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Obama's legacy

Discussion in 'Politics Forum (Local/National/World)' started by JayDubya, Dec 24, 2016.



  1. JayDubya

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    As is the case with many articles, the comments section is a really good part of the read. I suggest you open the comments section just for some added emphasis.

    As Obama accomplished policy goals, his party floundered

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-accomplished-policy-goals-party-floundered-132019824--politics.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and 74 months of consecutive job growth.

    There's one number you will almost never hear: More than 1,030 seats.

    That's the number of spots in state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress lost by Democrats during Obama's presidency.


    It's a statistic that reveals an unexpected twist of the Obama years: The leadership of the one-time community organizer and champion of ground-up politics was rough on the grassroots of his own party. When Obama exits the White House, he'll leave behind a Democratic Party that languished in his shadow for years and is searching for itself.

    "What's happened on the ground is that voters have been punishing Democrats for eight solid years — it's been exhausting," said South Carolina state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who lost two gubernatorial campaigns to Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to the U.N. "If I was talking about a local or state issue, voters would always lapse back into a national topic: Barack Obama."

    When Obama won the presidency, his election was heralded as a moment of Democratic dominance — the crashing of a conservative wave that had swept the country since the dawn of the Reagan era.

    Democrats believed that the coalition of young, minority and female voters who swept Obama into the White House would usher in something new: an ascendant Democratic majority that would ensure party gains for decades to come.

    The coalition, it turns out, was Obama's alone.

    After this year's elections, Democrats hold the governor's office and both legislative chambers in just five coastal states: Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. Republicans have the trifecta in 25, giving them control of a broad swath of the middle of the country.

    The defeats have all but wiped out a generation of young Democrats, leaving the party with limited power in statehouses and a thin bench to challenge an ascendant GOP majority eager to undo many of the president's policies. To be sure, the president's party almost always loses seats in midterm elections. But, say experts, Obama's tenure has marked the greatest number of losses under any president in decades.

    "Obama just figured his important actions on policies like immigration and health care would solidify support, but that hasn't really materialized," said Daniel Galvin, a political science professor at Northwestern University and the author of a book on presidential party building. "He's done basically the minimal amount of party building, and it's been insufficient to help the party."

    It's a political reality that Obama has only been willing to acknowledge publicly after his party's devastating November losses. He's admitted he failed to create "a sustaining organization" around the political force that twice elected him to office.

    "That's something I would have liked to have done more of, but it's kind of hard to do when you're also dealing with a whole bunch of issues here in the White House," he said at his year-end press conference.

    It is perhaps not surprising that Obama — a politician who promised a post-party era — turned out not to be a party stalwart.

    Obama and his aides came into office neither beholden to his party's establishment, nor particularly interested in reinforcing his party's weak spots.

    He electrified the 2004 Democratic National Convention with a speech seeking common cause over party differences. Four years later, he defeated Hillary Clinton, the pick of the party insiders, to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

    In the White House, Obama's failure to do the typical Washington schmoozing was a constant source of complaint among congressional Democrats, as was his reluctance to endorse down-ballot candidates and inability to parlay Organizing for Action, his grassroots organization, into a significant force.

    State parties languished and the Democratic National Committee struggled with dysfunction and debt.

    "We built this beautiful house, but the foundation is rotten," said South Carolina Democratic Chairman Jaime Harrison, a candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee. "In hindsight we should have looked at this and said, 'Maybe the state parties should be strong.'"

    Toward the end of his presidency, Obama began doing more, stepping in to assist more than 150 state legislative candidates in October and campaigning across the country for Clinton.

    He's indicated he intends to make partisan politics a bigger piece of his post-presidential life. Aides say Obama will be closely involved in an effort to focus on drawing district lines more in the favor of Democrats.

    The president's advisers blame the losses on such structural trends. They point to a flood of Republican super PAC dollars and a resurgence of Republican political power in statehouses. That state-level dominance has given Republicans the ability to redraw district lines and created voting rules that could benefit their party for years to come.

    The refusal by many Democrats to accept help from Obama in the 2010 and 2014 midterms was also a strategic mistake, they argue.

    "Frankly, when people have asked, the president has been more than willing to engage," said David Simas, Obama's political director.

