Stimulus: How China Created 22 Million Jobs While Obama Squandered 3.3 Million

Keys to success

Why Obama’s Stimulus Failed

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

China.org recently reported that China’s economic stimulus created 22 million jobs over the past two years. During same time frame, the Obama Administration’s economic stimulus plan lost 3.3 million jobs. The Chinese government’s two-year stimulus package cost an estimated $595.4 billion, while the Obama Administration squandered an estimated $887 billion.

What China got right, and what the Obama Administration did wrong.

The Goal

First, the Chinese government put the focus on jobs growth, with a goal of reaching full employment. The Obama Administration simply sought to create 3.5 million jobs, which is pathetic considering that 15 million Americans are unemployed.

The Target

Second, China focused on helping businesses retain jobs by allowing them to defer social insurance payments. The Obama Administration focused on demonizing businesses, while allowing a social security tax credit directly to what they referred to as the “middle class”. The “Make Work Pay” credit amounted to an annual subsidy of $400 per year ($30 per month, or $1.50 per day) for the average working person. The Obama Administration also implemented an Economic Recovery Credit of $250 per year, which was paid directly to retired persons. Out of the $887 billion squandered on Obama’s stimulus plan; only around 13% ($116 billion) was allocated between these programs. Although one might be able to live off of $1.00 to $1.50 per day in China, it doesn’t work like that in America. On top of this, if jobs growth were the goal, it would have made more sense to stimulate employers, rather than workers and retired persons.

The Timing

Third, the Chinese government cut the rate of social insurance contributions and provided certain social insurance subsidies for businesses. The Obama Administration, after doing virtually nothing to help businesses for all of 2009, finally woke up. After having lost 3.9 million jobs by the end of 2009 (link), the Administration finally pushed for the “Hire Act”, but not until February of 2010. Although the “Hire Act” allows a tax credit for the employer’s portion of social security taxes on new employees, the catch is that businesses have to hire new employees who can demonstrate that they have been unemployed for at least 60 days. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed, to this day, to do anything to help employers retain their existing workforce. The Obama Administration has failed by doing too little, too late.

The Result

In addition to creating 22 millions jobs, the Chinese government claims to have helped 1.6 million businesses, and to have saved 60 million jobs. The Obama Administration’s stimulus plan was supposed to save 1,613,000 jobs in addition to creating 1,887,000 jobs, but since it actually resulted in the loss of 3,348,000 jobs, it will now take the creation of 5,235,000 jobs, by January of 2011, to reach the original target (reference).

Revised: Stimulus Job Tracker

Revised: Stimulus Jobs Created or Saved - Click to Enlarge

Multiple Choice Questions (choose one):

Who creates jobs in America?

A. Retired Persons
B. Working Persons
C. Businesses
D. None of the Above

When job creation is the goal, whom should an economic stimulus target?

A. Retired Persons
B. Working Persons
C. Businesses
D. None of the Above

How much longer will the American people stand for an arrogant and incompetent government?

Reference: China’s economic stimulus creates 22 million jobs

Obama: The Era of Flimflam Economics, Part III

Transformation

Jobs Inheritance Mantra

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

Every time I turn on the news I hear the same sob story, whether it’s Obama, Geithner, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, a left-wing congressperson, or some low level administration official, they all repeat the same Democrat mantra (give or take a few thousand Americans), “We inherited an economy that was losing 700,000 jobs a month.” “We inherited an economy that was losing 750,000 jobs a month.” “We inherited an economy that was losing 800,000 jobs a month.” “Aum – Bush bad, Obama good”. I’m so sick of it that I decided to pull the Bureau of Labor Statistics historical archive to see for myself. Where did they come up with these numbers? Why does it keep growing? Does anyone ever refute the bull…, excuse me, lies? And better still, who cares?

Based on the facts, unemployment didn’t really fall off a cliff until Obama won the election, in November of 2008. That’s when everything went to hell in a hand basket. And where are we today? Other than a few gains in March, April and May of 2010, in large part due to the hiring of around 500,000 temporary census workers, there’s not much to be proud of. The unemployment rate stood at 9.5%, last month, essentially the same as it was in May of 2009. So much for the “Recovery Summer”.

