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Guest Author:  Joe Gruters
Date:  November 6, 2012
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Failed Promises - Failed Presidency

Today is a presidential election with momentous consequences. America cannot endure another four years of leaderless, gridlocked government, legislation via executive order, and mindless disregard for unsustainable spending. We ought not accept the status quo as “the best we can do.” Rather, it is time to recognize that the Obama presidency has failed. It is time to install new leadership in Washington with a mandate to return the nation to a path of prosperity.

Today is a presidential election with momentous consequences. America cannot endure another four years of leaderless, gridlocked government, legislation via executive order, and mindless disregard for unsustainable spending. We ought not accept the status quo as “the best we can do.” Rather, it is time to recognize that the Obama presidency has failed. It is time to install new leadership in Washington with a mandate to return the nation to a path of prosperity.

After dazzling the voters with lofty promises in 2008, it has become abundantly clear that President Obama cannot deliver. His litany of excuses and list of scapegoats are as incredulous as they are pathetic. The reality is -- his liberal partisan politics have simply failed in a center-right nation.

Now Obama implores voters to give him four more years . . . to do more of the same. But we deserve better and can do better. Obamas’ track record of failure is too condemning to ignore. His dashed dreams and unfulfilled promises are flashing red lights at the crossroads in November.

Obama promised that he would revitalize the economy with an unprecedented $830 billion stimulus package; yet, little was stimulated and the economy is still struggling with the slowest recovery since the Great Depression 80 years ago.

Obama vowed to cut the federal deficit in half; yet, he has increased spending from 20% to 25% of GDP and nearly doubled the country’s debt to a staggering $16 trillion. Embarrassing, though not surprising, the country has been stripped of its triple-A credit rating. Obama’s blind eye to unsustainable debt, non-competitive tax rates and regulatory uncertainty are self-inflicted wounds.

Obama pledged to put the nation back to work; yet, unemployment has exceeded 8% for the last 3 years. Over 23 million Americans are underemployed. Business formation is at a 30-year low, while job-killing rules and regulations are at a record high.

Obama promised to improve the lives of American families; yet, incomes have plummeted by more than $4,000; over 46 million people rely on food stamps, and 1 in 6 are now living in poverty. Real estate values have imploded, as foreclosures have exploded.

Obama promised health care reform; yet, 26 states fought him all the way to the Supreme Court. Instead of pursuing job creation, Obama squandered the first two years of his Presidency ramrodding ObamaCare through Congress and the courts.

Obama promised an energy policy that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil; yet, he curtailed development of domestic sources, blocked the Keystone pipeline, and facilitated multi-billion dollar loans to Brazil and Columbia, plus another billion for Mexico – who will soon be drilling in our back yard.

Obama promised an enlightened immigration policy; yet, refused to enforce existing federal laws and took Arizona to court when it attempted to do the government’s job. And, when Congress denied his Dream Act, Obama simply instructed the Department of Justice to ignore existing law.

Obama envisioned a foreign policy to win the respect of our allies and enemies alike; yet, neither was impressed with our apologetic overtures or eviscerated military. Obama refused to support the uprising in Iran, failed to “reset” relations with Russia, led from behind in Libya, sat out the Egyptian revolt, dithered over the Syrian slaughter, conceded defeat in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and disregarded Israel’s existential threat from Iran. Most egregiously, Obama has relegated the murder of US Ambassador Chris Stevens to last month’s news cycle.

Obama promised transparent government; yet, he installed unaccountable layers of Czars (castrating his own Cabinet and Congress). Nancy Pelosi scolded that we have to pass legislation “in order to learn what’s in it.” Now, it appears, the “new normal” is gutting welfare reform and illegal immigration with the stroke of his pen.

What is Obama promising over the next four years? Regrettably, just more of the same. His vision -- the “hope” in his hype -- hasn’t changed. Higher taxes on job creators, more big government “investment,” increased energy costs, irrational “green” subsidies, a profligate rearguard action on ObamaCare, and a neutered military. Stripped to the bone, this is classic tax and spend liberalism: increased taxes -- as long his partisan base remains unscathed -- and unfettered spending irrespective of fiscal rationality or sustainability. Essentially he is asking for a liberal leap of faith, rationalizing the past four years of failure, to be underwritten by “shared responsibility” (otherwise known as wealth redistribution).

As we know, the Romney/Ryan campaign is not buying this act. Nor should the voter. Rather, sound leadership can and will invigorate the economy and return America to the path of prosperity. Romney’s focus is on five critical areas – energy, education, trade, deficits and small business. Central to his strategy is reducing untenable government expansion and free market intrusion, while protecting Social Security and Medicare for current and future beneficiaries.

As we enter the final stretch, the crossroads are clear. We can passively hope for a resuscitation of Obama’s broken promises, or we can opt for aggressive new leadership and a viable path to renewed prosperity. Let’s take the right path.

Joe Gruters


Notes: 

Joe Gruters is Chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County, Florida


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