We are now two days away from electing the next government of the United States. Will the voters reelect the current administration, or change the administration? At this point in time, it is too close to call.
Criteria should be more performance based than on the mudslinging ads and snarky comments of the candidates. For me, the overriding questions that I have are:
- Are you better off now than four years ago?
- Have the politician’s in office kept their promises and taken responsibility for any and all actions & decisions?
For both of the above questions, my answer is a resounding “NO!” Let me explain:
Four years ago, I was employed by Chrysler which was on the verge of collapse. I took a buyout, and was promised a job elsewhere. Due to circumstances beyond my control, the job offer was withdrawn, and I spent the next ten months looking for a job in a depressed job market that was getting worse each week. I finally found a position that would compensate me at a rate 25% below that of my previous position and am working longer hours as well. On top of that, my wife lost her job two years later, and is not able to find employment anywhere else due to the soft economy. So no, my household is not better off than what it was four years ago – in fact, it’s worse.
Our chief politician in chief, Barack Obama, has made many, many promises concerning the economic policies of his administration and how he was going to reform government to work better and for the people. His campaign promises and the reality are as far apart as can be. For instance:
- One of the reasons stated for passing the massive stimulus bill was that it would keep unemployment below the 8% mark. In fact, unemployment has remained at or above 8% for all but the last two months of this president’s term.
- Another reason for passing the stimulus bill was that there were a number of “shovel-ready” jobs just waiting for funding. However, two years later after passage, President Obama admitted that there were no such jobs.
- President Obama promised to work with members of the opposition party, but has done little or nothing but antagonize and shut out the Republicans with the the words “We won” as the reason for steamrolling bills and laws through Congress without Republican support.
- President Obama vowed to cut the national debt by half. Instead, the national debt has skyrocketed, and the credit rating of the United States has been downgraded as a result.
- A promise of transparency in government was a plank in Obama’s platform. Yet, when there was a majority of Democrats in both Houses of Congress and in the White House, deals concerning national healthcare (aka ObamaCare) were held behind closed doors, earmarks and pork were rampant, and a 2,700-page bill was passed virtually unread.
- The further promise of listening to the People was also ignored as evidenced by multiple outcries during various townhalls discussing ObamaCare. A statement during one of the townhalls was this one:
“I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no!”
- Then there is the apparent cover-up of the Benghazi situation of where al-Qaeda apparently is alive and well despite the killing of Bin-Laden and the Administrations statements to the contrary
Readers of this blog know that I am no fan of President Obama, but I try to be objective concerning any president of either party. I did not agree with President Bush’s actions concerning Iraq or Afghanistan, and I flamed President Clinton for not keeping it in his pants. I will give credit where credit is due, but the bottom line is that this sitting President has not done enough in keeping his campaign promises or upholding the Constitution of the United States to keep his job. After all, he stated in 2009 concerning reviving the economy:
“You know, a year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress but there is still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Hold President Obama to his statement – vote for his opposition, Mitt Romney, who has both a plan and the experience to make it happen.