    Some Democrats blame Obama for an executive agenda that highlighted social issues — such as transgender rights and access to birth control — over the economic anxiety still felt by many voters.

    "The backlash to the Obama presidency was perhaps bigger than any of us really realized," said Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democratic Network, a Democratic think tank. "A lot of the story of this election was people feeling like the culture was evolving in a way that made it feel like they were no longer living in the country they grew up in."

    Others are focusing on the one clear truth of the November defeats: What worked for Obama just did not work for this party.

    Perhaps the most remarkable twist of a shocking political season? Even as voters chose to elect a successor who vows to undo most of Obama's legacy, his approval rating remains the highest it's been since the spring of 2009
     
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    This is his freaking legacy.....

    BOpic.jpg

    I lost count of the number of his lies.

     
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    Barack Hussein Obama's Legacy
     
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    Legacy of lies, deciet, corruption, traitor, and fake news, a vile, incompetent, pathetic, lying person has never been seen till now. History if told legtimately will confirm his treachery against this country and his illegitimate 8 years in office. Now if we get a legtimate DOJ, FBI and some courts they will allow his true citizenship to be shown.
     
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    Obama's approval rating is about as accurate as Clinton's election polls. It's all rigged. Obama's legacy will be reduced to the first black President with a failed agenda.
     
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    The media has protected him for eight years so naturally they'll see to it his approval ratings show him loved by the majority of Americans when he leaves.

    Sad part is, this guy isn't going away like many have predicted. He's going to be giving speeches here and abroad criticizing the new administrations every move. The media will be asking his opinion weekly ...I'm looking forward to some Barry bashing tweets from Donald over the next four years.
     
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    What the Democrats don't want you to know: Party lost more than 1,030 seats in state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress during Barack Obama's presidency
    • Statistic reveals how Obama's leadership was rough on the party's grassroots
    • Democrats now hold the governor's office and both legislative chambers in just five coastal states
    • Obama's tenure has marked the greatest number of losses under any president in decades, according to experts
    • He's indicated he intends to make partisan politics a bigger piece of his post-presidential life


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4063898/As-Obama-accomplished-policy-goals-party-floundered.html#ixzz4Trr8NORZ
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    " I know my legacy is around here somewhere" Barry said.
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    Seriously, now that we've gotten these things outta the way, can we finally move on?

    Or

    Should I read this as if we're going to have more black Presidents whose agenda's will fail? They'll eventually catch up to the number of white POTUS's who've made it all fail and THEN we'll be good to go?

    That leaves the Q:
    When are we finally going to have anything, perhaps we need an "Albino", or a "carrot", who will run this country properly?

    Oh wait, maybe we just got that "carrot" - LOL, I'm not sure yet, but I think so

    Carrots are good for our eyes :2 thumbs up:
     
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    Carrot? Wtf?

    I smell lib. They sure got pretty lips.

    Obamas legacy: Smooth talking nigger.

    Didn't do anything before PONTUS, doubt he does anything after.

    Take that lib shit to Drudge.
     
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    I sure hope he does go away or at least has significantly diminished influence

    He's so annoying

     
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    Forced to select a singe word to describe barry, I'd probably select the word "classless".

    "Traitor" works too, but that describes most of DC.
     
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    Or Bolshevik
     
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    Loose reference to Trump with the "orange skin" I keep hearing about

    but, Boehner had really orange skin so

    It's Christmas
     
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    Community organizer maybe, but Constitutional lawyer my arse!

    Thanks be to God for term limits.

    “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, on Monday’s “Axe Files” podcast.

    That is one legacy We the People can do without.
     
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    There's the halfrican's legacy right there folks!
     
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    If on occasion you watch Waters World on Fox, you will see how stupid many of these snowflakes are. I can see them voting again for Obama in a heartbeat. We still find it hard to believe that soo many people voted for Hillary. Those of us that are sane and level headed will have to fight for the rest of our lives to combat the Low Information people out there. MSM must be proud.
     
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    Even coons store up for the winter.... Failure!
     
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    There are a number of people claiming that Obama is "the best President in American history". How little they know of American history...and I really wonder what measure they are using.
     
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    Obama, that is the funnest thing I have ever heard !
     
