"Once abolish God and the government becomes the God." -G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

President Gutterball

In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama showed off his bowling skills on the campaign trail by scoring an embarrassing low 37. Granted, he gave up after the 7th frame or he might have broken 50. But even more telling were the words he used to shrug off his performance, reassuring voters that he did indeed know what he was doing:

"My economic plan is better than my bowling," Obama told fellow bowlers at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center.
Three years in, the results say otherwise. His economic policy, which is nothing more than borrowing obscene amounts of money to throw at government, has been one gutterball after another. Here is an up-to-date snapshot of the president's economic scorecard:

Unemployment: 9.2%
Underemployed: 16.5%
Total Debt Added: Over $4 trillion
Current GDP Growth: 0.9%
Debt to GDP Ratio: 90%
Average Annual Deficit: $1.4 trillion
Credit Rating: Downgraded (first time in U.S. History)
Dow Jones: Negative for the year, Down 19% since April
Budgets Proposed: 1 (Defeated 97-0)

None of this has stopped Barack Obama from squeezing in 80 rounds of golf or his wife from taking lavish vacations while the American worker watches their retirement savings go down the drain. I don't suppose they'll be any bowling at Martha's Vineyard next week, do you? Lawn bowling, perhaps?

Barack Obama pretended to be a bowler and failed. Now he pretends to care about spending and deficits, pretends to want to compromise, pretends his stimulus saved and created jobs, pretends the government made money on the auto bailouts, pretends to want a military victory in Afghanistan, pretends to have quit smoking, pretends to be from Ireland, and generally pretends to govern (although apparently he has given up pretending to care about the economic damage being done by his policies).

President Obama is as ineffective leading our nation as he was at rolling strikes.