I've been thinking for awhile now about what type of blog posting I would make to assess the eight years of Barack Hussein Obama. It is tempting to do a total take-down -- a no-holds-barred invective against a person I have been opposed to from the start. I could type for hours with a rant against his wrongheaded policies, hypocrisy, narcissism and arrogance. But that stuff gets old. In the spirit of that old Shakespeare adage, "Brevity is the soul of wit," I am going to keep this brief.
I won't dwell on Obama's doubling of the national debt, the worsening of race relations, the horrendous cop killings occurring simultaneously with Obama's frequent hosting of Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter in the White House, or the administration's absurd obsession with climate change as the largest threat we face. Following are a few of Obama's greatest hits -- "hits" meaning inflictions on Americans, as opposed to Billboard Top 100 tunes.
-- Obamacare - This convoluted program started as sloppily written legislation passed under dubious circumstances in the middle of the night back in March 2010. The roll-out was a disaster, and the program has resulted in millions of people facing exorbitant premiums, sky-high deductibles and restrictions on their choice of doctors. President Obama's lies to sell the program were multitudinous. And many of the newly insured people under Obamacare have simply been added to the Medicaid rolls, which in many states are unsustainable from a fiscal standpoint.
-- A sickly economy. Obamacare was a primary driver of a very anemic economic recovery. Obama will be the first president since Herbert Hoover to never have achieved 3 percent GDP growth in a single year. The supposedly 4.7 percent unemployment rate is highly misleading, since nearly 95 million adults are not in the labor force. And perhaps most damning, many of the new jobs created under Obama have been part-time, temporary, low-wage, and contract type positions. This is because under the so-called Affordable Health Care Act, a full-time job is considered one that averages just 30 hours per week. Companies with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees are mandated to provide healthcare coverage. Hence their reluctance to hire full-time workers.
-- An Orwellian sense of justice. Starting with a despicably partisan and corrupt Department of Justice but also including other agencies such as the IRS and EPA, this administration has bent over backwards to throw the book at political enemies and minor players who end up getting harsh sentences obscenely out of proportion to their alleged offenses. Two prime examples are the hapless filmmaker wrongfully jailed because an anti-Islam film he produced allegedly precipitated the attack on the U.S. consulate and four dead Americans in Benghazi, Libya (a heinous lie); and author/filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's year of confinement, five years of probation, and mandatory community service for a minor campaign finance violation. D'Souza was also ordered to receive "therapeutic counseling." At the same time, Obama has commuted the sentences of hundreds of convicted felons, many of whom dealt drugs that resulted in deaths, violence and misery in the black communities Obama supposedly cares about. Additionally, Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning (nee, Bradley Manning), who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act for disclosing thousands of sensitive and classified documents to Wikileaks.
-- Betrayal of Israel. It's pretty clear Obama is anti-semitic. He has treated Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu shabbily, and was undoubtedly behind the United States' decision not to veto a disastrous U.N. Security Council resolution that places the Middle East's only democracy in grave danger. The renowned historian Gisele Littman (pen name Bat Ye'or), calls the resolution "a victory for jihad."
-- Middle East Catastrophe. As if stabbing Israel in the back wasn't bad enough, the administration withdrew troops prematurely from Iraq, tearing asunder a nation that was well on the road to stability and facilitating the growth of Islamofasicst groups such as ISIS. Additionally, Obama's gang of incompetents tried and failed to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and also overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, destabilizing Libya and turning it into a terrorist rat's nest. The administration's "policies" in Syria have been erratic and destructive, which also has helped ISIS thrive. The cruelty, suffering, starvation and inhumane conditions throughout the Middle East caused a mass exodus of refugees who have flooded Europe and torn at the fabric of nations such as Germany, France and England. Terrorism is on the rise in western Europe, thanks to the erudite Harvard Law grad with the uber ego and way too much self-confidence.
-- Iran arms deal. This horrible deal could easily fit into the betrayal of Israel or warped justice categories, but it deserves to stand on ts own. The administration is easing sanctions against the pariah nation, allowing it to sell oil on the open market, and has pumped $1.7 billion into Iran. We had our boot on Iran's neck for decades, and the nation weakening. But we not only let up, we are facilitating Iran's development of nuclear weapons, and naively letting the jihadists have their way with laughably weak monitoring protocols to ensure they keep their part of the bargain.
-- The Bowe Bergdahl Trade. Time and again, Obama has demonstrated himself to be a lousy negotiator, and this case was certainly no exception. Bergdahl was a military deserter whose illegal actions resulted in the deaths of several of his fellow soldiers when they searched for him after he went missing. The administration saw fit to trade five Taliban war criminals for Bergdahl. This outrageous deal defies logic. There's only one thing that explains it: The strange mind of Barack Obama.
-- No to Keystone Pipeline, Yes to Green Fantasies. The administration put the kabosh on the Keystone Pipeline, which would have brought tar sands oil from Canada to American refineries and provided jobs. At the same time, the Department of Energy pumped lots of money into ill-fated solar and wind projects that could not survive on their own without government subsidies. Solyndra was just one example of hundreds of millions of dollars squandered. Obama cronies got to line their pockets on the taxpayers' dime. But as is often the case, no one was indicted, arrested or convicted.
Well, I've had about enough. I wanted to keep this post brief, but it's almost impossible given the vast amount of mismanagement and failure to address. Suffice it to say, I think we've had about all of the hope and change we can stand. I am extremely pleased that our statist president is leaving. Best wishes to Barack Obama and his family, but thank God this man will no longer be president in a few hours!