George Will’s comments that the actual unemployment rate was
over 11% if you take into account those who have given up looking for work (and
about 13% if you count those working part-time who would like to work
full-time) led me to consider the following:
At the time President Obama was inaugurated in January,
2009, the following facts obtained:
of gasoline was $1.87 per gallon (now $3.31)
employed was 154,650,00 (now 144,775,000)
of possible workers not in labor force was 80,177,000 (now 91,463,000)
4. The situation
in Iraq –
peaceful with a large force of American combat soldiers keeping the peace; now
5. The situation
in Egypt –
peaceful with Mubarek protecting Christians and the peace accord with Israel;
now chaos with Muslims killing 100’s of Christians almost daily and burning
down their churches.
6. The situation
in Syria –
relatively peaceful; now total war and chaos, with Russia
now exerting a leadership role.
7. The situation
working toward nuclear weapons, but many years away; now rushing toward nukes
suspends many sanctions.
8. Saudi Arabia,
– good friends and allies; now all distrustful and moving away from USA
9. The IRS was considered to be an independent,
non-corrupt organization; now the center of the biggest domestic scandal of
Obama administration – possibly leading to impeachment.
10. The government
of the USA had
never before given weapons to
Mexican criminals; now both Mexicans and Americans murdered with guns from Operation
Fast and Furious.
an American embassy was under attack, American forces were sent to the rescue;
now the scandal of Benghazi.
million people who were able to apply for Obamacare have opened themselves up
to identity theft.
than 6 million more Americans had healthcare insurance than today.
patients were able to receive medical treatment without long delays.
two politicians most responsible for the housing crash, Chris Dodd and Barney
Frank, wrote the legislation to prevent future crashes. The main result of the Dodd-Frank law has
been to shut down lending.
inequality has worsened significantly despite the constant demagoguery by Obama
on the subject.
The President enforced laws passed by Congress; now President Obama enforces
only those parts of laws with which he agrees, and he illegally issues new laws
without Congressional action.