Obamaville - June 14, 2013 - The Midterm Check Up
Halfway through the first year of his second term as President of these
, just what have we realized of the Obama Dream we were given when he first ran to be chief executive, commander in chief, the husband of the First Lady or maybe biggest spender in our history? United States
Is writing this story a journalist's "dream" ticket to a Pulitzer, or a "nightmare" demotion to writing those dreaded obituaries?
My a lot can happen by the 5th year of a presidency --- or not.
First you have to get elected, and then elected again. It means the people might have been fooled once, but they presumably knew what they were doing when they re-elected you. Now what happens really is the fault of the people who voted for Obama.
Ages ago a newly elected Barack Obama promised a lot and did some pretty serious Bushwhacking in the process. In his first year as the first minority to ever be elected president he promised to deliver things like comprehensive Immigration Reform and closing Guantanamo Prison in
Of course the
Iraq and wars would be ended immediately with a high degree of success. The dastardly Bush recession would be fixed and everyone will keep their homes and get back their lost jobs. In the meantime he would give everyone in our country health insurance and lower the cost of healthcare. Afghanistan
There might have been some mention of a new concept of redistribution of wealth from the "elite" class to the middle class, which in Obamaese means anyone making less than a million or two million dollars a year. Truth is very difficult to find in the fog in our nation's capitol.
Now where I come from about a hundred miles from where Mark Twain grew up, if someone told me the middle class was everyone except the rich, powerful and very few "elite", I might scratch my head in wonder.
So if the middle class is everyone else, how many "elite's" are there? Of course the wealthy "elites" have mastered hiding their money from detection by IRS or any other criminal or social tax deductible organization. The truth is no one really knows this answer, including the All Omnipotent NSA since they REALLY are watching you all the time.
So it is a guess by anyone that 1-5% of Americans belong to the so called "elite". Yet these people control all the wealth of
and much of the world according to those who know and speak the truth. America
Now, back to my most recent line of thought, if no more than 5% are "elite" and we are going to redistribute their wealth so we all get what we deserve, then everyone becomes a card carrying member of the "elite".
Guess we might need all those illegal immigrants since none of the "elite" work like the middle class has been doing ever since we first drove out the British. That's one way to drive down the unemployment rate, just eliminate the middle class. Won't be any jobless if everyone is home managing their money instead of making it.
One other big Obama promise was to throw those crooks on Wall Street or
Main Street, where ever they might be carrying out their predatory practices, in jail.
Then reality set in. Suddenly, when he was elected president, he was expected to do what he said he would do. Like nothing counted when he was just a presidential candidate. Only if you were the final one elected would your promises have to be honest, truthful and delivered.
No first year Immigration reform or prison closings. Five years later they are both just as he found them when he became responsible for all Americans as president.
As for ending the two wars being fought to end the bigger war on terror, our president's words of peace and cooperation for all Earthlings got him the coveted Nobel Peace prize a couple of weeks later as the one person in the world who did more than everyone else to bring about peace.
Clearly words speak louder than actions for a few weeks later he ordered tens of thousands of more American troops and billions of dollars in military expenditures in
. What a difference a few weeks can make. Afghanistan
Eventually, long after he had promised, we are pretty much out of
. Now that the war on terror between the US and Al-Qaeda is over the people of Iraq can finish their Civil Separatist war which is far more brutal and deadly than our Geneva Convention based efforts. Iraq
One thing the Obama administration did learn from all the war efforts is the value of drones, those unmanned airplanes that can successfully kill terrorists without risking the lives of American soldiers. Any deaths of innocent civilians including children are just collateral damage to the mission.
Fixing Bush's financial recession has been a little bit more complicated than Obama might have suspected since it seemed to take several years to find everything that could be blamed on Bush.
he saved the world auto industry by transforming General Motors Corporation into the Government Motors Corporation. His AIG bailout gave billions of dollars to those barons of Wall Street like Goldman Sachs. Detroit
Millions of Americans lost their jobs and millions of Americans lost their homes since Obama was elected. The economy is declared to be stable and safe.
But people have not found new jobs or replaced foreclosed homes. And those who have suffered most are the very middle class he promised to save.
Seniors saw their retirement savings vanish away. Minorities by the millions lost their jobs and homes. So did the Caucasians. Ironically, many were the very special interest groups who overwhelmingly elected Obama to office. I guess you can't bite the hand that feeds you when you are the one doing the feeding.
No major crooks have been sent to jail.
As for health care and costs, after a brutal couple of years Obama Care did get approved but all the tough promises to keep were delayed until after the re-election campaign. Now we are beginning to see that much of it is impossible to implement.
Neither health insurance or medical treatment costs have gone down but continue their upward trajectory. Americans spend more being sicker than nearly all other developed countries. We also spend far more on legal drugs than anyone else meaning we are either much sicker or love being legally "stoned".
Obama might have another first to his credit, not having a budget approved the entire time he has been president.
On the other hand, he has had a few trouble spots he did not expect. The
Benghazi attack in left four Americans including the Ambassador dead. Libya
The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) targeted Tea Party conservatives for harassment while the NSA (National Security Agency) targeted just plain people for about everything with their cell phone and internet tapping and hacking initiatives.
The Office of the Chief Executive and Commander in chief (the White House) of course knew nothing of such actions by their own agencies and people.
Then there is the Mexican drug war and Syrian civil war in which the big news is we have done nothing in either case. As a result of our inaction or intellectual constipation 93,000 people have died in
Syria and between 60,000 and 90,000 have died in . Mexico
Need we say more about the state of affairs of the nation? To be perfectly honest there are a lot more good, inspiring or entertaining stories we need to cover.