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    Face it guys. Just like we loved gold in 2000 we might be misunderstood now

    "Sell your tech stocks and buy gold for $275/oz" I told my wealthy brother while holding up a Kruggerand.

    The guy is hen pecked by his stupid greedy bitch wife. Shills on tv misleading him on investments, he is so tired from constant work he dozes off while I explain why gold maybe the investment of the decade.

    Does he really think Obama is better than tech stocks?

    Fuck no. He just has been pussified and simply needs to reconnect his testicles.
     
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    The Obama Legacy: “Crippling Debt, Massive Unemployment, Welfare-based Society, Deteriorated Infrastructure, Massive Inflation, And A Worthless Fiat Currency”

    Jeremiah Johnson
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    Rapacity performed by an outgoing Democratic president is intentionally downplayed or simply ignored by the mainstream media. We saw such unbridled rapacity in the atavistic way the Clintons left the White House when they departed in 2000. They stole and/or vandalized furniture and furnishings of the White House and left it in a deplorable state. From a perspective of his official actions, Bill Clinton did things such as pardon Tommy Rich and closed a few loopholes to ensure his Clinton Foundation deals did not fall apart after he surrendered the Oval Office.

    The Obamas are not following suit in the manner of the Clintons with pillaging the White House for three reasons. Firstly, although he committed dozens of offenses that would have merited it, Obama was not impeached, whereas Clinton was. For those who may hold askance with the conditions of impeachment for Obama, let us remember that under the parameters of the National Defense Authorization Act and the tenets of more than half a dozen overlapping executive orders, the United States (and the world) were “redefined” as a “battlefield” in the war on terror. The emergency status has never been lifted: that status was affirmed and inculcated under the Bush administration shortly after 9/11 that categorized us as being in a state of war (against terrorism) and a continuous state of emergency.

    Under such “wartime” conditions, the words of Obama in 2012 were clearly treasonous and constituted an impeachable offense.

    Obama declared on television to Dmitri Medvedev his intention to unilaterally exercise his powers (exceeding his authority) as the President to reduce American missile defenses in Europe (not a “treaty” action for later ratification by the U.S. Senate) without prior Congressional approval. This was a promise specifically directed to a foreign leader (indirectly through Medvedev) that would weaken America’s defensive capabilities and circumvent Constitutional Law and Congressional approval during wartime. This is treason. “Tell Vladimir I’ll have more leeway after the election” is nothing less than treason, as eloquently revealed by Obama’s “hot mike” in 2012.

    This is merely one example of dozens, but as previously mentioned, all those dozens of examples are merely thrown eggs, which do not stick to Teflon.

    Secondly, Obama is the primary candidate for the Democrats to run for president in 2020. After the inauguration of Trump, there will then only be 3 years and 7 months to go before the next presidential election. Obama’s campaign for “Yes We Can…Again,” will begin in about 2 ½ years. If he had been able to run in this last election, he would have won hands down and smoked Trump in the manner of a cheap cigar. We know it, and he knows it. If anything, his popularity has risen substantially now that the election is behind us. The media are now portraying him and his wife in that glowing “Hallmark” type of picture with mist around the gold-leaf framed portrait.

    Such a Pravda-like portrayal completely dismisses the torments of the past eight years: the Holodomor-like starvations of Michelle Obama’s enforced school lunch malnutrition crusade inflicted on American children while her daughters dined carte blanche at the Friends Private school on taxpayer dollars; the crippling of the U.S. economy and planned destruction of the manufacturing base; the weakening and reduction of the military; the enrichment of an army of Executives and Oligarchs who fawningly marched in lock-step with the administration’s policies while outsourcing the entire U.S. economy; the continuous onslaught of moral depravity inflicted on families, businesses, and social structures through Draconian edicts and “color of law” rubber stamping by the kangaroo supreme court.

    In eight years, Obama has taken the United States of America to the level of a third-world country with crippling debt, massive unemployment, the fostering and increase of a welfare-based society, a deteriorated and ramshackle infrastructure, massive inflation, and an almost worthless fiat currency on the brink of collapse.

