Scott Erickson

According to statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate has increased to 15 percent from 13.2 percent since Mr. Obama became president and in 2012 the number of Americans living in poverty reached 46.5 million, of which over 16 million were children.

Median household income has decreased nearly $4,000 during Obama’s tenure, sinking to $52,297 in December 2013 from $56,124 in January 2009, and a lower percentage of Americans are participating in the labor force today than has been seen since the lowest days of the Carter administration.

Far too many Americans are living in poverty and the Democrat's big government, one-size-fits-all approach to governing simply hasn't worked.

The president may be loathe to admit it but it has not been lost on the American people. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 63 percent of Americans have "just some" or no confidence "at all" in Obama's ability to make the right decisions for the country's future and over 60 percent of respondents consider the United States to be on the "wrong track."

These are the realities of the Obama presidency and these problems should demand an urgent call to action, not a tepid call for "executive orders" and a myopic focus on pursuing stale initiatives.

Unfortunately, Mr. Obama and the Democrats appear incapable of offering new ideas or opening themselves up to the possibility of working across the aisle with their Republican counterparts in congress. That would require a modicum of leadership, and leadership is something that has been sorely lacking from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Scott Erickson

Scott G. Erickson is a veteran law enforcement officer and the Executive Director of Americans in Support of Law Enforcement, @supportingcops