The world is burning before our eyes. Wherever you look, from Ukraine, to Africa, Syria, Iraq it's a mess. At home, our economy just had the biggest contraction since the last recession. The Supreme Court, by unanimous decision, including two votes from Justices appointed by Obama smacked down his constitutional overreach.
Obama's own job approval is in the tank, reaching historic lows. You would think a President in this much trouble would be reaching out to Republicans to find common ground on issues that would draw support from both sides of the aisle. But not Obama. In a speech in Minnesota last week he rattled off a list of divisive left wing causes that have no chance of passing even the Democrat controlled Senate. Then he blamed it all on Republicans in a voice that can only be described as whiny. Listen for yourself:
OBAMA: They [Republicans]don’t do anything -- (laughter) -- except block me. And call me names. It can’t be that much fun. (Laughter.) It’d be so much more fun if they said, you know what, let’s do something together. If they were more interested in growing the economy for you, and the issues that you’re talking about, instead of trying to mess with me -- (laughter) -- then we’d be doing a lot better. That’s what makes this country great, is when we’re all working together. That’s the American way.
There are 40 bills to create jobs passed by the House of Representatives which have not received a vote in the U.S. Senate. If Obama truly wanted to move the country forward and get out of the current economic downturn he could work with Republicans on this legislation. But again, his only answer is no.
Now, he says that if Congress won't act on immigration (the way he wants them to) he will "borrow" the power needed and act on his own. This just throws more fuel on the fire of a lawless president operating outside the Constitution and makes it even more difficult for Congress to act with him. And it's not just Republicans but also Democrats in Congress who are finding Obama's incompetence and overreach hard to swallow (1,2)
The country and the world is paying a high price for Obama's hubris and incompetence. In the years remaining in his term things can only get worse as it appears he is incapable of learning from his mistakes. But at least couldn't he stop the whining?