    On March 23, 2010, he cajoled, pushed, back-doored, and forced the legislative enslavement of every citizen of the United States under the (Un)Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Barack Hussein Obama II has made every citizen beholding to the State, and dependent on the State to certify that person as being in “good standing” and “paid up” under the law – the law that he created.

    To digress: any other country’s citizens (Egypt is a prime example with the ousting of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to reverse the Obama administration’s actions) would have risen with clubs and pitchforks, burned the capitol to the ground, arrested and imprisoned every lawmaker, and forced the leader either to flee, to later be captured and tried or to be ripped to pieces and never make it to a courtroom.

    But the legend of Obama’s “legacy” is being created by the mainstream media even as we speak, setting the stage for “the statesman” to return. Do you know when he’ll return? In a couple of years, akin to MacArthur striding through the surf and onto the beach…campaign time of 2019/2020…after the Oligarchs and the Marxists have sabotaged Trump’s efforts and derailed a recovery…all the while with the media to support the sabotage and foster it. You don’t think Alec Baldwin (who absolutely hates conservatives) will stop portraying Trump, do you?

    All of this falls in line with crisis manufacture, the subverting of public opinion, the creation of public dissent, and then the rise of the messianic figurehead to lead the crying, helpless public out of the doldrums. Obama will be that figure. He already is. They don’t even have to create him; the media simply needs to rekindle a longing for him as a “Father” figure/Mr. Goodbar among the majority of the non-working, non-taxpaying public…a longing to return to “Good Times,” when the administration gave those who produced nothing everything…at the expense of those who produced everything while the administration left them with nothing.

    Thirdly, Obama hasn’t left office yet, and he has been actively fostering the passage of “minute to midnight” legislation and actions, such as a no-fly zone in Syria, the demonization and potential criminalization of the alternative media, the solidification of his already-crafted executive actions enabling the EPA and other bureaucracies to continue in theft (I’m sorry, misappropriation of taxpayer monies…commonly termed “reallocation”) and enforcement, and the placing of the United States in precarious positions in numerous theaters where war could commence in the blink of an eye. He hasn’t left yet, and a lot can happen in a month.

    Bill Clinton knew he would not return to the White House. He was a major “negative” in the cap of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and in true trailer-park fashion, they vandalized the White House and stole furniture. Keep in mind they would have done more if they could have gotten away with it. Clinton and his lovely wife stole billions of dollars, sold military secrets to the Chinese (read the book “The Year of the Rat” for further insight into this), and enriched themselves on taxpayer dollars while murdering and destroying people along the way.

    But Obama is smarter than them…both he and his wife are quieter, more purposed, more cunning, and more effective. They are also more patient. This cycle has happened before. They just have to stand back and allow Trump either to be derailed or for Trump to make a mistake and derail himself. Then they will return to campaign again.

    The basis for such a possibility is the success that Obama had in destroying the country while ensuring (even with Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and the comment to Medvedev as a few of the many examples) that nothing even came close to touching him or threatening him with removal of office.

    A 100% success ratio. He just didn’t have enough time to finish. But he will have another opportunity in 2020, and you better believe that he’ll take that opportunity when the time comes. He may leave the White House, but that doesn’t mean he will not return to it again.

    Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.

    This article may be republished or excerpted with proper attribution to the author and a link to www.SHTFplan.com.

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    And if the mess isn't cleaned-up properly, if any piece of debris is left behind, if no one is prosecuted for their offenses against the Constitution, the moment anyone from the Progressives return, it'll be Game Over!
     
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    I have been told from a reliable source that attorneys inside the belt way are salivating over the enormous amount of litigation opportunities come January 20th. Some will get away, but most are being fitted for bright orange jumpsuits.
     
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    The Real Obama Legacy, The Economy.

    Shortly after his inauguration in 2009, President Obama invited Republican leaders in Congress to the White House to discuss their proposals for stimulating the economy. In this gesture of goodwill he failed to mention that House Democrats had already drafted and passed a stimulus bill without consulting them. Every GOP idea had been left out.

    Even a minor concession or two would have gone a long way toward gaining Republican votes, with the result that Republicans would have inherited part ownership of the stimulus package. But as no concessions were offered, every House Republican voted against the bill, as did all but three in the Senate.

