Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wolf: Is The Problem The Man Or The Ideas?

In the 8/2/2011 Washington Times, Dr. Milton Wolf dissects the President's accomplishments (or lack thereof). Here are some points he covered in, "Liberals' unmaking of Barack Obama":
Two million-private sector jobs have been lost.

Unemployment jumped from 7.8 to 9.2 percent with a simply terrible 2011 first-quarter economic growth rate of just 0.4 percent.

A record 1 in 7 Americans is on food stamps.

Gasoline prices more than doubled, from $1.83 to $3.74 per gallon.

National debt increased 35 percent, to $14.5 trillion, or $137,000 for each taxpayer.

National unfunded liabilities increased 47 percent, to $114.9 trillion, or a cool $1 million for each taxpayer (and this does not yet include Obamacare).

America is on the verge of losing its AAA credit rating.
Some of the falsehoods related to Obama's health care legislation include:
Obamacare would create 4 million new jobs - 400,000 almost immediately.

You could keep your own doctor.

The president's mother was denied health insurance.
Given this abysmal track record, Obama's political and ideological supporters are now:
...[F]aced with an unthinkable dilemma: acknowledge the fundamental failure of his collectivist liberal philosophy, which tends toward socialism, or blame its failures on a single man whom, until just recently, the liberal deified.
Of course, they will be reluctant to admit that the fundamental ideas are flawed, so they will be tempted to blame poor execution or poor communications or poor management by the individual in charge.

Americans should not let them off the hook so easily. Instead, it's crucial to continue raising the point that statism and government control of health care (and the broader economy) as such are impractical and immoral regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.

We've seen the beginnings of this battle of ideas during the recent debt ceiling debate. Let's hope Americans continue this debate over the proper role of government in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

(Read the full text of "Liberals' unmaking of Barack Obama".)