The truth is that in September of 2008 the economy lost (-159,000) jobs which was 89% worse than the previous month’s loss of (-84,000). Then in October of 2008 we lost (-240,000) jobs which was 51% worse than September. Then once Obama was elected, in November 2008, we lost (-533,000) jobs, an increase of 122% over October, and then we lost another (-524,000) in December. Was it just a coincidence that the economy fell off a cliff as soon as Obama won the election? I think not.

The greatest declines in employment occurred as soon as Obama won the election (and really as soon as took the lead in the polls).

August 2008 -84,000

September 2008 -159,000

October 2008 -240,000

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November 2008 -533,000

December 2008 -524,000

January 2009 -598,000

February 2009 -651,000

March 2009 -663,000

April 2009 -539,000

May 2009 -345,000

June 2009 -467,000

I’m sorry, but I don’t see where Obama inherited an economy that was losing 700,000 to 800,000 jobs per month. Sorry, but the facts don’t support the mantra. The sad truth is that once Obama won the election it was his questionable – identity, qualifications, philosophy, intentions and relations that did the greatest harm to the economy. And even if it turns out to be true, who cares. Who needs a leader who’s constantly making excuses?

I don’t remember President G. W. Bush, or President R. W. Reagan ever complaining about what they inherited from the previous administration, they just did their jobs, gave us some relief through tax cuts, and then things turned around. Somebody needs to stop whining, chanting, and making up numbers – and just do their jobs. Cut taxes, cut spending, then sit down and shut up. If you can’t handle that, then resign.

You may review the archived Employment Situation Reports available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and decide for yourself.

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. And if all you can do is make excuses, then you’re not part of the solution.

[Revised on 9/5/2010 – Chopped down to emphasize the point about: Who cares? Stop making excuses and deal with reality. Obama was a threat to the economy long before his official election date, and people simply cut their losses and fled as he came into power. Things will get better the day he leaves office.]

Obama: The Era of Flimflam Economics, Part II

Too Much Stimulus

Untimely and Proven to Fail

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

Near the end of 2007, prominent economists began advising the federal government that the economy was heading into a recession. They also mistakenly advised that the recession could be avoided if the government were able to implement some kind of economic stimulus program. In order to work successfully, such a stimulus needed to be large, targeted, and timely. Tax refund checks needed to reach taxpayers in a matter of weeks not months. Economists must have forgotten that they were dealing with the federal government.

Recessions are a normal part of the business cycle. The U.S. has averaged a recession about once every five years since WWII. Although economists have gotten better at predicting business cycles, it’s fairly clear that no one has ever been able to sidestep a recession. Avoiding a recession is like trying to stop an oncoming hurricane, when you see it coming you get out of the way, wait for the storm to subside, and then focus on recovery.

An economic stimulus package was proposed in January of 2008, in order to avert the recession. Although a similar stimulus plan had been attempted in 2001, and failed to prevent a recession, Congress was compelled to it try again. By the time the checks reached taxpayers, in April of 2008, it was too late, the recession had commenced.

In February of 2009 President Obama enacted a second stimulus plan. What was that about? Was he trying to prevent something that had already occurred? The Obama stimulus plan occurred more than a year after it was originally called for. By the time Congress passed Obama’s stimulus plan, the economy was well in the midst of recession. The only purpose of an economic stimulus is to avert a recession. Once an economy is in recession, a whole new set of policies is required. As of this month, around nineteen months after Obama’s first failed stimulus program, and nearly 2 1/2 years after Bush’s tardy attempt, Obama is still talking about a stimulus plan. Isn’t this just economic flimflam?

It should be obvious by now that stimulus programs don’t work in the real world. Although the classroom theory is plausible, the federal government is not an efficient vehicle for carrying one out. What should also be obvious is the type of recovery policies that work, once a recession has occurred. The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts and the 1983 Reagan Tax Cuts were effective tools in creating economic expansions following severe recessions.

