Obama: We Can’t Wait To Obfuscate
A little over three years ago Barack Obama said:
You know, a year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress but there is still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.
Recently the President began using “we can’t wait” to rally support for his ill-founded and politically motivated legislative agenda. The concept was to exhort Congress into taking action and, failing that happening, laying the foundation for Obama to use his executive powers to circumvent the guys at the other end of the avenue where he could.
The problem with the slogan is it’s two words too short because without misdirection and ploys to steer the debate away from the facts, President Obama has little ground to stand on. I know it, you know it, Obama and his advisors know it, and so does Mitt Romney, who spoke of it last night.
Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?
If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.
So the slogan really needs to be “we can’t wait to obfuscate” because without the facts on their side the Obama/Biden ticket has nothing to campaign on but a distortion of the past three plus years and more empty promises of what a second term will hold for the country.
Speaking to his fellow Democrats in early 2009 about his proposed stimulus package, Obama said:
Millions more Americans will lose their jobs. Homes will be lost. Families will go without health care. Our crippling dependence on foreign oil will continue. That is the price of inaction.
What prophetic words given 1.1 million fewer jobs exist today than in January 2009; 11.1 million homes have been foreclosed on and 3.2 million have been repossessed; fewer families have health care today in spite of the Obamacare calamity; and prices at the gas pump have more than doubled.
It would seem the price of inaction has been incredible, but wait there was no inaction, in fact there was plenty of action. The Democratic Congress fell into lockstep behind their man and passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that pumped $787 billion into the economy. Justification for ARRA was founded in the Keynesian theory which espouses the government should offset decreases in private spending with increases in public spending to save jobs and stop further economic deterioration.
The problem is it didn’t work yet the Obama administration continued to listen to their liberal Keynesian economists and pump more money into the system resulting in a $6 trillion increase in the national debt. Now that’s action, the wrong action to be sure but action nonetheless.
According to the latest data from Real Clear Politics more than 61% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track while only 31% believe it’s on the right track, and the Gallup Well-Being Index has been basically flat for the last three years. That’s a lot of nothing to show for $6 trillion and therein lies President Obama and the Democrats problem. The facts are simply nowhere near being on their side.
Gov. Romney knows that and addressed it in last night’s speech:
Americans have always been eternal optimists. But over the last three and a half years, we have seen hopes and dreams diminished by false promises and weak leadership. Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less.
For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.
Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do!
Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.
Now don’t get too excited quite yet because Obama is a charismatic guy and he has a team of very capable advisors, and together they could probably sell ice to Eskimos. They will do everything in their power to divert and distract you from the truth, and they will distort and obfuscate the facts at every turn.
Do not sell them short, they’re very good at what they do and they’ve already had some recent success using decoys and shills to create vitriol so the mainstream media has something flashier to cover than the facts. The onus is on every clear-thinking, responsible voter from every walk of life to recognize the tactics and not play into their hand by engaging them.
Diversion and distraction only work when the audience is willing to be fooled or sucked into the ploy and the Democratic machine cannot wait to start the obfuscation. Remain vigilant and focused, do not allow yourself to lose sight of what’s important and your slogan can be “we can’t wait for you to pack”.