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America’s destiny declines under media darling Obama

Travesty. That’s the accurate word for the mainstream media’s glorification of Obama. Major newspapers and broadcasters refuse to publish damning information about Obama that America’s readers and viewers are entitled to see.

Obama-JobsThe real story on the Obama administration’s actions, or inactions, is a compilation of flotsam and jetsam from the Obama shipwreck piling up against the walls of an economic dam. Sooner or later, the dam will break, even if the media ignores the pileup.

Obama and his statist minions have brewed a sluggish economy that is recovering at the slowest pace since the Great Depression. Every day, we see the stifling effects of his Big Government, the crushing results of welfare and diminishment of black (and white) families.

Median income is down 4.4 percent, and households are nowhere close to regaining the purchasing power they had before 2007, according to studies by two former Census Bureau officers. The loss is tied to the 9 million jobs lost since Obama took office. It’s tied in with Obamacare’s directive that employers focus on part-time labor (30 hours or less) over full-time jobs. Obamacare is a black tornado over the economy, just starting to cut its swath.

With the Obama regime, we see the continual rapid deployment of an oppressive central government crippling individual freedoms. He still blames his failures on the “mess” he inherited five years ago. When his “stimulus” efforts don’t produce jobs, his excuse is conservatives didn’t let him spend enough.

America has had five straight years of trillion-dollar deficits. Unfunded liabilities threaten America’s children. Unemployment remains disturbingly high compared to history. Our military is declining as a major deterrent, and we are laughed at and taunted by enemies around the globe. Obama’s sequestration idea is founded on requiring no spending cuts. Instead, it merely pares back the rate of spending increases by a paltry 2 percent. Even with sequestration, the Congressional Budget Office projects that Washington will spend 50 percent more in the next decade.

Who needs more government if our federal behemoth already functions this badly?

The Obama administration ignores, creates or breaks the law consistently and with impunity, issuing abusive executive orders that bypass Congress, which is our constitutionally designated lawmaking branch.

Obama has failed to help develop America’s fossil fuel resources, estimated as the greatest in the world and capable of reducing the cost of gasoline and our dependence on the turmoil-riddled Middle East. There’s little coverage in the media about the costs of the Obama family’s taxpayer-financed luxury vacations, such as the $1.4 billion that was spent on the vacations and personal needs of the Obamas in 2011 alone. His speeches have become attempts to dazzle, much fanfare with little substance, predictable appeals to class warfare and clever distortions of his record.

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The failure of the mainstream media to do its job has caused “low-information voters” to conclude that bad happenings in our country have nothing to do with Obama, that he is not responsible for any of these disasters. The media’s purpose is to keep Obama’s approval ratings high despite the failure and unpopularity of his policies. They have made Obama into a celebrity, which helps to render his checkered past, his governing philosophy and his record immaterial. The media’s ludicrous portrayals paint him as a dedicated Beltway outsider, above the fray, trying to solve problems caused by the evil conservatives and Republicans.

Media tactics have created an intentional dumbing-down of American citizens, allowing American enterprise and its entrepreneurial spirit to be buried beneath taxes and regulations numbering in the tens of thousands of pages. What’s the use of working hard and succeeding if the fruit of your work will be confiscated and given to people who didn’t earn it?

Right under permissive media noses, Obama’s government has become a great usurper and seizer, giving money to half the population by taking it from the other half. This tyranny can only mean a perpetual decline in America’s destiny.

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John R. Smith

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