"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Romney's Bet

The accumulating weight of the Obama administration's failures is staggering.   Consider the record Obama must defend:

  • $16 trillion in debt, with nearly $6 trillion added in his first term.
  • $1 trillion plus deficits in each of his four years.
  • No plan to reduce entitlements, which are bankrupting our country.
  • His signature achievement, Obamacare, is a huge new entitlement we can't afford.
  • His second signature achievement, the 2009 stimulus, was a boondoggle that failed to jump start the economy and instead funneled nearly $1 trillion in taxpayers' money to unions and Democratic Party insiders.
  • The U.S. credit rating downgraded.
  • Unemployment over 8% for 43 months and counting.   Real unemployment if you consider discouraged workers who've dropped out of the workforce is much higher.
  • Fecklessness in foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East.
  • Offending Israel, our only natural ally in the Middle East.
  • Appeasing Iran, our enemy.
  • Botching the "Arab Spring," with the Muslim Brotherhood now in charge of Egypt and Libya.
  • A murdered ambassador in Libya.
  • Leading us to a fiscal cliff.
  • Leading us to a significant national security decline via the sequestration and its impact on military funding coming due on 1/1/13.
  • Solyndra and the cover-up.
  • Fast and Furious and the cover-up.
  • Gay marriage flip-flop.
  • Golf and the missed intelligence briefings.
  • Choosing Sandra Fluke and spoiled upper-middle-class slatterns over the Catholic Church and religious liberty.
  • Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.
  • Chicago teachers' unions.

Obama is betting that the American people just aren't very smart, and will vote for him because he'll keep their gravy train going for another four years.   Romney is betting that they are smart enough to know a failure when they see one, but just haven't paid attention to the campaign much yet.   Once they start doing so, the litany of woes that the Obama administration has been should become more and more evident.  

Or, as mentioned below, perhaps we are just too far gone.

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