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Tuesday, January 28, 2014



In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama will no doubt make an eloquent case for his second-term agenda. There’s just one problem: The President’s credibility has been shattered.

Indeed, on issue after issue, we see a massive gap between rhetoric and reality.
The most obvious example is health care. President Obama repeatedly said that, under his

 signature health law, people who liked their existing insurance could keep it. Instead,

 Obamacare has forced millions of Americans to lose their preferred coverage. The

 President repeatedly said Obamacare would reduce premium costs. Instead, millions of

 premiums have skyrocketed. He repeatedly said his law would guarantee “universal 

health care.” Instead, the Congressional Budget Office has projected that Obamacare will

 leave upwards of 30 million people uninsured in 2023. The President said his law would

 bring a greater sense of certainty to the U.S. health-care system. Instead, Moody’s recently

 slashed the credit rating of America’s health insurers, citing the uncertainty generated by

 Obamacare. He said the federal Obamacare website would be safe and secure. Instead,

 cyber experts have warned that its security is worse today than it was a few months ago.
Obamacare’s trail of broken promises has caused enormous pain and anxiety among

 millions of Texans and other Americans. That’s why Republicans remain committed to

 dismantling the law entirely and replacing it with patient-centered alternatives.
Unfortunately, the President’s credibility problem extends well beyond health care.
Take the economy. After raising taxes by $1.7 trillion, adding $6.6 trillion to our national

 debt, and presiding over the weakest economic recovery and the longest period of high

 unemployment since the Great Depression, President Obama wants us to believe that the

 best strategy for job creation is... to raise taxes and raise spending. He continues recycling

 the failed economic policies of his first term despite the fact that (1) our labor-force-

participation rate among those aged 25 to 54 is still significantly lower than it was at the

 height of the recession, (2) another 347,000 people dropped out of the workforce in

 December alone, and (3) nearly 4 million people still in the workforce have now been

 jobless for more than six months.
Think of it this way: If the Obama economic recovery had been as strong as the Reagan

 recovery in the 1980s, we’d currently have millions more private-sector jobs. And yet, the

 President keeps advocating the same misguided policies that Democrats shoved through

 in 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, despite his professed commitment to job creation, he

 refuses to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would create thousands of well-

paying U.S. jobs, including many jobs in Texas.
In short: President Obama shouldn’t be surprised that most voters disapprove of how he’s

 handled the economy.
Likewise, he shouldn’t be surprised that trust in the federal government has fallen to

 historic lows. After all, the Obama Administration has repeatedly ignored or “waived”

 laws that proved inconvenient, from Obamacare and immigration to welfare reform and

 nuclear waste. It has conducted disturbingly intrusive monitoring of journalists’ phone 

records. It has fostered a culture of intimidation and punished whistleblowers in scandals

 ranging from Benghazi to “Fast and Furious.” And despite promising “the most

 transparent Administration in history,” it has persistently obstructed Congressional

This is not the record that President Obama will discuss tonight. But it’s the record that has

 destroyed his credibility with the American people.

1 comment:

  1. Obama is the most vile, evil, loathsome, insidious, racist, feckless, petulant, nefarious, narcissistic, arrogant, despicable, delusional, detestable, anti US Constitution, anti-military, pathological lying, integrity stricken, morally corrupt, divisive, destructive sociopath to have ever soiled OUR Oval Office.