The other day I got to thinking about the future of the country under the next four years of an Obama administration. That we are headed for unsustainable debt for future generations I take for granted. That’s where the morality of the leadership of this president comes into question. As regards his overall leadership, Karl Rove had some thoughts on the subject recently.
“Fewer Americas are working today than when Mr. Obama took the oath of office four years ago. The unemployment rate is higher. He’s the first president to preside over a decline in median household income during a recovery. Nearly half as many more people receive food stamps than when he first took office and 1 out of every 6 Americans lives in poverty.
“The national debt has grown from $10.627 trillion four years ago — or $34,782 for every man, woman and child — to $16.433 trillion, or $52,135 for every American.
“Looking abroad, America’s interests — and America’s standing — are worse off in every region of the world today than they were four years ago. The Obama administration squandered the nation’s hard-won victory in Iraq, ceding influence there to Iran. Afghanistan may be abandoned to a cruel and dangerous fate. The early opportunity to bend the Arab Spring in the direction of moderation and modernization has largely been lost. And friend and adversary alike question America’s resolve.
“As for his style of governing, Obama is the most polarizing president in the history of Gallup’s polling. He begins his second term with a job approval rating last Friday of 48 percent, the lowest for any modern president at the start of their second term and 19 percent below his standing four years ago.
“So what is the president’s mindset as he approaches the challenges of a second term? The New York Times reported Sunday morning that friends believe he’s ‘bloodier minded to beating Republicans’ and no longer willing to accept Speaker John Boehner not immediately returning his phone calls.”
The president has no future election to win, so even though he is a lame duck, he did win the election. We already see the Republicans caving in the House, but then there are two brands of them, and Speaker Boehner has a monumental task of trying to lead them in some sort of unified manner until the midterms in 2014.
However, the morality of the mounting debt concerns me the most. Our government cannot keep spending. The debt clock continues to add billions to our soaring debt, almost unnoticed by most Americans.
I guess it will take a collapse of the dollar, rising inflation, and another recession before those who voted for Obama realize what a destructive path he has put us on. In his head, the president has to realize what he is doing.
Where is the head of the average American?