I’m sure there are those who do not remember much of what President Obama said as a Senator. The truth is that I can’t blame you. Most of what he said was condemning, condescending and borderline uneducated so even if you did remember it why would you want to? I like to look back on things our president said before taking on the role as commander and chief. I find great value in the level of hypocrisy that he chooses to live out. Why am I being so “judgmental” about such a great man? Here is a quote from Obama back in 2006 when he was serving as a Senator for the state of Illinois. Context: Our Federal Government was discussing whether or not to raise our current debt spending limit. In short, Uncle Sam wanted a credit line increase on his credit card and no one asked you or me if that was acceptable. Quote:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006.
I agree! I believe that Obama makes some very valid and concerning points in his statement. So let’s apply those to his current administration and see what 2006 Obama would have to say about 2012 President Obama.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. it is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.”
Yes it is a sign of a lack of leadership and a lack or responsibility and accountability. In 8 years of serving as our country’s president, George Bush Jr. spent almost three trillion dollars and that included paying for 5 years of a war that would lead to the capture and death of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. In the 3.5 years that Obama has served as president he has spent almost $6,000,000,000,000.00 trillion dollars. In less than half the time that Bush was president, Obama has spent twice as much!!! Let me put 6 trillion dollars into perspective for you since none of us will ever have that kind of money.
It cost $4,000 to build a church in India. If you took the 6 trillion that Obama spent and gave it to missionaries to build churches in India you could build 1.5 billion churches! There are currently 1.22 billion people in India. With the money Obama spent you could build a church for more than each person in India which means every person in India would hear the Gospel at least once!
Perhaps that’s too “religious” for you and you need a more secular example of how much Obama has spent. Let’s bring it home. There are currently 313,000,000 people who live in the US, legally. If you took the 6 trillion that Obama spent and decided to give every legal citizen a check, you know in order to stimulate the economy, each person, even children, would receive a check for $19,169.33. The average American household takes in just under $60,000.00 a year. So your check would be for one third of what the average American household earns in a year! Now let’s be clear, one American household is not the same as one income. Most fulltime working americans average between $28,000.00 and $42,000.00 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . If we look at it that way you could have a check that is almost half of what one American would make in a year. That is what Obama has spent in less than 4 years. That is what he has borrowed from China. That is what our children and grandchildren have to pay back.
I believe 2006 Obama would say that 2012 Obama is a poor leader who is, at best, financially irresponsible.
Another observation, “It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.“Yes, Obama’s policies are reckless and ultimately a failure. But you say, “He caught Bin Laden, he gave the middle class a tax cut and he hasn’t raised or added any taxes to anyone who isn’t rich!”
Where’s my buzzer, I need a buzzer because this is just plain INCORRECT!!! Obama finding and killing Bin Laden had nothing to do with Obama. It was the result of policies that Bush had implemented from 2003-2008. Obama actually voted against those policies twice as Senator of IL. It was those policies and a team of extremely wise and brave Navy Seals that resulted in the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Obama did not give the struggling middle class a tax cut. That tax cut we’ve all been enjoying is called the “Bush Tax Cut.” Guess why…because President Bush made it happen. Obama also voted against the tax cut as Senator of IL. And finally, Obama’s greatest contradiction to saying that he hasn’t raised taxes: OBAMACARE
Care to guess how much ObamaCare will cost? $1.76 trillion. That’s $5,623.00 per American Citizen. Do you know what the Supreme Court ruled about ObamaCare? They ruled that it was to be a TAX! It is a TAX!!! A $1.76 trillion tax!!! If it sounds like Obama has raised taxes it’s because he has. All the while our nation’s unemployment rate is at 8.2% and the underemployment rate is at 14.4%. Guess what the unemployment rate is among African-Americans (who usually vote democrat and who strongly support Obama.)….it’s a staggering 14.4% unemployment. Not underemployment, meaning they might have a part time job, but UNEMPLOYMENT meaning if you want to eat you need a cardboard sign and a busy intersection. Why are African-Americans supporting a president who hasn’t helped to reduce their unemployment rate among their own people? What that means is that out of 100 African-Americans at least 14 don’t have jobs while the unemployment rate among White American’s is at 7.2% which is half of what’s found in the African-American community. All of this is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What that means is that for every 1 White American who doesn’t have a job there are 2 African-Americans who don’t have a job yet African-Americans are supporting Obama. Why????
2006 Obama would say that 2012 Obama is weakening our economy and his policies have failed.
Finally, “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
I could not agree more, 2006 Obama. We do deserve better. We deserve a president who understands capitalism and a free market economy. We deserve a president who doesn’t run a campaign on lies and champion to be “the first black president” when he doesn’t even identify with the African-American community of voters who are jobless 2 to 1 when compared to White Americans. In short, Obama has prepared the boat for financial death, he’s hoisted the main sail and waived goodbye to the American dream. He’s sold our country to the philosophies of Marxism and he’s removed himself from an understanding of the average Joe and his plight, but that’s assuming that he ever understood the average Joe to begin with. We are all a man without a country and we are forced to submit to the authority of one man who has very little accountability and even less conviction. It is a reminder to me that this is not my eternal home.