Obama’s Record: Words Versus Actions
Mike, The Conservative Minority
Many on the left are touting Obama’s record on job creation versus that of President Bush. While job creation is certainly one important metric by which to grade any president, that alone should not be the deciding factor when determining if a sitting president should be re-elected. It is even difficult to compare Bush to Obama because Bush's time in office was peppered with one crisis after another whereas Obama has really had to deal with only one crisis - a weak economy.
Let's take a trip down
memory lane, shall we? Bush inherited
a recession from
Then the nation took a hit from the Mortgage crisis; a looming crisis that both the Republicans in Congress and the Bush Administration tried to stop from happening in 2001, 2003, and again in 2005. Each time they tried to address the root cause of the mortgage crisis they were thwarted by the Democrats (specifically Barney Frank and Chris Dodd). If you research the roots of the mortgage crisis, you will find that the Clinton Administration used the Justice Department to strong-arm banks into making loans that were unsustainable.
This crisis led to another recession that Obama did indeed inherit (however, it is interesting that Democrats handed a Democrat President a Democrat engineered crisis). However, when Obama took office unemployment was in the 7% range, the national average gas price was $1.85 a gallon, and the federal government actually had a budget. Obama campaigned on a message of hope and change and many people believed that he would get the nation back on the right track. However, once in office, he doubled down on the failed economic policies of the past, policies that never worked for FDR or LBJ.
Instead of reducing regulations and making it easier to do business in the United States he made it harder; instead of encouraging domestic production of oil, natural gas, and coal he slapped gulf oil producers with a moratorium, reduced drilling on federal lands by as much as 70%, and blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline. Instead of working with congress to pass a sensible budget and tax plan that would allow businesses to make long term plans and know what they can expect he used federal debt limit and taxation as a campaign issue in 2010 which eventually led to the GOP retaking the House in the November election. Instead of taking steps to ensure our long term national security through strong defense and alliances he has hampered our missile defense development, cut our nuclear deterrent, killed the F-22, cut defense spending, and alienated our strong allies Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
Obama has said one thing and done another and he is at it again. We cannot allow ourselves to be fooled! Under Obama’s watch unemployment shot up to 10.2%, millions of people have given up looking for work (which artificially makes unemployment look like its going down), gas prices have gone through the roof, the world is less safe (Arab spring became Arab winter and Iran is on the verge of obtaining Nuclear Weapons), the government has been operating without a budget for over 1000 days (the longest period of time in our nations history), and the national debt has snowballed (Obama has added more to the national debt in three years that Bush did in eight).
It is time for a candidate who has real world experience as a leader and job creator in the private sector. It is time for someone who has a track record of establishing a vision, creating a plan, and obtaining results. It is time for Mitt Romney.
About the Author: Mike is an
experienced manager working for both Fortune 50 companies and mid-sized
corporations. He also teaches college
courses and volunteers his time for causes he believes in. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Management