62 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama

I wanted to call this post 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama, but I’ve only gotten to 62 reasons…so far. I’m going ahead and publishing it because I felt it would be better to get the information out there rather than delaying. I want as much time as possible to convince at least one person, hopefully more and preferably in swing states, to not vote for Barack Obama.

Of course there are plenty of additional reasons not to vote for Barack Obama, and perhaps I will add them in the coming weeks. If you have ideas of things I missed, please add them in the comments. The reasons are not necessarily in order of importance, but I did segment the reasons by the following categories.

Without further delay, my 62 reasons not to vote for Barack Obama are that he…

Poor Economic Performance

    1. Is presiding over one of the slowest economic recoveries in recent US history. (see “GDP Growth: Obama Presides Over Second Slowest Economic Recovery Since World War II” on policymic.com)
    2. Has increased our national debt by over $5 trillion. Our country’s debt stood at $10 trillion when Obama took office. In August 2012 it stood at over $15 trillion dollars, a 50% increase in less than four years. (see “Obama laments student loan debt, the national debt- not so much” on breitbart.com)
    3. Asked for only one term if he couldn’t turn the economy around. In 2009, Pres. Obama said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” (see GOP celebrates Obama 2009 comment: ‘One-term proposition‘)
    4. Spent billions on a stimulus that hasn’t worked. Within a month of taking office, Pres. Obama gave us a trillion dollar stimulus, of borrowed or printed money, and a promise of 3 million jobs by the end of 2010, but it has not worked. (see Obamanomics Has Failed)
    5. Has presided over major decline in household income. In the first two years of the Obama administration, household income fell by $4,000 (down 6.7%) and has yet to recover. (see U.S. Incomes Kept Falling)
    6. Thinks his economic plan worked. Talking about his tax policies and their influence on job and government deficits, in July 2012 Pres. Obama said, “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.” (see Obama: ‘Our Plan Worked’)
    7. Thinks private sector is doing “just fine.” He says, in fact, in June 2012, that we need to take more money from the private sector to give to city and state governments. (see Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”)

Inability to Help Create Jobs

    1. Has added virtually zero new jobs. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 0.1 million jobs created during the 3.5 years of the Obama Administration, the lowest in more than 60 years. (see “Labor statistics tell Obama story” on yumasun.com)
    2. Is more interested in improving his golf game than the job market. As of August 2012, Pres. Obama has played 104 rounds of golf while in office, including 12 outings since the last meeting of his Jobs Council on January 2012. (see The Obama Golf Counter)
    3. Has presided over record unemployment rates. With 3 years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. is in the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.(see “CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression” on usnews.com)
    4. Has overseen record low workforce participation. The number of people in the work force, the labor force participation rate, has fallen to 63.6 %, the lowest level since 1981. And in Aug. 2012 we hit a new record with 88 million Americans out of work. (see Record Americans Not in Labor Force)

National Security and Foreign Policy Problems

    1. Does not enforce immigration laws. In June 2012, Pres. Obama decided not to enforce immigration laws for certain individuals who came to the US illegally, allowing them instead to apply for work authorization. (see Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants)
    2. Has cut the defense budget and put our national security at risk. The Obama administration has stated that America can make due with a smaller military. They have reduced the Army and Marine Corps as well as cutting new investments in weapons and defense systems. (see Obama cuts defense to the boneand Russian Nuclear sub sitting off US shores for a month)
    3. Has made the situation in Afghanistan worse. Violence has increased dramatically since Obama took office. Over 2,000 soldiers (1,500 from the US) have been killed there since January 2009 – more than two-thirds of the total who have died in the 11-year war. (see Obama lied about Afghanistan in DNC speech; glossed over worsening war)
    4. Supported the Arab Spring leading to Muslim extremist takeover in Egypt and US diplomats killed in Libya. (See Just What Is The Muslim Brotherhood? from FoxNews 2011/01/31 and Useful Idiots for an Islamic Revolution and New Axis of Evil: Egypt’s Intelligence Head Met with Iranian Spy)
    5. Thumbs his nose at allies, soldiers of the greatest generation, and freedom loving people. In a rude gesture of contempt to a great ally, one of Obama’s first acts as president was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. (see Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain)
    6. Has not supported Israel. Obama has never visited Israel and has taken steps to weaken that ally, the only democracy in the region. (see the Reuters story “Obama won’t meet Netanyahu over Iran” and Romney Ad Blasts Obama’s Record on Israel)
    7. Has skipped 56% of intelligence briefings. The middle east is on fire, with protests and attacks at our embassies all over the Muslim world. Meanwhile Obama is skipping more than half of his intelligence briefings. (see Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?)