    Then came Obamacare which was put together in the office of then-majority leader Harry Reid. No Republicans were invited to that party either and consequently none voted for it. Democrats became sole proprietors of Obamacare.

    Politically speaking, this approach was justified. But there happens to be great value in compromise and bipartisanship. On big matters that involve the entire country and affect most Americans, they are critical. They act like a seal of national approval. When both parties agree, controversial measures are no longer in serious dispute. When one party insists on having its way, controversy lingers.

    Obamacare is a prime example. As a product of bipartisan compromise, it would have been less unpopular than it is now. But as wholly owned property of the president and Democrats, forced on an unwilling public, it’s loathed. For Democratic candidates, it’s an albatross. In short order, Obama lost the House majority he brought with him into office, then the Senate.

    Obama’s relations with Republicans have worsened since then. In 2011, he and House speaker John Boehner agreed to a $4 trillion deal of spending cuts and tax hikes. But this “grand bargain” unraveled when Obama insisted on hundreds of billions more in tax revenue. Boehner promptly pulled out, saying he couldn’t trust Obama to honor a deal. Obama had throws away a breakthrough that might have enhanced his economic legacy.

    Thus ended Obama’s minimalist efforts to cooperate with Republicans in Congress. After his re-election in 2012 he announced he would use his pen and the phone to handle Congress. Rather than negotiate with Republicans, he mainly used his pen to sign an unprecedented number of executive orders. No need to discuss, cooperate, or compromise on those. Throughout his second term he routinely exceeded his constitutional authority by signing orders rather than passing legislation.

    Now, in his final month in office Obama seeks to secure his legacy by introducing a last-minute barrage of costly environmental regulations. This adds to his administration’s dubious record of producing more than 600 major regulations, at a cost of more than $100 million each, according to a study by the American Action Forum, a Washington-based think tank.

    Related to this legacy of stifling over-regulation is the fact that the U.S. is now 19.95 trillion dollars in debt (as of December 2016). Obama added an additional $7.917 trillion to America’s national debt, which amounts to a 68 percent increase from the $11.657 trillion debt level Bush accrued by the end of his presidency.

    But according to Obama himself, echoed by the MSM, he has done a really great job overall and America is “indisputably better off” economically today than it was when he took office.

    At first glance one would think that more than any other aspect of Obama’s legacy, the economy is a matter of fact rather than ideological spin. But consider this Nov 30, 2016 statement by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. In his press briefing he said that 805,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since President Barack Obama has been in office. But a quick fact check by a liberal leaning watchdog indicates that there has been a net loss of 303,000 manufacturing jobs since Obama took office in January 2009.

    Earnest made the statement on the day that Carrier announced a deal with President-elect Donald Trump so that the company would “continue to manufacture gas furnaces in Indianapolis, in addition to retaining engineering and headquarters staff, preserving more than 1,000 jobs.”

    Earnest’s intention to undermine Trump’s achievement was clear when he fabricated this lie to the American people and then taunted Trump by adding that “Trump would have to make another 804 deals like that to equal the number of manufacturing jobs created while Obama has been president.”

    So given this state of affairs, let’s fact check Obama’s “indisputably better off” claim against eight key metrics of economic health: the federal debt, the gross domestic product annual growth rate, the unemployment rate, labor participation rates, median annual income, home ownership rates, health care costs, and reliance upon food stamps (see America’s economy before Obama versus after Obama,” Breitbart, 11/29/2016).

