President Obama – A Hawk in A Wasteland

For a President who was given The Nobel Peace Prize before he ever did anything, during Obama’s reign this country has engaged in wars involving: Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have been involved in destablizing coups or attempted coups in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, and Egypt. And we have perpetuated the growth of ISIS for the purpose of genocide of Shiite Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. In addition, we have sanctioned the following countries: Belarus, Burundi, Central African republic, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Burma, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia and the Balkans.

I’d say for a Democrat, that’s pretty Hawkish!

We are in the midst of world chaos and instead of noting this eruption, the media is disjointed by the prospect of a ‘wall between the US and Mexico’. The UK is building a wall to protect them against the migrants and we are silent. But they aren’t alone, since Obama’s term walls have been under construction in Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, France, Ukraine, and Estonia. But the media is silent…

Those walls are ‘good’ and Trump’s wall is ‘bad’.

China’s claims to the South China Sea are bad, but Australia’s claim to the Timur Sea is okay.

The percentage of blacks living below poverty in the US has consistently risen since Obama took office with rates standing at about 28%. Racial tensions are at rates not seen since the 1960’s. And the proliferation of gangs and gang related crimes has virtually exploded.

ISIS didn’t exist before Obama took office, it is now active in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, West Africa, and Chechnya with factions rising in France, UK, Germany, Italy and the US. But according to Obama, we needn’t worry because we have a bigger chance of dying in our bathtub…

US debt has risen from $10.6 trillion to over $18 trillion – and Obama isn’t quite done yet. In 2009 Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, and stated that if he didn’t accomplish this he would step down and defer as a ‘one term president’. Total Federal spending has risen from $2.9 trillion to $4.3 trillion, an increase of nearly 50%. The largest expense increases are in Pensions, Healthcare, Welfare and Interest, at rates nearly double what they were before Obama.

And then there is Obamacare, a debacle of astronomical proportions that has taken my healthcare deductible from $500 per year to $10,000 and raised my rates by about 150%. Well done great leader… Wages have stagnated while business profits are up and the middle class continues to shrink. Insurance companies are dropping Obamacare at record rates, and the projected cost is now expected to be nearly $1.4 trillion. Who will pay for that? We will when we see our deductibles double again and our premiums ratchet up yet another 50%.

GDP Growth is 1.2%, and while Obama makes the claim that he inherited all the problems in place by Bush, that would be the case for every succeeding president, including Clinton inheriting the Reagan legacy that stimulated our economy.

Whoever succeeds Obama, the chaos and sanctions and war mongering that has been put in place will be a voluminous bloated beast. And more hawkish notions will have one effect and one effect only – to line the pockets of the corrupt.

The Obama Legacy

With the Obama Bathroom Gender on the agenda as a crowning moment for the President’s legacy tabulation, I decided to find out exactly what accomplishments are being attributed to his term – and was completely, utterly shocked!

A site, albeit one that is must be written by Obama’s personal PR magnates, lists no less than 358 actionable achievements that Obama is credited since taking office – and they claim that each one is accompanied by a ‘citation’ of proof!

YIMINY!

While I won’t/can’t list them all without losing my mind, I thought some were rather inventive and could elicit a comedy routine or two:

  1. Signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts in order to combat waste and fraud, and appointed a Chief Performance Officer to oversee and make certain that federal spending was efficient.

Waste #1: a $750,000 soccer field for Guantanamo detainees

Waste #2: $500 million to train 4 Iraqi’s to fight ISIS

Waste #3: $24 million for internet routers in West Virginia designed for thousands but servicing a few hundred

Waste #4: $104.5 million for an Alaskan town to build a harbor and an airport when the town doesn’t even have roads and a population of 75 residents

So who was the first nomination for this whiz Chief Performance Officer who manages all our tax dollars at work? Jeff Zients, who got a Bachelor of Science degree and apparently worked in ‘consulting’ before landing the coveted position of COO of DGB Enterprises. But DGB doesn’t even have a website, and according to Bloomberg, has no competition, no information, no formal explanation of who or what they are, except that they have an office in the Watergate Complex in DC. Manta claims the business is categorized in ‘magazine publications’ and employs between 1 and 4 people.

Not exactly a rip roaring resume COO position to be suddenly nominated as Chief Performance Officer overseeing all federal spending to eliminate fraud and waste! During his tenure as Federal Chief Performance Officer he single handedly overhauled the plaguing tech issues for Obamacare by ‘insisting’ that one person be appointed the General Contractor so only one head would fall when it all tanked. Everyone else could then say, ‘not me man, I got no responsibility…’ WOW – impressive!

  1. Signed an Executive Order demanding that federal agencies review all regulations and remove all unnecessary and burdensome regulations:

Oh MY! As of 2012, just over 11,000 new pages of regulations were ‘added’, and by the end of 2014, the sum had increased to 21,000 additional pages. While all these pages do no necessarily mean 21,000 new regulations – the Order was to ‘remove’, not add.

