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Obama's Failures as President

Updated on October 1, 2012

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It All Began In January 2009

Inauguration 2009 - Barack H. Obama becomes president of the United States of America. Liberals everywhere were celebrating the "Hope and Change" they had been promised throughout his illustrious campaign.Gitmo was gonna be closed down, the wars were going to end, the flowers would bloom all year round. Never mind that he thought we had 57 states in our country or that he stated publicly that Hawaii was a part of Asia. He was our President! The most prestigious job in the world now belonged to Mr. Obama. The world was his oyster, well you get my point.

In reality this was the beginning of Obama's failures as President of the United States.

The First Year

Obama had everything he needed to pretty much make any "Hope and Change" he wanted in to a reality. The Democrats had full control, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama were on top of the world. The liberal media was in a frenzy to spread the caviar on the crackers, life was good. But it didn't last long.

Almost immediately Obama got to work getting his mega expensive and utterly unsustainable Health Care Reform bill shoved down our throats, or I mean passed through all the proper but screwed up channels. Nancy Pelosi was oh so helpful when she proclaimed "well we have to pass it so we can see what's in it" huh...... Our children and grandchildren will be paying for this monstrosity their entire lives and beyond.

Also in that first year - Congress proposed a beefing up of the Presidents authority to put sanctions on Iran in order to strengthen efforts toward achieving peace in the Middle East. Obama opposed this move and did not want to sign this proposal into law. In fact he continually refused to sign until Congress passed the bill in the Senate by a 99-0 vote and in the House by 408-8. If nearly one hundred percent of the House and the Senate thought this was a wise proposal - why was it so difficult to get Obama on-board? When first campaigning for the presidency, Mr. Obama criticized “those who would lay all of the problems of the Middle East at the doorstep of Israel and its supporters, as if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root of all trouble in the region.” My oh my how that position changed - and so quickly....

What about that HUGE stimulus package - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 - a whooping $831 billion - that's BILLION dollar deal. Over a 10 year period the ARRA will cost American taxpayers 1.3 TRILLION dollars. My great, great, great grandchildren and their grandchildren will be paying for this one.... This stimulus was supposed to include Infrastructure repairs and upgrades, education, health, and energy (think Solyndra) spending, and huge increases in unemployment benefits and social welfare spending. I know we saw increases in unemployment and social welfare spending - there was an increase in Welfare spending from $491 billion in 2008 to $601 billion in 2009. But it didn't work - and the Liberal hacks said it didn't work because, get this, "it wasn't BIG enough" !!!!

Obama's first year in office - shameful and reckless.


Years 2, 3, and 4 - Spend, Spend, Spend - But Where are the Jobs?

But it's Bush's Fault! Bush did it, Bush put us in this financial crisis. Bush, Bush, Bush.

March 2010 - Obama authorizes another $20 Billion dollars for Highway and Transit programs. I don't know about you but they are not doing 20 billion worth of highway fixing in my part of the country - where is all of that money going?

Obama also signed the Health Care debacle in to law in March 2010 - Health Care for all - at a very hefty price to those who work.

The Unemployment rate is horrendous - the absolute highest rate of unemployment in the United States since 1948. Accorsding to the BLS Employment Household Survey the unemployment record is as follows:





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Obama's Failures as President of the United States

There are so many failures associated with this President, even Bill Clinton called him an "Amateur" which led to the book of the same name.

Check out this link for even more of Obama's failed Hope and Change:

http://obamaisntworking.com/

http://www.youtube.com/embed/QXEoQJ7ZMZs?feature=player_detailpage

This could go on and on but maybe I will save the rest of the Obama Failures Part Two.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I guess it boils down to the president being a fanatic. He believes his theories on economics to be true and plain evidence will not change his mind.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Well said dahoglund, unfortunately he has a lot of followers that can see the evidence either. Thank you for reading my Hub.

