Barack Obama swept into office on the promises of “Change We Can Believe In”, “Hope” and “Yes We Can”. Today marks the 100th day of the Obama presidency. This is traditionally a milestone date for any U.S. president. At least that has been true since the time of Franklin Roosevelt. This is the media-made deadline on the calendar when the pundits and the people can evaluate the course upon which the president has placed our nation. It is a time to compare campaign rhetoric to the reality of the new administration’s position on governing.
In looking back over Obama’s first 100 days, there is much reason for concern.
Below is a list of “accomplishments” for the Obama administration during the first 100 days. These come in no particular order.
· Within hours of being sworn into office, Obama overturned George W. Bush’s “Mexico City” policy which prohibited the use of tax-payer dollars to fund abortions in foreign nations. It is no longer enough to have abortion on demand in our own country, but our government believes we should fund abortions all over the world with your tax dollars.
· Obama overturns George W. Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research by signing an executive order authorizing expanded federal funding.
· Obama has proposed reversing additions to the “conscience clause” enacted by the Bush administration that allows physicians and other health care providers to refuse medical that conflicts with their faith or conscience. This move has been fought vigorously by pro-life advocates across the U.S.
· Obama has nominated a rogue gallery of pro-abortion advocates to various posts in his administration.
· Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration will reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons and impose additional restrictions.
· Obama declares the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation in Turkey this month.
· Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia this month.
· Obama attends the G-20 Summit and along with the leaders of Russia and China enacts what is tantamount to a one world currency.
· Obama passes the largest spending bill in the history of the United States.
· Obama orders the closure of Guantanamo and the release of all detainees. There is still no plan in place for where the released detainees will go. There has been discussion by the administration to locate some of them in the U.S. and to even provide “monetary assistance” to some. Fear Not! See the next two items and sleep soundly tonight.
· Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security replaces the phrase “act of terrorism” with the phrase “man-caused disaster”.
· Obama eradicates all threats of terror against the United States by simply declaring publicly that they no longer exist.
· Obama’s Homeland Security people release a report labeling conservatives as “right-wing extremists” who pose a threat to our country.
· Obama appears on the Tonight Show and makes fun of “Special Olympics”. The White House issues an apology.
· Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to give an interview to an all Muslim television network, Al Arabiya.
· Obama accepts a gift from Venezuelan Dictator, Hugo Chavez. It is a book detailing what are claimed to be U.S. atrocities against South America.
· Obama adds strings to the stimulus package in an attempt to usurp the sovereignty of the states causing some Governors to refuse the money, including Texas Governor, Rick Perry.
· Obama sends 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan – no outcry from the media.
· Obama appoints a border Czar to help curb out-of-control violence from drug cartels along the U.S./Mexico border. This is in spite of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano’s statement that the U.S. was going to stop deporting illegals – or rather – undocumented immigrants.
· Obama releases Top Secret documents detailing interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo.
· Obama says there will be no charges against former Bush administration officials in “Torture Gate”
· Obama says there may be charges against former Bush administration officials in “Torture Gate”. No, this is not a misprint. Obama made one statement and literally made the other the following day.
· Obama administration has ignored calls from former Bush officials and conservatives to release documents showing the effectiveness of the information obtained from the Guantanamo detainees.
· Obama administration (and Nancy Pelosi) now deny that top-ranking members of Congress were briefed extensively by the Bush administration prior to the initiation of the “torture” practices at Guantanamo – all of those briefed (including Pelosi) signed-off on the interrogation methods.
In a Philadelphia Inquirer article titled: “Obama’s First 100 Days Littered With Broken Promises”, Alex Conant, a communications consultant who served as the Republican National Committee's national press secretary in 2008, writes:
“Obama promised to be a hope-filled change agent who could fix our politics and "heal a nation." He would do it by refusing to appoint lobbyists to his administration, increasing transparency in government, and forging new bipartisan consensus. His campaign promised to strengthen government checks and balances by limiting the use of presidential signing statements, mandating public review of legislation, and vetoing wasteful congressional earmarks. Yet none of those promises survived his first 100 days.”
Conant goes on to explain, “Even before he was sworn in, Obama picked several lobbyists for top administration jobs, including major cabinet deputy secretaries. When challenged to explain and produce the waivers that permitted those nominations, the administration dragged its feet, bending only after embarrassing questions from the White House press corps.”
Conant adds, “During the campaign, Obama portrayed himself as a fiscal hawk, promising to cut taxes for most taxpayers while simultaneously putting our nation on a path toward fiscal responsibility with ‘a net spending cut.’ That would require making hard budgeting choices - which Obama has yet to do. Instead, Obama's budget would double the national debt over the next five years and triple it in 10. Similarly, his signature middle-class tax cuts expire in just two years, while his promises to cut taxes for small businesses are postponed until after his term in office.”
Read Conant’s entire article here: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/Obamas_first_100_days_littered_with_.html
In case you missed much of what has been detailed in this Op/Ed piece, don’t feel bad. You’ve probably been watching the “News”, which in these days and times is the last place you’ll find out what’s really happening with the Obama administration and the course upon which they are setting our country and our world.
As an example of how the mainstream media continues to fawn over Obama, below is an excerpt from Time Magazine’s assessment of Obama’s first 100 days:
“The legislative achievements have been stupendous — the $789 billion stimulus bill, the budget plan that is still being hammered out (and may, ultimately, include the next landmark safety-net program, universal health insurance). There has also been a cascade of new policies to address the financial crisis — massive interventions in the housing and credit markets, a market-based plan to buy the toxic assets that many banks have on their books, a plan to bail out the auto industry and a strict new regulatory regime proposed for Wall Street. Obama has also completely overhauled foreign policy, from Cuba to Afghanistan. ‘In a way, Obama's 100 days is even more dramatic than Roosevelt's,’ says Elaine Kamarck of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. ‘Roosevelt only had to deal with a domestic crisis. Obama has had to overhaul foreign policy as well, including two wars. And that's really the secret of why this has seemed so spectacular.’”
“Spectacular”?! Not the adjective that comes to my mind.
However, what I think is far less important than what you think. How would you grade Obama’s first 100 days. Are you happy with the direction in which President Obama is taking our nation?
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