  1. “Through His investment in GM, returned the company to its place as the premier car company of the world”.

OUCH! The GM ‘plan’ was created by GM before Obama assumed office and was approved by Bush in 2008. And even though the company is now profitable, despite the fact that our tax funds bailed it out of bankruptcy, they can offset their previous losses against their current profits and wipe out all taxable income – ie, they pay no taxes…as in ZERO on profits of billions.  Wait – since we paid for their return to solvency – shouldn’t we get the Tax Credit?

  1. Obama ‘scolds Congress and gets passed a $305 billion Highway Bill which will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs’.

The 1300 page Bill will use the current gas tax to fund the $305 billion over a period of five years – $61 billion per year. But wait, the gas tax only generates $34 billion per year, so where will the rest come from? And Obama hardly drafted or even proposed the Bill, it was orchestrated by Bill Shuster, James Imhofe, Barbara Boxer and Peter DeFasio. What Obama accomplished was writing his name…

  1. And last, for me, but not least, Obama dropped inflation in Healthcare costs by 50% as a result of the Obamacare initiative:

Fancy-pants way of ignoring the Truth. Healthcare Insurance premiums have risen to ridiculous levels with out-of-pocket deductibles reaching ten to twenty percent of income for the middle class, and premiums reaching 25% for middle class. I could give a dang about the inflation rate when I’m personally paying thru the nose! Not to mention that the quality of care in the US is teetering in the bottom of the barrel when compared to other developed countries.

Personally, I found that Cuba might just be the new go to for US citizens looking for quality and affordable healthcare… But then, maybe that’s why Obama dropped the drawbridge.

Of course, the most recent legacy that will be added to this lengthy 358 will be the Bathroom Bill, an achievement worth mentioning given that we are “playing chicken” with China and Russia. But then, that’s not important…and Bathrooms take precedence.

FYI: For those who don’t remember, ‘playing chicken’ is a game in which 2 players engage in an activity that will result in serious harm unless one of them backs down. It’s a game where the one who backs down is referred to as a chicken and is thus humiliated.

Obama’s State of the Union Address: Bridging the Gap

It’s always interesting to read the perceptions of other people writing about the same event. Especially when those people are writing from a different country. Often, Americans are hauntingly laughed at for being ignorant about what is real and what is fabricated, but I would contend that the fabrications have reached their tentacles overseas.

An Irish news reporter commenting on Obama’s legacy and his final state of the union address, revealed an odd view of his accomplishments and failures, as well as an interesting view of what she perceives to be the desires of the American people.

According to her perception, Obama is unilaterally responsible for making community college education affordable in the US. He takes responsibility for turning around the economy, for strict environmental regulations, Obamacare, and same sex marriage. And while Obama focused on a positive approach, it was more like a resume builder for supreme leader of the UN, than a true account of his internship as President.

Education?  The US education system is considered to be in crisis. Obama has made no impact on education whatsoever – and certainly has not made it more affordable. Community colleges have always been more affordable than private or public universities!  Stating that fact, does not mean Obama has created that reality…  College debt in the US has risen to an all time high of $1.2 trillion, with upwards of 67% in default! The interest rate on student debt ranges from 4.29% to 6.84% for 2015-2016. That’s higher than car loans and mortgage rates. And with jobs unavailable for graduates, paying the debt is simply not conceivable.

Unemployment? There are essentially six different measurements of unemployment. One of the measures was created around 1995 and sought to be all inclusive. At it’s starting point, it measured an unemployment rate of about 12 ½%. It declined to roughly 8% in 2008 and shot up to over 18% in 2010 before beginning its descent once again to its present level of about 13%. There is no world standardized method of determining the unemployment rate, so it is a waste to make a comparison.

Environment? The EPA has caused some of the worst disasters it is tasked with deterring. The Colorado Rive Animas disaster, and the Georgia cotton mill disaster were just two that occurred in 2015. Add to the disasters, the current methane expulsion that continues to destroy the air in southern California which is slated to be worse than Chernobyl, and we have a rather different perspective. There was the billions of toxic wastewaters that were injected into California’s aquifers in 2014 and an LA neighborhood that tested positive for toxic levels of hazardous lead poisoning. Just to name a few…  Instead – we focus on ‘climate change’.

Obamacare? Well let’s look at Kaiser, given their transparency. In 2009, they reported that the cost of healthcare had risen 131% in the previous decade at which time a family plan cost an employer $13,375 – with deductibles ranging from -0- to $1000. In 2015, Kaiser stated that the average employer based plan cost $17,545 with out of pocket costs of $4955 to $6251. A total cost inflation of 65.5%. Hardly a success for the small businesses and individuals.

