Guest submission by: Gene Brown
It is a fact that the average price of gas when President Obama took office was $1.65 per gallon.
It is a fact that, as of 21 May, 2011, according to AAA, the average price of regular gasoline was $3.87 a gallon.
It is a fact that the cost of gasoline directly and adversely affects the cost of groceries, building supplies, home entertainment, and every other commodity you can think of.
It is a fact that unemployment when President Obama took office was 7.3%, the highest monthly percentage of the entire previous administration.
It is a fact that since January of 2009, the average unemployment rate has been 9.3%.
Our health care system needs to be reformed. There were and still are several practical and market-driven options that can accomplish this reform.
President Obama’s solution to our health care problems is to have government take control of every aspect of that industry.
Consistent opinion polls indicate that the American voter wants to repeal Obama Care. There have already been over 1700 waivers to Obama Care, including the states of Maine and Nevada, most eating establishments in San Francisco, almost every labor union in the nation, AARP, and ironically, nursing homes. It is obvious that America does not like Obama Care, but undeterred, President Obama has promised to veto any repeal.
US foreign policy is either in a shambles or nonexistent, and our international respect has plummeted to the point where the Prime Minister of one of the smallest countries in the world has seen fit to use international television coverage to talk about President Obama’s proposals for peace, “So, it’s not gonna happen, everyone knows it’s not gonna happen …”
I believe that these and several other indicators point to the potential of our beloved nation being not only in decline but possibly in peril. I am convinced that the majority of Americans can see this happening as well. Logic and mathematics dictate that millions of folks who voted for President Obama in 2008 can also see this. So, the basic question many of those voters have to answer is, “What are you going to do next time?”
Are you going to acknowledge that you are out of work because of President Obama’s policies? Are you going to admit that you have to pick and chose which bills you pay because you still want food on your table? Are you sure you want a government bureaucrat assigning you a doctor and probably limiting your health care? Are you happy that if you sell your house today you will get less for it than what you paid? Has that warm feeling of making history you gave yourself for electing the first black man to the Oval Office worn off?
More importantly, are you mature and sensible enough to correct the course you helped chart?
That’s my nickle.