For those of you who praise President Obama, let me say this. He was and is a great man, extraordinary speaker, sweet husband, wonderful father, and probably a marvelous friend. He picked one of the strongest men in politics and for that matter, throughout life, to be his Vice-President. Joe Biden, who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident and later on, lost his son Beau to brain cancer while still upholding his duties in office. Yes, President Obama has done had accomplishments, but he has also failed in the people of America in many ways.

1) The $20 Trillion Debt Crisis

Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Add that to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the $20 trillion mark will hit right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House.

When President Obama took over in January 2009, the total national debt stood at $10.6 trillion. That means the debt will have very nearly doubled during his eight years in office, and there is much more debt ahead with the abandonment of “sequestration” spending caps enacted in 2011.

2) The Affordable Care Act

After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act  in 2010. According to the Obama administration, it was supposed to cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014. It was also supposed to mandate a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems. It was also predicted that by 2016, 23 million people would be on the Affordable Care Act. The actual number? 11.6 million. President Obama also promised that if you like your plan, you can keep it. The reality? Health insurance companies canceled plans for one million people because they didn’t comply with the ACA’s ten essential health benefits.

Between three to five million people lost their company-sponsored health care plans. Many businesses found it was more cost-effective to pay the penalty and let their employees purchase their plans on the exchanges. Other small businesses found their workers could get a better plan through the state-run exchanges. While the Affordable Care Act has helped people in need that may not have found another way of getting the care needed, this stimulus package has done more harm than good. There are better ways that a health care system can broaden it’s scope of helping people in need without breaking people’s wallets.

3) Terrorism

Unfortunately, Barack Obama has not finished the job in Afghanistan where a war was taking place. There is the rise of ISIS. The President who won’t even speak the name of the group. We have no plan to combat them, even though ISIS has made it known that they hate Americans. Don’t believe me? They’ve killed and tortured our own as well. Yet President Obama refuses to rebuke ISIS and instead says ISIL, because he doesn’t want to offend those who are Islamic and not murderers.

4) Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, Barack Obama ordered a special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden was killed during the raid. A trove of al-Qaeda documents were discovered. President Obama did not even acknowledge Team 6. The Team of soldiers who actually killed the terrorist. A former Navy Seal wrote the President a letter, stating

 “You Sir are trying to take the credit for what the American People have achieved in killing Bin Laden. Your use of the SEALs accomplishment as a campaign slogan is nothing less than despicable. I, as a former Navy SEAL do not accept your taking credit for Osama Bin Laden’s death. The American Military accomplished that feat.

Yet now that it is useful, you Mr. President, continue to refer to the event as if it were YOU and you alone which accomplished the worthy task of slaying one of America’s greatest enemies. You say “I directed”, “I Continued”, “My Intelligence Community”, “My national security team”, “I determined that I had enough….”, “My direction…”  “

Let me remind you of some of the things he promised on his campaign as well. Obama has failed on his promise to close GITMO. The Obama administration has transferred 10 more detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the nation of Oman, but conceded that the action fell far short of fulfilling President Obama’s promise to close the military prison on the island of Cuba by the end of his term. “At this time, I don’t anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Obama broke his promise to pursue a “tough, smart and principled national security strategy.” ?

Obama broke his promise not to raise taxes on the middle-class. Obama failed to grow the middle-class and Americans’ incomes. According to the Census Bureau’s latest numbers, the average family today has less income, after adjusting for inflation, than when Obama took office. 

The administration has failed to make immigration a top priority and pass comprehensive reform in his first year. How can we help our own country when illegals are coming in and taking from us?

Obama failed to “nail shut” the revolving door of lobbyists working in his administration.  In fact, he once stated, “When I’m president of the United States, if you want to work for my administration, you can’t leave my administration and then go lobby.”

President Obama broke his promise to bring both parties together to enact a bipartisan agenda. He abandoned his commitment to “unprecedented” transparency; I think this speaks for itself.

The Obama administration has hurt our country in more ways than one. Let’s pray that the next four years will be much better.

Kaitlin O
Contributor