It began when his Justice Department dropped an
open-and-shut voter intimidation case against the
New Black Panther Party. It was essentially a
declaration that his administration would use
the Voting Rights Act to protect only certain races.
There followed a steady stream of false claims
that America was an inherently racist society
with a biased judicial and law enforcement system.
Obama rekindled a racial divide that had been
steadily disappearing in American society.
In fostering group identity politics for political
advantage, the Obama administration only
divided the American people. And the people
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 60 percent
of Americans felt “race relations have gotten
worse since Obama’s election”—a far cry from
the president’s claim of “better” race relations
under his administration.
The president also boasted of controlling
health care costs while bringing Americans
better insurance coverage. Neither claim is true.
This year, insurance premiums skyrocketed by
an average of 25 percent in states with exchanges.
Deductibles are through the roof. And people
shopping for more affordable insurance are
finding far fewer options.
Most states this year have even fewer insurance
providers participating in health care exchanges
than last year.
As for “better coverage,” the vast majority of
previously uninsured people now covered are
enrolled in Medicaid—a troubled and increasingly
stressed program that actually delivers poorer health outcomes than those of people with no insurance at all.
It’s no wonder that more Americans want to
repeal the consistently unpopular law than keep] it, according to a recent Kaiser Health tracking poll.
The president proudly stated that he opened
a “new chapter with the Cuban people,” but it
appears the new chapter for the Cuban people
is one behind bars. Since Obama began
“normalization,” arrests of Cuban political
dissidents have escalated, with over 9,000
political arrests made in 2016.
It is no secret that the tyrannical Castro regime
has a dismal human rights record. The influx
of American capital blessed by normalization
will only bolster the regime.
It was a huge mistake to give Havana diplomatic
recognition with no conditions and no requirements
to stop the oppression. In Cuban-American
communities, the widespread celebrations of
Fidel Castro’s death stood in stark contrast to
the bitter disappointment in Obama’s failure to
stand for freedom and liberty in Cuba.
Returning to domestic policy, the president
ignored his real record: eight years of economic
stagnation. Instead, he offered happy talk:
“The good news is that today the economy is
Really? Our economy continues to underperform,
with low increases in gross domestic product, a
low labor participation rate, increased cost of
living in cities, and lower-than-expected wage
Rather than implement policies that encourage
business creation and investment, the president
fostered an environment of class warfare and
instituted policies, including Obamacare and
overregulation in many other areas, which
increased the barriers to entry for small
businesses and entrepreneurs.
This no-regrets president remained unapologetic
of his “pen and phone” approach to governance.
First expressed in 2014, it reflects his belief that
the limits of the Constitution on the power of the
presidency do not apply to him.
Obama has engaged in more unilateral
policy-making through executive fiat than almost
any previous president—bending, changing,
rewriting, and ignoring the law at will.
From refusing to enforce federal immigration
law or welfare work requirements, to ignoring
statutory deadlines, to making illegal recess
appointments, Obama abused his office and
his power. That is not something to be proud of.
In his typical lawyerly fashion, the president
skirted around the truth of cities riddled with
racial tension and soaring crime rates, small
businesses ruined by rising health care costs
and crushing regulations, a metastasizing
national debt, and a foreign policy that seems
to favor authoritarian regimes over our allies.
Perhaps all the spin worked on the reporters
attending Obama’s last speech. But the broad
swathes of the American people who have
suffered the consequences of his misgovernance
for eight long years stopped buying it months,
if not years, ago.