    1. As already mentioned, the federal debt has doubled to nearly $20,000,000,000. And counting…
    2. Obama has overseen the worst economic growth of any President since Herbert Hoover, and has not had a single year that saw an annual growth of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that reached or exceeded 3%. CNS News reported that all of Obama’s predecessors since JFK, whose administration saw annual growth of real GDP peak “at 6.1 percent in 1962,” have seen far more robust economic growth. Obama’s eight years pale in comparison to Ronald Reagan’s eight years between 1981 and 1989, where “annual growth in real GDP peaked at 7.3 percent in 1984.”
    1. The good news was that the unemployment rate declined from 7.6% in January 2009 to 4.9% in October 2016, and the number of employed increased by 9.8 million and the number of unemployed decreased by 3.8 million. However, the bad news was that the number of Americans not in the labor force increased by 13.5 million.
    2. This latter statistic reflects that fact that the labor participation rate declined from 65.8% in February 2009, shortly after Obama took office in the midst of a recession, to 62.8% in October 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Thus 94,333,000 Americans were not in the labor force in July 2016. In September 2015, the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.4 percent, its lowest point since 1977.
    3. Median household annual income has remained stagnant in real terms under Obama — 1.5% lower ($884) than it was in January 2008 just as the recession was beginning, but substantially above its low point of August 2011.
    4. The home ownership rate declined from 67.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009 to 63.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016.
    5. Health insurance rates, both for employer-sponsored programs and Obamacare, increased significantly between January 2009 and November 2016. Breitbart:
    “In 2008, the average employer-sponsored family plan cost a total of $12,680, with employees footing $3,354 of the bill…. By 2016, the cost of the average employer family plan was up to $18,142 for the year, with workers picking up $5,277 of the tab.”

    And it’s getting worse. Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket an average of 22% for the benchmark silver plan in 2017.

    1. The number of individuals receiving food stamps increased from 33.5 million in January 2009 to 44.2 million in August 2016, an increase of 10.7 million. Enrollment in the food stamp program has soared by 32 percent in the years since President Obama first took office, a new report finds.
    Summary

    Six of these eight metrics show that Americans are demonstrably worse off in November 2016 than they were in January 2009, when President Obama was inaugurated. The two metrics which show nominal improvement—the unemployment rate and median annual income—come with significant caveats.

    While the measured unemployment rate has declined under Obama, the dramatic increase in the number of those not participating in the labor force, the huge increase in those on food stamps, and stagnant median household annual income in real terms, suggest that those two economic metrics represent illusory gains.

    On the face of it, Obama’s economic plan is to expand the dependent population by exporting manufacturing jobs, swelling the numbers on welfare, disability, and those out of the labor force, continue to import millions of uneducated, economically dependent foreigners, but to make everyone at least minimally happy with payments from the government so they continue to vote for the Democrats who are indisputably more favorable to the welfare state than the GOP.

    With six of these eight economic metrics lower in 2016 than they were in January 2009, and with the two improved metrics qualified at best, it is hard to conclude that America is “indisputably better off” economically today—compared to January 2009.

    In his last press conference as President Obama made his case once again that as president, he was great for the economy:

    “As I was preparing to take office, the unemployment rate was on its way to 10 percent,” he noted. “Today it is at 4.6 percent, the lowest in nearly a decade.”

    In contrast here is how Trump depicts the last 8 years:

    President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders. Our manufacturing trade deficit with the world is now approaching $1 trillion a year. We’re rebuilding other countries while weakening our own. Ending the theft of American jobs will give us resources we need to rebuild our military, which has to happen and regain our financial independence and strength.

    Because Trump was elected on his promise to restore American jobs, I have chosen to focus the remainder of this brief essay on job loss due to outsourcing jobs to places like China and Mexico.

    Outsourcing the American Dream

    Jobs outsourced to China have continuously reduced American employment opportunities and have helped contribute to wage erosion since 2001, when China entered the World Trade Organization. Between 2001 and 2013, the US trade deficit with China increased by $240.1 billion ($21.8 billion on average per year). During this period the trade deficit with China cost the U.S. 3.2 million jobs, three quarters of which were in manufacturing, according to the Economic Policy Institute report.

    By 2015 the U.S. trade deficit with China jumped to $365.7 billion. This is a new record, up from the 2014 record of $343 billion. The deficit is always increasing because, for more than a decade, China has exported about $4 worth of goods to the United States for each $1 of goods that it imports. A lot of the Chinese exports, such as consumer electronics, clothing, and machinery, are from U.S.-based companies that send raw materials to China for low-cost assembly. Because most American companies can’t compete with China’s low costs, millions of U.S. jobs have been lost due to outsourcing, facilitated by

    Because China consistently distorts market forces through government subsidies, preferential loans, and currency manipulation, they can produce goods at lower cost than US companies. They pay lower wages to workers, and manipulate an exchange rate in which the yuan is always priced lower than the dollar. If the dollar loses value, China buys dollars through U.S. Treasuries to support it. In this way, the yuan’s value is always within a target range of 2 percent.

