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Spiking the ball

Disapproving words are floating around about the recent hype concerning Osama Bin Laden’s death. It’s unseemly, said one. A Navy SEAL said Obama’s politicizing it is a “cheap shot.” Somebody else wondered how it would have played on the public if Richard Nixon had claimed credit for the moon landing. Many commentators seem to feel the president is doing this because he has no other accomplishments to boast.

In truth, the Obama administration has been a drain on America. The economy is still slogging through the Great Recession, and now the feds appear to be jiggering the numbers to cover that up. There are literally millions fewer people working than when Mr. Obama took office, yet we’re being told the economy is on the uptick. Not one person in America believes this, not even the people saying it.

The regulatory establishment appears to be headhunting, and people in industry loathe being shoved around under a presumption of guilt. A high ranking EPA official who boasts of abusing his power by “crucifying” people is just the tip of the iceberg.

Regulation has always been a business risk, but businesses now must view government as an outright threat, one they cannot manage. Businessmen didn’t like hearing Mr. Obama refer to them as “the enemy,” and they didn’t like it again when Mr. Obama left the insult lying there without a retraction or even an explanation. Job creators don’t like being demonized for being successful, and they angrily resent having to defend freedom against Marxism. Earners and savers don’t like living under the constant threat that an unnoticed wording tweak on page 2500 of an obscure omnibus bill will result in their property being confiscated and handed over to the “Occupy” mobs. So businesses won’t hire until the threat diminishes, and investors are sitting on the sidelines.

The entire energy sector is under sustained attack. Gasoline costs twice what it did when Mr. Obama took office. Obama said he’d regulate the coal industry into oblivion, and he’s doing it, permanently annihilating ten thousands of jobs. Green-gadget energy companies like Solyndra are walking away from hundreds of millions in bad debts with scant accountability. New efforts at domestic energy production are getting “slow walked” to death by regulators.

The Keystone pipeline was first rejected, then after a political firestorm, a fraction of it was approved in a cynical political ruse designed to ensure Canadian oil could never actually reach Gulf coast refineries through a pipe. Gigantic swaths of federal land still cannot be accessed for energy exploration or extraction. Meanwhile, another military build-up is underway in the Middle East to protect our access to overpriced oil drawn from the sands of terrorists. Voters don’t understand everything about all that, but they don’t like the parts they do understand.

And voters don’t like being pushed into tiny, unsafe cars to save gas which has been made scarce on purpose, or battery-powered cars that can’t make it to work and back on one charge. They didn’t like it when the government bought General Motors, and they didn’t like it again when the government regulators attacked GM’s competition, Toyota, for what later turned out to be car owners’ mistakes. They still don’t like the government subsidizing cars nobody wants to buy.

ObamaCare is disapproved by a lopsided majority, and the more people learn, the less they like. Voters didn’t like it when ObamaCare was passed, didn’t like how it was passed, didn’t like it when the administration duped Congressman Bart Stupak into voting for it, didn’t like it when it abortion funding got in there anyway, didn’t like it when a health care bill required thousands of new IRS agents, and they didn’t like it when voters got the bum’s rush for asking what was in the 2700-page bill and were told it had to be passed before they could find out. And most recently, they didn’t like it when “constitutional scholar” Obama said the “unelected” Supreme Court would commit an unprecedented act if it found ObamaCare’s individual mandate unconstitutional.

Obama’s signature fiscal accomplishment is his trillion-dollar giveaways called “stimulus packages.” These are deeply unpopular because 1) they went to reckless, irresponsible rich men, 2) some of whom turned out to be heads of foreign banks, 3) who are now unable to tell us where the money went, and 4) the giveaways did more harm than good.

Not every voter is on familiar ground talking in trillions, but voters do understand, and don’t like it, that a two-trillion dollar package amounts to $6500 for every man, woman, boy and girl in America. If you have a family of four, you now owe $26,000 to pay for Obama’s gift to the richest wastrels on the planet. And voters know another Obama administration will mean more of these giveaways are yet to come. And tax payers know the money will never return to them. They didn’t like being told the banks were “too big to fail,” and they don’t like the fact that the administration has neglected its anti-trust duty to break up these monopolistic banking behemoths into smaller, safer institutions.

The “climate change” hoax, which underpins Obama’s radical environmental agenda, has been widely discredited by successive revelations of ClimateGate. Voters aren’t happy that Obama’s federal minions insist on using climate change as an excuse to strangle industry and kill off thousands of jobs with stupid excuses such as solar panels in the Mojave desert interfering with frogs mating. They aren’t happy with the administration’s apparent failure to understand that these industries they’re killing are staffed with hard-working, tax-paying American people.

Voters never cared much about Gitmo, but they heard the president swear to close it, and then they watched him break his word.

Americans were generally proud of NASA’s manned space program, so they aren’t happy that Obama has overseen its demise and let thousands of the world’s best technical personnel get kicked to the curb.

The Obama administration has been treating the voting public as if they’re stupid. And truth be told, there are lots of things the voters don’t understand about this administration.

They don’t understand why, after three years in office, so much of everything is still George W. Bush’s fault. In light of the horrific mess the president claims to have inherited from Mr. Bush, they don’t understand Obama’s relentless golf schedule. They don’t understand his wife’s relentless and extravagant vacationing. They don’t understand why the taxpayers have to pick up the tab for her solo flights on Air Force jets. They don’t understand the massive entourages and traffic-snarling caravans of black SUVs that accompany the Obamas everywhere they go.

While voters don’t mind paying temporary unemployment to a neighbor in distress, they don’t understand unemployment lasting year after year. They don’t understand why the feds will make house payments for overextended deadbeats while responsible citizens have to pay their own way.

Voters don’t understand why the feds refuse to stop illegal immigration, and they further don’t understand why the feds are suing Arizona for trying to plug the gap. Nor do voters understand why illegals can walk freely into America while citizens get routinely search-raped by the TSA.

And people don’t understand why gangsters in paramilitary garb, armed with clubs, can be filmed at a polling place physically threatening voters without ever being prosecuted, yet requiring a voter ID is a civil rights violation.

They don’t understand why men who work for Obama can supply guns to Mexican drug lords and not have to answer for the lives of the agents killed by those same guns.

Voters don’t understand the GSA partying in Las Vegas. They don’t understand the Secret Service partying in Colombia. A good many of them are struggling to understand the Obamas partying with the lapdog press in Washington.

And voters don’t understand why the Obama administration cannot muster the leadership needed to produce a budget. Voters don’t understand these gargantuan spending deficits, the even more gargantuan pile of federal debt, nor the breezy complacency of Mr. Obama and the entire federal establishment in the face of a looming economic disaster that could literally bring down the nation. Despite the debt, voters don’t mind extending a hand to the poor, but they don’t understand why they feds don’t know any better than to hand out cash.

And even with the small matters, voters lack understanding. With everything else that was going on at the time, voters failed to grasp why it suddenly became urgent to force employers to pay for workers’ birth control. And regular people who live in the real world didn’t understand why the government’s discussion was all about “access” to birth control — as if anyone was ever actually denied access — while failing to note that birth control pills are available at Wal-Mart for $4 per month.

Most of all, voters don’t understand why the president doesn’t know that the buck stops at his desk.

So in the face of three years of this kind of performance, what’s there to talk about in a presidential campaign?

Well, we can’t show you any proof of it because showing pictures would be “spiking the ball.” But take our word for it, Osama Bin Laden is still freaken’ dead. Wahoo.

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