Last week, combating sinking poll numbers and impotent to contain the oil spill rapidly polluting the Gulf Coast, President Obama reportedly turned to his top aides and said, “Plug the damn hole.” His frustration, we’re told, was palpable.
Well, perhaps now President Obama – frustrated as he is – can understand a little better how the American people feel about him. Or rather, he could if, instead of scurrying to appease him, British Petroleum laid out a bunch of completely unacceptable conditions in exchange for meeting the President’s demands. In a sense, that’s just how Obama has treated Americans.
When the President came into office, most Americans wanted four basic things. First, they needed an economy that would create jobs. Second, they asked for an end to miscellaneous abuses by health insurers. Third, they wanted a restoration of America’s image abroad. Fourth, they sought to stop the seemingly endless stream of illegal immigrants into the country. Finally, they hoped for a little more genuine good-will, bipartisanship and effectiveness from Washington.
Obama promised it all – but has imposed conditions for fulfilling his pledges that are unacceptable to the vast majority of Americans. And even then, he hasn’t delivered.
Obama insisted that the unemployment rate would remain stable or even drop, but only if Congress passed a budget-busting “stimulus” that just happened to benefit his most loyal constituencies. Then unemployment went up anyway – along with the deficit. Now, to pay for a new orgy of federal spending, the President has broken his “firm pledge” not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 yearly, and refuses to rule out instituting a VAT.
Obama promised that he could “reform” health insurance abuses – but only by completely restructuring the American health care system. Now, after Democrats used parliamentary tricks and a variety of buy-offs to secure the necessary votes from their own legislators, ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever. What’s more, rather than reducing costs as promised, the plan threatens to add $115 billion more to government health care spending over the next ten years. To help pay for the plan, ObamaCare itself includes 19 separate new taxes totaling $569 billion.