President Obama says he needs four more years to finish the job he started. That’s his way of admitting he’d rather Americans not look too closely at his poor job performance so far. The Obama campaign slogan “Forward” is apt because Barack doesn’t want voters to look backward at the wreckage in his wake.
Exhibit A is the nearly trillion-dollar “stimulus” package of 2009 that promised to lower unemployment rates to about 5.5 percent by now. Instead, it’s 8.1 percent, and it’s only that low because 368,000 stopped looking for work and aren’t counted by bureaucrats. Democrats warned if the stimulus plan were rejected, unemployment in the third quarter of 2012 would be way up at 6 percent. In retrospect, the country could have avoided adding a huge chunk to the national debt and still had more people working today if that boondoggle hadn’t been enacted.
Another Obama promise not kept is cutting the federal deficit in half. In his convention speech Thursday, the president said, “You do the math.” OK, fine. In his first budget proposal, Mr. Obama projected that if his policies were enacted, the federal budget deficit for fiscal 2012 would be $581 billion. Instead, it’s about double that as Mr. Obama racks up budget deficits of more than a trillion dollars year in and year out. The deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product was at 3.1 percent in 2008, but under Mr. Obama it has averaged over 8 percent.
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