Actually, it all started after Pres A Jackson fought off the Central Bank. The 'Bankers' eventually got their way and the final spike was driven into our coffin when the Fed Reserve was created. They use debt to enslave the populace and manipulate the people to support it. Orwell wrote his book in 1948 and was inspired by the politics of the day and how 'money' was the driving force. Just to lay blame on Obama is 'small-thinking' and shows you just swallow the popular 'talking points' that are heard on FoxNews, etc. Obama inherited a mess and the R's have not helped; they've been blatant about gaining back power at any cost...have you been listening??