If you have read me for very long, you know a few things about my political leanings, which I don’t hesitate to espouse now and then. I’m a free-market conservative that believes in smaller government, balanced budgets and lower taxes, just to name a few.
President Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States, and that alone is something all of us can be proud of. Yet if you’re a regular reader, you know that I don’t care for President Obama’s policies, and that’s putting it mildly. In fact, I think he should go down as one of the worst US presidents in my lifetime.
His policies, domestic and foreign, overall have been very bad for America. This was not some fluke; his policy intentions were clear from the beginning; and I warned my clients and readers about this repeatedly during the presidential campaign in 2008.
I pointed out back then that Barack Obama was not your garden-variety liberal, that he was a far-left ideologue who believes America does not deserve the power and influence it has around the world.
As such, it was Obama’s mission to bring America down a notch or two (or more) during his presidency. I think it’s clear that he succeeded on multiple levels. While America still stands as the world’s only Superpower, our status in much of the world has diminished significantly over the last eight years.
On that note alone, I believe President Obama has been bad for America. I recognize that some of you will disagree with me, and that’s certainly OK. When it comes to my political views, I have never expected everyone to agree with me.
Today is effectively President Obama’s last day in office. Thank goodness from my point of view! But whether you agree with me or not, there are some unmistakable and undeniable facts about Mr. Obama’s legacy.
While the media won’t say it, he has been a DISASTER for the Democratic Party.
Case in point:
- Since his inauguration in 2009, roughly 1,100 elected Democrats nationwide have been ousted by Republicans. Democrats lost their majorities in both the US House and Senate.
- Democrats now hold just 18 of the 50 governorships, and only 31 of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers. This loss is unprecedented.
- In 2010, two years after electing him president, voters trounced Obama’s party, handing Democrats the biggest mid-term losses in 72 years.
- Obama was re-elected in 2012, but by nearly four million fewer votes than in his first election, making him the only president ever to win a second term with shrunken margins in both the popular and electoral vote.
- Two years later in 2014, with Obama imploring voters, “My policies are on the ballot — every single one of them,” Democrats were clobbered again.
- And in 2016, as he campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton, Obama was increasingly adamant that his legacy was at stake. He told campaign rallies in a frequent refrain, “I’m not on this ballot, but everything we’ve done these last eight years is on the ballot.”
- The voters heard him out, and once more turned him down, electing Donald Trump by a wide margin in the Electoral College.
- After eight years under Obama, the GOP is stronger than at any time since the 1920s, and the outgoing president’s party is in tatters, with no obvious leader to take over.
- Lastly, our national debt has doubled on Obama’s watch, from $10 trillion to $20 trillion, in less than eight years. No other president has come remotely close to racking up that kind of debt.
One of the best summaries of President Obama’s tenure in the White House appeared last week, in of all places, The Boston Globe, written by columnist Jeff Jacoby, a nationally recognized conservative.
On this last day of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House, I’m going to cut this Blog a little short and encourage you to read Mr. Jacoby’s latest excellent column entitled:
At Home and Abroad, Obama’s Trail of Disasters
With all the accolades President Obama is heaping upon himself as he leaves office, I feel the need to speak out to the contrary on this day. My condolences to the Obama supporters in the audience.
01-19-2017 3:56 PM
Gary D. Halbert