If the goal is to grow the economy, create jobs, and increase tax revenues, then tax cuts are the way to go. However, if the goal is to flush trillions of borrowed dollars down the drain by attempting something that’s untimely and proven to fail, then maybe that’s Obama’s fate. Obama’s first stimulus plan was untimely and proven to fail, a kind of Flimflam Economics. And even today, he is talking about another economic stimulus program. Again, is Obama trying to prevent something which has already occurred? Does Obama really have the best interests of America at heart?

Stimulus: The Need for Speed

In a January 20, 2008 Dow Jones News article entitled, “The Need for Speed”, it was stated that, “A plan out of Washington to stimulate the flagging US economy may be a day late, but it certainly isn’t a dollar short.” Two days earlier, President George W. Bush called for fast tax relief for individuals and tax incentives for businesses that would total up to $150 billion.

Economists said that would be enough of a jolt to have a notable impact on growth, if done right and quickly. Bush said the tax relief for consumers could be a “shot in the arm to keep a fundamentally strong economy healthy.” Bush’s rough draft proposal highlighted the US economy’s big problem: the consumer.

“Americans could use this money as they see fit: to help meet their monthly bills, cover higher costs at the gas pump or pay for other basic necessities,” the president said.

Bush wasted no time announcing the rescue plan after getting a firm nod of approval Thursday from the country’s pre-eminent economic policymaker, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. The central bank chief said he would approve of such a fiscal stimulus plan so long as it was “timely” and implemented “decisively” and “quickly.”

The need for speed in such a plan is no doubt important, as Bernanke pointed out Thursday. If Congress dilly-dallies on the matter, rebate checks may not arrive to consumers in time to fortify the weak economic growth that is likely to continue throughout 2008.

Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute in New York, said the fiscal plan essentially calls for “throwing a ‘money wrench’ into the system.” That plan, he said, can be successful, but he said rebate checks need to start arriving in “the next few weeks.”

Democrat Congress Drags Feet

Now scroll forward to a March 21, 2008, Financial Week article entitled, “U.S. can’t avoid recession, says influential forecaster”. The subtitle reads, “Economic Cycle Research Institute claims economy ‘on a recessionary course’; blames Congress for tardy rebate checks.”

Mr. Achuthan argued that this recession could have been averted had Congress considered “innovative ways” to get tax rebates into consumers’ hands sooner. (The rebates still have not begun to reach taxpayers). “Following a presidential initiative, Congress passed a tax rebate package with unusual speed, as officials noted that time was of the essence,” he wrote, “but they were content to let the rebates start reaching consumers several months later.”

Choosing Recession

Moving forward to an April 21, 2008, Forbes article entitled, “Choosing Recession”, Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerji stated, “This recession was actually avoidable as recently as several weeks ago.” They added, “The 2008 recession guarantees many months of job losses that will boost foreclosures and feed the credit crisis. But if fiscal stimulus had reached consumers quickly, it would have forestalled a recession, helping to stabilize the housing market. Such a soft landing would have bought some breathing room in which to resolve the credit crisis until the lagged effect of monetary policy kicked in.”

They continued, “Policy makers seemed to get the urgency. In January, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson declared that “time is of the essence.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of “timely, targeted and temporary” stimulus, and the administration and Congress enacted a tax rebate package with exemplary speed. The fatal flaw was their willingness to allow a delayed delivery of the stimulus. It was as if the medics had arrived and taken a quick decision to administer CPR–but in a few months rather than a few seconds.”

Stimulus Arrives Late

Later, an April 28, 2008 report on CNN Money summed it up, in an article entitled, “U.S. can’t avoid recession, says influential forecaster”. Tax rebates had started to arrive in bank accounts. But many economists we’re doubtful that they would keep the economy from recession. The stimulus package was to give rebates to about 130 million Americans, at a cost of more than $110 billion. Married taxpayers earning $150,000 or less were to receive up to $1,200, while single taxpayers earning under $75,000 would get up to $600. But it was too late.