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      msjudyd 4 years ago from Ohio

      I like how you presented this information. I wish more people would see it. The government is just too much involved in our lives.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      msjudyd - share it with all of your friends - we have to get the truth out before November! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my hub.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Great job, CL! Voted up and AWESOME!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you Jayfort - I really appreciate you commenting and the Up Votes!!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Interesting stuff, coming from England we only get to see the 'good' work that any President does, its interesting to see from the inside point of view, nell

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      What people don't seem to understand about the unemployment situation is something called trend continuity and reversal. It is one of the basics of economic planning and economics as a whole. Basically it dictates that change in a trend is what determines good policy or bad policy. For example if I took power as president and unemployment was falling fast and it continued to do so no one should be very impressed, I just didn't screw up I also did nothing special. If on the other hand I take power when we are gaining 5% unemployment in just over six months and I turn that around and manage to even increase jobs a bit in three years then that is statistically speaking a great achievement.

      I can't post images to show you the graph because it's a hub comment but Obama took power when unemployment was soaring at the fastest rate in American history and he turned it round entirely to a stable economic position, as an economist I can tell you that is actually a big success.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      Nice Hub Conservative Lady. I wish the economics of this President were the only thing that was worrisome. There is so much more. I cannot fathom that anyone thinks he is doing a good job on the economic front. Really, it just boggles my mind. There is absolutely no logical reason to believe he has been anything other than inept in this area.

      Here's hoping enough put down the kool-aid and see the truth by November.

      @Josak No, what Reagan did with rising unemployment and inflation and an economic mess far worse than the one Obama inherited was success. Reagan created jobs and dropped unemployment by the end of his first term. His policies set the stage for 25 years of prosperity. A period where this country and the median income for all households increased. Under Obama, more people are living in poverty than ever before. Do you even understand that we are in the longest recession we have ever seen in our history? Usually, the trend is the bigger the recession, the bigger (and quicker) the recovery. The policies are failures. Period.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Nell Rose, thank you for commenting - our news media has become very Liberal leaning and all they speak of is the "good" President Obama has done....

      Josak, Thank you as well. I do not agree with what you have stated - if that were the case then why is Obama the ONLY President of the US since 1948 to be in such a terrible unemployment situation? If you call what we have today a "stable economic situation" then I honestly cannot agree in the least.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you SassySue, I agree completely - anyone who thinks this President is doing a good job is delusional at best....

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      On the contrary Regan did not inherit a massive debt, or a global economic crisis or unemployment rising anywhere near as fast, just like Obama he used stimulus programs and increased spending to push back the recession which was a lot smaller, Reagan tripled the national debt in his term. We are actually not in recession at all (two terms of negative growth) and growth has sped up quite pleasingly since Obama took power. The facts are simply the facts Obama inherited employment falling at about 6% a year and it is now rising slightly that is speaking from a purely economic standpoint a great a achievement.

      Conservative Lady as you should know unemployment spiked to it's current heights under Bush and has been very slowly falling since Obama took power, the fact that Republicans have blocked every jobs bill probably did not help.

      Our economic situation is stable in comparison to what Obama inherited with the house seizures and unemployment rising faster than it ever has in American history.

      Look guys I am not an Obama fan but facts are facts and they are incontrovertible from a purely factual economics basis Obama's employment record is good. Other things have been bad but this is not one of them.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      Josak, do some research man.

      "What Reagan inherited

      While Obama is always grousing on what he had to inherit from Bush Jr., it was nothing like the disaster that Carter left Reagan to clean up. Carter’s presidency was a mess on the domestic front: by the end, there was 7.5% unemployment, 14% inflation—the sum of which has been called the “misery index”, and reached a high under Carter. A high misery index is also called “stagflation”, or economic stagnancy combined with inflation. Home mortgage rates were 13% after a peak of 20%.

      There were price controls on fuel, resulting in shortages were leading to long lines of motorists waiting to fill their tanks. To be fair, it was RINO President Nixon who introduced those, but he was supported by the left in this."

      Unemployment just went UP. We are not creating enough jobs to even keep up with population growth let alone put people back to work. Don't want to call it a recession? That's fine. We'll just call it a mess.

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      This misunderstanding comes from a failure to understand global economics, Reagan inherited lower unemployment but higher inflation but his crisis was an American crisis not a global one, America did not have a huge debt and America was still seen as the place to invest foreign capital which makes growth easy. Reagan massively multiplied spending and used that stimulus to encourage foreign investment and increase employment, Obama has done the same but the rest of the world is also suffering economically meaning that foreign investment is not very forthcoming, furthermore the US is no longer the place to invest nation wise and has not been for over a decade.

