What I remember of the past four years is: Climategate, a slumping economy, stagnant job growth, nationalized healthcare, a failed Cash for Clunkers program, lowering national credit statuses, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi.
President Obama’s memory seems a bit different, as his State of the Union Address focused on blame shifting, preschool, minimum wages, green energy, and a war on AIDs. Who knows how these will solve the problems I remember.
The President mentioned a slew of other topics, but I’ll focus on the most relevant and frequently mentioned.
Obama often invoked bipartisanship noting that both parties agreed to this or that and therefore there should be no issue passing bills in favor of said topic.
This assumes a lot. And everyone knows what happens when we assume.
The conservatives in the Republican Party have been largely ignored by party leadership and there currently is a political civil war amongst them. Assuming any issue as non-partisan places conservatives in a lose-lose situation. If they vote no on a bill, they are accused of being partisan racists. While if they vote yes, they alienate a large portion of America.
I won’t pretend that claiming bipartisanship is anything more than winning moderate Republicans to his side while demonizing the conservative Republicans. It’s a genius political strategy, but nothing more.
The mess we have now wasn’t just Republicans’ fault however.
Whether it’s requiring universities to magically lower their costs, subsidizing preschools, or packing technical degrees into high school programs; Obama wants to subsidize, or enforce laws forcing institutions to pay for lower prices on education.
If he believes so strongly that government can help people gain an education, why not use School Choice? Subsidize the student not the school if you think the government can fix the problem.
Being from Detroit I know there are kids who’d love an opportunity to go to a private school but can’t afford it. We just need to stop subsidizing the schools and give the kids vouchers instead, so that they can afford to go where they want.
But teachers’ unions refuse salary cuts; and they make large electoral contributions.
Another voting block that Obama pandered to was the poor. Raising the minimum wage will encourage hiring freezes. Companies will hire half as many people, or fire even more workers.
This leads to fewer jobs in market. Fewer jobs mean that college educated workers will have to settle for lower paying jobs which will leave even more lower-income workers without employment. Raising the minimum wage only exacerbates the problem, it can’t fix it.
I don’t see how pandering to the FFA by subsidizing corn farmers will help either. Rises in food prices will only further burden the American people.
And clearly there were no references to Ambassador Stevens or the current position of Obama’s administration to use drones to kill American’s without a fair trial.
Overall, I can’t understand how people see President Obama’s proposals as solutions to our problems. But then again I can’t see why people like Kim Kardashian and Snooki either.
For a different take read this.