How did President Barack Obama go from a sixty-nine percent approval rating in January of 2009, to being declared “Mr. Unpopular” in Time Magazine last week?
Well, in the context of a succinct, roughly 3000 word editorial, Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer successfully ignored a couple of key words that can help explain the President’s downfall - “wolves,” and “coyotes.”
And if wolves and coyotes are in the mix, then the problem must be somewhere far outside the beltway, likely among the rural Western states, in a place that is either ignored or regarded with contempt by liberal media and Washington bureaucrats – some we can ignore -right?
Indeed the problems are in the West – in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Arizona – and while the problems are region-specific, they point to a broader crisis for the Obama Administration, and illustrate why President Obama continues to offend the moral sensibilities of the American people.
First, let’s look at Arizona.
The Grand Canyon state’s struggle with illegal immigration, and Barack Obama’s lawsuit to punish Arizona for declaring illegal immigration to be “illegal,” are fairly well known (although you may not have heard about the Obama Administration’s second lawsuit in Arizona that was filed just last week – thou shall not disagree with Barack, or thou shall be litigated against).
Over-run public schools, bankrupt hospitals, murder and smuggling have tragically become commonplace in Arizona. So last April Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, Jon Kyl and John McCain, asked the Obama Administration for 3,000 additional border patrol agents to be placed on the Arizona/Mexico border.
The smugglers are especially worrisome. Illegally transporting drugs, human beings, and God only knows what kinds of explosives and weaponry, in Arizona these thugs are referred to in the slang vernacular as “coyotes” (pronounced “Keye-yo-tays”). They’re sophisticated, well organized, and dangerous, with radio communications, night vision technology, and just about every other strategic and tactical capability that law enforcement has. And they are gradually winning the turf battle, as they move further north towards America’s fifth largest city, Phoenix.
So in the midst of this crisis, and in response to the Senators’ request, the Federal Government assigned an additional 30 border patrol agents to Arizona (a small fraction of what Kyl and McCain requested), and installed some new road signs.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.