While it is not my intention to make this a political blog by any means, let’s face it, there’s no clearer antithesis to reasonable, frugal living than government. Irresponsible government spending has brought the European Union to the brink of ruin, and the United States is following directly down the same path. Worse, we in America have an entire political party that thrives on promoting individual dependency and entitlement spending, all of which is driving an appalling 16 trillion dollar national debt.
As we approach election day in the USA, I am truly dumbfounded as to how the current President can be so competitive in polling. I would never have thought that a President could preside over four consecutive years of 8 percent unemployment, 16 trillion dollars of national debt, 47 million food stamp recipients, and citizens standing on seemingly every major street corner holding signs begging for money, and still enjoy the vote of half the nation.
Equally troubling is how such a fundamentally dishonest man could enjoy the support that Obama continues to manage. Along this line, allow me to share the following piece of historical trivia. Please take the challenge and then circulate to your friends so that we will all remember what an unmitigated, hypocritical fraud this man has proven to be:
An Historical Challenge for Obama Supporters
Barack Obama was elected into office on the promise of Hope and Change. Transparency and accountability in government, an end to special interests and earmarks, and a healing from economic crisis were but some of the grandiose goals of this supreme statesman. Additionally, he was widely heralded for his tremendous intelligence and Churchillian oratory skills.
As we near the end of the first term of President Obama’s historic presidency, now is a good time to pause and reflect on some of his more memorable quotes. Test your knowledge of Barack Obama’s historic presidency by seeing how well you can chronologize the following of the Great One’s quotations:
A. “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
B. “We measure progress by how many people have a job that can pay the mortgage.”
C. “We’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means, instead of leaving debt for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”
D. Credited his uncle with being one of first American troops to liberate Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.
E. “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes – and I see many of them in the audience here today. . .”
HINT: Each of the above two statements were made during the same Memorial Day holiday.
F. “I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that.”
G. “I will also hold myself to a new standard of openness.”
H. “We are going to ban all earmarks.”
I. “Let me be clear: done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal funding to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination.”
J. When asked why he did not immediately decry the executive bonuses paid by AIG in the wake of its 85 billion dollar government bailout, indignantly said, “Because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”
K. In televised press conference, gratuitously announced that the Cambridge, Massachusetts police clearly acted “stupidly” in arresting a mouthy, chip-on-the-shoulder, race-baiting, asshole who refused to prove that he owned the house he had just broken into moments before.
L. “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
M. Announced that he had campaigned in “57 states,” (with “one left to go.)
N. “The private sector is doing fine.”
O. “We tried their plan. Our plan worked. That’s the difference.”
P. Referred, twice in a single speech, to a brave navy “Corpse-man (sic).”
Q. Extended thanks to our brave “navy corpse men on the ground in Afghanistan.”
NOTE: Careful, this was a separate speech from that referenced in P.
R. Announced that gay couples should be allowed to marry one another after three years of maintaining that they should be limited to civil unions.
S. Told Israel it should give up the occupied territories to nut Arabs who have repeatedly, in various combinations of countries, attempted to attack the country.
T. In discussing his coming health care reform efforts, promised not to negotiate behind closed doors and to, in fact, broadcast negotiations on C-Span and “streaming over the net” so that the American people can see what the choices are; distinguished his promised transparent process from the Clintons’ earlier health care reform efforts, which took place “behind closed doors.”
NOTE: If fairness, let’s drop this one from consideration since it was made so many times that no single date can fairly be identified.
M. 5/08/2008 – Brilliant remark made during early months of the world’s smartest man’s campaign.
D/E 5/27/2008 — Auschwitz, of course, was actually liberated by the Russian Red Army, and it is kind of hard to see men who have been dead for decades, but why let facts interfere with a great speech?
B. 8/28/2008 – And since the Whiz Kid uttered these confident words of wisdom, the nation’s unemployment rate has steadily exploded to its recent level of 8.3 percent.
F. 11/16/2008 – As the Great One said, he made this promise many, many times. Surprising how Gitmo is still open for business.
H. 1/06/2009 – How wonderful. Who would have thought a President could ban all earmarks in this day and age? That’s what I call change we can believe in.
G. 1/20/2009 – Made his first day in office, the promise was made even as his college admissions records and transcripts, medical records, his wife’s hate-thesis, and his secret service records were withheld from public disclosure. All of these records, by the way, remain under lock and key to this day, by the same man who invoked “Executive Privilege” to deny access to Fast and Furious documents and who continues to deny access to videotape (and any explanation) of the Benghazi terrorist attack).
A. 2/02/2009 – Said in a no-brainer tone of voice, Obama made it clear that he would turn the economy and job markets around in three years. So, are four years of eight percent unemployment getting it done? If not, shouldn’t Obama be held to his own forecast of his fate?
C. 2/12/2009 – Three years and SIX TRILLION additional dollars in debt later, we are apparently still waiting to get serious.
I. 3/11/2009 – The Hypocrite in Chief gave this explanation after signing his federal stimulus bill containing 9,000 earmarks totaling five billion dollars. Compare to his earth-shaking promise of two months earlier (see H above).
J. 3/24/2009 — Sounds good to me; shouldn’t we all want to know what we’re talking about before we speak? Keep reading.
K. 7/22/2009 – Of course this rush to judgment came seconds after the Great One himself admitted that he didn’t have all the facts.
Q, 10/26/2009 – An easy enough mistake from our Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
P. 2/4/2010 – If you are going to make an idiot of yourself, even with your cherished teleprompter, you might as well go for the trifecta.
S. 5/19/2011 — And so the great diplomat, who promised to restore America’s image abroad, managed to piss off our greatest ally next to Great Britain.
R. 5/12/2012 – Our brave, principled leader reaches this sudden epiphany the day after gay voters huff, puff, cry, and moan at North Carolina decision to become the 31st state to pass a Constitutional Amendment refusing to recognize gay marriage.
N. 6/8/2012 – Of course, this brilliant statement was uttered during the third consecutive year of 8+ percent unemployment, 45 million Americans on food stamps, 6 trillion dollars of new debt, record downgrading of U.S. credit, record foreclosures, etc.
L. 7/13/2012 – Makes sense coming from a man who had been handed every job he’s ever had.
O. 7/24/2012 – See N above.
Please America, put politics aside and hold this failure accountable.
ADDENDUM: By the way, another promise of the President’s party was to pass legislation to control and possibly prevent the type of unconscionable arbitration agreements that companies like Paypal have imposed on consumers. Chalk that up as another broken promise.