Conservatives point to Obama’s fiscal record as one of their main points of contention. Despite calling for absolute earmark reform, the President signed a spending bill with over 8,000 earmarks in it on the 51st day of his Presidency, according to research by Americans for Tax Reform. ATR also points to the numerous tax scandals in which Obama appointees have been embroiled and his hypocrisy on taxes.
“Signed into law back on Feb. 4, on just the sixteenth day of his presidency, the 156 percent–61 cents per pack—cigarette tax increase falls largely on the shoulders of middle and low-income Americans,” wrote ATR. This contrasts with Obama’s statement that no Americans who make less than $250,000 will see a tax increase. Experts also say that not increasing taxes will be difficult after increasing federal spending by 8% over last year.
The Heritage Foundation issued a judgment on Obama’s foreign policy after the first 100 days. Despite commitments to reduce troop sizes in Iraq over the summer, Obama has not yet reversed the course of the previous administration in the Middle East, something senior research fellow James Jay Carafano says “makes sense.”
However, Carafano also points to poor decision making in reversing the Cuban embargo, cutting money from missile defense and the overall defense budget, and closing Guantanamo bay.
“Presidents must keep the nation safe, free, and prosperous for four years, not 100 days. The White House has a lot more work to do,” he said.