Pundits, commentators and observers of the current campaign are neglecting to take into account the corrosive effect of Barack Obama’s bad policies on his reelection campaign. Barack Obama and his campaign are reluctant to discuss certain aspects of these policies because they don’t wish to stir up an acid bath of criticism.
Over the last several years, Obama and his Congressional allies have instituted a number of policies that are now having a corrosive effect on his candidacy. Explanations no longer ring true and the electorate is beginning to realize that his entire Presidential term has been spent pandering to specific pressure groups within the Democratic coalition while the needs of the population in general have been dismissed as irrelevant.
With unemployment over 8% and underemployment in the same area or higher, American voters are starting to question the President and his policies. Blaming the previous administration goes only so far before people begin saying, “What have you done for me lately?”
Let’s start with the high price of energy to consumers. The Obama administration is an arch-foe of fossil fuels and has put in place policies that prevent the exploitation of America’s natural resources. Either by Interior Department edicts or EPA regulations that have increased the cost of energy to ever-higher levels. And the voters knew it was coming in 2008!
During the 2008 campaign Obama promised, “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
Here he is in living color:
There’s no question that Obama is opposed to the use of coal in the United States. His fixation on alternative energy sources is legendary. He is prepared to cause the prices of electricity generation, primarily fueled by coal, to “skyrocket” in the pursuit of the chimera of alternative energies.
It means that all of the people involved in the mining of coal across the United States from the miners to the equipment suppliers to the processors of coal will be in for four difficult years if he is reelected. There is no question that Barack Obama is conducting a war on coal at all levels, but primarily through the regulatory process.
His administration’s use of onerous regulations on the entire fossil fuel industry is inexorably raising the prices of all types of energy across the board. It is having a corrosive effect on the American economy by raising the underlying cost of doing business. The administrations bad policy decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline, the gulf drilling moratorium and restrictions on drilling on Federal lands have been just a few of the reasons why fossil fuel prices have risen so dramatically.
The next time a company announces the relocation of a manufacturing facility to a foreign country, listen carefully. One of the reasons that they give will either be because it has a better regulatory regime or lower energy costs. One is the byproduct of the other.
Meanwhile, the administration has caused the rise in gas prices at the pump from about $1.80 per gallon when Obama was inaugurated to north of $3.75 and still rising. Expect to see $4.00 per gallon in many areas after labor day. In fact, $4.00 has already been reached on either coast. As one observer pointed out, “The gas pumps no longer just tell you the price. The say ‘Vote Republican’.”
Gas prices have risen with every little twitch in the world situation. Discussions about Iranian nuclear intentions, prices go up. Refinery disruptions, prices go up. It seems that no one in the government understands the basic laws of supply and demand. The higher the supply, the lower the prices. The greater the demand, the higher the price. The solutions: drill more oil and gas, build more refineries.
This double-barreled attack on the wallets of the American electorate is having a corrosive effect on their lifestyles. As consumers pay more for energy, they spend less for consumer goods, thereby inhibiting economic recovery and ultimately growth. So, the downward spiral continues.
The Obama administration through their drilling, should we say non-drilling, policies have retarded the use of oil and natural gas by American consumers. They spent over $800 billion in stimulus spending and the taxpayers have nothing to show for it.
Lump-sum payments went to seniors in lieu of cost of living adjustments when their was no increase in inflation. The payments were simply an attempt by the Obama administration to buy votes in the 2010 midterm elections. It didn’t work, the Democrats were ‘shellacked’, according to the President himself.
Money went to state and local government, ostensibly for productive uses. Instead, the funds were used to close budget gaps, prevent tax increases and hire mor government workers. It was simply a ‘black hole’ of spending with no residual value for the taxpayers.
Nothing was spent for energy production except for billions wasted on alternative energy funding. Much of that went to companies that are either bankrupt or near bankrupt. It goes to show that government should never pick winners and losers.
The administration and their Congressional allies rammed through ‘Obamacare’ over the wishes of the majority of the electorate. They used a variety of budgetary gimmicks to keep it under the prescribed $1 trillion limit, including using $500 billion (now estimated at $716 billion) from Medicare. They then had the nerve to argue that the $500 billion would be used to pay for part of Obamacare and cut Medicare spending.
They continue to push forward this massive government takeover of health insurance, complete with service panels and rationing while a strong majority of Americans are opposed to it. It’s like the mother who insists that the ‘castor oil’ is good for you, so choke it down. The drip, drip, drip of these bad policies is having a corrosive effect on Obama’s reelction effort.
Despite their laudable goal of universal health coverage, the Washington politicians forget one important aspect of health care: doctors and health professionals. Doctors don’t grow on trees. It takes nearly a decade to produce a credible doctor. They just don’t appear in a few years.
With they increasing government control of medicine and medical decisions, fewer doctors will be produced because fewer men and women will enter the profession. We’re already seeing doctors turning down Medicare and Medicaid patients. Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s own brother hasn’t accepted Medicare patients for some time. His reason: he can’t make a fair living servicing them.
Americans usually will vote with their pocketbooks in mind. On that basis, they need to be looking at the corrosive effects of bad policies by the Obama administration and wondering why Barack Obama deserves four more years.