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They Call These Accomplishments?


If you read through the Washington Monthly's list of Obama's top 50 accomplishments, you'll quickly understand why my brother, Rush, properly wanted him to fail.

When Rush said he wanted Obama to fail, everyone knew he was talking about his policies, and for those few who pretended otherwise, he explained it a thousand times: He wanted his policies to fail because his policies are disastrous for America.

Obama has certainly failed to exhibit leadership at very important points, such as his taking a pass during budget negotiations and his legendary vacillation at key foreign policy junctures. But in terms of the general, statist direction of the country, he is captain of the sinking ship.

Obama wasn't kidding when he promised to fundamentally transform America, and he has succeeded in doing so, to the everlasting detriment of the country. Four more years of this and it's hard to imagine what kind of shape we'll be in.

Paul Glastris, Ryan Cooper and Siyu Hu co-wrote the piece for the Washington Monthly. If you want to see just how far apart red America and blue America are, you must examine their list, recognizing that they are actually bragging about these "accomplishments."

Let's take a quick look at just a small fraction of these items:

—He passed Obamacare. As we've elsewhere noted, he represented that he would bend the cost curve down and make health care more accessible. Already we've discovered that the costs are double Obama's projections, and people are losing their own plans in droves, contrary to his promises. Further calamity awaits as the law goes into effect.

—He passed the stimulus. Can you believe that Glastris, Cooper and Hu are bragging about Obama's having spent almost a trillion dollars when America is on the financial precipice? Much of it was squandered in political payoffs and waste and dedicated to failed green projects. There were no shovel-ready jobs. Precious little was spent on infrastructure, despite Obama's promises, and the overall result was that the American economy lost millions of jobs — even after you factor in the jobs that were allegedly "saved or created." Obama can move the goal posts until the cows come home, but the one he set himself — that unemployment wouldn't rise above 8 percent — has been as demonstrably wrong as any in the annals of presidential pledge breaking.

—He improved America's image abroad. Are the authors serious? He has repeatedly offended our allies and pandered to our enemies, with the net result of alienating both groups.

Professional pollsters say he is less popular on the Arab street than was President George W. Bush.

—He "kicked banks out of the federal student loan program." And this is a good thing? He originally muscled out private banks through an abuse of federal authority in order to steal this money from the private sector to count toward Obamacare scoring when he needed to pretend it would be deficit-neutral. What did he do with this $60 billion in illusory savings? He pledged $40 billion of it to inflate student loans and used the other $20 billion to deceive the Congressional Budget Office in its scoring. Worse still, by increasing these student loans, Obama will create the opposite effect of what he's advertising; the middle class will have to pay more for education because these increased subsidies to universities will cause more tuition inflation. The middle class will also bear the brunt of the increased number of failed loans Obama's executive orders make inevitable, as taxpayers will subsidize the increased shortfall.

—He boosted fuel efficiency standards. Keep in mind that his Environmental Protection Agency did this through an administrative ruling when Congress would not pass his Draconian cap-and-trade bill because it would have had a crushing economic impact on the economy.

—He protected two liberal seats on the Supreme Court, which speaks for itself.

—He achieved the New START, by which he granted Russia major concessions for little in return, making us more vulnerable to other threats by unilaterally reducing our nuclear capabilities when other nations are expanding their capabilities and terrorists are in hot pursuit of these weapons.

—He trimmed our missile defense. This is just frighteningly irresponsible.

—He invested heavily in renewable technology. Solyndra, anyone?

—He killed the F-22 when China and Russia are developing their next-generation fighters. Under what sane rationale?

What has he done about the most egregious problems facing America, discretionary and entitlement spending? Absolutely nothing. And we're headed for a colossal train wreck. I can't quit obsessing over this, and I'm frankly shocked that everyone else isn't obsessing over it 24/7 when our national survival hangs in the balance.

Are the Bush-hating liberals correct; are there now two Americas? Remember that these are being touted as accomplishments, not failures.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Crimes Against Liberty," was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction for its first two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



