America was put to the test, and failed

Remember this clip from Senator Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL), from during the 2008 campaign? In it, the junior senator from Illinois said that it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” of President Bush to have added $4 trillion to the national debt in eight years.1 How, then, how is adding $5.587 trillion to the national debt in 3¾ years either responsible or patriotic? Apparently a majority of the voters thought that it was!

The final deficit for which President Bush and the Democrat-led Congress were wholly responsible, FY2008, had a deficit of $458.8 billion. The FY 2009 total deficit, which the Democrats tried to assign entirely to President Bush but which included the $831 billion stimulus plan plus a bloated ordinary appropriation signed and passed after President Obama took office, was a whopping $1.413 trillion. President Obama — and the clip to the right was made after he was inaugurated — promised to halve the deficit by the end of his first term. Instead, the total deficit for FY 2012 was $1.090 trillion,2, more that twice President Bush’s last deficit, and even if you accept the cockamamie notion that the FY 2009 deficit was the baseline from which the deficit would be halved, the President’s promise was still not kept, by half. That should be completely unacceptable, but a majority of the voters accepted it anyway.

The unemployment rate when Barack Hussein Obama took office was a far-too-high 7.8%. It skyrocketed under his policies — and a stimulus plan, passed during his first month in office, which was supposed to hold it to a maximum of 8% — to 10%, and was still higher, at 7.9%, on election day than it was when he was inaugurated. That should have been a presidency-killer; instead, Mr Obama was re-elected.

A record of “achievement” like President Obama’s would have drawn howls from the left had it been racked up by a Republican. They would have been out there, screaming at the top of their lungs what an utter failure he was, and how he had to go, go, go! for the good of the country. Instead, because he is a Democrat — and probably even more because he is a black Democrat, and any opposition to him would be raaaaacist — why everything’s just fine, everything is good and getting better. How working people could have been so fornicating stupid as to vote for that failure is both baffling and depressing.

We will, of course, have another four years to say, “We told you so,” but it’s cold comfort to know that we were right about the causes of America going down the toilet when America is going down the toilet.


  1. $4.899 trillion, to be more precise, the increase in the national debt during President Bush’s two terms.
  2. CBO preliminary estimate, October 2012.


  1. I believe I saw exit polls where a majority of voters still hold Bush responsible for the bad economy. That certainly would account for Obama doing as well as he did despite the economy.

    Obama has to be topped only by FDR in terms of being re-elected in awful economic times, am I right?

  2. I didn’t see those polls specifically, but heard about them in the background. One wonders: if the economy is still sluggish in 2016, will it still be George Bush’s fault?

  3. I didn’t see those polls specifically, but heard about them in the background. One wonders: if the economy is still sluggish in 2016, will it still be George Bush’s fault?

    If that’s the case, then American is really headed towards the shi**er. Hey, I can understand people still thinking it now (‘tho I don’t agree), but 2016? God, I hope not. Then again, hopefully we won’t have to.

  4. All the American people no more failed the test yesterday in their struggle against the mindless client class and its enablers, than those in Germany who voted against the National Socialists failed their test.

    And given Lawrence O’Donnell’s seeming approbation of an ideological heritage stretching back to Otto Von Bismark’s state paternalism, there may be an incipient analogy there which is a little too close in some respects for comfort.

    The larger failure if it comes, will be found in a failure of will to continue to contest this so-called verdict.

    Now that said, millions of others did fail the test of American citizenship. And it is very remarkable just how many millions of voters simply were not interested enough in the labor of shaping their own fates to get to the polls.

    Romney’s rather paltry 67 million voters however, do in fact represent a much larger number of productive citizens. And within that greater population, these voters alone exceed in number the entire populations of either France or the United Kingdom.

    Assuming that some large percentage of these Republican voters would carry with them somewhat like-minded families (such as with the aggressive young evangelical next door with 4 kids) the size of such a social demographic would probably even exceed the total political population of Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse. That is to say, American conservatives with their families may well make up a larger population than the entire population of Germany which is composed of right, left and in-between.

    Yes, we have a Manchurian candidate propelled into the White House in part by a class of soulless mindless doofuses whose main concern in life is getting someone else to – as I said elsewhere in parodying their own language – vicariously accept the victimhood which they will not, for their biology.

    Yes, Obama is an incompetent president and a subversive danger to any constitutional conceived polity ( remember the positive liberty thing?). But it is important to keep in mind what substantive human resources we really do have on the side of liberty, in comparison to those fundamentally empty shells of appetite which can do little but vote yes when they want more, and no when they have temporarily had enough.

    They don’t build lives, they survive by voting themselves part of yours.

    Well, we’ve reached the stage we have been all these years projecting was entailed by certain existing moral preconditions. What exactly is to be done may be in some respects vague, but the outlines of the situation and the imperatives are not.

    We can’t allow ourselves to become all misty-eyed thinking about what will probably be temporatily lost in the way of reverance for and appreciation of the American project. The trick will be to find ways to liberate ourselves as much as possible from near term entanglements with the fuck-ups sufficient to gain a footing to restore it.

  5. You Can’t Beat Santa Claus
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. It is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus.

    Now, everybody is jumping on Romney’s chain today, getting in his chili. Look, he may have not been the most optimal candidate, but he’s a fine man. He would have been great for this country. Mitt Romney and his family would have been the essence of exactly what this country needs. But what was Romney’s recipe? Romney’s recipe was the old standby: American route to success, hard work. That gets sneered at. I’m sorry. In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren’t doing enough to help those who aren’t. And that resonated.

    The Obama campaign was about small stuff. War on Women, binders, Big Bird, this kind of stuff. The Romney campaign was about big things, was about America. It’s mind-boggling to go through these exit polls. You want to hear a statistic that is somewhat surprising? Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did. Now, who would have called that? Who in the world would have? I think Obama’s vote tally was down ten million from 2008, and we still lost. We lost 50 to 48 nationally. We were not able to build a turnout model that looked like 2004. Very puzzling.

    Something else. Just stream of consciousness here. The usual suspects are out, and they’re saying, “Rush, we gotta reach out now to the Hispanics and reach out to the minorities, blacks.” Okay, let me remind you of something. Just ask you a question. And we will be getting your phone calls of course today, you weigh in on this, 800-282-2882 is the number. Let me take you back to the Republican convention. We had Suzanne Martinez, female Hispanic governor, New Mexico. We had Condoleezza Rice, African-American, former secretary of state. Both of those people imminently qualified, terrifically achieved. They have reached the pinnacles of their profession.

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  6. If that’s the case, then American is really headed towards the shi**er. Hey, I can understand people still thinking it now (‘tho I don’t agree), but 2016? God, I hope not. Then again, hopefully we won’t have to.

    Pardon me, but which of you were claiming a short while ago that America would not survive another four years with Obama as President?

    Once again, you simply can’t face reality.

  7. Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night

    Who will be in the White House for the next four years – Obama or Romney?

    You lost. Deal with it. Deal with reality for once.

  8. Oh, we will deal with it, because we have no choice. What we do have a choice in is how we deal with it, and I, for one, choose to deal with it by resisting every initiative President Obama proposes, and to urge our congressmen to pass nothing for which he asks but a bare minimum budget. I choose to deal with it by advocating that the House of Representatives do whatever they can to stymie his agenda and undo his past legislation.

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