The nation has “turned the page” on recession and war, Obama will trumpet tonight. The sad thing about Obama and the left wing media is that Obama believes something is true simply because he says it, and so does the press, who will not question it for one second.
Obama is going to lie. Of that there is no doubt, but I have some thoughts about what he really should say. He will say:
“The verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”
Instead, he should tell the truth. And the truth is that 95% of the economic gains have gone to the top 1% income earners.
Obama should say that under his guidance wages have remained stagnant.
Obama should tell America that a record number of people are out of the workforce.
Obama should tell America that black unemployment is nearly 11%.
Obama should mention that 70% of new jobs are going to foreign born people.
What Obama should not do is take credit for lower gas prices. He should remind America that he wanted gas prices to be as high in the US as they are in Europe.
Obama should remind America that two years ago he flat out told America that “we just can’t drill our way to lower gas prices.”
Obama should let America know that under him the price of eggs, fish and beef are at all time highs.
Obama should spend some time explaining how he lost the middle class:
Obamacare doesn’t help those in the middle. Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, provides generous subsidies to low earners, but aid levels decline as incomes rise and phase out altogether around income levels of $47,000 for an individual and $95,000 for a four-person family. The law does virtually nothing to lower healthcare costs for people who don’t qualify for subsidies.
Meanwhile, the cost of medical care and prescription drugs has risen about 5% per year under Obama, as wages have grown by less than 2%. The cost of health insurance has risen by less than 2% annually during Obama’s six years, but that’s partly because deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses have soared . Obama pursued a noble goal by seeking to make health care coverage available to more people—but he hasn’t done anything, really, to help families above the Obamacare subsidy levels finance medical care.
College is more expensive than ever. College tuition and fees have risen by 5.2% per year under Obama, making the cost of higher education another huge middle-class expense that’s growing faster than wages. That’s not really Obama’s fault, since the government doesn’t control what colleges charge. Obama is keenly aware of the problem and has tried to address it, by signing legislation boosting federal aid for students and taking other steps that might someday help lower the cost of getting a degree. Yet the amount of student debt outstanding has soared by 58% under Obama, to a staggering $1.3 trillion, according to the latest Federal Reserve numbers. Middle-class families are mortgaging their future to pay for college, with the outcome uncertain, at best.
Obama’s stimulus spending didn’t trickle down far enough, or fast enough. Obama has basically admitted he overpromised on the $840 billion stimulus bill that was the first big piece of legislation he signed in 2009. Jobs returned far more slowly than Obama and many economists predicted, and when they did, many paid less than the jobs lost during the 2007-09 recession. There was — and is — no silver-bullet solution to economic problems that formed long before Obama took office, and would have bedeviled any president, Republican or Democrat. But Obama clearly thought the 2009 stimulus plan would get the job done, which is why he turned to health care and other matters after it passed. Mission unaccomplished, as another top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer, admitted late last year.
Obama’s other priorities don’t help the middle class today. Obama may well establish a lasting legacy as the first modern president to make a difference on global warming and other environmental issues. If so, it will help Americans for generations to come. But it doesn’t put money in anybody’s pocket today, and Americans consistently say environmental concerns are less important than jobs and economic issues.
For all the Obama blather, the middle class decline looms over Obama’s last two years:
But for the middle class the scars of the recession still run deep. Federal Reserve survey data show families in the middle fifth of the income scale now earn less and their net worth is lower than when Obama took office.
In the six years through 2013, over the recession and recovery that have spanned Obama’s tenure, jobs have been added at the top and bottom of the wage scale, a Reuters analysis of labor statistics shows. In the middle, the economy has shed positions – whether in traditional trades like machining or electrical work, white-collar jobs in human resources, or technical ones like computer operators.
Obama should admit that despite what Obama is doing in the Middle East, ISIS is gaining ground.
Obama should remind people that he is still spying on innocent Americans.
He should spend some time explaining why a religion which “preaches peace” kills so man people.
Lastly, Obama should remind people that he promised to reign in Executive Power:
The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.
These are the things that an honest man would say, but Barack Obama is not an honest man. He is not just a liar, but a liar of grand proportions.
It is time to turn the page- on Barack Obama.