Obama Forced a Change Nobody Wanted
by ALAN CARUBA
June 9, 2012
Barack Hussein Obama promised to transform America with an ill-defined message of change during his 2008 campaign. As Americans discovered what that change involved, they began to reject it. It was a change to the Left, to liberalism, to socialism.
The first sign of rejection was the 2010 election when voters returned power in the House of Representatives to Republicans. Since the 2006 midterm elections that gave the Democratic Party a sweeping victory and elevated Nancy Pelosi as the first woman to become Speaker of the House, Americans have had an opportunity to experience the liberal agenda and they don't like it.
They didn't like the way Obama wasted 2009 on pushing his socialization of one sixth of the nation's economy with Obamacare, a bill then-Speaker Pelosi told voters that the bill would have to be passed so they "could see what was in it." Soon enough the Supreme Court will render a decision on its constitutionality and the likely outcome is that it will be struck down.
The voters didn't like Obama's massive "stimulus" redistribution of their taxes that included a bailout of General Motors and Chrysler that could have been avoided by simply allowing them to go through the normal process of bankruptcy and restructuring. Instead, Obama screwed their creditors, normally the first in line to be compensated for their losses, and gave the auto unions a seat on the auto companies' boards of directors, erasing the line between management and unions.
Recall, too, that the 2006 elections reflected the dissatisfaction of voters with the long years of wars in Afghanistan and, in particular, in Iraq. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, just before the national elections, combined with the unalloyed worship of a completely unknown Illinois Senator, the outcome was the election of Obama.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Now the shame of the failure to address the financial crisis in time-tested and proven ways is Obama's. He could have cut taxes. Instead he pushed for an end to the Bush tax cuts and talked endlessly about raising taxes on "millionaires and billionaires." In point of fact, his tax programs were and are aimed at the middle class. He could have cut government spending. Instead he increased it with all manner of phony schemes such as "cash for clunkers."
Since 2009 Obama has added four trillion dollars to the nation's debt and has presided over the first, historic downgrade of America's triple-A credit rating. The continuing news of taxpayer losses in his administration's disastrous "investments" in solar and other "clean energy" firms that continue to fail has added to the clear perception of an ideologically driven agenda that is out of touch with reality.
The victory of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, barely five months before the forthcoming November elections is yet another reason to celebrate the rejection of Obama and his policies that have given the nation 42 months of an unemployment rate that is unprecedented since the Great Depression. Gov. Walker's election signals the decline of the union movement and his reforms resulted in tens of thousands of union members choosing to leave the unions in Wisconsin.
The realization that unions, in particular the public service unions, have raped the public coffers of states, marks a turning point that will result in reforms that will greatly aid recovery. The millions the union movement poured into the defeat of Gov. Walker are millions that have been diverted from Obama's reelection.
USA Today reported that "The residents of only nine states have returned their economies to the level that existed before the downturn struck at the end of 2007-and most of those states are energy producers." The nation runs on the energy that the oil, coal, natural gas, and nuclear provide. Obama has waged a war on oil and coal in particular and the public has taken notice of how insane this policy has been.
The outcome of the Wisconsin elections has not been lost on the Democratic Party. It will now be in full panic mode and Americans will be subjected to a campaign of lies intended to distract and deceive them.
Obama can no longer blame former President Bush for his failures, cannot blame events in Europe, and cannot blame Mother Nature. He has only himself to blame. Voters from the Left to the Right know this. Except for the hardcore liberal base and the mainstream media, the rest are ready to reject Obama.
© Alan Caruba, 2012