12 Comments | Post Comment
Hey Chicken Little:
The economys doing much better, entitlements only went up because your boy toy Bush bankrupted the middle class, thank God Obama extended unemployment or three of my siblings would be sleeping on the street, these are long term middle class employees who got laid off becuase of your GOP bank fraud. Obama is held in high regard, he is ending your wars and hopefully he can stop your idiot GOP hawks from bombing Syria and Iran. War is good, say your GOP whores who feed off of Halliburton, KGB and other defense industry war mongers. Obama is highly thought of globally and is walking a reasoned path with Israel. We don't need another one of your Bush wars.
Here is what you and your ilk bring us: I'll let you guess the pea brains who are advocating for the following;
An end to environmental protection,
Trips to the moon,
An end to birth control,
Forcibly making 12 year old incest victims keep their babies and make the best of it, didn't we read about the 16 year old who killed herself last week because she was forced to marry her rapist in the mideast? How is that different than forcing a 12 year old to raise her baby with her rapist in the US?
An end to planned parenthood that provides OB/Gyne care to millions,
Deregulation of Wall Street, did you read about Goldman Sach's this week?
Transvaginal ultrasounds,
Personhood status for sperm,
A denial of science as in global warming and evolution,
Drill baby drill when oil futures are already sold to Asia, none of that drilling will lower our gas prices,
These are your buddies David, and the above list is all recent news. That is why Obama is going to win, your party is psychotic and out of control, anyone with a brain is appalled at the ludicrous idocy that comes out of the GOP.
Obama is reasoned, measured and sober, that is a far cry from your party......
The country has serious problems, not casused by Obama. it will take ten years to recover from the damage done by Bush.
You should be ashamed to write the nonsensicle article that you wrote.
Enough said
Comment: #1
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:56 PM
This guy makes sense sometimes, but his pro-war policies are something I can't agree with. We are without question the most powerful military force in the world without anyone even being close to second. Does David actually think cutting back a few jets and missile defenses will leave us wide open to enemy attack? The reason we have so many enemies in the first place is because we get into everyone elses business.
Obama was supposed to be the president to set this country straight after the Bush administration made some very bad policy choices. But instead of correcting Bush's mistakes, he doubled down on them. Bush ran up trillions in debt, Obama ran up more. Bush passed the (un) Patriot Act. Obama passed the NDAA, which is worse. Bush expanded the welfare state, so did Obama. Bush created Gitmo. Obama expanded it. Bush got us involved in wars. Obama kept those wars going while creating new ones. Its easy to see that this is Bush's 3rd term.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:37 AM
The spin is always there for the left, but Chris understands it as I do. Obama was supposed to be the Anti-Bush, that is how he won my vote. Hope we don't get fooled again.

Comment: #3
Posted by: Tom
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:46 AM
A lot of his "accomplishments" are things that are NOT THE CONSTITUTIONAL JOB OF THE GOVERNMENT!
Comment: #4
Posted by: partsmom
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:04 AM
Re: Chris McCoy

The only reason David is upset about cutting back on defense is becasue it cuts back on the warmongering defense contractors profits, they feed campaign funds to the GOP and when you cut back on the missles, of which we have more than enough, you cut back on the money going into David's buddies pockets, like Halliburton, Bush's defense buddies made billions off the wars, and David and his buddies want to keep the moolah coming. War good for business.

Hey, Partsmom, you are right IT IS NOT THE CONSTITUTIONAL JOB OF THE GOVERNEMENT, that is why your GOP friends should stay out of my body, vagina, schools, workplace, and bedroom. Your GOP Christian supporters should stay out my life. IT IS NOT PART OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNEMENT. What part of this don't you people get?
Comment: #5
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:39 PM
Bloom it sounds like you want to pick and choose what and what not the government should stay out of. In many of your other comments you advocate government control. You have to be consistant. As for the defense contractors, donations are a matter of public record and BOTH parties receive donations from these types of companies. War is good for business, but blaming it entirely on one party is simpley not true.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:58 AM
Blimey, Bloom-y, well said. As far as responding to McCoy's posts, don't bother. The poster is clueless. And may I add if war is good for business, then it follows the American economy should be booming now after ten years of war with Iraq and Afghanistan. So why is American in such desperate economic straits now? If war is good for business and what's good for business is good for America, according to the Republican argument for protecting big business, then America should be booming from ten years of war. It's like some of the posters see a frosted cake and instead of tasting the cake, they eat the frosting and pronounce the cake good. Dig past the frosting people.
Bloom, I'm heading out again, won't be able to post, but will be reading.
Comment: #7
Posted by: demecra zydeem
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:25 AM
Oh so you're going to take a stab at me then run away huh demecra? I've been pointing out the hypocracies of you liberal shills for weeks now on my lunch breaks. I'm not the one who blindly follows one party with no regard for what actually going on. Both parties are out to screw the American people. Its easy to see that both of them are crooked to the bone and what we need is real change. Are you really dumb enough to think that if your party gets into office that everything will be ok, and if its not just blame it on the other guys. Nothing is going to happen without drastic change. Thats all I've been advocating all along.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:09 AM
Oh, so you're going to take a stab at me then run away huh demerca? I've been pointing out the hypocracy of you liveral shills for months now on my lunch breaks. And unlike you, I'm always consistant with that I say. Both parties are out to get us and they're more similar then they let on. Are you really dumb enough to think that if your party is in control that everything will be ok and if its not just blame the previous guys? Nothing is going to get better without drastic change. Both parties engage in the same sleezy tactics and are crooked to the bone.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:18 AM
Re: Chris McCoy

Chris, since what your post is regurgitation from Fox news, it is nonsensical, I think you would be better off partaking of lunch.

Just a headsup from a concerned friend.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Bloom Hilda
Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:27 PM
I've been told that a lot by liberals. Its their go-to line when someone posts something about obama they can't defend. I don't listen to fox news, they have an agenda. So does MSNBC, CNN, ABC and the rest of the comprimised news networks. I listen to non-sponsored news, or read this site, or actually read the bills. When I read obamacare I think the pigment left my skin. Its so terrible. I read parts of the NDAA too. Even worse. You can't defend the things obama does. All you know how to do is attack republicans because thats the only thing the liberal media tells you.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:02 PM
The economy is doing much better??? What exactly did Obama do to deserve credit for any so-called improvement in the economy? Are we supposed to be impressed because the unemployment rate has gone because there are less people in the workforce today? Before Obama, historically the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery. Leave it to Obama's failed policies straight out of last century to buck that trend.
Comment: #12
Posted by: Thetruth
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:55 PM
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