Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama's report card: The first one hundred days

The first one hundred days benchmark of Obama's Presidency is fast approaching. I must admit, I thought Obama would govern from the far-left and be weak on the international stage but I didn't think he would do it this quickly and with this much gusto. Mr. Obama started off his first day in office with a bang by ordering the closure of Gitmo and the banning of the successful enhanced interrogation techniques that were employed on mass murdering terrorists. Mr. Obama then reimposed the "Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning" with the stroke of the pen. This policy will use American taxpayer monies for foreign abortions which former President Bush banned in 2001 and 2003. Funny how liberals refer to the killing of a baby as "voluntary population control" and I am quite sure the baby didn't volunteer for death.

President Obama's short term in office has seen him spend $700 billion TARP bailout, the $787 billion stimulus, and a $410 billion, earmark-laden budget appropriation -- at a time when the U.S. budget deficit already exceeds $11 trillion. Now Obama is planning to add more spending with his ObamaCare which will add trillions more to our debt. According to The Heritage Foundation, low-end estimates project a cost of $1.17 trillion over the first 10 years of the program -- far more than the $684 billion in Obama’s preliminary budgetary framework and other estimates pegs the cost at $1.6 trillion over the next ten years. Remember Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel when he stated, "never let a crisis go to waste." Liberals have taken this to heart.

This administration has announced that they will cut the superior F-22 Raptor program that will be needed in future engagements against the likes of the Russians and Chinese. The Army's $160 billion Future Combat Systems modernization program would lose its armored vehicles and plans to build a shield to defend against missile attacks by rogue states would also be scaled back. Obama has already tried to trade away our missile defense shield in Europe to the Russians, so I don't see him supporting and funding SDI in the future. At a time when insane and apocalyptic regimes are launching ICBM's and threaten the existence of other countries, Obama's policy is insane and naive and dangerous.

Mr. Obama has fulfilled his campaign promise to engage the world and make them like us. The president has traveled thousands of miles around the globe apologizing for Americas past arrogant and mean spirted attitude. Thanks Mr. President, now the world loves us. I can hear the terrorists around the world dropping their collective weapons and singing Kum Ba Yah in unison. The release of the secret CIA interrogations memos to the public will only help future terrorists that we capture and hinder intelligence gathering. Obama is now throwing a bone to the far-left and setting into motion the prosecution of Bush Administration officials for saving the lives of Americans. Dick Cheney has asked the CIA to release the information that shows that terrorist plots were disrupted and lives were saved because of enhanced interrogations.

Obama is leading this country down the path of socialism and giving the appearance of a Banana Republic. Liberals calling for “truth commissions” and the prosecution of former officials are reminiscence of South Africa and their truth and reconciliation committees after apartheid. Liberals see a strong America as a type of apartheid and that is very dangerous. In my opinion, Mr. Obama’s first one hundred days should be remembered as lowering the United States from super power status. This is very jeopardous for America and unstable for the world. While our enemies will give Obama an A, I will give him an F and we still have three years and two hundred plus days ahead. GULP!

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  1. What I don't understand about the whole waterboarding memo deal, and correct me if I'm wrong, is that it's not new news.

    At the time it was happening, everyone in the position to know - the most liberal of the liberals even - knew exactly what was going on and that it was DECLARED LEGAL.

    Even a few years after it happened, stories of waterboarding and whatnot were breaking in the Times, with feigned outrage following -- but no real movement to hold Bush officials' feet to the fire.

    But now that a new administration is in, whose side claims that even dodge ball (see my post for explanation) is torture, it's time to press charges! I don't get it ... ?

    How can it be anything but political? And by that standard, how can it be the slightest bit credible? Witch-hunt, show-trial, farce, w/e you want to call it -- it's insanity.

    Punishing someone for a difference of opinion is the new America. The left has to feel that not only are they right, but their "truth" is the only truth allowed. It's extortion. It's Miss USA on a grand scale. It's criminal.

  2. Every day with this administration gives me more and more distress. Let's hope that 2010 will bring a change in power in the House and Senate. I could not agree more with your grade.