Obama scammed his way to victory

The Obama folks really scammed the American people. The President lied repeated about his health care program; the IRS went after conservative groups. Now we find that the White House delayed regulations so that they could not become issues in the election. In other words, they knew that the American people would not buy the garbage they were selling, so they lied, cheated and hid the details.

It worked in the short term. Obama won and we will have him for three more hard years. But maybe there is a silver lining. The disastrous roll out of ObamaCare and all the various other screw up and proving the limits of big government interventions. A new generation is learning from bitter experience what words alone could never convey and never convince. Just because you want something and can explain why it would be a good thing, does not mean you can have it.

We can blame Obama for scamming us and for being dumb enough maybe to believe his own hype, but it really is not Obama's fault that his legacy is in ruins. Nobody could do what he proposed. That is the lesson. It is not that Obama cannot do it; it is that it cannot be done.

On the positive side, who is having a good year is John Kerry, which makes Hilary's 2016 run less of a probability. His actual energy is making his useless energy spend much clearer. She has absolutely no achievements to show for her many travels.

So I am not happy that Obama won the election last year. But we can look for good even in bad outcomes. Obama's victory set him up to reap the what he had sown. Had Romney won, Obama's folks would have blamed him for the deep crap that is now flowing from the White House. The media would have echoed this and it would be a Republican debacle. As it is, we know whose fault it is. Obama planted this garden and now those deformed fruit belong to him and his Democratic allies.

History does not repeat, but there are patterns. My generation - and me too personally - grew up believing that we were liberals. What changed our minds were not the words of conservative pundits and politicians, but the hard reality of the failed liberal policies. We saw what didn't work, and young people who supported George McGovern in 1972 voted for Ronald Reagan eight years later. It is amazing what a few years of real world experience will do for you.

Barack Obama is an extraordinary individual. He will be remembered as the first black president. In time, liberal writers and commentators will develop excuses and explanations for his failure to implement a liberal new world order. The explanation they will miss is the true one, that creating liberal paradise is a lot like forcing water to run up hill. It can be done but only at costs that nobody is can pay for very long.

I will not say that Republicans always do better. What seems to work best is centric Democrats checked by Republicans, as we saw in the Clinton years or practical Republicans as we see in some of the states, such as Christie in NJ, Walker in Wisconsin or Mich Daniels in Indiana. Liberal Democrats can do a decent job at the local level, but should never be given permission to run anything bigger than a county.

Posted by Christine & John at December 15, 2013 5:53 PM
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Comment #375056

“…but it really is not Obama’s fault that his legacy is in ruins.”

I’m still going with this being too early to call. I think the economy will make or break his legacy the way it broke President Bush and it saved Clinton’s bacon (insert heart disease joke here).

Fifteen years ago this week the House voted to impeach President Clinton. Imagine then what you would have said had somebody told you that by today folks polled would regard Clinton as 3rd only to Kennedy and Reagan for best modern presidents instead of down at the bottom of the list with Carter, Bush and Nixon. You’d have laughed and laughed.

The next three years are going to be good economic years and there’s almost nothing that can stop it. CBO projects that the deficit won’t be gone but it will have gone from 10% in 2009 to about 2% in 2015. GDP growth will be about 3%. Unemployment will be in the low 6% range and maybe hit the low 5% range the last year of President Obama’s term.

It’s my opinion that President Obama will be seen as a decent president who presided over a return to economic prosperity after a near recession and who spearheaded landmark healthcare reform in America.

It may be naive of me but I still believe healthcare reform will grow in popularity once it’s no longer the most negative story in every news cycle. There’s some growing pains right now but I think anyone counting on Democrats joining in to repeal the act are kidding themselves.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at December 16, 2013 8:04 AM
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Adam

It might. I have great confidence in the coming energy boom. Obama can claim credit for that if he can convince some of his half-witted fans that it is a good thing.

He may yet be called a decent president. But is that really what folks who voted for them thought back in 2008?

