Refuting Idiocy – Part 1

The following list of Obama’s “accomplishments” was sitting in my e-mail inbox yesterday morning. Clearly this list was put together by an individual who is devoid of all rational thought. It is also apparent that said individual is no longer capable of basic reasoning and merely trumpeting the statist talking points being broadcast in the mainstream press.

Furthermore, we must call into question whether basic reasoning was ever a possibility for this individual. These are the types of people who will be supporting the cause of statism in November and you have them to thank for the continued advance of utopianism and tyranny that is destroying this great country.

OUR PRESIDENT:
1. Got Osama Bin Laden – CHECK
2. Unemployment rate down to 8.5% – CHECK
3. 1.6 million jobs created with no GOP help – CHECK
4. 22 months of job and economic growth with no GOP help – CHECK
5. Ended war in Iraq – CHECK
6. DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) repealed- CHECK
7. Not one tax hike in 3 years – CHECK
8. By merely being smart, dignified, calm, cool, and Black, brought out spoken and unspoken RACISM in the GOP – CHECK
9. Still carries 80+% of the black vote – CHECK
10. Same wife for 15 years with NO extra marital affairs – CHECK
11. Can flat out sing – CHECK
12. Saved the auto industry and 1.5 million jobs – CHECK
13. Assisted in ousting Ghaddafi – CHECK
14. Only active President to receive Nobel Peace Prize while in office – CHECK
15. Mortgage modification to prevent homeowners from losing their homes -CHECK
16. STILL fighting for middle class families – CHECK
17. Reformed affordable healthcare – CHECK

Despite what the GOP would have you believe, the President has been doing these things and more without the help of most. I needed several boxes of tissues to staunch the blood shooting from both eyes. Let us now deconstruct the “accomplishments” listed above:

1. Got Osama Bin Laden – CHECK

Obama and his accomplices in the press have gone to great lengths in attempting to portray the Dear Leader as the mastermind behind the bin Laden assassination, when in fact, his authorization of the mission was tepid and reluctant to say the least. In fact, Obama didn’t even make the call to kill bin Laden, the Seals did. As reported by the UK Telegraph, May 4, 2011:

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound…

In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information. “We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”

Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals, rather than Mr Obama, made the final decision to kill bin Laden.

He said: “The authority here was to kill bin Laden. And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him.

“To be frank, I don’t think he had a lot of time to say anything. It was a firefight going up that compound. And by the time they got to the third floor and found bin Laden, I think it – this was all split-second action on the part of the Seals.”

The President only knew the mission was successful after the Navy Seals commander heard the word “Geronimo” on the radio, a code word from commandos reporting that they had killed bin Laden.

So to be clear, Obama wasn’t in the compound and he himself did not shoot bin Laden. Hopefully that clears up part of this misinformation going on. Secondly, bin Laden was to be taken alive if possible. There was no “shoot-to-kill” order from Obama.

However, the facts are of little consequence to the American press. They’ve been unable to contain their excitement since the announcement was made last year and no doubt ecstatic that it occurred under the watch of the Dear Leader and not George W. Bush. If this would have occurred under Bush 43, the left would have been up in arms that the war-monger Bush had authorized such an operation and that bin Laden should have been taken alive, read his Miranda rights, tried in a U.S. court, and treated like an American citizen.

But all such compassion is thrown out the window when a Democrat is in the White House and such an opportunity can be used for political gain. Obama used the killing of bin Laden to garner political points, not because he supports American victory. No American liberal supports victory for the United States – militarily or otherwise. Obama and the Democrats would have loved nothing more than to treat bin Laden similar to the way they wanted to treat Kalid Sheikh Mohammed before the American public read them the riot act over the potential for a New York City show trial. As Panetta said, the Seals had the “authority” to kill bin Laden but “under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him.” This is what Obama wanted. Make no mistake. However, after the deed was done, he knew the political opportunity he had been presented with – and he ran with it.

2. Unemployment rate down to 8.5% – CHECK

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national unemployment was at 7.3% as of December 2008 – Bush’s last month in office. We haven’t seen that number since. After Obama took office in January of 2009, the figure rose from 7.3% to it’s highest point – 10% in October of 2009. The figure had risen every month – with the exception of July where it remained at 9.5%. We finished 2009 at 9.9%. In 2010, we ended January at 9.7% and finished the year at 9.4%. The number never went below 9.4% and peaked at 9.8% in November. It floated around 9% for all of 2011 and settled at 8.5% to end the year – our lowest figure since February 2009 (8.3%).

So after three years of Obama’s polices we are still no where close to the December 2008 number. The media hacks are jumping up and down because unemployment is below 9% but this has very little to do with any sort of job creation and it has absolutely nothing to do with Obama’s policies. There are untold amounts of people who are out of work and have stopped looking for employment altogether.

The media does their best to shuffle that information under the rug and will continue to do so. Yesterday, Gallup reported that unemployment was up a percentage point to 8.6% in January of 2012, but this is improvement after three years. Obama told us in his class warfare rally the other night that America is “back”! Not hardly.

By the way, the 7.3% in December 2008 under Bush was the worst month for unemployment during his entire time in the White House. That was the first time in eight years that unemployment had been above 7%. In fact, upon examining this chart from the Bureau, you’ll notice that unemployment was low for most of the period between 2000 and 2008, due in large part to the Bush Tax Cuts:

But those days are over. Obama and the media have been telling us that the numbers we’ve seen for the past couple years – that’s the new norm, folks. Unemployment below 8%? That’s a thing of the past. Welcome to the Age of Obama.

There’s also this, yesterday from Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner:

In another indication of the difficulty President Obama’s reelection campaign faces, only 36 percent of likely voters grade the administration’s handling of the economy at good or excellent, according to a new Rasmussen poll. In a national survey of 1,000 likely voters January 31-February 1, a whopping 62 percent grade the president at fair to poor, with poor collecting the largest number: 45 percent. Still, Democratic officials say that they see a positive trend built on slightly better unemployment and housing numbers that could end up helping Obama in his reelection.

There is no positive trend, but the Democrats and the media will do their best to spin the numbers and the reality of the situation as Obama ramps up his bid for reelection.

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