The economy? While the world experienced a derivatives fallout that killed the economy in 2009, the US GDP growth rate recovery has not been ‘stellar’, instead it continues to mangle out a 2.4 and 2.2 trend. In 2014, the US ranked 121st of 198 countries in GDP growth. African countries dominated with Libya, South Sudan and Gaza Strip at the bottom, -19.8 an all time blow. According to the IMF, the cumulative growth between 1990 and 2006, showed the US behind Taiwan, Singapore, Turkey, Korea, Israel, China, Ireland, India, Hong Kong and Australia.  Stellar?

Perceptions.

Obama may be trying to recreate history to write his own legacy, but the facts don’t support his assertions of grandeur. It is like a virtual reality wherein the Truth is obscured. But ultimately, virtual reality is turned off and the bleak gray of what we must face is crystal clear. If we pretend anything less, we do ourselves a disservice in not focusing on what needs fixing.

Positive thinking has its place, as long as that place is grounded in Truth and Reality.

Trump? Putin? Fans of Truth…

So Putin and Trump are trading compliments and MSNBC is in a tizzy!

How dare Trump say anything complimentary about a President who has been “accused of killing journalists and political rivals, on top of invading neighboring countries.”

WOW – how heinous, our president would never, ever do such an awful thing… Oh wait… well he was a cocaine user and dealer, he has invaded Ukraine and ousted the then elected president, Yanokovich, which resulted in their economy plummeting into oblivion, their land raized by bombs, and their people dead and wounded, and he has offered asylum to peoples who were apparent terrorists resulting in multiple civilian deaths here in the US. Oops.

Let’s not forget the key term used even by MSNBC – alleged and accused – as opposed to verifiable as in our own President. Obviously this MSNBC character hasn’t read the Bible or he’d know that Matthew 7:5 states; “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Putin shared enthusiasm for the Trump stating he sees Trump as ‘bright and talented’ and thinks they would get along fine.

Why?

First, why do people like Trump when all the statistics support his less than stellar attitude and style? I have asked many this question and the resounding answer is always the same – they don’t trust anyone else. No one. Just because a politician can orate circles around another, doesn’t necessarily equate to ‘honesty or integrity or ethics’. We simply need to look at the smiles and rhetoric of Obama’s first campaign to realize this inalienable truth. And while he promised ‘change’, I doubt this is the change most Americans thought their vote would buy.

We end the year 2015 on a somber note of debt – $18.1 trillion to be exact – $8 trillion of which was added under the Obama regime. Sixty seven percent of our debt was added under President Obama. It wouldn’t be so awful if we had something to show for it like – an incredibly well stocked transparent military – authentically budgeted and secure, or an economy that was raging ahead ready to put the screws to that deficit, or an ‘affordable’ Affordable Care Act, or even a charitable powerhouse known throughout the world for our good deeds…. But we don’t have that, we just have – debt.

What Putin did give his country was a nationalism that we envy. He gave them his word and it means ‘his Word’. He gave them his unconditional support, his unconditional authority, a leadership that is powerful and meaningful and when people feel jealous – they attack. Obama doesn’t have Putin’s charisma or tactical intellect. Kerry doesn’t have Lavrov’s incredible leadership and insight and calm.

And while I was reading about the women in Libya, when I looked at their faces, when I read their words, I learned something very powerful – they support their country and have no desire whatsoever of leaving. There are immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, but if you were to ask, the majority would want their own country – not ours, not yours, but theirs. And when we meddle, and pin prick, and uproot, the result has not EVER proven positive.  So this meddling clause of the US in uprooting governments, coups and such so as to institute a ‘new and improved government’, has worldly, widely – backfired to the nth degree.

It IS NOT working.

The Ukrainians, the people, want ‘their’ country, they don’t want ours. The Syrians want their country. The Yemenis. The Lebanese. The Iranians. And this would seem to be the lesson that MSNBC and it’s followers miss, the media in every other country around the world views ours as pathetic. They view us as idiots for believing the drivel. They view Obama as a puppet and his policies as idiotic and perilous. What countries? It is beyond that and now is ‘continents’, as in: Europe – Asia – South America – the people, not the media as in WE the PEOPLE.

We are so indoctrinated into believing the media and the politicians that we no longer understand – the people.

So when Trump takes the lead and all the intellects are confounded – understand that we have crossed the line, the boundaries, the ethic, the morality – and people are afraid. They are afraid at the ugly, ugly spiral that Obama has created for our Great Country, and the evolution of that chaos is growing uglier with every day.

Guns? That’s protection from the policies of our government. Anger – that’s reaction to the heinous lies of our government.

So next time MSNBC wants to attack Putin – wants to attack Trump – they had better take heed, because Matthew 7:5 is alive!

And we are NOT backing down.