Janice Shaw Crouse

The President campaigned on a promise of “hope and change.” We got plenty of change, but hope is dwindling fast.

Obama is focusing on improving the economy and health care. Thus far, he is 0 for 2. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts a national debt of over $17 trillion by 2019. Americans at town hall meetings all across the nation are loudly opposed to a government takeover of health care. No wonder the President’s approval ratings are tanking. Even his core supporters in the election — the 18-29 year olds — are losing hope. According to Gallup polls, Obama’s approval rating among young adults has dropped more than 10 points since January. That same poll reports all adults are dissatisfied with how the President is handling things — approval ratings have dropped nearly 20 percentage points (from 30 percent in February to nearly 50 percent in July). Even some folks that were the President’s strongest supporters are questioning policies that are bankrupting the nation and driving us toward socialism.

The President’s community-organizer approach to governance is beginning to wear thin. Blaming so-called “right-wing conspirators” for his failing policies is working no better for Obama than it did when Hillary used the same accusation to deflect criticism from her husband’s womanizing. The plain truth is more and more Americans are troubled about the direction that Obama is moving the country. They especially don’t like to see the expansion of wasteful, profligate spending that mortgages their children’s futures. By wide margins, Americans don’t trust the government to run things as well as private enterprise; we especially don’t like government takeovers and bailouts of industries and corporations.

More and more people are distrustful of the double speak that is coming out of the White House. Those who analyze such things declare that the President’s figures about the number of people who are “uninsured” are “false and deceptive.” The President claims that number to be 47 million Americans. In their analysis of reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Congressional Budget Office, the Liberty Counsel found that the number of uninsured actually dropped by over 1 million in 2007. Further, a significant number of those uninsured are not citizens, others are earning high incomes, and still others are uninsured for only brief periods of time.

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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