His “legacy” is indeed in ruins and I am happy for that. I believe his legacy was supposed to be bigger government intervention and more “social justice.” I expected that would crash and burn and I am glad that it did early enough not to create too much lasting damage.

Posted by: CJ at December 16, 2013 10:56 AM
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“Obama can claim credit for that if he can convince some of his half-witted fans that it is a good thing.”

You say that as if presidents for right or wrong don’t always get credit for the state of the economy. That’s just how it is. You credit Reagan completely for the recovery even though we know that economic growth has many key components.

“But is that really what folks who voted for them thought back in 2008?”

I don’t see how that matters. The right shouldn’t fault us for being excited about our guy and hoping for transformational leadership only to settle for a guy who’s been a decent present with a handful of notable accomplishments. But then again the right is very bitter that their last winner left the country in worse shape than he found it and their last two nominees were losers who many on the right had to hold their nose to vote for. I know you liked Romney a lot and I agreed with you on most of his qualities but overall he was not that inspirational or motivational.

Posted by: Adam Ducker at December 16, 2013 12:12 PM
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Democratics are more than happy to give credit to a Democratic president when the economy is good. Clinton was, and is, hailed as a president who is responsible for a great economy. Democratics fail to mention, go out of their way to fail to mention, there was a Republican congress in charge of spending the money when Clinton was president.

Reagan had more than being a Republican in his favor. He communicated a sense of confidence and hope Obama only dreams about. Reagan could go to the people, by-passing the media filter, and instill a sense of pride that went beyond politics. He abandoned the old guard economic mindset and changed the economic outlook of the U.S.

Obama bacame president because he was a black Democratic. If he was a white Democratic he would still be a state senator because being “present” is a qualification for anything other than spacetaker. Obama is an empty suit that appeared out of nowhere and was propped up by the national media. CJ is correct to say Obama scammed his way to victory.

Posted by: Weary Willie at December 16, 2013 12:39 PM
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Adam

Obama will get some credit, although a robust economy has been too long in coming for him to win the praises that Reagan or Clinton achieved.

Obama’s problem when it comes to the energy boom is that many of his most ardent supporters hate fracking. If he crows too loudly, they will slap him down. I also think he himself has a great deal of ambivalence about it.

Re Obama’s promise - Such passion about a leader like Obama is always misplaced in a free market democracy. We indeed always need to change and adapt, but radical change to a generally good system like ours is unlikely to be good. There are many more ways to go down than up when you are trying to do too many things at once.

Re Romney - I think he was a poor candidate who would have made a good president. I think that Obama has the opposite problem. In fact, some of this is related to the passions mentioned in the above paragraph and in the main post. Obama won by lying about what he was doing and over promising about what he would do. He was a good campaigner in the sense he told people what they wanted to hear, sort of like a used car salesman with that old lemon.

Posted by: CJ at December 16, 2013 12:45 PM
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LISTEN UP AMIGOS, YOU DID NOT HAVE A PRIMARY CARE ANYTHING BEFORE THIS, NEVER MIND A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR—-YOU CANNOT AFFORD ONE—NOBODY CAN. YOU MAY KEEP YOURS, SURE, MIND THAT YOU DID NOT HAVE ONE. YOU DID NOT LOSE ANYTHING. PREMIUMS WENT UP YOU CLAIM, NO they did not, WHY because THESE ARE JUST PEOPLE CURRENTLY ON DISABILITY (these are the only people it effects), THEY WERE NOT IN YOUR POOL ANYWAY RIGHT?—THEY WERE ON DISABILITY PAYMENTS—THEY ARE NOT IN AND OR OF YOUR WORK PLACE AT ALL. THEY ARE IN WHEELCHAIRS AND IN IRON LUNGS. YOU WANT SOCIALISM? PLEASE MOVE TO FRANCE.

Posted by: simpleheaded at December 17, 2013 2:15 PM
Comment #375076

Obama lied—Obama nuanced.

Posted by: Simpleheaded at December 18, 2013 4:32 PM
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