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    While He Fiddled On Obamacare

    While He Fiddled On Obamacare

    Obama does bear responsibility for the high, and now likely perpetual, unemployment rates, the skyrocketing budget deficits, and the rapid rise in our national debt in the past two years.  Domestically, the obsession with passing Obamacare and expanding government had a direct cause and effect relationship to our economic problems.

    Internationally, it more is a matter of neglect and disregard, rather than a causal connection.

    Having prostrated the United States before the world in the first months of his administration, and then having largely abandoned that world while focusing on Obamacare, we have watched a de facto Iranian takeover of Lebanon via Hezbollah, and a spread of Iranian and Islamist influence.  It remains to be seen in which direction the Egyptian crisis moves, but all signs point to creater instability in the region and greater influence of Islamists.

    The administration’s complete obsession with Obamacare has had intended and unintended consequences, only some of which presently are known.

    Update:  Yes, I know, not all of the foreign policy has been neglectful.  The Obama administration was quite active in supporting the Hugo Chavez-wannabee who tried to make himself president-for-life over the objections of the Honduran people, and in publicly scolding the Israelis for the lack of progress in peace talks. 
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    Jim,

    How is that bullshit? When else in history was America more unpopular than she was in the waning years of the Bush presidency?

    The only possible competitor might be towards the end of our involvement in Vietnam, but even then our Western European allies were on our side. After all, its a little easier to believe in the whole anti-communism thing when there are thousands of Soviet tanks a few days' drive from your capitols.

    An important job of the POTUS is to serve as a spokesman for our nation. Obama had a lot of selling to do after Bush left. Just because your mind has difficulty accepting objective reality through your thick partisan filter does not make it less true.

    As for me, I'm a true patriot. I give the President of the United States the benefit of the doubt no matter which party he comes from, and I only criticize him when it is absolutely warranted. Its a shame a lot of Americans are partisans before they are patriots. Otherwise we'd all be rooting for Obama instead of hoping he fails so your pre-constructed narrative comes true, like some of you seem to be doing.

    The problem with supporting him revolves around his actions…our president has been grossly negligent in foreign policy(as the saying goes "partisanship ends at the waters edge") while attempting to cement his place in history on the domestic front. So we disagree with his 'transformation' which is our right while pointing out that other than another presser the potus 'still' hasn't done anything substantive of his own internationally.

    Someone give me concrete examples of where Obama has failed internationally.

    -He has expanded and intensified the War in Afghanistan, which was neglected almost criminally under George W. Bush.

    -He hasn't done much in Iraq mainly because there wasn't a ton to do.

    -He has drastically increased the international pressure on Iran. His offer to negotiate with Iran when he took power put America firmly back on the moral high ground. When Iran slapped away our outstretched hand, the international community took notice, and rallied around our sanction and containment efforts.

    -He has drastically improved relations with Russia and also with our traditional allies in Europe. Although to be fair, he did this more just by not being George W. Bush.

    In the medical profession, there is this saying that doctors should always live by: "do no harm". If there is a significant chance an intervention could make a patient less healthy, maybe its best to avoid it in most cases. If politicians lived by that motto, do no harm, I think we might be better off as a nation. So here is a list of things Obama HAS NOT done.

    -He has not expanded entitlements without funding them, as GWB did with medicare part D. While the ACA doesn't do a good job of controlling health care costs, its provisions are certainly accounted for and don't add to the deficit.

    -Obama also has not started any unnecessary wars based on false pretenses that would ultimately cost America thousands of soldiers, result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, and cost hundreds of billions of dollars to wage.

    -Obama has not alienated America's staunchest allies and indeed most of the world with exceptionally inflammatory "us versus them" rhetoric.

    -Obama hasn't really improved our relations with the Muslim world but he certainly hasn't made them worse.

    These are just the things off the top of my head. When you think about all of the things that a president can do wrong, it suddenly seems prudent to wish for a president who doesn't do enough. Although the right seems inconsistent about this anyway: some of the time, you all argue that Obama is a failure and he hasn't done anything. Other times you argue that he has destroyed 'Merica. How can both be true?


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