The thing you have to admire about the Obama administration is its ability to fight furiously on several fronts at once. The economy. Individual liberty. The rule of law. National security. In his pursuit of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” (as he promised his followers in October 2008), Barack Obama has managed to undermine them all. It’s been an impressive, if also a depressing, performance.
Just a few reminders: On the hustings, Obama lambasted George Bush for adding $4 trillion to the national debt over the course of eight years. That was, I readily acknowledge, profligate behavior. But Obama has vastly outstripped George Bush, adding more than $6 trillion to the national debt in just under 3 years. $4 trillion, $6 trillion: if only there were some means of making it as gargantuan a task to write or read those words as it is to comprehend what such numbers portend. There is no way, so I hesitate to remind you that Obama is set to ask for another $1.2 trillion in spending money. When that happens, the federal debt will clock in at more than $16 trillion. Thanks for the hope, Barack!
What else has Obama accomplished on the economic front? There are big things like soaring unemployment — the administration admits to something approaching 9 percent; really it is 11 percent — and S&P’s downgrade of U.S. credit, the first in history. And don’t forget “the staggering decline” of household wealth in the U.S. In the third quarter of 2011 alone, total U.S. household wealth declined by 4.1 percent: that’s $2.2 trillion in three months. Look at the value of your house and your retirement funds: you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for the change, Barack! Then there are the myriad ham-handed initiatives like the government takeover of GM and its subsidizing a movable electrical machine to toast marshmallows. There is his energy policy, which, as the Washington Post put it, is “infused with politics at every level” (h/t Powerline). Under Obama, the effect of the Environmental Protection Agency is not to safeguard the environment but to make it more difficult and more expensive to create or conduct business in the United States.
Then there is the rule of law. Start at the top, with Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Charles Krauthammer called “one of the worst attorneys general in U.S. history.” Voter intimidation by the Black Panthers? You must be racist. “Fast and Furious,” a clandestine program that funneled scores of weapons to Mexican drug thugs, one of which was used to kill Brian Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol agent (to say nothing of the hundreds of Mexicans killed with the guns)? AG Holder said he didn’t know about it, but ABC reported that he was briefed on the program in July 2010.
The list goes on. But let’s leave the domestic side of things to one side and consider the issue of national security.