Barack Obama: Blameshifter-in-Chief

“Blameshift: a process in business and government wherein the blame for something bad is shifted from person to person.” Blameshifting has a long and inglorious history. When Adam fell into sin, he blamed his wife and eventually blamed God: “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate” (Gen. 3:12). If God hadn't created the garden and given Adam that woman, then he wouldn’t have eaten that tasty fruit. So we shouldn’t be surprised that blameshifting is a common remedy for taking responsibility. We all do it, but when government officials do it, it costs us the fruit of our labor and some of our freedoms.

Barack Obama will go down in history as the first president to be in power when the United States’ credit worthiness was downgraded from AAA to AA+. It didn’t happen during World War I, the Great Depression, World War 2, the Korean War, the Cold War era, Vietnam, or Jimmy Carter’s administration. It happened on President Obama’s watch.

No one would argue that the president inherited a fiscal mess. But there comes a time when you to stop blaming George Bush for everything. While I am not a fan of many of former President Bush’s policies (e.g., the war in Iraq, No Child Left Behind, unfunded drug prescription plan, etc.), he never blamed other people or previous administrations for what he had inherited.

Ronald Reagan inherited an economy that was worse than what President Obama inherited.

Carter’s legacy is now inextricably linked to the “Misery Index.” No president in the history of the country had a Misery Index as high as Jimmy Carter's. Carter had an average Index of 16.27 percent during his term (1977–80). When he finally left Washington in 1980 is was at an all-time high of 21.98 percent. . . . 16 percent inflation, 22 percent interest rates, and 70 percent marginal tax rates. . . .

Reagan inherited a negative GDP growth rate of -0.3% in 1980. By 1988 it was at 4.1%. Unemployment was at 5.5% in 1988 that included a net job increase of about 21 million. The inflation rate of 13.5% in 1980 fell to 4.1% at the end of his second term in 1988. This turnaround was achieved when Reagan significantly reduced the maximum tax rate – a tax the rich scheme – by lowering the top marginal tax rate from 70% to 50%. That was the first step. In 1986 he further reduced the rate to 28%. The federal deficit fell from 6% of GDP in 1983 to 3.2% of GDP in 1987. The Federal deficit in Reagan’s final budget fell to 2.9% of GDP.

Obama and his defenders are blaming everybody for our failing economy. As has been mentioned, George Bush is at fault. In addition, it’s military spending[1], the Tokyo earthquake, the Tea Party, political “gridlock,” the rich who refuse to spend their money, the rich for not paying enough in taxes, etc. Obama, the Democrats, and the media have blamed everybody but the economic policies of those directing and guiding this present administration.

I used to believe that President Obama and the people with whom he has surrounded himself were ignorant of economics. I’m not so sure anymore. These Leftists know what works, but they don’t want personal economic empowerment policies to succeed. They disdain the private sector of economic disparity. They believe in equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity. If some people are making more money and are more prosperous than some other people, then the affluent need to be punished for their inequality of success.

In the final analysis, the blame resides with those who serve as the economic engine for America. The blameshifters want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. That way we’ll all be hungry and poor and therefore equal.


Notes:
  1. For fiscal year 2010, Department of Defense spending amounts to 4.7% of GDP. This is near an historic low for the United States since it peaked in 1944 at 37.8% of GDP. []

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  • Ed

    I have a GREAT idea for b.o. to use in his 2012 election campaign, which he could dedicate to "We The People".
    The Song? - "Don't Blame me" . Please put this on your facebook or in your twitters to spread the word

  • MARY JANE NARIGON

    YES, I'M MJ OFIOWA AND I WAS A DEMOCRAT TILL 8 YEARS AGO, THEN I GOT MY EARS AND EYES OPENED WHEN OBAMA COME ON THE SCENE AND I COULD TELL ON THE CAMPAIGN THAT HE WAS LYING AND TOLD ABOUT SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND THAT SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT ON WITH MORE PEOPLE. WE NEEDED A MORE AGRESSIVE OPPONENT BACK THEN AND MY HOPE IS WE HAVE A CANDIDATE THIS TIME THAT WILL GO AFTER HIM.DONALD TRUMP IS ONE THAT COULD. WE'LL SEE. MY HUSBAND & I PLAN TO GO TO THE AMES, IA. STRAW POLL THIS SAT.

    • Joanneo

      Anyone with a little exposure to the public could have spotted Obama as a CON Artist. By the time he got to his 2nd campaign speech I no longer watched his lies. Most of the people that voted for him were expecting to get rich, remember he was going to spread the wealth. Some are still waiting...and waiting. He is working for one world government and plans to be our dictator. All you people need to do a little surfing on the web to find out what he has in store for all of us. Donald Trump is another millionaire and i'm not sure he also is not part of the Bilderberg group.

