President Barack Obama’s economic and job creation record are beyond disappointing. His big government solutions and big spending policies have failed to incentivize business owners and employers to expand, invest, and create jobs in America. Quite the opposite, Democratic legislation like the stimulus and Obamacare were widely unpopular as they only added trillions in debt that has now eclipsed our entire GDP, subsidized energy projects that went bankrupt, and led the U.S. to its first ever credit rating downgrade. Obama has not taken any action on solutions that have wide bipartisan support like pro-growth tax reform or domestic energy development while more and more Americans give up looking for work altogether and switch to welfare.
In other words, he is a failed leader.
So instead of running on his record to win a second term in office, Obama is focusing on dividing the American public amongst each other and convincing each group that they need to be protected by government bureaucracy. Dependence on big government will only do more to hurt than help Americans, but his 2012 campaign strategy is to get Americans to ignore the lack of opportunity and prosperity big government legislation has delivered.
For starters, Obama claims that Republicans have waged a “war on women” because they won’t support subsidizing birth control in Obamacare, a position many women in America actually agree with. He also claims that no one has done more to advance women in the workplace than his administration. But what he doesn’t tell women is that female employees on his staff are paid 18% less than their male peers, or that women account for more than 90% of the job losses that have occurred since Obama took office.
Obama claims that Republicans want to protect “tax cuts for the rich” because they won’t support his proposal for a millionaire tax called “the Buffet Rule,” which would require millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes. But what he doesn’t tell voters is that the tax would only raise $46.7 billion over the next decade, and that the federal government is projected to incur a $7 trillion budget deficit during that same period.
Obama claims that Rep. Paul Ryan (R – Wisc.) wants to “hurt the poor” and “throw Grandma off the cliff” because he tries to reform entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in his budget proposals. But what he doesn’t tell baby boomers or even millennials is that entitlements as of today are completely unsustainable and go bankrupt by 2037, leaving Americans with no social safety net in 25 years. Obama also fails to remind Americans that his own budgets have been struck down by both Democrats and Republicans 97-0 in the Senate and 414-0 in the House.
Finally, Obama claims that Republicans are wrong for not supporting the DREAM Act during the 2010 lame duck session of Congress, while Democrats have failed to take it up again or fix any holes with the bill since then. But what he doesn’t tell Latinos is that Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.) has introduced his own comprehensive reform bill that responsibly approaches the illegal immigration problem by granting Latinos who go to college or sign up for the military a legal status while waiting in line for their green card to obtain U.S. citizenship – the way legal immigration works.
So this is how a leader expects to get re-elected? By pacifying Americans with excuses and food stamps instead of jobs and results? By distracting Americans from failed policies and broken promises with fabricated accusations and exploiting divisions?
“Hope and change?” Sounds more like your typical, run-of-the-mill career politician.
Obama had his shot. Time to see what a private sector veteran who understands how a free market economy works and has a history of reaching across the aisle to solve problems can do in the White House.