Stephen Hayes starts his article about Barack Obama’s failure as a president by pointing out what his big goal was to be:
A year before his first inauguration, Barack Obama laid out the objective of his presidency: to renew faith and trust in -activist government and transform the country. In an hourlong interview with the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal on January 16, 2008, Obama said that his campaign was already “shifting the political paradigm” and promised that his presidency would do the same. His model would be Ronald Reagan, who “put us on a fundamentally different path,” in a way that distinguished him from leaders who were content merely to occupy the office. “I think that Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not. And in a way that Bill Clinton did not.”
If Reagan sought to minimize the role of government in the lives of Americans, Obama set out to do the opposite. “We’ve had a federal government that I think has gotten worn down and ineffective over the course of the Bush administration, partly because philosophically this administration did not believe in government as an agent of change,” he complained.
“I want to make government cool again,” he said.
Hayes then documents an incredible list of failures that have led most Americans (according to polls) to believe government is involved in too much. Or said another way, government still isn’t “cool”. And big government is mostly a failure.
Take the ebola outbreak. Anyone, how does one prevent an epidemic from spreading? You isolate it. That’s normally done through quarantine. Part of the quarantine process is preventing those within a quarantine zone from traveling outside that zone. Yet, for whatever reason, our government hasn’t done that. Flights continue to come into this country from the countries in Africa which are suffering from the ebola epidemic.
Seems common sense, doesn’t it? Even Democrats, not long on common sense most of the time, are wondering why this hasn’t been done.
The lawmakers accused Obama of attempting to “pass the buck” onto organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), which have advised against travel bans. Obama has said he would not ban travel unless the WHO reversed its position.
“[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs,” they wrote.
As usual, Mr. “not my fault” is trying to pass off his responsibility to some other entity so, when it all blows up in his face – and it will, he can point the blame finger elsewhere. Meanwhile flights continue to arrive in the US from the infected countries. Upset airport workers charged with cleaning planes after they have arrived have struck in NY, so concerned are they with this lack of common sense.
My guess, if I had to make one, is Obama is trapped by his own political correctness. Already the race baiters have been trying to tie the outbreak with racism. If Obama prohibits flights he risks being branded a racist. That’s much worse, in Obamaland, that not protecting the citizens of the country with which you’re charged Constitutionally to protect. Instead we get airy promises that everything is under control. After the airy promise that ebola would never reach here (see Dallas).
Meanwhile on the southern border, we have no freakin’ idea of who is crossing into this country. And, of course, we’re ill prepared on that border to screen anyone. Apparently, according to news reports, most air travel from those countries comes through 5 of our major airports and they’re now ramping up screening procedures to detect those who might exhibit signs of ebola infection. No mention of how they plan on keeping those who are infected from possibly infecting fellow travelers and keeping those fellow travelers spreading it even further. That of course would be a problem solved if they banned flights.
Then there’s Gen. John Kelly, US Southern Command commander who shines another light on the possibility of spreading the disease here … primarily across our southern border.
He said the danger is two-fold: Not only might illegal immigrants from Africa enter the U.S. unchecked, but if Ebola spreads to Central America it could spark a new wave of illegal immigration to the U.S. that would make this summer’s surge “look like a small problem.”
“If Ebola breaks out in Haiti or in Central America, I think it is literally ‘Katie bar the door’ in terms of the mass migration of Central Americans into the United States,” the general said.
You think?! And where would they head? Well I think we all know where.
This is pretty basic stuff for any government, one would think. This is kind of like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and keeping the roads clear of snow for most municipal governments. That’s what they’re primarily elected to do. Oh, and protect the citizenry. Yet here we have the “government is cool” gang again failing in its most fundamental function.
However, given their track record as outlined by Hayes, few should be surprised. I still laugh at the left’s characterization of Bush as “incompetent”. To describe this administration we have to come up with a completely different term which is far worse than “incompetent”.
I think “utter failure” works nicely.