A dear friend still believes she made the right decision by voting for Obama. I would ask her why but my guess is she just “feels” better for doing so and really can’t give any substantive reason. Well, I didn’t vote for him and while I can give a dozen substantive reasons I didn’t – and still wouldn’t – I also have some feelings about the whole thing.
Well, one feeling really. I feel sick.
All Friday the reports were that unemployment ebbed. But the fact is that it went up 0.5 percent in April and another 0.5 percent in May. Indeed, since Jan. 20, unemployment has risen from 7.6% to a whopping 9.4% — the worst in a quarter-century. The Misery Index (inflation + unemployment) fell under President Bush 43.
Under Obama it is rising due to unemployment. Just wait until inflation kicks in. Already, gasoline is rising — and this time Bush 43 is not at the helm to keep the inflation from spreading from higher energy prices.
Obama’s stimulus has done the opposite. It is Obama’s depressant plan, which is turning a mild, routine recession into a calamity.
Had the government done nothing, we’d be recovering. Recessions average 16 months in length. This is month 18.
Instead, the misery is escalating.
Austan Goolsbee, a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors told Fox News: “The economy clearly has gotten substantially worse from the initial predictions that were being made, not just by the White House, but by all of the private sector.”
Our economy is in substantially worse shape than it was while Bush was in office. Our President has spent more than Bush did in eight years and made things worse not better. He owns this economy now. The blame Bush thing doesn’t work anymore. And despite the mounting evidence that his actions are bad not good, he is still trying to introduce programs that will only make things worse. Nationalized health care? Cap and Trade? Value added taxes? What the hell is he thinking?
And as far as the war on terror goes, well he has kept nearly all of the Bush initiatives (Gitmo, rendition, wire-tapping, troops in Afghanistan and Iraq) and not changed some things that his supporters wanted him to change (Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell, gay marriage). How can this make any of his supporters feel good about their choice last November?
And where is all the love we were supposed to get from the rest of the world when he was elected? North Korea is showing their love by exploding nukes and shooting off missiles. Iran is spitting in his face. Muslims worldwide are saying they love his speeches but then they do what they have always done which is hating on the USA.
I could go on and on.
What I want to know are some substantive reasons for any Obama voter to still be feeling good about their choice. None of this Bush was bad nonsense. Even if I were to give you that – which I don’t – that is not an answer. Tell me what he is doing right. Tell me how he has improved things for us. Or substantive evidence that things are going to improve.
Because I don’t see it.