Monday, June 13, 2016

Barack Obama's God Complex: The Danger of a Lame Duck President In An Election Year

One thing that tends to get lost in an election year where the incumbent is not on the ticket is the fact that the person in office is still at the controls of the government.  That is, if the media wishes us to forget. In 2008 they didn't want us to forget and they had Barack Obama running against George Bush even though he was not on the ticket.  But in 2016?  Meh...

In reality, this is actually the most dangerous time of any Democrat presidency because the lefty press has little motivation to focus on anything they are doing and would rather work to get the next Democrat elected.

And so we find ourselves in a perfect storm, with two pitiful candidates competing to replace the most harmful president in American history and the press is having a field day covering them. One wonders exactly how much damage Barack Obama is going to inflict on the country on his way out the door? As we get closer to the end of his term I have no doubt Barack Obama would like to see himself as a modern Louis-NapolĂ©on Bonaparte and simply refuse to leave, but I’m hoping he will not go quite that far. That doesn’t mean that he can’t do much damage however. Between giving away control of the Internet and suggesting the highest gas tax hike in 80 years he’s seeking to destroy both the new and old economies.

But it’s more than the economy in general he has his sights on however. Barack Obama knows without a doubt that the cities, neighborhoods and homes Americans choose to live in are fundamental to who they are. They are where we spend most of our family time, our free time and where we go to rest.  People pick where they live for a wide variety of reasons from commute time to the love of trees and lawns to the quality of schools. A mortgage is typically the most important investment any American ever makes. Even for renters the monthly rent is typically the single most expensive obligation they have every month.

And so it is right here at the heart of America where Barack Obama wants to put his stamp…
  1. He is seeking to force the broken neighborhoods of America’s inner cities on the suburbs where people have moved to escape the crime. How? By reconfiguring the Section 8 Housing program to drive renters out to the suburbs while and penalizing landlords and communities that choose not to participate. And it’s probably not a surprise that the Section 8 program has a long history of failure, harming both renters and landlords.
  2. At the same time, he is seeking to prohibit renters from doing criminal background checks on prospective tenants because minorities are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. Landlords say they must focus on the safety of their tenants… but unfortunately for them, that conflicts with Barack Obama’s agenda.
  3. He is forcing banks to make loans to unqualified lenders, which was exactly what caused the economy to collapse in 2007. One might think Obama must have slept through 2007 and 2008, but no, he was there, and unsurprisingly, he learned nothing. He is demanding banks lower credit standards in pursuit of the same “affordable housing” goal.
Taken together, these actions, building on the previous seven years of government evisceration of freedom and the free market, will not only have the effect of further depressing the already feeble economy, but they will destroy communities as the crime from inner cities spreads to the suburbs like a cancer as the already dysfunctional suburban schools simply collapse. If citizens can’t work hard and strive to live in a community where they feel safe and their kids at least have a shot at getting a good education, what’s the point of putting in the effort in the first place? The reward of living in a place where you feel comfortable and your family feels secure is one of the driving forces in the pursuit of the American Dream… and, no surprise, Barack Obama seeks to dismantle that in his pursuit of his version of racial “equality” and economic parity. Of course I’m guessing that wherever Washington neighborhood the Obama family settles in once they exit the White House – assuming they do – that their next door neighbors won’t be Section 8 renters.

When Bill Clinton left the White House he gave us the Mark Rich pardon and his team destroyed thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment, but for the most of the country was left relatively unscathed by last minute subterfuge. Somehow I don’t think the nation will be nearly as lucky with Barack Obama. After having spent seven full years seeking to – and doing a good job of – hobbling the American economy and fomenting race and class divides, we should expect nothing less over the last few months of his administration. As the press willingly ignores pretty much anything he does and a spineless, feckless GOP providing no opposition, Barack Obama’s God complex will likely rise to unseen levels. That doesn’t bode well for anyone, but it certainly shouldn't surprise anyone either... 

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