“This will not avert a recession, because it is too late,” said Lakshman Achuthan, the managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute. “For this to have kept us out of what was an avoidable recession, it needed to happen a couple of months ago, in January or February.”

Obama’s Plan: A Year Late and $900 Billion Short

Months later appeared a November 22, 2008 article by NPR entitled, “Obama Offers Plan to Revive Economy“. The author lead with, “President-elect Barack Obama set out plans for an ambitious economic stimulus that would create 2.5 million jobs by January 2011”.

“We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels, fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead,” he said.

In the same November 22, 2008 NPR article, business and economics historian John Steele Gordon stated that, “the New Deal didn’t end the Great Depression, World War II did.” He added that “building bridges and painting schools won’t provide a quick fix.” He was right. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 until 1945, or around 15 years, and it didn’t end through the action of any clever government policy.

According to Liberty Works, the Obama Economic Team promised that stimulus borrowing and spending would create 678,000 new construction jobs by December of 2010. However, by July of 2010, the construction industry had actually lost 862,000 jobs.

Tax Cuts Work

During the 2001 economic recession, the government attempted an economic stimulus in the form of tax rebates (similar to the 2008 rebates), but it likewise failed. Then finally in May of 2003, the Bush tax cuts were enacted. The tax cuts were responsible for the creation of 7.3 million new jobs beginning in August of 2003 and lasting through the end of 2007. Tax cuts are the only proven method for bringing an economy out of recession. The deeper the tax cut, the greater the expansion.

As the website Liberty Works so aptly reminds us, “President Obama and the Democratic Congress have implemented a series of measures that defy the lessons of past recessions”, especially that of 1981, which was by some measures worse than this one.

The chart above shows, “the job market recovery is faltering at best, after 31 months of Bush/Obama policies. There are 8 million fewer Americans now employed than in December, 2007.”

The results in the second chart (above), speak for themselves. “Reagan’s policies turned the job market around after 16 months of losses. The Reagan economy grew continuously for 90 months, creating a total of 21 million new jobs, or a 24% increase in the number of Americans who were employed.”

You’ve Been Flimflammed

If the goal is to grow the economy, create jobs, and increase tax revenues, then tax cuts are the way to go. However, if the goal is something more sinister, then one must brainwash their constituents into believing that ‘tax cuts cause recessions’. The Bush tax cuts brought us through another successful business cycle. Then the housing bubble burst, credit markets froze, and we fell back into recession. But tax cuts didn’t cause the recession. I don’t mind cutting Bush to pieces where warranted, and I was doing just that in 2007/08, but to say that the Bush tax cuts didn’t work because you disagree with his foreign policy is ignorant.

Whether or not the recession could have been avoided is highly doubtful due to the severity of the housing bubble and credit crisis. Yet if you listen closely, a year ago Obama was saying the recession was caused by the ‘lack of affordable health insurance’, and today he’s saying that it was caused by the ‘Bush tax cuts’. I suppose next he’ll be saying the recession was caused by whatever supports the legislation du jour.

It’s sinister enough to take advantage of a crisis in order to pass an unwanted legislative agenda. It’s entirely another matter to purposefully prolong a crisis to the detriment of every American: black, white, red, yellow, and brown; Democrat, Republican, and Independent. In fact, Obama’s looking more and more like another FDR. In FDR’s policies prolonged Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate, you will find the following quote: “We found that a relapse isn’t likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies.”

Congress needs to cut spending, and cut taxes, now. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Black Employment Relapses Year-Over-Year

New Black Dummies

Black Employment Plummets on Obama’s Watch

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

The question of the day: Will Black or African Americans continue to support policies that don’t represent them?

According to the latest from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment has continued to decline among Black or African Americans over the last twelve months. After 17 months of the Obama administration’s massive recovery program, we find that African Americans have benefited the least. If Black Americans are losing under the leadership of President Barack Obama, who’s winning?

The latest Employment Status Report reveals the following:

  • There were 154,000 fewer blacks working in July than there were a year ago.

  • The number of blacks added to the unemployment rolls rose by 155,000 over the past year.

  • The unemployment rate among black Americans has increased by nearly 1.0%, since July of 2009.

