Terry Paulson

"We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added." Under Obama, food stamp usage has increased 100%. About 32 million households, or 27.1 percent, benefited from at least one means-tested poverty program. Do you want more government dependency or do you want freedom and a free-enterprise economic recovery that produces jobs?

9. Obama openly supports class warfare: "I'm calling on Congress to extend the tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 for another year." Because income tax does not apply to those who are already rich; most who are rich pay only capital gains tax, not income tax. Obama's income tax is a punishment for those who are aspiring to achieve their dreams and are on their way to becoming rich. Admittedly, the amount generated by targeting our most successful citizens won't even make a dent in the budget deficit. After government runs out of money from your successful neighbors to fund your benefits, guess who is next? They'll come after you to take away the rewards for achieving your dreams!

10. The Middle East is the most visible collapse in the unraveling of the Obama administration's foreign policy. The Arab Spring Obama supported has exploded. From his failure to increase security on a 9/11 anniversary to his consistently blaming an anti-Muslim video and an apparent terrorist involvement cover-up, it's clear that Obama is riding a weak horse in the eyes of the enemy. This president's weakness has resulted in the loss of American lives and is provocative to the terrorists who are still at war.

In light of his record, President Obama's words now ring hollow, if not produce a grating note! Fool Americans once, blame our charismatic president's campaign skills. Fool Americans twice, blame voters for truly being fools.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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