Ladies and Gentlemen. If you ever want to know just how deeply some people drink of the Obama Kool-aid, take a look at this image someone just sent me.
I know that’s probably hard to read, so I’ll take the claims one at a time so you can appreciate the delusion:
Three million new private sector jobs. This number sounds accurate enough. But over 40 months, that’s less than population growth. Job recovery has been very slow under this Administration, far slower than any previous recession since the Great Depression. You can argue it could have been worse — I wouldn’t, but at least it’s an argument. But I really wouldn’t be talking about jobs with this guy.
Smaller government. By what standard can you say we have smaller government? Is government spending less than it did before? Nope. Does it have less power than before? Nope. It has slightly fewer employees, but that’s mostly on the state level.
$2 trillion deficit reduction. Maybe in Fiscal Fairy Land, where you project that the Iraq War will continue forever and future Congresses will exercise the spending restraint that current ones won’t. And even this is only after the Republicans dragged him kicking and screaming to the table. But $4 trillion has been added to our debt in the last three years and he walked away from Simpson-Bowles. Again, I wouldn’t be talking about deficits if I were you.
Health Care Reform. Fair enough. He did it. Of course, he came up with something even worse than we had before. But in LiberalLand, doing something is the most important thing.
Wall Street Reform. See above. It was written by the two Congressmen most involved with the banking industry. And the “too big to fail” banks are larger than they were when Obama took over.
Saved the US Auto Industry. By screwing over investors in favor of unions, yes. And only if you assume the industry would have disappeared in a normal bankruptcy, which I don’t.
All “bailout money” returned, with interest. All right, now I’m really starting to get pissed off. First off, what’s with the fucking quote marks? It was bailout moeny. This isn’t some Tea Party delusion. This was fact. And that it has been paid back is a myth. Many of the banks did so from other federal funds. And Fanny/Freddie are still hundreds of billions in the red. Really, I wouldn’t talk about bailouts if I were you.
Three new trade agreements, Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Killed Osama bin Laden, Rescued American hostages: I have no complaints here. All true. All accomplishments. He dragged his feet on the trade agreements but … they are in place now.
Toppled Gadhafi without an American casualty. I’ll give a little bit of credit. But let’s also note that this was done without Congressional approval in violation of the War Powers Act, something even Rachel Maddow called him out on.
Unified the world against Iran. Uh, OK. Still hasn’t stopped them, has it? Maybe in his second term, he’ll send them a strongly worded letter.
Has the Arab League watching Syria. No word on who is making the popcorn. Just last week, we saw an absolutely brutal atrocity committed by the Syrian government. The Arab League sat on their hands.
No tax dollars spent on BP clean-up. Semi-true. The taxpayers do finance a fund to cover any liability for spills over $75 million. And really, this is like saying he didn’t wet the bed. The taxpayers shouldn’t be paying to clean up BP’s mess. It’s not like there was some great public clamor that Obama resisted. So he didn’t do something we weren’t planning to do and that one wanted done anyway. What does he want, a cookie?
More deportations than Bush. True enough, but illegal immigration has been slackening due to the weak economy.
Fewer regulations than Bush. It’s only year three. And many of the regulations, like those connected with Dodd-Frank, have yet to be written. And really, let’s just stop this right here. Saying “I was better than Bush on issue X” is like saying you’re skinnier than Roseanne Barr. There were innumerable issues where Bush screwed the pooch. I’m really not that impressed that you gave it some foreplay first.
Support’s states’ rights on medical marijuana. As you can guess, this is what set me off. I startled the cat with my cry of, “What the fuck!”. Barack Obama has been horrible on medical marijuana as we have documented many times. His agencies have threatened forfeiture of people who lease property to legal dispensaries. His IRS has disallowed business expenses for clinics. They have launched numerous raids and clinics in Denver and Washington have shut down out of fear of raids. They rebuked the Ogden memo. It is right here where this piece of shit crosses from “propaganda” to “outright brassbound lies”. Much of the other stuff — deficit reduction, for example — is “true” in Washington’s reality (e.g., $2 trillion off projected debts == $2 trillion in deficit cuts).
But this is a lie. This is false. This is bullshit. And anyone who says this needs to smacked upside the head with a lighted bong. I’ve recently seen this lie coming up in numerous places, including the mainstream media and the Center for American Regress. The Administration, having throughly violate their promises on pot, are now trying to persuade us that, no, they really kept their promises.
You can’t stomp on lies like that hard enough.
Ended the War in Iraq. On Bush’s timetable, but sure.
Reduced military spending by $500 billion. Isn’t that the same thing as the above?
Increased veterans’ benefits every year. Because we know how much Congress fights against automatic benefit increases.
Saved the world from global financial collapse. Oh, really? Look, you can’t blame Bush for TARP and then claim credit for the supposed effects of it. And I would say that global financial collapse is still very much on the table.
Hired more border patrol agents than Bush. Hey, this one is true! Amazing that one of the few true claims on this involves … expanding government.
and he quit smoking. Well, OK. Good. Although he is slowly driving the rest of us to drink and smoke.
Now let’s list the things not on there: funded green energy initiatives that funneled money to politically-connected interests like Solyndra and Tesla; massively expanded the drone war including the targeted assassination of an American citizen; entrenched policies on indefinite detention and rendition; blew the stimulus on tax cuts for people who don’t pay taxes and subsidies for the states; has been spent most of three years campaigning for four more; made numerous goofs on “Polish death camps” and bows to various royalty; continued the expansion of federal raids to include raw milk and guitars. And that’s just off the top of my head.
Debunking is fun but what really alarms me is the thinking behind that graphic. Only a handful of those are true and even those often include governmentspeak distortions. And several of those points: smaller government, TARP paid back, medical marijuana — are outright lies. You have to be deranged to take some of Obama’s biggest failing and proclaim them as successes.
And they think we’re crazy.