October 19, 2012
As expected from a president completing his first term, Barack Obama is asking voters in Ohio to reelect him so that he can continue to fulfill the promises he made four years ago.
With respect to those promises, candidate Obama traveled across virtually every square foot of the Buckeye State in 2008, making two very big ones, both concerning jobs:
First, he promised to renegotiate NAFTA, arguing he would return high quality manufacturing jobs to the state by making "the rules of the road...fair to everybody."
Second, he promised to create seven million new, "good-paying" jobs nationally, five million of them in the wind and solar industries, jobs, he proclaimed, that "can't be outsourced."
Now, over the past four years, Ohioans have accumulated plenty of knowledge regarding not just the actual number of new jobs Obama has created in their state and the rest of the nation but the quality of those jobs in pay and benefits.
The've acquired substantial information about how many good jobs continue to be lost.
They've learned a lot about the shamelessly manipulated unemployment rate released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which, each month, is compelled to delete huge numbers of unemployed workers from the size of the workforce.
They've become acquainted with the hard facts of underemployment, a scourge that, according to BLS data, produces an unemployment/underemployment rate of 15%, possibly 20%.
Finally, regarding just two effects of Obama's jobs and energy record, they are as fully aware of the fact that in 2011 Ohio had the 11th highest mortgage foreclosure rate in the nation (Politico, 2/9/12) and the 9th highest percentage of mortgages underwater (Dayton Daily News 3/9/12) as they are of current gasoline prices.
Therefore, without repeating a long list of other statistics, I'll get right to reminding them of Barack Obama's promises, providing a link for each source.
After they, hopefully, consider them carefully, they'll decide for themselves whether he has honestly and bravely kept them or has revealed he is devoted to the decrepit political agenda in which a politician says one thing to get elected and then forgets about it to pursue an extremist ideology whose "rules" direct him to pay off his voting base as part of a mission to enormously expand the size, reach, power, cost, and indebtedness of government.
Here, then, are comments Barack Obama made hundreds of times in 2008, the same Barack Obama who now ridicules Mitt Romney's ideas for leveling the economic playing field with China as "just not credible."
February 13,2008, Submitted by Jeff to the Ohio Daily, "an Ohio progressive blog."
"[From the Obama campaign] I just received my first mailer of the presidential race...
'Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA,' it declares.
[The mailer also asserts that ]...when Obama says he will fix broken trade deals 'we can believe him.'"
February 24, 2008, Aswini Anburajan, NBC/NJ.
"LORAINE, OHIO...workers at the plant questioned Obama on whether NAFTA could be repealed, and he said that it could not though he wants to renegotiate parts of it to include better labor and environmental protections. He said that it when to came to trade, he believed in it deeply but that 'the rules of the road have to be fair to everybody.'"
February 25, 2008, CNN Politics.
[The article quotes Obama as follows]
"One million jobs have been lost because of NAFTA, including nearly 50,000 jobs here in Ohio. And yet...Sen. Clinton said it was good for America. Well, I don't think NAFTA has been good for America...and I never have."
March 1, 2008, Beth Fouhy, HuffingtonPost.com.
"Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton roundly condemned NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, as they campaigned across Ohio."
March 4, 2008, Michael Luo, New York Times:
"In the debate in Cleveland, [Barack Obama] agreed with Mrs. Clinton that he would leave Nafta unless it was negotiated in terms more favorable to American workers."
Friday, October 10, 2008, from the Washington Post's transcript of an Obama campaign speech in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Assessing those promises by using their own knowledge about the economy and their expectations for honesty from a president, assumptively, they are prepared to decide whether they want to risk four more years of change Obama style.
But, before they make theirr decision, however, this observation:
For decades and continuing through his presidency, Barack Obama's writings, speeches, and actions have made it clear he deeply believes in the kind of social, political, and economic structure exemplified by Western Europe's government heavy, top down, trust-the-political-elites nanny states that attempt to disguise their irresponsibly profligate, essentially anti-Jeffersonian nature with the euphemism "social democracy."
In truth, however, the political elites who guided those nations created their apparent success on the foolish, dangerous hope they could forever make mountains of promises paid for with mountains of debt.
The result now that economic reality has begun to bite?
Except for cautious, common sense Germany, Western Europe's biggest economies find themselves plagued by a cycle of slow growth, no growth, and recession responsible for stubbornly high, dream-killing unemployment that among young people stands at 22% in France and Great Britain, 34% in Italy, and 53% in Spain.
However, even the outright economic depression now gripping Spain and Greece doesn't represent Western Europe's most frightening threat; for history shows that when any culture is haunted by the ghost of economic collapse, the unspeakably ominous specter of social collapse inevitably lurks close behind.
Yes, the self-made man , multi-talented genius, and great patriot Ben Franklin truly revealed his love for his country when he bequeathed to us the advice that warns, "He that lives upon hope shall die fasting."
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