LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2014 — No matter how bad things get, President Obama’s supporters keep reminding us all that he “inherited a mess” and “saved us from another Great Depression.”
A joke about God says that he created the world in six days, and spent the seventh say wondering how he did it. Obama has achieved godlike status among his followers for saving the world, yet his worshippers still cannot articulate what he actually did or how he did it.
On January 21, 2013, Obama celebrated his second inauguration. Based on his behavior, this was day 1,461 of his first inauguration. His entire life is a celebration of himself.
Nevertheless, he somehow found the will to take time out from relaxing to praise himself publicly before going back to accomplishing nothing.
He promised to lay out an “agenda” for a second term, which involved “forward,” “fairness,” and a “balanced approach.” He repeated these platitudes in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Useless addresses.
Obama still claims to desire a “national conversation,” provided that only people agreeing with him speak. A real constructive dialogue would occur if everyone took an oath requiring conversation be about policy. The last two decades has seen liberals demand everything they say be taken at face value simply because they said so. For true dialogue, hard issues deserve serious, honest analysis.
One fact that must be respected is that no significant policy creates a measurable immediate effect. There is a lag time.
Strip away Obama haters and sycophants, and focus on policy.
President Obama “saved America from the next Great Depression.” He “saved the auto industry,” a major economic cog.
How? What specific policies did he enact that had anything to do with healing the American economy? Can anyone name the actual policies?
President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson created the $787 billion TARP package to save the financial sector before Obama took office. Obama created his own $1.3 trillion dollar “stimulus” package. A more modest version made it through the Democratic Congress. It did not do what Obama said it would.
The economy was shedding 750,000 jobs per month when Obama took over, but reversal began before his own stimulus was enacted. Timelines are non-partisan. Even somebody as glorious as Obama cannot solve problems before taking office or get credit for being the only man in history to enact policies without a lag time. The economy did rebound from the depths of despair during his tenure, but before he could have possibly contributed anything positive or negative.
Since recoiling from the brink, the economy has stagnated his entire six years. This is more than enough time for scrutinizing his policies. As bad as things were in 2008, the rebound should have been significantly better. Reaganomics sharply reversed the Carter economy. The actual policies were supply-side tax cuts. Obama pushed healthcare and environmental policies. The former increased the debt while the latter made no positive economic contribution. Bailed out automobile company General Motors is still suffering while competitor Ford, which refused bailout money, is doing better.
If the “Obama saved the world” narrative is going to be rammed down American throats, we should know how he actually did this. If the Obama narrative is true, every leader on Earth should learn from him.
The typical liberal response violates the rules of civilized conversation. Questioning the accepted liberal dogma of “Clinton good, Bush evil, Obama godlike” leads to the inevitable charges of racism, bias, and other sinister motives.
How about letting policy discussions finally be about policy? What did President Obama do? Would it have happened without him? If not, then he is the one indispensable man the world truly has been waiting for. His significance could not be overstated.
Platitudes, slogans, and talking points are not policies. “Cleaning up the mess” of his predecessor is nonsense unless one can state exactly what policies caused the mess to begin with. Tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 have nothing to do with the financial crisis of 2008 in the same way that Clintonomics does not deserve credit for the 1990s dot-com economy or blame for the 2000 crash. The stock market is thriving, but no Obama supporter can name a single Obama policy that has any connection to this development. People who use red pens on Thursdays may earn more money than those using blue pens on Tuesdays, but is that evidence or irrelevant happenstance?
If liberals cannot name a single successful Obama economic policy, then maybe it is possible that he has never had one. Maybe his supporters despise his predecessor so much that they do not care what Obama does. They love Obama for merely being.
This is great for liberal partisans, but offers nothing from a policy standpoint. Without substantive explanation, Obamanomics offers nothing positive that anybody anywhere can learn from. Failure is irrelevant, because liberals just declare it success anyway. The straw that cannot be spun into gold is excused away as the fault of anybody and everybody else but Barack Obama.
Obama and liberalism itself is a world of presidential selfies and pajamaboy governing, a hollow celebration of failed nothingness beyond liberal self-regard. Liberals need the illusion of success to tide themselves over until their next self-worship sessions at the Golden Globes, Oscars, and climate change conferences.
Back in the real world, Obama scandals abound, the world gets engulfed in flames, the real economy contracts, and millions of innocent lives get financially and emotionally destroyed. Obama supporters cannot explain the savior narrative, but his critics can easily explain how Obama became the reverse Midas, reducing everything he touches to ashes.