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Obama’s failed leadership

When did this catastrophe of President Obama’s start? I guess it was when he signed on his inauguration as president of the United States, an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay within the year. What happened? Obviously it’s still open and far from being closed. So I wonder, can he still blame Bush?

In 2011, President Obama said “The true engine of economic growth will always be in companies like Solyndra.” Late in 2011, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy. That’s $527 million of our tax money down the drain. The Bush administration was smart to vote against the loans.

Maybe it started before he was president. In the first presidential debate, Obama said, “we need earmark reform and when I am president, I will go line by line to make sure we are not spending money unwisely.” What a lie that was.

President Obama is always preaching “everyone needs to pay their fair share.” A report came out in February from the Heritage Foundation that 49.5 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes. I guess not everyone pays their “fair share” Mr. President. I think everyone should have “skin” in the game. Don’t you think?

Maybe it was when he disregarded the markets? You see, Obama thinks he knows what’s best for us with his $7,500 electric-car subsidy. Let’s be honest here, these electric cars are not worth it. Do you know when the first electric car idea was proposed? Just over 100 years ago, that’s how old the notion of the electric car is. You could say people have been working on this for 100 years. In my opinion, we have not gotten past the golf cart.

On his first day as president in January of 2009, gas was on average $1.84 a gallon. Today, more than three years later, the average price is $3.80. Please read that first sentence again. Enough said.

Maybe it was in 2008 when his Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” That’s just awesome, I am sure everyone here in the U.S. wants to pay $7 for a gallon of gas. This dummy also said in May that they had planned for many “Solyndra-type” failures. Oh great.

It could have been when Obama hired 37 White House “czars” that are not accountable to the voters in any way. I mean 37, really?

Maybe it was in 2008, as a senator from Illinois, when Obama said, “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” What kind of president tells companies in his country this? Well, I know who does, dictators like Hugo Chavez.

In February 2010, Obama said “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas, when you are trying to save for college.” Really, what does he think of everyone who has a son or daughter going to college? Who is he to tell us what we should not do with our money?

In July, he insulted job creators everywhere with this statement, “If you’ve got a business you did not build that, somebody else made that happen.” Of course, since you did nothing to build your business, it belongs to “the people” along with any wealth and profit derived from it. Pretty much what Lenin had to say about the matter.

The president is obviously clueless about what it takes to start a business from scratch. Having never done anything remotely like that. His career has consisted entirely of suckling at the government teat. He resents people who have done it because they had the courage and ability to do something that he knows he could not do in a thousand years.

Perhaps Donald Trump summed it up the best when he said, “I am afraid if he (Obama) gets elected again we will never make a comeback.”

This year, President Obama came out with his new slogan “Forward.” He likes this concept because it’s a blank slate, an empty page that he can fill with fantasies. In other words, it’s a reprise of the 2008 campaign, consisting of fantasies that never become reality because his leadership is nonexistent.

There is only one way to get out of this mess: The ballot box in November.

David Kempf is a Montague resident.

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