Top 25 Obama Excuses For a Failed Economy and High Unemployment

Top 25 Obama Excuses For a Failed Economy and High Unemployment

Harry S. Truman famously said of the presidency, “The buck stops here.” President Barack Obama might as well make his slogan: “Pass the Buck.”

While Obama claimed he wouldn’t make any excuses as President when he was on the campaign trail 4 years ago, his record of failed policies and lack of confidence has led to nothing but.

The May jobs report came out and the numbers are just getting worse. Only 69,000 jobs were added last month, pushing unemployment up from 8.1% to 8.2% and the underemployment rate from 14.5% to 14.8%. This comes as no surprise at all. The labor force participation rate is at a record low. It was only a matter of time before all those millions of Americans eventually came back looking for work. And this administration’s policies aren’t producing nearly enough confidence for consumers and business owners to spend, expand, invest, and create enough jobs.

Obama was given a Democrat-majority Congress upon winning the White House in 2008. He got a $787 billion stimulus, a $410 billion omnibus, health care reform, financial regulation reform, and a jobs bill passed within his first 2 years in office, along with increments of quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve.

Since then we’ve racked up a record $15.75 trillion debt, record trillion dollar deficits, a first ever credit rating downgrade, rising inflation, and social safety nets going completely broke within the next 20 years.

But where are the jobs? Where’s the recovery? Where are all the fruits of those Keynesian economic solutions?

There aren’t any results, but plenty of excuses. Let’s run down the list of the top 25 that Obama has used to blame anything but his own policies:

George W. Bush

Tax breaks

Arab Spring

Japanese earthquake


George W. Bush

Automation technologies

Eurozone crisis

Republican House

ATM usage 

George W. Bush

The Weather

Bad luck

Super PAC ad spending

Lack of stimulus money

George W. Bush

The Tea Party

Unmanned airport ticket kiosks

Oil speculators

Underestimation of economic crisis

George W. Bush

Businesses not expanding

Americans being soft and lazy

Fox News

Energy companies not getting behind…algae

So what’s left? Planetary alignments? The McBurglar? The 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy?

Mr. President, the truth of the matter is, whether you want to admit it or not, more regulation and government bureaucracy does no produce confidence  or certainty with the American public or job creators. Government cannot run an economy with public taxpayer dollars. Government should not be running every aspect of our system from health care to finance to education to energy.

Employers don’t know what health care costs and liability for future hires will end up being under ObamaCare. Those that have jobs don’t know if they will be the next layoff tomorrow. Nobody knows what their tax rates will be come next year. Investors, business owners, and job creators have been shackled with excessive regulations and constant threats of higher taxes.

Blaming anything and everything else that happens won’t inspire confidence to re-elect you.

John Giokaris

John Giokaris has been contributing to PolicyMic since February 2011. Born and raised in Chicago, John graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and is currently earning his J.D. at The John Marshall Law School. John believes in free market principles, private sector solutions, transparency, school choice, constitutionally limited government, and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. His goals are to empower/create opportunity for citizens to use the tools at their disposal to succeed in America, which does more to grow the middle class and alleviate those in poverty than keeping a permanent underclass dependent on government sustenance indefinitely. Sitting on the Board of Directors for both the center-right Chicago Young Republicans and libertarian America's Future Foundation-Chicago, he is also a member of the free market think tank Illinois Policy Institute's Leadership Coalition team along with other leaders of the Illinois business, political, and media communities. John has seven years experience working in writing/publishing, having previously worked at Law Bulletin Publishing, the Tribune Company, and Reboot Illinois. His works have been published in the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Crain's Chicago Business, Reboot Illinois, Townhall, the Law Bulletin, and the RedEye. He's also made appearances on CBS News, PBS, and Al Jazeera America.