    The passive resignation of the Obama administration to this growing problem is precisely the kind of response that infuriates the newly unemployed class of American workers who gave Trump the 2016 election. Thanks to the Obama administration’s globalist ideology, China is now the world’s largest economy and the largest lender to the U.S. Government. As of September 2016, the U.S. debt to China was $1.157 trillion. Many are concerned that this gives China political leverage over U.S. fiscal policy since it could call in its loan. (Source: “Major Foreign Holdings of Treasury Securities, U.S. Treasury.)

    In their Outsourcing America: What’s Behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs, Ron and Anil Hira note that despite the enormity of the stakes for all Americans, a state of denial exists among US policymakers.

    To convince Americans of outsourcing’s benefits, corporate outsourcers sponsor misleading one-sided “studies.” Only a small handful of people have looked objectively at the issue. These few and the large number of Americans whose careers have been destroyed by outsourcing have a different view of outsourcing’s impact. But so far there has been no debate, just a shouting down of skeptics as “protectionists.

    The Hira brothers also cite a University of California study that concludes that 14 million white-collar jobs are vulnerable to being outsourced offshore. The authors note that these are the jobs of the American Dream, the jobs of upward mobility that generate the bulk of the tax revenues that fund our education, health, infrastructure, and social security systems.

    The authors point out that “the track record for the re-employment of displaced US workers is abysmal: “The Department of Labor reports that more than one in three workers who are displaced remains unemployed, and many of those who are lucky enough to find jobs take major pay cuts.”

    The result is a lose-lose situation for American employees, American businesses, the American government and for the American people as a whole.

    The national security implications of outsourcing can no longer be ignored. The steel and aluminum industries are essential to our national defense industrial base. If U.S. steel production is hollowed out by unfair Chinese competition, the U.S. could be placed in the vulnerable position of having to rely on foreign countries for critical commodities. Obama’s legacy of passivity regarding these issues has inevitably eroded America’s superpower status, hence the appeal of Trump’s main message: “Make America Great Again”.

    Trump has already begun the task of reshaping trade relations with China by naming outspoken China critic, Peter Navarro, to lead a new White House office overseeing American trade and industrial policy. Navarro, who is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and holds a doctorate from Harvard, is the author of a series of books critical of China’s unfair trade practices and a 2012 documentary film, Death by China.

    Eight years ago when he was running for president, Obama criticized President Bush’s deficit spending, calling it “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama saidat a presidential campaign event on July 3, 2008:

    The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents — 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome. So we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

    By December 2016 Obama has added far, far more to the U.S. debt than Bush or any president in history. As he leaves office he continues to add to his total of over 260 executive orders, while at the same time he advised Trump not to issue too many executive orders.

    The left, believing that they would control the presidency for years to come because of the demographic changes they have engineered (with the complicity of the GOP), doubtless felt that executive rule was a good thing — no need to deal with all those flyover Republican Congress people. It’s a great precedent for Trump.

    Obama’s legacy of hypocrisy and arrogance (and that of his press secretary) is a testament to his disdain for the intelligence of the American people. Fortunately not all Americans have succumbed to the ideological propaganda honed by the Obama administration and their fervent supporters in the MSM over the past 8 years. We will soon have a new American President, but we remain stuck with a MSM that is bristling with anger over repeated exposures their bias, not to mention their frustration that their much hoped for utopian dream of complete domination was at hand with the ascension of Hillary Clinton has been shattered.
     
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    The Democratic party is a smoldering heap of dung and the GOP are chock full of ball-less criminals. They both are solely responsible for the election of Donald J Trump to the office of POTUS!
     
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    Obama must be punished for his arrogance. As POTUS, he was totally aware that Clinton, as Secretary of State, was sending and receiving Top Secret data from him on a server that was not secure. Upon doing so, Obama is guilty of a Felony, everytime he knowingly sent and received emails from Clinton.
    But let us not make a issue out of this until January 21, just in case the dumbass decides to pardon himself as his last executive order.
     
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    I have listed below all of his accomplishments that have helped the us.

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    Thanks Obama For Decimating The Democratic Party. He Gave The White House To Donald Trump
     
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