Summing up 8 years of Barack Obama

It’s hard to argue with Barack Obama’s jump shot. I can’t imagine Rutherford B. Hayes having that kind of game.

Or his swagger. Comedic timing. Even charisma.

And there have been plenty of times over the last eight years when, in all seriousness, those qualities have truly mattered.

I can’t imagine anyone not getting goose bumps when President Obama sang Amazing Grace during the eulogy of Reverend Clementa Pinckney in 2015 after the horrific church shooting in Charleston.

During his presidency he had thrust upon him the impossible task of consoling an entire nation over and over again. Personality truly mattered.

But tangible, productive results are an entirely different story, and that’s what I want to examine today.

I’ve read a number of articles this week which glowingly praise President Obama’s accomplishments. Others offer scathing critiques.

Most tend to focus on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), i.e. Obamacare, suggesting that reforming healthcare is one of his most important legacies.

Maybe so.

There are undoubtedly millions of people who now have medical insurance that never had insurance before.

And that is certainly a noble accomplishment.

The problem is that focusing on this single metric is a terrible premise.

Millions of people are no longer uninsured. Check. But that’s where their thinking stops.

What’s the overall quality in the system? What’s the cost?

Those metrics are conveniently overlooked.

Not even two months ago, the Obama administration was forced to publicly acknowledge that healthcare premiums will rise by an average of 25% in just a single year under Obamacare.

Plus, many consumers will only have a single option to choose from as a number of major insurance companies scale back insurance policies they offer.

The administration also admitted last year that overall healthcare spending continues to rise, surpassing $10,000 per person for the first time ever.

Then there’s a question of quality and efficiency.

In 2016, a Johns Hopkins study concluded that the number of preventable medical errors has soared in recent years and is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Obviously no one can blame Barack Obama for this trend.

But that’s precisely the point: it’s impossible for any program to be successful when the way you define success is so fundamentally flawed.

Obamacare focuses on one thing: coverage. Are more people insured? Yes. And in their mind, that makes it successful.

But anyone who looks at the big picture will reach an entirely different conclusion.

Premiums rose. Overall spending increased. Quality didn’t improve. Americans aren’t getting healthier.

(Not to mention the matter of that $2 billion website…)

However noble the intentions, it’s hard to consider these results a major success worthy of an enduring legacy.

Then there’s the issue of jobs. President Obama has been credited with ‘creating’ more than 11.3 million jobs.

This entire premise, of course, is total nonsense.

It’s not like the President starts businesses and hires people. The only jobs the President creates are in government.

It’s the private sector that create jobs.

And for a guy who once told entrepreneurs, “you didn’t build that,” (referring to their businesses), he sure is quick to take credit for 11.3 million jobs created.

But OK, let’s play along and give him credit: creating 11.3 million jobs is a very noble accomplishment.

Once again, however, this metric for success is flawed.

What’s the quality of those jobs? At what cost?

Total “goods-producing” jobs, i.e. workers who make stuff, actually declined under the Obama presidency.

Manufacturing jobs, construction jobs… even utilities and media jobs… all fell over the last eight years.

Bear in mind that the US was already at the peak of recession when President Obama took office, with unemployment surging.

Yet today, goods-producing jobs are even below those dismal figures from 2009.

So what jobs were created?

A good chunk of them are in healthcare, which sort of highlights the earlier point that Americans aren’t getting healthier since they need even more workers to care for them.

Additionally there were a lot of jobs created in the federal government.

Plus a full 2 million of those new jobs have been waiters and bartenders.

I’m serious.

At the beginning of the Obama presidency in 2009, there were 9.5 million waiters and bartenders in the United States.

Today there’s 11.5 million waiters and bartenders.

So it’s not like all these millions of workers who supposedly owe their jobs to President Obama are out there discovering the cure for cancer.

Then you have to look at cost.

Despite these 11.3 million new jobs, the number of food stamp recipients in the Land of the Free Lunch increased by 13.9 million during the Obama administration.

Plus, during his 8-years in office, the Obama administration spent a record $28.7 TRILLION and registered a $10 trillion increase in the national debt.

This means that every job President Obama supposedly created cost the American taxpayer $885,000 in debt. Per job.

This is a pretty pitiful return on investment.

And that’s really the bottom line. Debt lasts.

One day his Supreme Court justices will retire. Obamacare may be repealed. History will forget about his charisma and charm.

Edward Snowden may eventually return home. The 500,000+ pages of regulations his administration issued will be replaced.

And even the families of all the innocent victims who were accidentally killed in his drone strikes may move on with their lives.

