President Obama officially announced his 2012 re-election campaign on Monday. The new campaign is urging the supporters that helped get him elected in 2008 to mobilize once again to “protect the change he’s brought over the past two years.”
He certainly has changed things. Since taking office, Obama has:
• Passed massive failed bailouts for banks, insurance companies, investment funds and automakers.
• Passed a socialist healthcare bill that is in violation of the US Constitution.
• Increased our national debt by 40%.
• Increased our federal deficit from $420 billion to $1.5 trillion.
• NOT gotten us out of one of the worst recessions in our country’s history.
Obama has done nothing since taking office to deserve even a chance at being re-elected. His campaign platform was all about change. CHANGE. Nothing has changed in this country since he was elected unless you count change for the worse!!
This would never happen in the private sector. If you went to your boss after two years on the job and showed him a performance record that is as embarrassing as Obama’s, he would laugh in your face. And then fire you!! In the business world, you are held accountable for what you say you’re going to do. You are judged and rewarded based on your performance and the results you produce. Why aren’t our politicians, and especially our president, held up to the same standards?
In life, there is a difference between speaking and doing. It’s all around us…from the Comcast guy who doesn’t show up when he says he would, to the Starbuck’s barista who forgets the non-fat milk that you asked for, all the way to the leader of the free world. Obama had little to no business experience when the country elected him in 2008. But he convinced us his lack of experience didn’t matter. He convinced us to put our trust in him because he was going to bring about change.
The scariest part of this situation is that Obama currently faces no major challenger within the Democratic party. And as much as I would like to think that voters have gotten smarter since 2008, I’m not so sure. Incumbent candidates have a significant advantage over challengers. The incumbent candidate has won ten out of the 13 elections in which there was an incumbent running since 1936. That means the challenger has only won three times – not encouraging odds for the upcoming race.
In an email to his supporters, Obama said, “We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does.” Obama always knows exactly what to say – that is his greatest asset. But his biggest downfall is his inability to turn those words into actions. How long are we going to give him to turn things around? Another four years? For the sake of our country and our children, I hope not.