      • Dean

        Key to understanding this man is Scott Peck's book PEOPLE OF THE LIE. Peck discovered that the way to recognize and evil person is that they blame others. Bingo! I John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we lie and the truth is not in us." The opposite is I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins..." Right there in those two back-to-back verses is the difference between evil and good persons. We see that evil virtually every time Obama opens his mouth--he's always blaming others and has been doing that from the start. This relates to the "Critical Theory" that Marxists created at the Frankfurt Institute (see the 22 minute online documentary THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS) by which Marxists proposed to bring down American simply by being critical of everything. At their core, today's leftists are about denying their own personal sin. Theirs is the party of denying personal sin and blaming everyone else. Therefore at their core they are prone to lying and believing lies. Watch this on MSNBC's Rachael Maddow, Keith Blabberman, who sit routinely in the seat of the scoffers.

  • Dave

    Hey Mary Jane,
    Donald Trump is a pawn of the demoncratic party (Intentionally misspelled) to divide the conservative vote. More than likely Soros will fund him (behind the scene as he did B.O.) as an independent to put another Demoncrat in office.

  • jonrod

    Mary Jane, I was also a Democrat for many years, simply because my family had always been in the Democrat party. But after many years of being led blindly by ignorance and Party influence, I finially began seeing the light, so to speak. In other word I saw that the Democrats Liberal view were a detriment to any positive free market growth. Their sole objective is a government run society controled by their twisted logic. Now with Obama and the Democratic majority in the Congress we are finially begining to see what this means. Lets start with Obama Care a law that was passed without even being read. Remember Peloci saying we have to pass it to see what is in it. How idiotic she sounded. Then we have a party who were in control of the government for over 800 days who didn't think it was necessary to pass a Budget until the Republicans gained control of the house. Then they wouldn't even vote or as amatter of fact even look at the Bills submitted by the House. After constant wrangling the Tea party with its stance of NO MORE TAXES was finialy able to inject some safeguards and a compromise was reached. Lets face it Mary Jane I believe it is like Michael Savage says Liberals are insane.

  • rick151

    Obama is too consistently destructive to be merely stupid.

    • wisdomcries

      Reminiscent of the quote: "If Dems were just stupid the law of averages dictates that they would get it correct once in awhile."

      So I'm with you Rick...it must be their plan.

    • Joanneo

      At first I thought Obama was stupid, then I began to realize he is sly as a fox. He went into politics to destroy America and he has done an excellent job. No he is not stupid its the many people that still believe in him and don't question the destruction he has brought to our country.

      • DurangoKid

        Obama bin Lyin was introduced into politics by a 1960's terrorist William Ayers. His primary contributor in the 2008 election was George Soros (he prefers a one world government). The only way to form a one world government is to eradicate the most properous and free country ever known....the United States. Obummer is a stealth candidate brought in by his handlers to destroy our country economically (currently in progress), socially (gays, his racism), and politically (marxist/socialist/communist policies). Every decision he makes is anti-American, anti-Israeli, pro-muslim, anti-capitalist, anti-jobs. No drilling, no job focus, social experimentation (DADT), gays in high offices/judiciary, more czars than you can count, complained about Iraq and Afghanistan, but started an illegal war in Libya, said Bush was incompetent for raising the debt ceiling but he couldn't do without raising it. Someone should tell him.....IT'S THE SPENDING, STUPID!!!

  • Michael

    exactly correct Rick, This guy and his buddies up on the hill are very intentional doing as much damage to the American way of life as they can. I think what upsets me the most, besides the fact that they lie right to our faces when they speak to us, is they are ALL enjoying the freedoms and everything that goes along with that, while they are deliberately stripping us of our freedoms, our hard earned money, and all the other things that makes this country the best place on earth to live. This person b.o. is not just, mislead, misguided, destructive, etc... he is evil to the core and he needs to go and he needs to go NOW. Oh yea, take his "jet setting" (that is OUR corporate jet) living high off the hog, snooty, good for nothing wife with him.

  • Dr. Wm. J. Hurst

    If he is the blameshifter in chief then he is also the "responsibility avoider in chief".

  • EAGLELOVER

    The lamestream media controls the mindsets of those who take the time to listen to their propoganda. Hence, the REAL news is not reported. If they would just do their job and point out the TRUTH of whats really going on in this country, I believe those in DC would wake up and do their jobs. The media has more power than anyone in this country, with their bias and tendency to sway the uninformed into believing things that just are not factual. Walter Cronkite, Huntley/Brinkley and true journalists of yesteryear would roll over in their graves if they were to see how TRUE journalism has regressed.

  • Chuck

    How about some "OBAMA: BlameShifter-In-Chief" bumperstickers...... LMAO

  • Wheatenbreeder

    A lower debt rating is nothing, compared to what is going to happen when the United States Dollar is no longer the sole reserve currency in the world. Before Obama, there were grumblings about the predominance of the dollar. In the last two years, countries have concluded that the time to act for change is now ... and the appeaser-in-chief not only is not doing anything to counter the movement, but doesn't even have the issue on his radar screen. Besides, the economic and international mavens at Harvard keep saying that there isn't a problem because it is all a confidence game and who besides the United States is the world going to have confidence in ...

    Idiots surrounding themselves with idiots ...

    Bush '41 would be all over this and quietly make the problem go away, instead of encouraging the opposing forces...