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THE FAILED PRESIDENCY OF BARACK OBAMA – PART THREE

The following is the third part of a series in which I’m illustrating the failed presidency of Barack Obama. According to an article in townhall.com, dated August 9, 2014, the president got the following things wrong.

  • The Justice Department failed to pursue a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panthers because they were liberal blacks. Former DOJ official, J. Christian Adams quit over the case and accused his former employer of instructing attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.
  • George W. Bush quit playing golf in 2003 because he didn’t want the mothers of fallen soldiers to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. He also said he thought playing golf during a war sent the wrong signal to the American people. Through June 2014, Obama was up to 177 rounds and is on pace to play twice as much in his second term as in his first term.
  • After promising to unite America when he was running for office in 2008, Obama has been the most hyper-partisan president in decades.
  • Despite the fact that Barack Obama claimed to believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman when he was running for president in 2008, his Department of Justice asked states attorney generals to refuse to defend their states’ bans on gay marriage in court.
  • He’s responsible for the dumbing down our education system with Common Core.
  • We first landed on the moon in 2969, but because of Obama, we’re no longer even capable of space travel.
  • Barack Obama engaged in an illegal war in Libya without the permission of Congress that helped turn that country into an unstable basket case run by radical Islamists. How bad is it? America, Libyans, and the rest of the world were better off with Gaddafi in charge.
  • Radical Islamist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan described himself as mujahedeen and yelled Allahu Akbar as he murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. The Obama Administration labeled that as “workplace violence” rather than admitting there was a terrorist attack on his watch.
  • He released 5 Taliban terrorists in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Russia annexed Crimea while Obama did nothing of consequence to discourage it from invading. That’s not a surprise for a president who is fond of throwing out “red lines” that don’t mean anything.
  • Barack Obama unilaterally implemented the DREAM Act that Congress didn’t pass and illegally handed out work permits to illegal aliens.
  • The fence on our southern border was supposed to be completed by 2009. The Obama Administration has made it clear that it doesn’t intend to finish it during his presidency.
  • For all practical purposes, Barack Obama has already unilaterally implemented amnesty in America because at least 99.92% of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without known crimes on their records aren’t being deported.

As of November 2016, Barack Obama had issued 263 executive orders with at least 35 of them dealing with climate change, energy, or the environment, according to insideclimatenews.org.

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, Barack Obama moved to indefinitely block drilling in vast swaths of U.S. waters, according to cnbc.com. In invoking this action, the president used a 1953 law that governs offshore leases. This law allows a president to withdraw any currently unleased lands in the Outer Continental Shelf from future lease sales. Because there is no provision in the law which would allow a president’s successor to repeal the decision, President-elect Trump would not be able to easily undo the action. This could be challenged in the courts, but would probably be tied up there throughout much of Trump’s first term. The Republican -controlled Congress could also try to change the law.

Also, according to cnbc.com, the provision contained in the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, has been invoked in the past to set aside smaller portions of the Outer Continental Shelf, such as coral reefs or natural habitats. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton used the provision to block drilling in much of the Outer Continental Shelf, but for limited periods.  Thus, the Obama administration’s action marks the broadest use of the statute ever because it would be far-reaching in terms of the lands it would protect and come without an expiration.

On December 29, 2016, Breitbart reported that President Barack Obama had decreed two more national monuments while at his vacation home in Hawaii, taking 1.65 million more acres of western land for management by the federal government.

The new Bear Ears Buttes monument includes 1.35 million acres of Utah and the Gold Butte monument includes about 300,000 acres in Nevada. That makes a total of 535 million acres of national lands and waters that Obama has repurposed for conservation and protection using the 1906 Antiquities Act, more than any other president, according to the New York Times. More than 80 percent of Nevada and about 65% of Utah is owned by the federal government, according to National Public Radio.

Obama has used his power to create 29 separate national monuments using the Antiquities Act, but the Washington Post has reported that he is expected to create one or two more in order to match or beat Franklin E. Roosevelt’s record of 30 designations.

It should be obvious to any American that Barack Obama is not and has not ever been interested in insuring that the United States remains an exceptional nation. In fact, with his many actions, one can come to the conclusion that his goals as president of the United States were to either weaken or outright destroy the country. And he came very close to doing just that.

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THE CAMPAIGN ISSUES – WHERE EACH CANDIDATE STANDS (Part One)

I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that this presidential election campaign has been the most contentious in the history of the United States. In addition to being contentious, the campaign features candidates who are simply not well liked by the American voters. Because we live in an imperfect world, some mud-slinging is going to take place. Most people expect it and if the truth be known, most people enjoy a little bit of it. However, with this election cycle, it appears that most folks are sick of the contentiousness, but the press keeps on reporting on it, often times ignoring the actual issues.

This leads me to author this article outlining where candidates actually stand on the issues. The United States of America is in bad shape. The policies of Barak Obama and the Democrats have all but destroyed this country as we know it. The economy, while growing ever so slightly, is nothing short of anemic. During Obama’s first two years in office, The Affordable Care Act was rammed down our throats using every legislative trick in the book, including threats and intimidation. The Middle East is a mess due to Obama’s foreign policy; plus, our relations are strained with our only ally in the Middle East, Israel. Relations are also strained with our other allies across the globe. In addition to the above, Islamic terrorist attacks are taking place in the United States and the current administration, continues to refuse to address the problem head-on, and considers the problem the result of gun violence.

If elected to the presidency, Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton plans to continue in the steps of the Obama administration in leading the country. Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has different ideas, acknowledging the country is in bad shape and needs a new direction.

The following will serve to compare and contrast the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issues most important to the American people.

Obamacare

Donald Trump: Obamacare should be repealed Health insurance should be allowed to be sold across state lines. Premiums should be tax deductible. Allow Health Savings Accounts for individuals. Block grants to states for Medicaid instead of cost sharing.

Hillary Clinton: Expand Obamacare with three free sick visits before the deductible kicks in. Tax credits for premiums and out of pocket expenses over 8.5% and 5% respectively. Expand Medicaid through 100% matching funds to states for three years and more funding for enrollment programs.

Immigration

Donald Trump: Build a wall on the Mexican border and get Mexico to pay for it. Allow legal Immigration. Triple the number of ICE officers, deport all criminal aliens, defund sanctuary cities, end birthright citizenship, and increase the prevailing wage for H1-B visas.

Hillary Clinton: Supports the Dream Act and a path to legalization for illegal immigrants which includes learning English and paying fines. Toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants. She voted for a fence along the Mexican border and supports Obama’s executive action.

Abortion

Donald Trump: At one time was pro-choice, but now is pro-life. He is favor of outlawing abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of mother. Is supportive of non-abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood.

Hillary Clinton: Is a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and does not oppose restrictions on late pregnancy abortions. Feels that judges should protect women’s rights. Was rated 100% by NARAL. Vehemently opposes defunding of Planned Parenthood.

This concludes part one of the series on where Donald Trump and Hillary stand on the issues. Over the next few days, I will continue the report on how these two presidential candidates differ. The website, diffen.com provided the information for this article. Thank you diffen.

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