If you thought that in a second term Barack Obama would focus like a laser beam on jobs and the economy, think again:
President Obama plans to make climate change his top priority for his second term. No, that's not from The Onion, a humor publication, but the left-leaning New Yorker. What planet does this president live on?
'Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda,” wrote Ryan Lizza in this week's New Yorker. “The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change,” supposedly to “improve the world.”
So forget about the abysmal jobless numbers above 8% for over three years, or the $15 trillion deficit that threatens to turn the U.S. into Greece. No, amid those very real calamities, climate change is more important.
If this isn't a sign of a president out of touch with reality, what is? If climate change is Obama's “most important” policy issue, then neither the Tea-Party-led victories around fiscal discipline — such as the Wisconsin vote, nor the West Virginia primary, here 40% of Democrats chose a jailbird to protest Obama's anti-coal agenda, made a dent on him.
Like a madman doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, it can only mean Obama intends to double-down on his green agenda if re-elected.
And it isn't as though he hasn't blown boku bucks on it up to now
Already no president has ever spent money on “climate change” as he has. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1998, $99 billion has been spent among 14 agencies on “climate change.” Of that, $35 billion was earmarked from the 2009 stimulus.
The top agency charged with enacting the Obama green agenda — the Department of Energy — has seen its budget soar from $24 billion in 2009 to $38 billion in 2012, the Office of Management and Budget estimates.
Thing is, this isn't tops Americans' concerns. From Rasmussen:
Things Americans consider “Very Important”
Health Care 62%
Gov't Ethics and Corruption 61%
Energy Policy 54%
Social Security 53%
National Security/War on Terror 50%
Not making the list?
It is not unreasonable to presume that Barack Obama has his own ego-maniacal agenda in mind for the future, and not the interests or needs of the American public.