      Unemployment is stable for now and it will start improving when growth and rising confidence catch up.

      I am beginning to question whether you actually want the facts or understand economics enough to have this discussion, it's not that I don't want to call it a recession, it's that it's factually not a recession and hasn't been since Obama policies were implemented.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      @Josak

      lmao Obama has done nothing like Reagan did. Stop reading the WH site which he's put in his own talking points and actually study some history. Reagan was about reducing government, which he did. He cut corporate tax rates and cut taxes for everyone at a time when the highest tax rate was 70%. Obama has increased government. It is the only sector of the population that has seen an increase in jobs under his tenure. He intends to increase government even more. And raise taxes. Now, Reagan did later raise taxes but that was after the recovery was well under way. Obama has increased regulations (which hinders foreign investment) Reagan lessened those regulations. Obama wants to further regulate business. Yeah there's a formula for growth. Unemployment is stable? What? It just went UP. Further, it completely discounts those under-employed and those who've completely given up looking. Everyone agrees the true rate is closer to 14%.

      "Robert Reich, now at the University of California, Berkeley, explained that "The recession of 1981-82 was so severe that the bounce back has been vigorous." Paul Krugman wrote in 2004 that the Reagan boom was really nothing special because: "You see, rapid growth is normal when an economy is bouncing back from a deep slump."

      Mr. Krugman was, for once, at least partly right. How could Reagan not look good after four years of Jimmy Carter's economic malpractice?

      Fast-forward to today. Mr. Obama is running deficits of $1.3 trillion, or 8%-9% of GDP. If the Reagan deficits powered the '80s expansion, the Obama deficits—twice as large—should have the U.S. sprinting at Olympic speed. "

      "There is something that is genuinely different this time. It isn't the nature of the crisis Mr. Obama inherited, but the nature of his policy prescriptions. Reagan applied tax cuts and other policies that, yes, took the deficit to unchartered peacetime highs.

      But that borrowing financed a remarkable and prolonged economic expansion and a victory against the Evil Empire in the Cold War. What exactly have Mr. Obama's deficits gotten us?"

      "Obama can claim job growth of 1.8 million in 2011. A welcome comeback, but still tepid by comparison.

      Looking ahead to 2012, Obama could replicate the 243,000 jobs created in January over each of the next 11 months and still not approach Reagan's total for 1984 of 3.9 million."

      Sorry, those are the facts. The policies are failures. it is really that simple. And all he wants is more of the same because he won't even admit they've failed. His current Jobs Bill is exactly the same as his previous 800 Billion stimulus bill that did nothing. You can question all you like, but I've got the experts, the figures and history that a lot of us actually lived through on my side. What have you got? Oh, you're arrogant attitude like you know everything and anyone who dares to point out actual facts and figures to discredit your opinion "knows nothing about economics". Well, Josak, I know this: A record number of households are in poverty under this President. In other words, the nation is getting poorer. Under Reagan, every household in America from 1982 -1989 saw an increase in their median income. What followed, with Bush Sr. and then Clinton keeping most of those policies in place, was 25 years of prosperity and record growth. I think most of us will take that.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Just purely curious Josak - Are you from America - the United States?

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      I am a US citizen yes, why?

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Again purely curious as your Location is listed as "variable"

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      Sue: Reagan reduced government but that is not really an economic policy, the reduced cost of government was quite small, now taxes is a different issue, Obama has raised taxes at the same time as implementing stimulus plans, Reagan did it later, of course Reagan never budgeted his stimulus which is why it led to such a huge deficit.

      Again with deficit it's a relevance scale, relevant to the deficit spending he inherited Obama has the lowest spending increase in decades since way before Reagan.

      As for the true rate it's interesting you should mention that, in 2009 before Obama policies kicked in the real jobless rate was 17.2% which was fallen to 14.9 and is still falling, so looking at the real rate is a lot more favorable than you have been led to believe.

      http://www.cnbc.com/id/48468748

      The economic recovery policies of Reagan and Obama are the same spend to encourage growth.