  • Worst of all, an additional 466,000 blacks entirely abandoned the labor force over the past 12 months. Those classified as ‘no longer in the labor force’ are no longer counted in the official unemployment rate. These are the forsaken, the forgotten, the hopeless, the lost ones.

Here’s the latest table derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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Using his own laughable analogy, Obama refuses to put the car in [R], yet neither will he shift it into [D]. Instead, Obama has chosen to keep our economy in [P]. The folly of the [p]rogressive party president lies in that he has villainized corporations, small business owners, and the wealthy – those who actually provide and create jobs. It looks like it’s up to us to finally throw the car into gear. The best way to do this is to shift the balance of power in the November mid-terms.

“Change you can believe in?” – Nah!

And so you know I’m not just making this up, here’s a snapshot of the BLS report:

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Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Situation 8/6/2010

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Historical Data

Successful Losing: Obama on Jobs

Losing is the New Winning

By: Larry Walker, Jr.

According to today’s Employment Status Report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that as of July 31, 2010 there were 857,000 fewer persons employed than there were in July of 2009. Yet from Barack’s glass bubble, it sounded like all is well. Sure, his chief economist, Christina Romer just resigned, but that’s no cause for concern. The latest from Obama is that ‘private employment has increased every month’ during 2010. Really? Does that mean there are more jobs today than there were yesterday?

Following is my latest presidential scorecard, based purely on official BLS data:

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Obama was quick to take credit for the false increase in overall employment, earlier this year, when the U.S. Census Bureau hired 500,000 temporary workers, but now that they’re all gone he’s been slow to acknowledge the true situation. According to the BLS there were 139.8 million Americans employed in July of 2009, and 138.9 million employed in July of 2010. That’s a decline of 857,000 jobs over the past 12 months. There has actually been a steady, and progressive, decline in civilian employment for the past year, but you know, Obama doesn’t have time to look at facts and figures.

When G.W. Bush entered office in January of 2001, there were 136.8 million jobs. When he left office in December of 2008, there were 145.3 million jobs. When Obama entered office in January of 2009, there were 145.3 million jobs. As of July 31st of this year, there were 138.9 million jobs. So when we do the math, there are now 6.4 million fewer jobs than there were when Obama entered office in January of 2009. That’s reality. That’s what it feels like on the ground. Obama is losing, and losing big. And in his losing, he’s dragging America and the Democrat party along for the ride.

Is this what success looks like in the minds of progressive Democrats? Is losing the new winning? If so, Obama is certainly leading the pack. It’s time to throw the bum(s) out!

Just so you know that I’m not making this stuff up, here’s a snapshot of the latest BLS report:

BLS Table A - Double Click to Enlarge

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Situation 8/6/2010

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Historical Data

Obama on Jobs: Fool Me Thrice

Minus 6.2 Million Jobs and Counting

*By: Larry Walker, Jr.*

The question of the day is how will Obama turn his record of 6.2 million job losses into a positive number by the end of his four-year term? G.W. Bush cut taxes in his third year, which led to 51 month’s of positive job growth and the creation of 7.3 million jobs (not saved, just created). Obama will commence his third year (2011), 6.2 million jobs in the red, by imposing a tax hike.

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Obama is still out on the campaign trail trying to justify his failed economic policies by implying fallacious ideas like how the $80 billion auto-bailout saved the industry. The other day he was boasting about how his policies single-handedly created 55,000 new auto industry jobs, but he failed to mention that the same industry has hemorrhaged 400,000 jobs since 2008 (per Lawrence H. Summers). For the record, that means he’s still 345,000 auto industry jobs in the hole.

Whether Obama cuts or raises taxes will have no positive effect on the economy. Obama could cut the top tax rates down to 28%, like Reagan, but it would still have no effect. Why not? Because one of the keys to positive economic growth is confidence. There is no confidence in Barack Obama, period.

