|Now, I am not even going to touch on the myth that he is actually a communist, Muslim Socialist intent on sending all our children to madrassas to be fitted with suicide bombs. Some idiocy is not even worth addressing which is probably why Obama will not discuss his birth certificate.
But even if you did not believe the President was born in America there are plenty more myths about him now that he has served a term as President. It appears as if many Americans did not live through the same years as me and see the same President. Now, while I know that right-wing lunatics tend to write their own versions of history, varying from state to region some of their impressions of Obama leave me scratching my head.
First, that he is some fire-breathing Socialist hell bent on making this country "Europe", whatever the hell that means. Yes, right-wingers are always railing against Obama and his "radical agenda".
Which begs one question. What radical agenda? Where do these folks see that Obama has embarked on radicalism?? The healthcare system NEEDED to be reformed whether you have insurance or not. Barack Obama showed courage in even taking the political risk to tackle a problem that needed tackling. All along the way he pleaded with the Republicans to come to the table and help him craft a bill.
He compromised single-payer right off the bat. He compromised a public option. He did draw a line in the sand at certain things but he let Republicans and Americans know all along the way that he was willing to work with anyone that had any ideas and try to come to a deal that everyone could live with. However, the problem HAD to be solved or improved.
Republicans could have come to the table, negotiated and attempted to work with a moderate President for a solution to a problem that effected almost all Americans. Instead they embarked on a policy of obstruction to try and make Obama a one-term President. Instead of acting like responsible adults they sent their minions to townhalls to act like ignorant, selfish children. I know this because I was actually disgusted with the President for compromising too much and including too many Republican ideas.
And what of this that President Obama is trying to steal our freedoms and rights?? This is coming from folks who were all for really stealing real rights from Americans. I ask any Republican, when did Obama pass a law to limit civil liberties? When did he pass a law that your government could spy on you. These right-wing zealots need to consider one thing before they accuse Obama of being some radical who hates America and wants to steal their rights. They are right to fear the government stealing their rights and freedoms because it has. Under George W Bush and a Republican Congress. The thought that Obama has done it is merely a myth.
While I could go on all night with this I guess I will end with this one. That Obama is hostile to business and that businesses cannot afford to hire because of the President's policies. If that is true how come he has by far the highest rate of corporate profit growth of any President since 1900 in his term?:
Even adjusted to include the Great Recession he inherited Obama is still better for business than Reagan or either Bush by a longshot:
Even if corporate profits under Obama are compared to the 2008 peak - in order to erase the effect of the financial crisis - "average annual corporate profit growth under President Obama is 6.8%," or nearly three times as large as it was under President Reagan. Both Presidents Bush actually oversaw corporate profit declines during their terms. Meanwhile, real GDP growth per capita is far higher under Obama than it was under either Bush administration.
I think this chart sums up nicely not only who the economy was best under, but who has the much better chance of making our economy work for everyone again:
Now, while this chart compares GDP growth to top marginal tax rates I think it is important to note just where the ecnomy was when Obama took over and where it is now on the far right of the chart. Obama took over a huge mess and although many of his policies have not been enacted he has actually presided over a growing economy.
You can call it "blaming Bush" all you want. The truth is I do not blame Bush. I blame trickle-down economics. The economic theory dreamed up by a few selfish people that fails every time it is tried. It fails for America but income equality in this country shows that it definately did not fail for those who came up with it.
So you can say what you want about Barack Obama. He has been a moderate President that has presided over modest achievements while trying to work with an opposition that was childish, petty and consumed with hate and misinformation. The worst thing America could do would be to replace him with Mitt Romney, who would take us back to the same failed policies Obama has not been allowed to clean up. In all actuality Obama could have been a very effective leader if a very few people would have let him do it.
The last myth of Obama is that he did not at least try.