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Americans Paying for Obama's Change

By Ronald Kessler   |   Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 09:14 AM

When we hire an employee, an electrician, or a plumber, we want to know that the individual has a good track record. Yet when electing Barack Obama, Americans ignored the fact that his track record was skimpy at best.

As a community organizer, Obama was a good talker but his only tangible accomplishment was ridding a Chicago housing project of some asbestos. If Obama had virtually no impact as a community organizer, he was even more invisible in the state Senate and later in the U.S. Senate. In both, Obama had a reputation for voting “present,” thus avoiding controversial decisions that could be used against him later. In the U.S. Senate, he missed more than 1 in 5 votes.

Only one of the measures Obama sponsored as a U.S. senator was enacted: a bill to “promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Obama’s allegiance to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks, and his reputation as the most liberal U.S. senator put him on the extreme end of the liberal scale.

Rather than examining his record, Americans took it on faith that his slogan, “Change,” meant for the better. Now Americans are paying the price.

Obama is spending wildly with no idea of how the money will be repaid. As a result, over the next decade, the public debt will rise from 41 percent of GDP in 2008 to an astounding 82 percent of GDP by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Obama’s approach to reforming health insurance has been chaotic. He has outsourced the details of the bill to Congress and seems to think, as with his campaign, that promising reform is the end of his job. Yet while Obama has claimed his health insurance plan would lower costs, the Congressional Budget Office has said it will actually raise costs and increase the nation’s debt.

In saying that he would close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay by the end of the year, Obama took the same approach: He has no plan for transferring the prisoners and likely will wind up extending his deadline for closing the facility.

Along with many other Americans, pro-Israeli Jews are wondering why they voted for Obama. Yet in supporting him overwhelmingly, they ignored the fact that he counted the Rev. Wright as his minister, friend, and mentor for 20 years. Wright has accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “terrorism.” His latest public comment is that “them Jews” are keeping him from seeing Obama.

In contrast to Obama, Mitt Romney had a solid record of accomplishment both as governor and as a businessman. Yet the press focused on whether his hair looked too pristine, just as they focused endlessly on the color of Obama’s skin.

Polls are now showing that a majority of Americans no longer support President Obama’s policies. More than half say no healthcare reform is better than the plans now being proposed in Congress. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say the stimulus package is not working, and 72 percent of Americans want the unused money returned to taxpayers. Obama’s disapproval rating now exceeds his approval rating.

Belatedly, Americans are learning a lesson: to vote for candidates based on their track record, not on campaign rhetoric and cosmetics.

.Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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