Lack of Family Values: Marriage, Abortion, Education

    1. Refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. The Obama administration announced in February 2011 that it would no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. (See Obama Administration Drops Defense of Marriage Law from FoxNews 2011/02/23)
    2. Funds abortions. Two days after taking office in 2009, President Obama instituted policies to allow federal funds to be used for promoting and performing abortions in other countries. (see Funding Restored to Groups That Perform Abortions)
    3. Supports infanticide. As a state senator, Obama opposed legislation that would grant legal protection to babies that survive a botched abortion. (see When Obama Voted For Infanticide)
    4. Proposed to eliminate school choice in Washington DC. (see Obama’s Budget Ends Funding for D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and School Choice in D.C. Saved…For Now)

Socialized Medicine, and Other Socialist, Near Communist, Tendencies

    1. Has taken control of one-sixth of the economy through his health care law. Unprecedented regulations, fees, subsidies, taxes, and rule-setting boards in Obamacare give the federal government control over the health care system. (see “The Real Reason Obamacare Scares People” on usnews.com)
    2. Is depressing economic growth with ObamaCare. As one example, an Indiana-based medical equipment manufacturer recently scrapped plans to open five new plants because of the health care law. (see Obamacare’s 21 tax hikes are killing jobs and See Company scraps plans for expansion over ObamaCare device tax from FoxNews 2012/07/27)
    3. Has turned over unprecedented law making power to government bureaucrats. The phrase “the Secretary shall determine” is found hundreds of times in the Obamacare legislation to describe future health care regulations. This is an unconstitutional usurpation of power. (see Obamacare encouraging government by edict, not law)
    4. Wants to control what you eat. It’s one thing to teach and encourage children to eat healthy, but President and Mrs. Obama do it through force, intimidation, and expensive regulation. (see New Rules for School Meals and First lady ribs Gabby Douglas about McDonald’s and Michelle Obama want to change the nature of food in grocery stores).
    5. Claims to be for the little guy, but is in bed with big business. GE’s CEO is appointed to Obama’s economic recovery board in 2009 and then in 2010, despite profits of $14.2 billion, GE paid no taxes thanks to the “green-energy” giveaways of Obamanomics. (see The Unholy Marriage Of GE And President Obama)
    6. Would rather redistribution wealth than create it. In April 2012, Obama touted the many ways he has taken from producers and “spread it around”: the bailout of GM, government takeover of student loans, and his health-care law, as he called for even more tax and spend. (see Obama Calls for More Redistribution of Wealth)
    7. Took over and nationalized all student loans. In 2010, Obama signed a law making the federal government’s Department of Education the sole provider of student loans. (see Feds take over student loan program from banks and Bill Upends System for College Loans)

Failed Fiscal Policy

    1. Has bombarded Americans with new and higher taxes. ObamaCare contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people, from the 10 percent “tanning tax” to the tax on comprehensive health insurance plans. (See Five major ObamaCare taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013 from FoxNews 2012/07/05)
    2. Undermined the free market with TARP/stimulus. This and the former administration have set the precedent of giving tax payer money to firms that, at its discretion, it deems worth supporting. That puts the government, not the free market, in the position of picking winners and losers in the economy. (see the Herald Magazine article, Transforming America: The Bush-Obama Stimulus Programs and the Wall Street Journal article, Obama Signs Stimulus Into Law)
    3. Has used stimulus money on wasteful projects and to pay off cronies. (see Solyndra’s failure is Obama’s, too and Treasury Dept approves huge paydays for execs at firms who received TARP bailout and See Stimulus Funds for Green-Industry Grows Trees, But Few Jobs from FoxNews 2011/08/22)
    4. Is a hypocrite on the national debt. Pres. Obama called the $4 trillion in national debt under the two terms of George Bush “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Then in his first term proceeded to grow the debt by over $6 trillion. (see Obama calls $4 trillion national debt “unpatriotic”)
    5. Lost billions of tax payer dollars bailing out auto industry. The Obama Administration sold its shares of Chrysler for a loss of $1.3 billion, and US taxpayers stand to lose $16 billion for the GM bailout. (See U.S. Government Ends Chrysler Investment With $1.3 Billion Loss from FoxNews 2011/07/21 and Auto bailout price tag rises to $25 billion)
    6. Grows government at the expense of the private sector. During this recession, the private sector workforce has shrunk by 6.6% and lost more than 7.5 million jobs. Over that same period, the federal government workforce  has grown by 11.7%. (see Federal Workforce Continues to Grow Under Obama Budget)
    7. Has no plan to get government debt under control. Tim Geithner: “We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to our long-term [debt] problem. What we do know is that we don’t like yours.” (see the Geithner ‘no plan’ video)
    8. Broke promise to cut deficit in half. In Feb 2009, Pres. Obama said “I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term.” (see Obama’s Broken Deficit Promise)

