If Obama were like other presidents, he would at least be alarmed by the enormousness of the national debt and the entitlements that are driving our unfunded liabilities into the stratosphere. He would be concerned that the economy has remained anemic his entire five years in office and that we're experiencing the worst recovery since World War II.
But you never hear Obama expressing genuine concern over the debt, our unfunded liabilities, our perpetual lack of growth or the explosion of our welfare and food stamp programs, which he may well regard with pride.
Why? Because his head is elsewhere. He wants the welfare state to thrive because that is one of the most efficient ways to achieve his desired income redistributions. He does not concern himself over growth-stifling tax increases, because he is more interested in confiscating income and assets of those he perceives as having too much. He isn't worried about the colossally negative impact his quixotic green energy programs have on our economy and livelihood, because he is more interested in achieving his goal of fundamental transformation than in presiding over a robust American economy. He isn't worried about the expansion of government and the unaccountable administrative bureaucracy, because to him, government is the panacea and "liberty" is merely a word to mouth when expedient.
To give himself cover for implementing fundamental change, Obama has been not only preaching "fairness" but deliberately lowering Americans' expectations for future growth. He has attempted to reorient people to accept the currently unacceptable levels of economic performance as the new norm.
Sadly, Obama's idea of reallocation of resources doesn't stop at the nation's shores. Just as he wants a "fairer" allocation of resources in this country, he wants our relative power in the world to be diminished, as well. He's all but admitted he isn't comfortable with America's being the world's sole superpower.
We've discussed the bizarre phenomenon of Obama's avoiding accountability for his miserable record by distancing himself from the negative effects of his own policies. His ability to escape accountability is further served by the fact that he doesn't aspire to the same goals as other presidents and thus eludes some measure of blame for failing to achieve them.
What is going on in this nation is breathtaking to those who love America as founded and as embodying the greatest principles of self-governance in world history.
If we are to have any hope of rolling some of this insanity back in the short term and ultimately preventing Obama's goal of fundamental change, we must, at the very least, call Obama out on exactly what he's doing and do our best to re-establish the traditional yardsticks against which to measure his failures.