Obama squandered his credibility from day one. His recovery plan failed to contain job losses. His promise to cut taxes for 95% of Americans while accelerating the National Debt to historic proportions is not possible within the realm of human reason. His imposition of a health care mandate despite the will of the majority of Americans sealed his fate. There is no confidence in the president, or in his policies. Confidence will only begin to return when there is a shift in the balance of power. A change in the leadership of both houses of Congress is step one. Step two is the removal of Obama from the White House.

What the facts show (and what is certain) is that since Obama took over the reigns of power, the economy has lost a total of 6 million, 243 thousand jobs. What we don’t know (and what remains uncertain) is which Obama policies are even capable of breakeven. Breaking even means creating 6.2 million new jobs. Saving the job market from further deterioration is a given, not a grand accomplishment. Obama needs to aim a lot higher. Even if he were to actually create 6.2 million American jobs, Obama would still be considered a failure.

Do you have enough confidence in the rules of the game to be able to develop a winning (or survival) strategy? Under the present administration, the rules are not clear. Are your taxes going up next year, or not? Do you have to buy health insurance, or not? Will your health care costs continue to rise? Will your social security and Medicare benefits be cut? Will the government continue to run budget deficits after raising taxes? Even if we knew for certain that the answer to all of the above was affirmative, it wouldn’t make us more confident. There is no confidence, and when there is no confidence, jobs begin to perish.

Bush Tax Cuts

As the website Liberty Works correctly points out, in Bush Tax Cut Myths and Fallacies (1), the Bush tax cuts of 2003 led to quantifiable job growth. In fact, within 3 months of passage jobs were being created, and by the end of 2007 a total of 7.3 million jobs were created. Although progressives like Obama claim that this never happened, the facts are the facts no matter how twisted ones ideology. Thus, if we are comparing Obama and Bush, it should take roughly 3 months for a positive policy to show positive results. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was implemented in February of 2009, and 17 month’s later we are 6.2 million jobs in the hole. That’s a clear indication that the ARRA has failed.

Relative Tax Rates

As Mark Perry points out, in Tax Cuts, Tax Hikes, It’s All Relative, tax cuts and tax hikes are pretty much relative. We are historically in a period of low tax rates. So if top tax rates go from 35% back to 39.6% it probably won’t kill the economy, but neither will it spark any positive growth. What will be affected is the level of confidence in a government that needs more and more but still can’t balance a simple budget.

…Certainly, compared to the “Clinton tax hikes” that took effect in 1993 and raised the top marginal income rate to 39.6%, the reductions of the top tax rate to 38.6% in 2002 and 35% in 2003 were “tax cuts” (see chart above).

But if you go back further and compare the Bush tax rates to the highest marginal tax rates under Bush, Sr. (31%) and Reagan (28%), couldn’t the Bush II tax rates more accurately be referred to as the “Bush tax hikes”? Of course, the tax rates were much higher before 1988, here’s the full history back to 1913 in the chart below. Compared to most of the tax rates between the 1930s and the 1980s, couldn’t the Clinton tax rates also accurately be referred to as the “Clinton tax cuts”?

It’s not about tax hikes, it’s about how to grow the economy and how to create jobs. Clinton raised taxes during a period of economic growth, not to recover from a recession. If Obama can create jobs in a recession by raising taxes, then ‘God bless him’. But if Obama’s tax hikes lead to further job losses, forget about it. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, and I must be a fool. Yet fools we are not.

“Confusing legislation, high unemployment, record deficits, and impending tax hikes do not confidence make.”

Related: Obama on Jobs: Worst Track Record in History

References: Bureau of Labor Statistics Official Data

Obama’s Scattershot: Works without Faith

By: Larry the Tishbite :

Definition: Scattershot – covering a wide range in a haphazard way (indiscriminating, undiscriminating – not discriminating)

Obama’s philosophy – Tell the people what they want to hear. Make it sound fabulous. Bend and stretch the truth when necessary. Convince the masses that everyone should agree with him. Demonize any opposing view points, because no one else could possibly have a solution. Make a broad range of neo-reforms and hope that something sticks. Because, after all, progress means getting stuff done, whether it’s the right stuff or not is irrelevant.