Character Flaws and His Extreme Ideology

    1. Thinks all money belongs to the government. He has said he will not accept a budget that allows the well-to-do to “keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that [they] don’t need.” (see Obama Aims for the Money You Don’t “Need”)
    2. Has an enemies list and intimidates contributors to his opponent. The man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you) has targeted private citizens who contribute to the Republicans with intimidation and threats. (see The President Has a List)
    3. Is a hypocrite about playing by same rules. In his 2012 acceptance speech, he said twice that he thinks it is best if “everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules.” Yet his is the party of affirmative action (different rules for different skin colors), and the progressive tax system (higher tax rates for higher earners). He hand picks the winners and losers in the economy with bailout money, and he passes a healthcare law and then hands out waivers to a select few. (See More Big Companies, Unions Win Health Care Waivers from FoxNews 2010/12/08)
    4. Dissed the Boy Scouts. The Jamboree marking the  Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary was held in Virginia, right in the president’s backyard, yet he didn’t attend because he was too busy taping his appearance on The View. (see Obama skips historic boy scout jamboree)
    5. Failed to support law enforcement and instead played the race card. This event with Sgt. James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. showed Pres. Obama’s true colors, his cronyism, his view that America is racist, and his lackluster support for the police. (see “Cambridge Cop, Disappointed in Obama’s ‘Stupidly’ Comment, Refuses to Apologize” on foxnews.com)
    6. Is incredibly arrogant. Pres. Obama has said, “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it…a better speechwriter than my speechwriters…a better political director than my political director.” (see “Obama Thinks the World of Himself” on spectator.org)
    7. Thinks government is the source of all business success. Pres. Obama has told business owners and working professionals, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own” and “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” (See Obama to business owners: ‘You didn’t build that’ from FoxNews 2012/07/15)
    8. Fosters a very partisan political tone. In 2010, Pres. Obama claimed democrat policies were pulling the country out of recession and “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.” (see Obama To GOP: ‘Sit In Back’)
    9. Lies to score political points. Washington Post biographer David Maraniss has uncovered several lies that Pres. Obama has told throughout his books and speeches about his grandfather, parents, and girlfriends. (see Obama: ‘New York girlfriend’ was composite)
    10. Doesn’t take care of his own family. His half brother in Nairobi lives in a shanty.  His aunt in Kenya needs dental work. Pres. Obama hasn’t offered to help either. (See How I became George Obama’s ‘brother’ from FoxNews 2012/08/16)
    11. Does not play well with others in Washington. Obama, accepting no democrat responsibility for the economic mess in the country, in 2009 referring to Republicans said “I want them just to get out of the way …[and] don’t do a lot of talking.” (see “Obama Tells Economic Critics to ‘Get Out of the Way'” on foxnews.com)
    12. Takes an inordinate number of extravagant vacations at the tax payers expense. The Obama’s took more than 5 extended family vacations per year in this first three years in office. (see Michelle’s ski trip marks 16 Obama vacations)
    13. Will take one stance during the campaign and another after the election. (See During missile defense talk, Obama tells Medvedev he’ll have ‘more flexibility’ from FoxNews 2012/03/26)

Poor Record on Energy and Environment

    1. Has made our country less energy independent. He did not approve the Keystone Pipeline, and he shut down oil production in the gulf. (see Obama rejects Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas and See Gulf Lawmakers Plead With Obama to Ease Drilling Ban, Warn of Economic Blow from FoxNews 2010/06/04)
    2. Lost millions of tax payer dollars giving loans to “green” companies. Solar-panel manufacturer, Solyndra, received a $535 million taxpayer-backed loan from the Obama Administration and soon thereafter filed for bankruptcy. (see House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents and Taxpayers to Recover a Mere $24 Million from Solyndra; Networks Ignore)
    3. Showed poor leadership and poor judgment in the wake of the gulf oil spill. Pres. Obama made a bad situation worse. By proclaiming it the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history and then putting a moratorium on drilling, he has cost jobs, lowered property values, and devastated tourism. (see Our Real Gulf Disaster)

Who He Chooses to Associate With: Friends and Advisers

    1. Gives us a tax cheat to run the Treasury. Tim Geithner failed to pay tens of thousands in self-employment tax between 2001 and 2004. (see Did Geithner Make an Honest Mistake?)
    2. Has an incompetent vice president. Biden’s gaffes, racists remarks, and just plain stupid comments are too numerous to mention here. Forbes recently called into question his mental capacity. We certainly do not want him as second in command. (see Joe Biden’s Gaffes Call For A Thorough Neurological Examination)
    3. Has given us a contemptuous, racist, partisan attorney general. Eric Holder has been voted in contempt of congress over the ‘fast and furious’ gun running scandal, and he refuses to prosecute the new black panthers for clear voter intimidation. (see Holder’s Black Panther Stonewall)
    4. Has domestic terrorist friends. Obama launched his political career from the home of two well known left-wing, radical terrorists, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Obama also served together on the board of a Chicago foundation with Bill Ayers. (see Obama once visited ’60s radicals)
    5. Had a communist mentor influence his thinking. Obama’s political and “social justice” thinking was influenced by his decade long mentoring relationship with a prominent member of the Communist Party USA, Frank Marshall Davis. (see Obama’s Marxist Mentor)
    6. Brought an avowed, radical, revolutionary communist, Van Jones, into the White House. (see White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism)

Growth of the Welfare State and Dependency

  1. Took the work out of welfare. In July 2012, Pres. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law. (see Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It)
  2. Partners with Mexico to boost food stamp enrollment. The Obama Administration has an agreement with Mexico to promote food stamps among Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. (see USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation)
  3. Has overseen record high food stamps usage. This is a sign of the economic hard times and the growing dependency of people on the government. (HuffPo articled called Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Hits Another High)
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