A Scorecard Of Negatives, A Menace To Our
Investor's Business Daily
March 17, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Worse than Nixon, Carter and Clinton.
By any rational standard, Barack Obama gets an F for job
performance and should on that basis alone either
resign or be voted out ASAP before he does further harm.
Obama is a strange man who often seems not to be paying attention.
Does he have a second job and work for America only part time?
Is he real or virtual?
Other nations no longer look to America's mysterious president
for leadership. "President Obama stands mostly mute at
the sidelines like a perfectly groomed mannequin," reports
Matthew d'Ancona of the U.K.'s Telegraph.
So faint and fumbling is Obama that even his hard-core lefty
colleagues are forced to avert their eyes in embarrassment.
An exasperated Richard Cohen at the Washington Post blurted
out the truth regarding the president: "Like a picture
hung in the sun, he fades over time."
Columnist Ruth Marcus no longer seems comfortable in her
"progressive" skin; it has been sullied by Obama.
She now lampoons him for being "missing in action"
on issues vital to America's financial standing and moral
In their own way, many liberals care deeply about this country;
it's just that they think they and a bunch of bumbling bureaucrats
can run our lives better than we can. Big mistake!
President Obama the worst-case example has
not done one single thing to make America better off. His
presidential scorecard is all negatives, a mixture of strikeouts,
bunts, pop flies and game-losing errors so dumb and off-base
they must be deliberate. Why else would he spend us into bankruptcy
and lower our flag of freedom?
Obama's foreign policy is a moral and intellectual outrage.
People in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in that region seek liberty
and need help. But from Obama they get flabby babble that
means nothing or is too little, too late and grudging. He
is condemning whole populations to further enslavement
and pushing millions of people into the arms of bin Laden,
thereby pointing a gun right back at America's head.
Obama's cruel hypocrisy is a version of the anti-colonialist,
noninterventionist hooey that South Africa's former President
Thabo Mbeki used as an excuse for letting Robert Mugabe murder
and starve millions of people in neighboring Zimbabwe. Like
Obama today, Mbeki cynically claimed to be pursuing a brand
of diplomacy "softly, softly," always passing the
buck to toothless international tribunals. Meanwhile, Mugabe
continued the mayhem.
Obama is as a matter of principle reluctant to interfere with
the evil plans of despots not even the mullahs in Iran
who threaten nuclear holocaust but he does not hesitate
to impose harmful, downright bizarre "solutions"
on innocent Americans.
He spent trillions of dollars to create a mountain of debt
and a few temporary make-work jobs but, guess what?
The debt must be repaid with tax increases that will destroy
millions of real private-sector jobs for years to come. Smart
Paying interest on $14 trillion (soon to be $20 trillion)
of debt is becoming one of the biggest items in the budget.
By 2020, interest will be Obama's new trillion-dollar-a-year
"entitlement" program (payable mostly to the Chinese
and Obama's bailed-out banker buddies on Wall Street). Never
mind about Social Security and Medicare; the bankers must
be paid first.
Obama talks airily about creating "green jobs,"
but what he's really doing is outlawing carbon fuels and destroying
all the high-paying jobs in America's manufacturing sector.
Through the combination of stultifying regulations, Obama-created
high energy prices (gas may soon hit $5) and the sheer in
terrorem effect of his continued presence in the White House,
the president is "resetting" America's economy to
operate at a low GDP growth rate that for the foreseeable
future is insufficient to provide jobs for our growing population.
Unless Republicans quickly succeed in cutting back federal
spending and downsizing government despite Obama's
opposition and unless they repeal ObamaCare, Americans
face a bleak future of massive tax increases, lower living
standards, government-run and rationed health care
and a gradual loss of personal freedom.
President Nixon was driven from office for lying about a two-bit
burglary and other dirty tricks on Democrats. President Clinton
was impeached by the House and almost convicted by the Senate
for lying about Monica Lewinsky. President Carter was sent
packing after only one term for being weak-kneed abroad and
economically destructive at home.
Obama traduces the truth daily and has already done more damage
to the U.S. than Nixon, Carter and Clinton combined
and the worst may be yet to come. The man is a public menace
who should be kept under political quarantine.
Christian, an attorney, was a deputy assistant
secretary of the Treasury in the Ford administration. Robbins,
an economist, served at the Treasury Department in the Reagan