But the debt will still be there.

Consider this: in the last two weeks alone, the Treasury Department has auctioned off tens of billions of dollars worth of debt in the form of 30-year bonds.

This means that a child who won’t even be born until 2030 will have some high school summer job in late 2046, and an increasing chunk of his income will be taxed to pay off the debt that Treasury Department borrowed a few days ago.

That’s a legacy which outlasts everything else.

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  • daniel1154

    What it means is the left and their allies in the media will work every minute of every day to destroy this administration with lies and falsehoods, but unlike Bush, Trump will fight back. And like Reagan he will be successful in turning this country around for the better. The shift has been monumental, and as a result the left and the Democrat party are relics of the past.

  • JohnDille

    SO… NOW THAT DEMOCRATS ARE TOTALLY OUT OF THE WAY… YET AGAIN… DOES THAT MEAN THAT REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE THE BLAME FOR ALL THE TOTAL DISASTERS THEY WILL IMPOSE ON THIS NATION??? FAT CHANCE… REPUBLICANS ARE STILL BLAMING JIMMY CARTER FOR STUFF THAT REAGAN AND NIXON DID… EVEN THOUGH CARTER HAS BEEN OUT OF OFFICE FOR 36 YEARS!!! SO… WE CAN EXPECT REPUBLICANS TO BE BLAMING OBAMA FOR STUFF UNTIL WELL AFTER 2050…. ASSUMING WE SURVIVE TRUMP, OF COURSE!

  • daniel1154

    Obama passed a trillion dollar so called stimulus with “shovel ready jobs” that was nothing but a bail out of the corrupt public employee unions. Obama was a total failure. A political hack. Now it’s time to make America great again, now that Democrats are totally out of the way.

  • JohnDille

    I can’t march today with the women in Washington D.C. (and around the country!) because I’m stuck at Hardee’s, working hard for too little pay so I can keep food on the table.

    I wish I was there – in spirit I am there marching with all my Sisters.

    My boss DEFINITELY doesn’t want me to join the hundreds of thousands of women marching today.

    Why? Well, he’s Andy Puzder – the guy Donald Trump wants to be our next labor secretary. He’s anti-woman, anti-choice and anti-worker – and we’ve got to stop him.

    Puzder’s made it pretty clear how he feels about women:

    He doesn’t want to see our pay raised by even a dollar.

    He is against women making choices about our own bodies and reproductive rights.

    And don’t get me started on his preference for scantily clad women to advertise his restaurants – he actually said “ugly women don’t sell burgers.”

    As thousands march on Washington – join me to stop the anti-woman and anti-worker Andy Puzder from being our Labor Secretary.

    I am so proud of all the people out there marching today.

    I know what it’s like to work hard and make nothing – and I know that every woman is worth more than that. Not only do we deserve equal pay for the work we do, women also deserve a raise.

    So while you’re out there marching, I ask that you march for me.

    March for every woman who works hard and still can’t make enough to live.

    And let Trump, Puzder and all the anti-women and anti-worker haters out there know: We. Won’t. Back. Down.

    Thank you. And march on!

    Kymiesha Jones
    Hardee’s Worker
    Richmond, VA
    Fight for $15

  • Rick

    Do you have no other life Odille?

  • malimut@msn.com

    well said…………………….he was here to destroy and nothing else for his puppet masters… what goes around , comes around….

  • Dr. Michael Cesar

    What a blessing to watch today’s inaugural. Our new President is a hard working gentleman who understands that bloated government and it’s greedy, lazy, pontificating elites tend to forget and trample upon the common man. I was relieved to see Obama exit the oval office for the last time. The era (or ‘error’) is finally over. I wish all those democrat’s that skipped today’s inaugural would extend their leave indefinitely. My best to our 45th President: Donald J. Trump. May God Bless America and help the new administration make America Great again !!!