First, there was the financial bailout which was meant to save us from “the worst financial crisis since the seven year famine of Genesis 41:54“. [Boy am I tired of hearing that line.] The fact that, from the time Obama took over through April 23rd of this year, 197 banks have failed, including the 7 Illinois banks that failed on that day, is not even mentioned. Instead of admitting failure and going back to the drawing board, Obama, and his worshipers, continue to blame the ‘too big to fail’ entities for the crisis of 2008, and seek ways to prevent ‘that crisis’ from ever happening again. It seems like progress, but Obama is actually ignoring the fact that the original problem has yet to be resolved. When things seem to be improving, Obama will take credit, and when the situation worsens, Obama will blame the seers, bloggers, or anyone other than himself, or his policies.

Then there was the famous economic stimulus which was going to cap the unemployment rate at 8% and add 2 million and some-odd jobs in short order. Well, since that didn’t happen, Obama came up with a new measurement: ‘jobs created or saved’. Thus, if you saved one job you somehow could claim to have created six, or some nonsense. Once again, instead of admitting defeat and going back to square one, the obamanists, claimed victory and now say everything is fine. (That reminds me of the true definition of F.I.N.E.) Never mind the fact that the published unemployment rate was 10.2% at the end of March of 2010 and much higher if you count all of those who have permanently left the workforce. As is his custom, if the latest statistics seem favorable, Obama will take credit, and if things are not looking favorable, he will blame bloggers, Glenn Beck, Fox News or anyone other than himself or his socialist entourage.

And last but not least, there was Obamacare which was supposed to reduce deficit spending by $138 billion in the first decade, and then knock off another $1.2 trillion long after Obama could possibly be in office. Well for one thing, it looks like there may not be any savings in the first decade, and Obamacare may actually add to the deficit. But then there’s the real catch-22: How can one have the audacity to claim that Obamacare will reduce deficit spending by $138 billion during the same decade that deficit spending is actually being increased by more than $10 trillion? Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t equal any kind of savings whatsoever. If I put $1,000 in my savings account this year, but actually wind up adding $10,000 of credit card debt, am I not really worse off by $9,000? I think so.

I could name dozens of other Obama policies that follow the same pattern. Whether it’s nuclear defense, foreign policy, education, financial reform, climate change, energy, you name it, it’s just one big scattershot. The story is the same. Shoot a scattershot and hope that something sticks, take credit for any positive outcomes, pass blame for any negative results.

Oh, and then there’s that little quirk regarding the fact that the greatest benefits of any Obama policy don’t occur until long after he has been expelled from office. What’s up with that? That’s a neat way to CYA when none of your plans make any sense, and when everyone knows it. That way, Obama can blame the next administration for repealing his mistakes prematurely. In the end, this will only work to ensure that Obama goes down in history as the worst president since James Earl Carter.

I have made a few costly mistakes in my life, and I learned some valuable lessons. It never helped to sit around blaming everyone else for my mistakes, and I didn’t need some 3rd party changing the rules to prevent me from making the same mistake. I messed up, I paid the price, and I will never make those same mistakes again. I have also learned that the scattershot technique doesn’t work. I have learned to focus my energies on my personal areas of expertise, and to promptly concede what I don’t know.

In my world, we slay one dragon at a time. In Obama’s world, he seems to slay his own credibility one policy at a time.

The seven years of plenty ended in July of 2007.

29 There will be seven years of great plenty in all the land of Egypt. 30 After that, there will be seven years of famine, and all the good years will be forgotten, because the famine will ruin the country. 31 The time of plenty will be entirely forgotten, because the famine which follows will be so terrible. 32 The repetition of your dream means that the matter is fixed by God and that he will make it happen in the near future. 33 “Now you should choose some man with wisdom and insight and put him in charge of the country. 34 You must also appoint other officials and take a fifth of the crops during the seven years of plenty. 35 Order them to collect all the food during the good years that are coming, and give them authority to store up grain in the cities and guard it. 36 The food will be a reserve supply for the country during the seven years of famine which are going to come on Egypt. In this way the people will not starve.” 37 The king and his officials approved this plan,…