      You obviously failed to understand the point about the global recession, and investment opportunity so i won't reiterate it simply put this "mess" is much much worse than Reagan's was because #1 it's a global recession #2 the country is already drowning in debt #3 America is no longer the chosen investment nation of the world.

      Reagan's growth was fine though it came at huge debt cost and though the number of people below the poverty line continued to grow under Reagan (because trickle down economics is bunk).

      Basically you haven't shown anything at all statistically and have failed to understand the complexities of global economic crisis.

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      Lady, I own and run a shipping company so i have to travel a lot to secure contracts etc.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Josak - Got it.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      @Josak

      Yes both spent. One is spending on infrastructure, and government expansion. The other spent on tax cuts (individual and corporate). So you can say they're the same because they are both spending but that is inaccurate.

      You're numbers for Reagan are inaccurate as well.

      Reagan's economics did take time to trickle down and that was not a surprise. It was expected. In 1982, the percent of people below the poverty line hit 15.2%. A rise of 2% since he took office. However, in 1984 that dropped to 14% and by 1989 that percentage was down to 12%. Another lie you've been led to believe.

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      Josak 4 years ago from variable

      No actually both spent primarily on infrastructure.

      Poverty rate in 1980: 12.95% poverty rate 1988: 13% despite all that economic growth.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      Reagan did not spend on infrastructure. He did spend on defense. Why did you stop at 1988 and begin in 1980? I find that amusing actually. The poverty rate was spurring upward from Carters' economics, Reagan did not even take office until January of 1981. So Carter takes the rise for 1981. Further, Reagan's policies continue to get the resulting drop from 1988 to 1989 as the next President did not take office until January of 1989. So in reality, the poverty rate as a result of Carter's economics rose to 14%. They did hit a peak of 15% under Reagan, and like I already said, that was expected as policies were implemented. It then fell to 12.8%. Reagan proposed a specific highway and bridge project. He was not increasing public sector jobs at the same time. Plus, when Reagan proposed this idea, he was against raising income taxes to pay for it. He suggested an additional gasoline tax. Which really only proves my point even more, that tax is still there so what has our government been doing with it? Obviously, they haven't been fixing our bridges and roads because now they want more. Government does not need more of our money to spend. But to suggest that Reagan spent primarily on infrastructure based solely on that one incident, is just outright fraud.

      Defense spending was major. Tax cuts hit the revenue. And the spending cuts from Reagan were future cuts, not cuts on current spending. All of these resulted in the deficit growth. His highway and bridge spending did not actually increase the deficit at all as it was paid for with the gasoline tax.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I praise the president! I can't remember another individual that has provided so many low paying jobs to a country that has lost so many high paying jobs in history! Would you like cheese with that?

      Great Hub! Very well presented!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent Hub and right on target! As for the average citizen not understanding what this president has "accomplished" -- even the dumb among us understand very damned well that this country has failed under this president -- he's put us in a position to where we don't even get along among ourselves anymore. For us dummies that don't understand it's something like this: Everything we ever hoped for, worked for or believed has gone down the tubes with this idiot and if he's relected in November we deserve whatever awful thing he does or direction he takes us next! Conservative Lady -- congratulations -- a Hub well written and presented and most certainly true! Best/Sis

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you so much for the awesome words Angela - they mean so much coming from you. I just hope and pray that we get the word out enough to get this guy out of the White House come November...

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      rcrumple - you crack me up - very funny - I love it! Thank you for the kind words.

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      billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

      Good Hub, voted up and interesting!

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thanks billd01603 - I can't wait to get Obama out of the White House come November!

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      blueeyesntx@yahoo.com 4 years ago

      Can you update the data for Obama through the end of this 1st team so that I can make a more accuate analysis of how he faired compared to other Presidents during a full term (and yes I know some of them had two terms). I'd love to see this broken down by term instead of their entire Presidency so we could see how each President did during the same time length of period.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      blueeyessntx - Thank you for reading my hub. I will be updating in the coming months. I hope I am wrong but I am pretty sure Obama will continue to take us down the wrong track.

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      ghost1seeker 3 years ago

      In Canada, we have the same problem, but we don't call ours President, we call them, " Harper" - Great Hub!

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Thank you ghostseeker - we call ours President but sometimes they act more like dictators. ;-)

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