Barack Obama, failed president
The Kansas City Star
Daily the letters and columns on The Star’s opinion pages reflect the accusations and divisiveness surrounding the presidential campaigns. Yet a rare flash of political insight appeared on March 30 — an eye-opening letter from Jim Collier of Kansas City.
The letter lays out in hard statistics the deterioration of America since President Obama took office. If you missed it, go to The Star’s website and read it.
On the same page is a letter from a Liberty resident. She, repeating President Obama’s rhetoric, blames the recession solely on the Bush administration. In fact, it was the product of Democrat-led affordable housing initiatives.
She urges readers to “stop the poisonous, racist trash talk and give this president the respect he deserves and has earned.”
Huh? The respect President Obama deserves and has earned? For what?
For becoming perhaps the most divisive president in U.S. history? Or for consistently putting his political agenda ahead of the real needs of this country and its citizens, thus prolonging the recession and record-high unemployment?
For perversely insisting that wealthy Americans pay their “fair share” when taxpayers with taxable incomes of $200,000 or more receive roughly 32 percent of the country’s individual income and pay roughly 45 percent of the country’s individual taxes? Or for his administration’s regulatory and legal attacks on businesses, which diminish their financial health and ability to create jobs?
For having his administration guarantee $500 million in loans to Solyandra, a “green energy” company run by a key Obama fundraiser and crony — a company that tanked a year later at taxpayer expense? Or for his actually wanting gasoline prices to rise to the $5-plus levels found in Europe so he can continue to justify his unproductive and unprofitable “green energy” subsidies?
Or for big-picture ideas like urging Americans to inflate their tires properly, tune-up their cars regularly and walk, rather than drive, to the unemployment office?
For his “lead from behind” foreign-relations policies which are diminishing America’s influence and alliances throughout the world? Or for beginning to gut America’s military to redirect the money into financially unsustainable entitlement programs?
For trying to trample the constitutional rights of every American of every religious and political persuasion through the “individual mandate” and contraception coverage provisions in his budget-busting 2,700-page Obamacare legislation?
Mr. Collier’s statistics are concrete and color-blind, not “racist trash talk.” If you are a thinking person — whether liberal or conservative — these statistics should make you seriously weigh the cost of another four years of Obama’s misguided rule. Or another term for his senatorial pal, Claire McCaskill.
In Obama, we have a president who is pursuing his own version of “The American Dream,” shaped by his left-leaning education and mentors. This includes years attending a church whose radical pastor defamed America to his congregation rather than say “God bless America.”
Unfortunately, Obama defines America and its free-enterprise economy in terms of oppression and exploitation rather than freedom and opportunity. His priorities of the past three years reflect that.
Mr. Collier’s statistics clearly show the failure of Obama’s policies. According to Real Clear Politics, recent polls show that 60 percent of voters think America is “headed in the wrong direction.”
This is your America, not Obama’s, and not Claire McCaskill’s.
Are you really excited about where it’s headed?
Stephen Brewer operates his own business providing marketing research and marketing consulting to law firms in the U.S. and Canada. Reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Midwest Voices, c/o Editorial Page, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108.