No one more harmful
Published 10:15 am Thursday, February 12, 2015
Barack Obama is living in his own dream world.
To hear him tell it, thanks to six glorious years of his leadership, America is in great shape again at home and overseas.
According to his boasts, which the mainstream media rarely challenge, the economy has rebounded from the Great Recession and federal budget deficits have been sliced in half under his watch.
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Never mind that we’re in the slowest economic recovery since FDR’s awful policies prolonged the Great Depression.
Never mind that the “official” unemployment rate of 5.7 percent is a statistical fraud because it doesn’t count the millions who’ve dropped out of the job market.
Never mind that the federal government still spends $486 billion more every year than it takes in and future deficits are projected to be a trillion bucks a year.
And never mind that ObamaCare is a fiscal time bomb that’s already driven up the cost of health insurance for millions of individuals and small business owners.
Pay no attention to all those grim realities at home, says our strange man in the Oval Office. All is well on Obama World.
And don’t worry about those bloody wars going on in Syria and what’s left of Iraq. Don’t worry about the future of Afghanistan or the recent terrorist takeover in Yemen, either.
We have ISIS terrorists on the run, President Obama says. We’ve outfoxed Putin in Ukraine. Soon we’ll sign a deal with Iran’s mullahs about ending their nuclear weapons program.
Dream on, Mr. President. Time’s running out.
After six years of President Obama, it’s frightening to see what an alien, almost un-American worldview he has and how he puts it into practice daily.
When it comes to religion, everyone knows the president lives on another planet.
He’s clearly more interested in sticking up for Islam than for Christianity. And, I swear, he’s more comfortable quoting from the Koran than from the Bible.
He outdid himself at a recent prayer breakfast when he tried to equate the atrocities committed by modern Islamic terrorists with what Christians did during the Crusades a thousand years ago.
But President Obama is most dangerous to the country when he delves into foreign policy.
When he goes overseas to visit our allies, he’s more likely to start off by apologizing for America’s history of slavery or blaming America for something like climate change.
His recent move to unilaterally ease our 54-year-old economic embargo with communist Cuba is a perfect example of how badly Obama negotiates and what he thinks is important.
The Castro Brothers are still high-fiving each other. But the United States — and the imprisoned and impoverished Cuban people — got little in return for making it much easier for trade and travel activities to take place between our countries.
Compare Obama’s blase attitude toward communism and its victims with Ronald Reagan’s. In 1987 my father went to Berlin and challenged the USSR to allow more political and economic freedom for its captive countries.
At the Brandenburg Gate he called for Mr. Gorbachev to prove he was serious about liberalization by tearing down the Wall.
When the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall came along in 2009, Obama showed how little he cared by skipping the ceremony and sending a video message.
The good news is that in two years President Obama and his world will be gone.
We’ll be back to reality and someone much more competent — President Hillary or Jeb or Scott or Rand or whoever — will have to clean up all of his messes.
Whoever our next president is, we’ll be better off. There’s no way in heck he or she could be as strange or as harmful to the country as Barack Obama.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press). Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.