The Morning Joe panel all concurred this morning that the feeling in Washington and around the country is that of a 1979 rerun. Crisis are hitting from all directions. One after another, after another.
This weekend, a double barreled shot from at home and overseas. Our credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. America is no longer a safe investment. The stock market is crumbling day after day as a result. Then half a world away, 30 brave American Navy Seals were killed by a Taliban RPG. This attack yielded the worst set of casualties in the almost decade long conflict in Afghanistan.
We currently sit at a point in history where our hope in America is waning. Our faith in our leaders is fading. All of this at a time when our President promised the very opposite.
In January of 2009 the President inherited the White House. He’s fond of pointing out all the bad things he did indeed inherit. I would think Americans are willing to give him a break on many issues he had to deal with. But the American people are a rational people when judging Presidents.
In January of 2009 unemployment stood in the 7th percentile. It peaked at 10.2% and has remained above 9% for months on end. Chances are if you were out of work in 2009 you are still out of work today.
In January 2009 the U.S. debt stood at around $11 trillion. Now the President has authorized a National Debt that will go into 2013 at $16 trillion. In the history of America’s credit rating, it has been the gold standard, AAA. Today for the first time in history it has been downgraded.
There are more troops in Afghanistan than there were in January 2009. There remains little to no evidence that Afghan leaders or police are willing to do little other than act in tribal form, rather than as U.S. allies against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Communist China lectures us on fiscal responsibility while Russia’s Prime Minister dubs us “parasites” on the world. Our GDP is floundering while China’s is skyrocketing. We no longer have a working vehicle to get into low Earth orbit. We must now rely on the very nation whose leader called us parasites to do that.
Contrary to what all of these indicators may point to, the American spirit isn’t dead. It’s merely in hibernation. The entrepreneurship and innovative spirit is paralyzed by the massive increase in regulation, the uncertainty caused by the financial and healthcare overhauls, and an insatiable appetite of this President to tax the very people who create jobs.
We were promised “change” and “hope”. We received decline and despair, or dare I say malaise. America is stumbling from one crisis to another. Our national confidence is eroding by the day. The President’s answer is the same one he had at the beginning of his Presidency. Taxing the people who create jobs, so that the government bureaucracy can spend more money we don’t have to create “shovel ready jobs” that the President now admits were a farce. The President’s Plan A has failed and it seems the only people who haven’t figured that out are still working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The President has no Plan B. He only has mildly new rhetoric to repackage Plan A as new and bold.
It’s sad. I’m saddened by the lack of leadership out of the White House today. What began as one of the greatest symbolic accomplishments in American history has spiraled downward into an epic failure on almost all counts. It’s not that we don’t respect the President, we do. It’s not that we hate the President, we don’t. We just think he’s done a bad job. In any walk of life, the result of a bad performance is the same, termination. If America wants to know when recovery will begin, it begins by firing Barack Obama as President of the United States.