Yes, Obama’s the Great Pretender

Let’s pretend just for a moment that the state of our country’s economic situation is exactly how President Obama describes it. Let’s pretend that the $5 trillion dollars plus added to our national debt since the day he took office really was unavoidable and was the amount required to save the country from a second great depression. Let’s pretend that unless we continue to keep spending more and more (currently each newborn baby in the United States owes $50,000 and that amount is rising quickly), our economy will never fully recover. Let’s pretend that gas prices really are beyond the president’s control and that every cent of the 83% increase that has taken place since he was sworn in to the presidency is in no way his fault. Let’s pretend that an 8.3% unemployment rate really is a promising number, despite the workforce participation rate being at an all-time low. Let’s pretend that rising healthcare costs have nothing to do with the implementation of Obamacare. Let’s pretend that the credit downgrade of our country really was politically motivated and doesn’t reflect at all the credibility of our nation to pay back what we owe. Let’s pretend that Paul Ryan’s plans to fix our safety-net programs and balance the budget really are too draconian to implement. Hell, let’s go as far as pretending that every single problem going on in this country right now was directly caused by George W. Bush and the Republican party.

For the sake of the argument, let’s just go ahead and cede all of those explanations for why none of these problems are our president’s fault.

With that in mind, let’s ask a simple and logical question that I would hope every honest American would feel compelled to ask: What are Obama’s plans to fix these problems?

After all, we vote presidents into office to fix problems, don’t we? We don’t just expect them to assign blame for current challenges and spend the rest of their term delivering speeches and attending fundraisers, right?

Now, I will give Obama credit for at least talking about fixing these problems. He hasn’t completely ignored their existence. He’s delivered eloquent speeches where he’s framed these problems and expressed a desire to resolve them in front of cameras and cheering, enthusiastic supporters. And let’s be honest… he looks good giving those speeches. With his shirt-sleeves rolled up, his dramatic pauses, and that powerful voice of his, he at least appears to be serious about wanting to fix them. On presentation alone, he delivers verbiage that rivals that of Bill Pullman, Morgan Freeman, and other Hollywood actors who have portrayed presidents on film. It’s the primary reason his personal popularity ratings have remained consistently high.

Still, it seems reasonable to expect that Americans would believe they deserve more. You’d think that the electorate wouldn’t be content with a president who offered endless pillow-talk, but no serious solutions to fix such problems. By serious, I’m not talking about ideas that meet some sort of conservative litmus test that would wow people like me. I’m not setting the bar that high. I’m merely talking about solutions that have some sort of plausibility behind them. I’m talking about coherent solutions that have some sort of fathomable chance of actually working.

If the problem-solving debates in our country were about opposing, realistic visions of how to best address difficult dilemmas, we could at least rest assured that our leaders were taking our challenges seriously. The truth, however, is that the president has offered nothing but pretend solutions to deal with very real problems. That statement’s not a partisan assessment on my part. It’s the assessment of any honest observer or number-cruncher who checks their ideology at the door.

When it comes to cutting the deficit, Obama has built an entire social narrative around the idea of increasing taxes on the rich as a solution. As the CBO and numerous economists have pointed out, you could tax all of these people at 100% and still not put a dent in our national debt. It’s a pretend solution.

When it comes to high gas prices, Obama’s answer is alternative energy which always sounds good but its practicality exists largely in theory. He mocks Republicans for having the gall to suggest that we increase domestic drilling to make our country less reliant on oil coming from volatile regions of the world. Then, with a straight face, he endorses the idea of converting algae into fuel. Yes, algae. At this point, I half expect him to suggest we harness the power of rainbows for energy. More pretend solutions.

Obama’s pretend solution to deal with expensive healthcare has unfortunately already been signed into law. The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has increased healthcare premiums (which the president said would not happen) by a national average of 9% in just a year and is on track to double within ten years.  Obamacare is now projected to add hundreds of billions to the deficit (the president said it would actually cut the deficit), many people have been yanked off of their insurance plans (which the president said would not happen), and the law itself does absolutely nothing to actually bring down the cost of healthcare services (which was the entire stated point of reforming the system). It was a pretend solution laced with pretend benefits, but came at a very real and substantial cost.

Obama proposes federal annual budgets that are so nonsensical and ridiculous that he can’t get a single member of his own political party to vote for them. Think about that for a minute… The current class of Democrats in congress is made up of some of the most liberal, big-spending elected leaders in our nation’s history, and the president’s budgets are too expensive even for them!

To grow the economy, Obama proposes infrastructure spending such as light rail systems (which we have no money to pay for) that receive a mountain of press coverage for a couple of days before they’re never spoken of again and never revisited by the media.

Renewing the payroll tax cut to stimulate the economy is a pretend solution. It didn’t work the first time around and just digs a deeper hole for the Social Security trust fund. Yet, our president doubled down on failure (like he often does) for the sole purpose of positioning himself politically.