  • JohnDille

    YOIU MEAN REPUBLICANS DID NOT BLOCK OBAMA’S ATTEMPTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN BY REBUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE… LIKE ALL GOOD PROGRESIVES AND LIBERALS WOULD HAVE DONE??? SO… WHY IS TRUMP GOING TO DO WHAT PROGRESSIVES AND LIBERALS WOULD HAVE DONE… AND CONCENTRATE ON REBUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE??? OH… YEAH… BECAUSE REPUBLICVANS DID BLOCK OBAMA’S EFFORTS TO DO ALL OF THAT… AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!! WHICH MEANS THAT NOW… DONALD TRUMP GETS TO BE THE WORLDS BIGGEST SOCIALIST LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE… BY REBUILDING ALL OF THAT PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE THAT PRIVATE ENTERPRISE WOULD NEVER EVER BUILD ON THEIR OWN!!! BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT GOVERNMENT IS REALLY FOR… DOING L THE STUFF THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE… BUT WHCH IS NOT PROFITABLE ENOUGH FOR BUSINESS TO UNDERSTAKE!!! WHICH REALLY MEANS THAT… WITHOUT SOCIALISM… THE NATION WOULD TOTALLY FALL APART!!! OR WOULD BE RUN TOTALLY FOR PROFIT… IN WHICH CASE THE RICH WOULD DO REALLY WELL… BUT ALL THE EST OF US WOULD BE SLAVES LIVING IN POVERTY…. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT RICH REPUBLICANS WANT TO IMPOSE UPON US… AGAIN!!! WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD BEFORE… AND IT WAS A DISASTER FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS!!! WHICH IS WHY AMERICANS VOTED FOR THE NEW DEAL…. AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN… FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS… UNTIL RICH REPUBLICANS LIED AND SWINDLED THEIR WAY BACK INTO CONTROL OVER THIS NATION…. AND LIKE DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST DONE!!! ENJOY YOUR GREEDY SELFISH DESTRUCTIVE CAPITALISM BOYS AND GIRLS…. UNTIL IT SELF DESTRUCTS… YET AGAIN!!!

  • JohnDille

    YEAS, INDEED… GEORGE BUSH JUNIOR… SUCKED… BIG TIME!!! JUST THINK… AMERICANS WOULD NEVER EVER EVER ELECTED A BLACK MAN TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF GEORGE BUSH JUNIOR HAD NOT BEEN SUCH A DISASTROUS PRESIDENT!!!

  • JohnDille

    IT WILL ONLY TAKE ONE WORD TO SUM UP THE TRUMP YEARS… PROVIDING WE SURVIVE THOSE YEARS!!! AND THAT WORD IS… BARF!!!

  • JohnDille

    SO… YOU REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE PREFERED TO LET GEORGE BUSH JUNIOR AND HIS REPUBLICAN ALLIES TO JUST STAND ASIDE AND LET THE USA DRIFT DEEPER AND DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO RECESSION… THEN INTO DEPRESSION… PRETTY MUCH LIKE HERBERT HOOVER DID IN THE EARLY 1930’S??? BECAUSE STOPPING THE GREAT RECESSION FROM TURNING INTO THE GREAT DEPRESSION… AND TURNING THINGS AROUND AND CREATING SLOW BUT SOLID ECONOMIC AND JOB GROWTH… IS REALLY THE NUMBER ONE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION!!! AND NUMBER TWO IS HIS GETTING US MOSTLY OUT OF THE MONUMENTALLY STUPID WARS THAT GEORGE BUSH ALSO LEFT OBAMA TO RUN! REPUBLICANS WILL WHINE ABOUT ISIS AND ALL OF THAT… BUT CONSIDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF WE HAD CONTINUED ON THE PATH THAT GEORGE BUSH PUT US ON!!! WE WOULD STILL HAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST… AND TENS OF THOSUANDS OF AMERICANS WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED OVER THERE… AND THE CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL OVER THERE WOULD BE IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS BY NOW, AND ISIS AND ALQUEDA WOULD BE RUNNING WILD… ALL OVER THE WORLD… BECAUSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS WOULD BE SUPPORTING THEM IN AN EFFORT TO GET THE UNITED STATES OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!!! THEMS THE FACTS, DIMWIT REPUBLICANS!!! OBAMA DID A LOT OF GOOD IN HIS LOW KEY WAY…. AND NOW… YOU HAVE DONALD TRUMP IN CHARGE… GOD HELP THE USA… AND WORLD!!! AND IF YOU ARE FAIR MINDED… IT WILL NOT BE ALL THAT LONG BEFORE YOU START WISHING THAT WE HAD A REAL PRESIDENT IN CHARGE… AND YOU WILL BE WISHING THAT OBAMA WAS STILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE… OR AT LEAST HILLARY CLINTON!!!

  • Rick

    Very well said. Those communist almost had us this time. May the American people never be that naive and stupid again.

  • The cancer that was promoted and spread under Obama’s Presidency is Progressive Liberalism know through out Eastern Europe as communism and practiced by Brussels. DJT will nip that crap from being promoted ever again. Too bad the Europeans do not have a leader like him in Brussels.

  • volpoppy

    It only takes ONE word to sum up the Obama years.
    PUKE.

  • Rick

    He SUCKED