to dramatically increase the cost of their health insurance:
President Obama’s 2013 budget will seek sharp increases in premiums military personnel pay for health insurance, a move some analysts believe will ultimately harm recruiting and retention, a report said Tuesday.
Officials said the budget calls for military personnel to pay more for Tricare, the healthcare provider for the armed services, but will not seek increases to fees paid by unionized civilian defense workers for their health benefits, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The proposed increases to military healthcare benefits must still be approved by Congress, but they are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion in budget cuts. The Pentagon wants to trim Tricare expenses by $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2013, and as much as $12.9 billion by 2017.
I’m sure that the First Klingon doesn’t mention that when she’s doing her photo ops using military families as props.
The most ridiculous, and Obama-like statement is the phony claim about tax breaks for 95% of the country. So clever, and so inaccurate. Most people understand “tax cuts” to mean letting people keep more of what they earn. In Obama-speak, “tax cuts” mean income redistribution, as in more people receiving government checks by creating a lot of new tax credits. The earned-income tax credit, championed by Ronald Reagan as a way to offset the payroll taxes paid by many low income people, did that. These additional enactments are pure Obama, “spread it around.” And as anyone with half a brain knows, the government can’t give something to one person who didn’t earn it without taking it from another one who did.
The three million jobs created (or is that “created and/or saved?”) still leaves us with a net loss after 3 years of Obama’s brilliant leadership and $5 trillion more added to the debt. In addition, the labor participation rate, which was 65.7 million in January 2009 and is now 63.8 million. That means that nearly two million fewer people are working now than were working when B. Hussein took office.
Other interesting statistics: When George W. Bush left office there were 28.2 million people on food stamps. After three years of Obama, we have 44.7 million on food stamps.
Finally, when the messenger speaks of “selective outrage,” keep in mind that he is reacting to this post about Obama’s inane and insulting speech at the Holocaust Museum. No outrage was expressed in that post over Obama’s alleged failures to keep us safe. Having said that, let me repeat that, to the extent Obama has kept terrorists at bay, it is because he acted contrary to his ideology and continued the policies that he demonized during the 2008 campaign. If you dispute what I say about his ideology, my response is two words: “Eric Holder.” Can you say “trying KSM in federal court in New York?” How about “Gitmo?”
One last thing: while my posting pal was presumptuous in suggesting he knows what I would have done in any given situation, I’m not offended. Getting offended constantly is for liberals.
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