Give us something to believe in
President Obama has the most impressive list of legislative accomplishments of any Democratic president since Lyndon B. Johnson. Health-care, stimulus, financial reform, and other Obama achievements will definitely put him in the history books. Yet, Obama is a victim of his own success. The White House seems convinced if the president gets credit for what he and the Democratic Congress have done then all will be well by November.
But to the public, Obama's legislation was supposed to be about restoring health to the economy. It hasn't happened. The economy is rotten; unemployment is stuck at 10 percent but is closer to 18 percent when you add the partially employed and those that just gave up looking for work. The latest report for this month is an additional 500,000 (July) have applied for unemployment the largest number so far. Unemployment now stands at 15 million and climbing.
Obama and the Democrats over-promised. They rose expectations to high and under delivered. Deeply disappointing Americans further by expanding the gap between the people and Washington. Obama's approval rating has fallen to a new low of 42 percent.
In lieu of taking care of business in Washington, he prefers taking yet another vacation, goes on the campaign trail, where several of his own Democrats don't want him. He traveled to Detroit in late July to defend the bailout of the auto industry and tout its incipient revival. In an Aug. 18 speech at a reception for Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, his message was clear.
"It will take a few years to fully dig ourselves out of this recession. And it will take time to bring back the 15 million jobs that have been lost. But here's what I can tell you," he added, "after 18 months, I have never been more confident that our nation is headed in the right direction to go forward.''
What planet is this man living on I ask? The problem is his message doesn't seem to be winning over the many unhappy voters; too many lies, broken promises, and non-action on critical issues facing America.
Meanwhile, Republicans didn't like any of the Obama legislation to begin with. They predicted it would fail, and now they are mad it passed. Republicans are itching to show up and cast a vote in what they see as a referendum on the Obama administration. That's the name of the game in this message-sending midterm election. But only about 40 percent of adults will vote this year, compared to 63 percent in the 2008 election that put Obama in the White House. Who are the 20 percent or so not showing up? Disproportionately, they will be Democrats, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents including Tea Party activists!
For the majority of Americans, it is just more political rhetoric and the slogan, "It would be so much worse if we hadn't passed our bills" is not exactly inspiring. Americans see a dismal economic reality in their homes, neighborhoods, cities every day, and reality always overwhelms rhetoric on Election Day. Obama's message on the economy will begin to work, if and only, when Americans are working and not until then. Unfortunately, for the Democrats, they are unlikely to see any economic miracles before Nov. 2.
Looking at the past failures of stimulus, cash for clunkers, financial reform, economy, health care, BP oil disaster, defeat in Afghanistan, siding with and approving the invasion of America by Mexico against Arizona, and now a Mosque near ground zero? Americans see it all as failures against their wishes perpetrated by this President and his administration, which is way too much to swallow or believe in any longer.
This administration and all incumbents have to go if America and its constitution are to survive.