Welcome back to Virginia, Mr. PresidentPolicy

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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fresh off of visiting yet another battleground state – Afghanistan – the president has chosen to visit Virginia to launch his 2012 re-election bid – a state he’s been visiting a lot lately.

While the president was quick in his national address last night to take credit for focusing in on Afghanistan and defeating al Qaeda (I pray he’s right), in my latest offering in the Daily Press, I remind Virginia voters of some things the president should also take credit for:

• Failed to produce a budget for three years in the U.S. Senate.

• Promised that their economic stimulus would keep unemployment from going over 8 percent, but let the record show that we’ve had over 8 percent unemployment since February of 2009.

• Had their own “war on women” with 683,000 women losing their jobs since this administration took office, watched the poverty rate for women rise to 14.5 percent – its highest level in 17 years, and has presided over an economy where three of five women over age 65 can’t pay for their basic daily needs.

• Vaulted the national debt to a record $15.6 Trillion.

• Stalled Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia for five years — where natural gas (one of our least costly energy resources) could be abundant.

• Declared that higher energy prices are “good for the world” because “we’re all going to have to adapt how we use energy and how we think about carbon,” said Obama.

• Started a “war on coal” using unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from the EPA to impose draconian carbon emission standards that are causing electrical plants to close, jobs to be lost, and energy to be more expensive.

• Wasted taxpayer dollars on companies like Solyndra.

• Passed cloture for “ObamaCare” on Christmas Eve by one vote – Webb’s vote. Hardly a bipartisan effort on something that nationalizes 18 percent of our GDP.

• And, just this week, took a direct swipe at Virginia’s, and 22 other states’, right to work laws.

And that just scratches the surface of all the interesting things the president has done the last few years that we get to talk about over the next six months. So, welcome back to the commonwealth, Mr. President! I’m looking forward to the discussion.

Read the full column at the Daily Press.

  • MD Russ

    JR,

    Not to be nitpicky, but you overlooked Obama’s greatest non-accomplishment. According to the GAO, Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare is now projected to go bankrupt several years earlier than was estimated when he was elected in 2008. But Mr. Hope & Change has called Republican efforts to reform entitlements programs “ending Social Security as we know it.”

    Well, it appears that Obama is going to do just that.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/15/opinion/hutchison-entitlement-reform/index.html

  • http://www.bearingdrift.com/author/jrhoeft/ JR Hoeft

    That’s not nitpicky, MD. As I wrote in the column, I barely scratched the surface…and this point on Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security is an important – and often overlooked – point.

  • SWilliams

    Thin Gruel, ala 8%: admonishing the BHO admin for not correctly predicting the severity of the Bush Recession. Many many economists (those not employed by the admin) were incorrect in their predictions as to the severity of the recession. And when you look at the ideas proposed by the GOPT in response to the economic crating of 2008 (Mitt wanting to letting Detroit go bye bye, no stimulus, austerity, freezes, etc), coupled with Europe’s double dip recession from going just that route, this attack is comical.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/did-the-stimulus-work-a-review-of-the-nine-best-studies-on-the-subject/2011/08/16/gIQAThbibJ_blog.html

    The “there is no GOPT war on women” claim and the very odd “92%” claim by Romney (or was that from Ann, the Job Czar For Women?) is an exercise in pretzel, number-waterboarding logic. But it is entertaining.

    As for the natty debt, when Fed Tax revenues fall off a cliff FOR YEARS as a result of the Bush Recession, it stands to reason that the country is going to see the deficit grow. I’d be curious to see a comparison of spending that Bush INITIATED to spending that Obama INITIATED. Leaving a flaming pile of deficit on the next guy’s door step skews the figures a wee bit.

    Cancelling the Lease Sale in light of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, the deaths of the 11 platform workers, and months long oil spill sounded quite prudent. It is back on is it not? And is it true that revenues from state offshore tracts do NOT go to the state?

    I suspect that the Supremes will rule against Obamacare, and we will no longer be under the yoke of Soshulism. The same Soshulism that the good people of Massachusetts are toiling under with Mitt’s plan.

    I find it ironic that the GOPT attacks the admin on Medicare cuts when the GOPT has always been against Medicare (to the time of Saint Reagan)… when the entirety of the GOPT had voted for the Ryan plan which voucherized Medicare… where the GOA has scored his plan such that The Olds will have to pay many thousands more out of pocket to close the coverage gap that the Ryan plan would cause.

    As for funding SS, it cannot go “bankrupt” in the true sense of the word. The Govt has choices available for its funding just like it does with funding anything else… the military, medicare, raising the cap limit on vulture capitalists, means testing, raising the age, etc.

  • Tim J

    Troll, you are a pinnacle of righteous liberal virtue, mentally indoctrinated and “soshually” prepared by those who programmed and funded your ignorance. When those of your kind keep digging up and dragging political fossils through the streets of America behind your “green” vehicles, you remind us of how incredibly much you haven’t done with the privilege that the American people voted you in the last presidential election.

  • http://imnotemeril.blogspot.com Alton Foley

    Bravo Tim.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll

    “Stalled Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia for five years — where natural gas (one of our least costly energy resources) could be abundant.”

    A good thing. Have you SEEN the price of natural gas recently? Would have been a shame to do all that investigation just to have the play be worthless because far cheaper sources can be found ONSHORE in WV, PA, and NY. Even in the Richmond and Taylorsville Basins in Virginia.

  • MD Russ

    The trolls are out in force today armed with their DNC talking points:

    1. Blame Bush Again: Barack Obama hasn’t failed to turn around the economy, the recession that Bush caused was much worse than anyone knew.

    News flash, geniuses. Just as many economists believe that the “stimulus,” the bail-outs, and sabre-rattling about “making the rich pay their fair share” have stalled the recovery and prolonged record unemployment. Just as many economist now believe that the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression.

    2. The GOP has always been opposed to Medicare: they want to use the budget deficits as an excuse to end it.

    No, dummy, the Republicans want to balance the budget and you can’t do that without reforming entitlement spending. Forget about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Obama has continued for the past three years and just signed up for another ten years in Afghanistan. The United States spends more money on entitlements every three weeks than we have spent in an entire year in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. And that ratio is climbing, not staying constant. To paraphrase James Carvell, “Its the Entitlements Spending, Stupid.”

    3. Green energy: we can end greenhouse gas emissions with renewable, sustainable energy sources.

    Great idea! Look how well that has worked so far with companies like Solyndra, who sucked up half a billion dollar in Federal loan guarantees and promptly went tits up. Do you suppose that there might be a problem with the business case for solar? How about wind farms? Sure, instead of buying energy from the middle east where the people hate us, we can buy wind turbines from China where the people hate us and where they hold gazillons of our debt already. That makes a Hell a lot of sense.

    The biggest irony of the people who oppose coal electrical generation today is that these are the same nincompoops who killed the nuclear electrical generation industry 35 years ago. Now they want to kill clean coal. What is their desired end state, that we all freeze to death in the dark?

    Here’s a talking point for you: name one thing that Barack Obama, with majorities in both house of Congress his first two years, accomplished that a) benefited the United States and b) didn’t increase the deficit. And don’t try to use that old chestnut about ObamaCare reducing the deficit. That was debunked by the GAO long ago.

  • Darrell

    I guess when they start taking away military retirement the GOP will support that because it is merely an entitlement. But then who will vote for these morons?