If you read through the Washington Monthly's list of Obama's top 50 accomplishments, you'll quickly understand why my brother, Rush, properly wanted him to fail.
When Rush said he wanted Obama to fail, everyone knew he was talking about his policies, and for those few who pretended otherwise, he explained it a thousand times: He wanted his policies to fail because his policies are disastrous for America.
Obama has certainly failed to exhibit leadership at very important points, such as his taking a pass during budget negotiations and his legendary vacillation at key foreign policy junctures. But in terms of the general, statist direction of the country, he is captain of the sinking ship.
Obama wasn't kidding when he promised to fundamentally transform America, and he has succeeded in doing so, to the everlasting detriment of the country. Four more years of this and it's hard to imagine what kind of shape we'll be in.
Paul Glastris, Ryan Cooper and Siyu Hu co-wrote the piece for the Washington Monthly. If you want to see just how far apart red America and blue America are, you must examine their list, recognizing that they are actually bragging about these "accomplishments."
Let's take a quick look at just a small fraction of these items:
--He passed Obamacare. As we've elsewhere noted, he represented that he would bend the cost curve down and make health care more accessible. Already we've discovered that the costs are double Obama's projections, and people are losing their own plans in droves, contrary to his promises. Further calamity awaits as the law goes into effect.
--He passed the stimulus. Can you believe that Glastris, Cooper and Hu are bragging about Obama's having spent almost a trillion dollars when America is on the financial precipice? Much of it was squandered in political payoffs and waste and dedicated to failed green projects. There were no shovel-ready jobs. Precious little was spent on infrastructure, despite Obama's promises, and the overall result was that the American economy lost millions of jobs -- even after you factor in the jobs that were allegedly "saved or created." Obama can move the goal posts until the cows come home, but the one he set himself -- that unemployment wouldn't rise above 8 percent -- has been as demonstrably wrong as any in the annals of presidential pledge breaking.
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