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America, we have a problem

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Herman Cain
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In a New York Times interview last week, President Obama acknowledged that there’s “no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”

This was one of his main selling points for the $862 billion stimulus package. He now admits they don’t exist, and the stimulus is clearly not working.

The public was told that unemployment would not go above 8 percent if the stimulus package passed. They passed it and unemployment went to over 9.6 percent and stayed there. So now the president and his economic advisors say we might have to just get used to high unemployment. And they want to spend even more money.

Another New York Times article titled “Obama on Defensive at Forum” was buried in the lower left corner of Page 17 of the October 15, 2010 edition. It reported that a recent black college graduate “complained that despite the government’s costly actions, our unemployment rate still rises, and businesses uncertain about taxes are not hiring college graduates like me.”

“Mr. Obama said that most of the unemployed had lost their jobs before he took office,” the Times reported. He’s right. But he failed to mention that the number of unemployed has increased by over 40 percent since he has been in office. Those that are unemployed don’t care when they lost their job. They want a job.

Four of the five top advisors who developed this flawed economic advice have now moved on to other endeavors, while nearly 15 million people are still unemployed. People expected things to get better, not worse.

The public was told that the health care deform bill would lower health care costs, increase access to health care and lower the national debt long term. Early implementation has resulted in increased costs, not quite everybody getting health insurance and a mass of confusion about the bill as we gradually discover what’s really in the bill. The majority of Americans want the legislation repealed.

The public was told repeatedly by the president that if you like the insurance you have then you can keep it. It turns out that you can keep your insurance only if the company you work for gets a special waiver from the administration. At last count, more than 30 major corporations have been granted special waivers.

We were promised transparency in government. Oh well! I guess it depends on your definition of transparency. But we now know that the administration’s definition is not the same as us regular folks.

Broken campaign promises disappoint us. Bad legislation and policies hurt us, the economy and the nation. Most presidents keep some of their promises and get some decisions right. Unfortunately, this president is having trouble getting even some decisions right. I stopped counting the broken promises.

A caller to my radio show last week said she was going to back President Obama no matter what. And when I pointed out these disturbing results, she said it did not matter to her.

That’s part of the problem. In spite of President Obama’s failed policies and lack of leadership, some people will still follow him right off the proverbial cliff.

But it gets worse! He actually thinks he’s doing a good job. Here’s what he said in an interview with the NewYork Times:

I think they (people) could say, on a bunch of fronts he (the president) still has an incomplete. But I keep a checklist of what we committed to doing, and we’ve probably accomplished 70 percent of the things that we talked about during the campaign. And I hope as long as I’m president, I’ve got a chance to work on the other 30 percent.

Accomplishing 70 percent of the wrong things is not an incomplete grade. It’s failure.

America, we have a problem. This problem cannot be solved for another two years. But it can begin in November of 2010.

Herman Cain is a former CEO, a radio talk show host on AM 750 and 95.5 FM WSB in Atlanta, and a FOX News contributor.

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  • libertyatstake

    I’ve met Herman Cain. In person. Believe me, he’s anything but “shovel ready.” And that’s a high compliment.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • clw

    What a great article!

    My excitement at FINALLY overcoming the race hurdle of the past in getting at least a HALF black president, was immediately replaced by an overwhelming sense of LOSS at the realization that we got an ultra-liberal community organizr with NO experience running anything, AND also realized that the masses who voted him in, thinking they were doing what MLK would have wanted, were doing the opposite; selling out. They “settled” because they were so LONG overdue. I’d have to be in their shoes to understand that I guess.

    Mr. Cain, people of ALL races are anxiously awaiting a strong conservative to un-do the damage that President Obama has done. Give us a conservative option! :)

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  • The Party Of No

    I was listening to the Herman Cain Show that night after returning from the Freedom Conference event that Herman spoke at a few days earlier. One thing Herman is not pointing out was the caller was African-American and that appeared to be the only reason she was still supporting Obama. I can understand that reasoning for his election but with the way he has destroyed this country it is time for the black community to rise up and put the country before race. Following a leader becuase of their skin color is not what Martin Luther King stood for…it was to judge a man on the content of their character.

  • wallace1303

    Correction one: Obama was never a professor. He was a quest lecturer…a far cry from being a professor.
    I would argue that while Obama is the leader of the three stooges, The main problem we face as a nation is the migration of Botox to the brain for that woman with the huge over-sized gavel. A condition that medical experts agree is the equivalent to being brain dead. There can be no other explanation for the travel expenditure of 2 million dollars on US Air Force Jets and running up a booze tab on the tax payers dime for $100.000.

    • truebearing

      He has been represented in the media as having been a professor, which means relatively little given their current reliability.

      • ArianaHuffingPaint

        If Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is a professor…oops, I mean THE Professor, is it too much to assume Obama didn’t get tenure at Baskin Robbins?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nile-Ryan-McCoy/1337081646 Ryan in Iowa

    Unfortunately, the Democrats are more about preserving their power, and in the reverse, keeping Republicans from power, than wanting to solve this country’s problems.

  • truebearing

    Mr. Cain,

    Your article clarifies the Obama administrative approach: getting your homework done and turned in “on time”, whether you have to cheat, lie, or plagiarize to do it. His approach is suspiciously weighted towards getting legislation through and checking it off as done, regardless of quality or consequence. It is quantity over quality.

    Obama acts as if he is still in academia, but where he is both the student and the professor grading his work. In classic Obama fashion, he grades himself based on his own doctrinaire ideological standards, oblivious to the tautological corruption of his narcissistic viewpoint. He doesn’t see the grading of his legislative agenda as the domain of the voter.

    Psychologically, Obama is the student/professor dictator, where he sets his policy agenda and then grades himself, in paroxysm of narcissistic echo. This is true pathological thinking, and he is our president.

    We have a problem all right.

    • ladylove

      the truth my friend always speaks for itself,