POTUS DOES THE FOXTROT
Two small steps forward, then slide to the left.
If it’s a day of the week that ends with ‘Y’, you can rest assured that President Obama is blaming somebody for something, and it turns out today is Thursday. The target du jour is Fox News, but with a different twist this time: In a post election interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama lamented that it wasn’t ‘ONLY’ Fox News, it’s “every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country” who have been named as co conspirators by POTUS himself for having Fox News on their televisions. Just this past Nov 5th Obama let Bill Maher in on a little secret and said “Look if I watched Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me either.” Was that an admission? Let’s take a little trip down memory lane and see how responsible Fox News is for the failures of the democrat party.
The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act of 2009: Back in 2009 Obama pushed aggressively for an $800 BILLION stimulus bill (the economic recovery act) and urged congress to pass it by assuring them that thousands of projects across the country were just waiting to be tapped and thousands of “shovel ready” jobs would flow out like Niagara Falls. All my fellow Honeymooner’s fans out there know exactly what comes next, the delicious mystery appetizer was dog food. As it turns out, president Obama’s “shovel ready” jobs plan was also ‘dog food’, but this time it came with an $800 BILLION tasting fee! For those of you who are not quite sure what “shovel ready” means, it’s basically when the bull crap is so gosh darned deep you need a shovel to… nah, just messin’ with you. It’s a term that connotes that all preliminary work is done, “i”s dotted, “t”s crossed and permits in place – all that separated the heart wrenching misery from extreme Utopia was money, money and more money. In fact, according to one of President Obama’s Secretary of Utopia, Jeff Paniaiti, all systems were GO: “They’ve addressed all the environmental requirements as required,” Paniati says. “They’ve done the necessary public outreach. In many cases, the design work is already completed … and that they’re on an approved state list.” Again all they needed was the “money”.
Let’s fast forward 2 years, $800 BILLION and virtually ZERO jobs later to 2011 at President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Durham NC., yes… he really had a jobs council. Jeffrey Immelt, Obama’s jobs Czar explained to Obama that the permitting process can delay projects for “months to years … and in many cases even cause projects to be abandoned … I’m sure that when you implemented the Recovery Act your staff briefed you on many of these challenges.” At this point, Obama smiled and interjected, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.” The Council, led by GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, erupted in laughter. A real knee slapper. So no jobs, no shovels and no more $800 BILLION. Was Fox News responsible for issuing permits, or shovels? No. Did Fox News steal the stimulus funds? No. Did Fox news lie about the Recovery Act in any way ? No. So far Fox liability = ZERO.
2009: NASA, and it’s Muslim Outreach Space Program: With Biden and Holder already on the team, Obama went with the Scrabble method for choosing the NASA administrator. Hmmm – need a perfect mix of Biden’s puerility and Holder’s penchant for racial politics – let’s see I’ve got a B,I,O,D,L,E, and an N – Got a word! Bolden! And so it was written, Charles Bolden for NASA Chief to boldly take us where no man has gone before. Was it GOING TO be Mars, back to the Moon, Klingon perhaps…No, not even close, it was warp factor 3, destination the Middle East. Bolden, in an interview with none other than Al Jazeera, said his “FOREMOST” mission as chief of America’s SPACE EXPLORATION agency, was to “improve relations with the Muslim world” and to “make them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering.” I don’t remember Fox News having a role in Obama’s change of course for NASA, Obama’s decision to defund the Constellation program, or the 5 year freeze on the NASA budget.
2010: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: By the way, have you noticed that the longer and more descriptive the title, the more deceitful the contents are? But I digress. I know for certain that it was Obama himself who was running around the country selling this gem like a Sham Wow infomercial, and although he may have coined the brilliant tag line ” If you like your doctor you get to keep your doctor, if you like your plan, you get to keep it – I can not give him all the credit since he had a partner in a high place. Enter Nancy Pelosi, who so eloquently graced us with the most memorable quote since JFK said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Nancy Pelosi said this, about the 28 zillion page bill that almost nobody even bothered or had the man hours to read: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
Following that polished, thoughtful and informative sales presentation, there was still doubt lingering in the mist from pain in the butt pragmatists, realists and scholars of common sense to win over and all doubt needed to be romoved. Being the diplomat and stateswoman that she is, coupled with the fact that she had the White House behind her and a solid majority in both the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi – without a single republican on board- took the diplomatic approach by saying THIS: “We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in but we’re going to get health care reform passed for the America people.” Needless to say, that brilliant piece of ‘forced’ legislation was neither “shovel ready”, nor the fault of Fox News! I can’t find any evidence that Fox News authored or promoted this bill. Plan prices and deductibles are now rising faster than Al Gore’s blood pressure on a massage table.
Let’s take a look at the overall damage done to the Democrat party under Obama’s leadership and guidance. Though managing to win the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 respectively, there was something larger bubbling under the surface; the overall party has lost approximately 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, over 900 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers and 12 governorships. Whoa! There are no typos in that last sentence, so just how is it that a president who appears to be so popular, is so damaging to the entire party?
Maybe he’s really not as popular as we are led to believe, maybe his relatively high favorability numbers pertain only to his personal likability and boyish charm, maybe there’s a racial component since he is the 1st African American president… hard to tell, but one thing is for certain; There is not a failed policy, bill, executive action or political strategy that is ever President Obama’s fault. If it’s a terror attack in the name of Islam- it’s the gun, knife, automobile, pressure cooker or underwear bomb’s fault. With the devastating failure of the Affordable Care Act, it’s the insurance company’s, non insurance buying, healthy millennials’and aging sick seniors’ fault. With respect to the American Recovery Act, it was congress’ failure to raise taxes on small business, coroprations for not hiring enough new workers, permits, EPA, Climate change and the earthquake in Japan. No one expects any one man to be perfect or right all the time, but a strong effective leader should be able to admit when he/she is wrong, fix it and move forward- we have not seen any hint of these qualities in President Obama, and that , I believe is the reason for the fall of the democrat party.It’s ok I guess, to divert responsibility once in a while when the majority of your actions are deemed effective and successful, but not after 8 years of continual and consecutive misfires.
Fox News Did Not:
Introduce and force the Affordable Care Act on the American People.
Indirectly force businesses to put workers on part time status.
Allow globalization to drain American manufacturing jobs out of the US.
Sit idly by and watch as American businesses move to Mexico.
Lobby for the Muslim Brotherhood to take control of Egypt.
Reject international help to clean up BP spill.
Give Obamacare exemptions to unions and supporters of the bill.
Fill the White House with lobbyists and inexperienced Academics.
Shut down all debate on “man made global warming”.
Increase the defecit by almost $10 Trillion.
Ask the IRS to target conservative groups, then taint the ensuing investigation. Even if by only a “smidgen”.
Send F16 fighter jets to Egypt.
Initiate the NSA spying program.
Blame a video for the Benghazi attack.
Cover up the “fast and furious” program.
Call Fort Hood terror shooting “workplace violence”.
Bypass immigration laws.
Or appoint Hillary Clinton as Sec. Of State. To name a few.
Looking back to 2008 at his vast national support, coupled with energy, charm and charisma, President Obama had the chance to become one of the greatest presidents in American history or perhaps the greatest – if only he could have harnessed all those rare qualities and focused on real solutions with national backing and bipartisan support, instead of forcing a flawed ideology on not only America, but the rest of the world as well. They say history repeats itself from time to time and judging by the similarities in the respective Carter and Obama administrations, it might be that time again. Somebody once said “the 1980’s are calling and they want their foreign policy back”, well they’re calling again, and emailing, and texting and tweeting and even face timing… but this time they want their economic policies back too!