Obama lousy at governing and understanding what voters want

Washington Examiner Editorial:
President Obama recently told Democratic donors in ritzy Potomac, Md., that he wants “an effective, serious, patriotic, capable, sober-minded Republican Party.” This line has become part of his regular stump speech to liberal audiences. While such snide condescension towards opponents is nothing new, the president clearly is struggling with the meaning of some basic concepts in the English language.

Given his six-year record of mismanagement, there are two wordsObama should avoid using at all costs -- “effective” and “capable.” The failed launch of theObamacare website and the Benghazi security breakdown that got a U.S. ambassador and three other brave Americans killed showed the world how inept Obama's team is at handling routine government functions. The developing Veterans Affairs scandal revealed that vets have been dying due to treatment delays and bureaucrats have been destroying evidence to cover it up.

One man's view of managerial competence might be another's definition of distrustful intolerance, but among the most basic requirements for management success in government is not steering the nation into financial ruin. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, “in the last five years, Washington spent more than $15 trillion and added more than $6 trillion to the debt.” The non-partisanCongressional Budget Office estimates that the president's policies will raise the national debt from $17.5 trillion today to $26.1 trillion in 2024. Obama has no room to question others' governance skills when he is digging America into such an awfully deep financial hole.

Another crowd-pleaser at Obama fundraisers is his claim that the public has an unwavering belief in the Democrats' liberal policy agenda. “We're on the right side on every single issue,” he confidently told donors in Chicago on May 22. “And the majority of the American people agree with us on every single issue.” Actually, Mr. President, they aren't. A May 16-19 Associated Press survey revealed that only 28 percent strongly or somewhat strongly support Obamacare, the president's signature legislative initiative. Contrary to Obama's hard push for immigration amnesty, 52 percent of likely U.S. voters feel that the federal government is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally. Those are two of his biggest issues.
He seems to give speeches that only his true believers can agree with.  His administration has demonstrated incompetence on both foreign and domestic policies.   From the healthcare debacle to Benghazi there is little reason to trust the Presidents judgment.


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