I could go on and on with more examples, but you hopefully see my point. What we’ve seen for the last three years is a pretend leader who offers pretend solutions. The media has acted like a dream-team of defense attorneys who diligently use every tool at their disposal to protect their client (who they know is guilty as hell). They lend credence to his audacious claims. They distract the jury from opposing arguments and evidence. They play off people’s emotions rather than letting them judge the president’s ideas based on the facts.

With today’s media as the messenger, there’s little hope of the electorate getting a clear picture of the absurdity behind Obama’s proposed solutions. That’s a reality I wish was pretend. The media’s not getting any more reputable as time goes on, so if voters aren’t intellectually curious enough to research the content of our president’s lip service, they’ll most likely re-elect Hope and Change. And I can’t pretend, even for a second, that this country can take another four years of that.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • !Haole_Boy

    One Thing Which we Need Not Pretend Is That When A Program Fails Miserably, We Can Count on Obama To Dump More Money Into It!!
    __We were supposed to have learned that affirmative action in the Home Loan Industry created and then crashed not only the housing market but the subsequent bond markets worldwide.
    __so what does the Obama administration now put forward for Fannie Mae? We no longer have to vet loan applications through their credit ratings…More of the same policy of equality in results after the last disaster created by these same Fabian Socialist statist control freaks setting us up again for another crash!!
    __What is now Fannie asking for? Billions more in bailout money!!
    __Solyndra goes belly-up after getting the taxpayers to pony up more than a half a billion dollars…Leucadia, another green project funneling more than 6 and a half billion dollars to Obama bundlers (read bunglers and embezzlers)to create 3 jobs…wow!!
    __Three fourths of all the stimulus money went to democrat house districts which ended up in the hands of Obama supporters….and Obama admitted while smiling and laughing that there really were no shovel ready jobs….and he wants more billions for other green boondoggles like pond slime (which aptly describes his political following from Chicago).
    How you Figgah?

    • leaningleft

      Please tell me what g bush and Richard Lestor Cheney did for this country like every Repub before him to Eisenhower’s days did for this country except to line their pockets and of their rich friends, usually by starting a war which except Bush Sr. had the guts to go fight for this country. And as for the half of a billion dollars that was lost trying to harness an alternative energy that would have lasted about two and a half days of which bush wasted in Iraq. And as for a national health care program maybe it would have been better if you repubs would have helped try to draft a bill instead of complaining all the time while sucking up free bennies for yourself.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Like the wizard of oz, all for show and affect. It’s what people see and hear that counts in the land of oz. The election will tell us whether we’re living there yet, because we’re surely on the yellow brick road.

  • Shirl

    All these facts need to be made into campaign ads after our nominee is picked and run relentlessly on all the progressive lame-stream media stations during the general. That’s the only way Americans will hear the truth. The elite media just can’t face the fact that they picked a pathetic loser.

  • cmacrider

    John: Your well argued case should be mandatory reading for every American before he/she casts a ballot in the general. As a Canadian, it is disconcerting (to understate the case as is our style) to see a great nation wilfully squander its wealth and position in the world. Dynasties come and go but this may be the first to decline out of pure citizen neglect for the facts.

    • John Daly

      Thank you.

      I really blame the media more than Obama for this. By nature, you expect failed politicians to distort their record and proclaim success when there is none. Obama’s certainly not the first person to do this.

      However, it’s the media’s job to shed light on the reality, and they have absolutely no interest in doing that when it comes to Obama.

  • Rick Johnson

    At the large company where I was fortunate to spend 32 years (before retiring), an executive who had not solved major problems after three years? Seriously? After 12-18 months there would have been another in their place.

    • leaningleft

      Then how did you last 32 years?

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  • G. Daylan

    The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. – Niccoló Machiavelli

  • J. Eric

    Oh Yes!
    He’s the Great Pretender…

    But when the undiscerning American electorate believes him when he says that he is doing all he can do to save us from the Big Bad Bush Years, you simply have the blind leading the blind. Truth has no quarter to their mindset.

    And like lemmings, they will all run off the cliff playing follow their Leader.

    Pathetic and predictable.

    But when 53% of all American births are born to unmarried/single parent homes the slippery slope has been crested and the slipping has begun.

    • leaningleft

      And I guess that 53% of single parent homes were Obamas fault…. How many of bushies war widows are in that 53%?????

  • Bob Weber

    Agree completely. Bush is criticized for being a bad president in spite of the fact that he kept his campaign promises. He ran on a platform of keeping the country safe from another terrorist attack, and he accomplished just that.

    Obama ran on a promise of Hope and Change, but expanded on Bush’s military and economic policies. His biggest ‘accomplishments’ are repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, creating Obamacare (with the issues you discussed above) and apologizing to every world leader for anything he can possibly imagine.

    It’s unfortunate that the Republicans could not find a worthy candidate to challenge Obama, he may still win another term in spite of his colossally inept leadership.

    • John Daly

      Like you said… Like him or not, at least Bush put forth serious ideas that had logical cases behind them.

    • leaningleft

      Maybe this the BEST you have………………..