But have they been because of something the current president did?
Several liberal Facebook friends posted an entry that indicated the following has happened on the current president’s watch:
- U.S. Dependence on foreign oil is at a twenty-year low.
- Domestic auto production is at a twelve-year high.
- Emissions (I assume they mean carbon) have fallen to their lowest rates in 20 years.
- Health insurance costs are increasing at the slowest rate since the 1960s.
How could anyone fail to love the current president and the wonderful things that he has done for this country? I read some of the comments and they included accolades to the current president and his policies. Of course, there were commenters who hurled insults at those of us who do not adhere to the liberal philosophy of governing. What else is new?
We’re all familiar with the old saying, “A blind squirrel finds an accord every once in a while.” So, when this president was elected in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012, I knew there would be some good things to happen on his watch. You really can’t go eight years with nothing but bad things happening. Having said this, a bit of research on the above bulleted items has produced the following.
My research efforts rendered an article that was written in September 2012 on slate.com, yes, slate.com. After reading this post, I highly suspect that much of this Facebook entry was taken from it. The title of the article is “A Fracking Good Story.” The by-line reads as follows: “Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the U.S. are at their lowest level in twenty years. It’s not because of wind or solar power.” The article goes on to state that America’s rapid switch to natural gas is the result of decades of technological innovation, particularly the development of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Fracking has opened up large new resources of previously inaccessible shale gas. According to Slate, the dropping gasoline prices are due to fracking and so are the low carbon emissions.
A couple of statements by Slate completely blow the above cited Facebook posting completely out of the water. First of all, the article was dated in 2012. Slate attributes low emissions and falling gas prices to fracking, which is the result of decades of technological innovation. In other words, current president, YOU HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS! It was the private sector. In fact, all the liberals I know are against fracking and have been trying to get it outlawed. Just google “fracking” and you will see this. To his credit, the current president has not come out against fracking, even though a large portion of his constituency has. But, he didn’t seek to outlaw fracking, nor did he authorize any research and development on fracking. It was the private sector all the way.
The above scenario is similar to the economic boom that we experienced in the nineties when Bill Clinton was president. The boom was not the result of anything Clinton did. The boom was the result of the technological revolution that was taking place that resulted in the way we do pretty much everything in life changing radically. Clinton stayed out of the way and let the private sector do its thing, resulting in prosperity for America. The current president simply hasn’t done anything to “deep six” fracking in spite of his constituents.
I’ve thus far debunked two of the above bulleted points. I have done practically no research on the claim that domestic auto production is at a twelve-year high. But once again, I don’t think that anyone can claim that this had anything to do with the current president’s policies. I would say that it’s despite his anti-business, anti-private sector policies.
Health insurance costs are increasing at the slowest rate since the 1960s? BS! Mine have gone up 50% and most everyone who is having to purchase and pay for their own health insurance has had their premiums go up anywhere from 20% to 50%.
Before I close, I will state the given fact with respect to the price of gasoline. When a democrat is president and the price of gas falls, it’s due to the wonderful democrat president. But when the price of gas rises during a democrat president’s watch, the president has nothing to do with the price of gas. When a republican is president and the price of gas falls, the president has nothing to do with the price of gas. But when the price of gas rises during a republican president’s watch, it is the policies of the republican president that caused gas prices to rise.
So, not only are liberals incapable of reading and comprehending, they are unable to do any sort of research before they put stuff out there as fact (but then remember, they don’t care about facts). Do they not know how to use Google? How can that be when you have the academic elites in your corner? And don’t ask me to help you with your research because I’m going to refuse. I’m nothing but a Southern White Conservative Christian, an unenlightened oaf to you. Get some of your academic elite friends to help you.