More On Obama’s Legacy

Growth of Federal DebtDouglas Elmsdorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, in Congressional testimony today:

We expect that federal debt held by the public will amount to 74% of GDP at the end of this fiscal year, more than twice what it was at the end of 2007, and higher than in any year since 1950.

In 1950, of course, we were still paying off the ravages of World War II. Now, and in the future, we are and will be paying for the ravages of Obama.

Decline of Middle ClassReuters:

(Reuters) – Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue….

Federal Reserve survey data show families in the middle fifth of the income scale now earn less and their net worth is lower than when Obama took office.

[ADDED 1/28: Daniel Henninger notes in his Wall Street Journal column that “median, inflation-adjusted household income has fallen, from about $54,000 in 2008 to below $52,000.”


Growth of al-Queda: Four-star retired Gen. Jack Keane, testifying before Senate Armed Services Committee today:

… al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.

The Most Lawless Administration In History?

Katie Pavlich has a sobering (I hope) article in The Hill asking, “Will The Next Attorney General Stand For the Rule of Law?” It provides chapter and verse of a number of ways in which the current attorney general and his boss do not.

Alas, her article could have been even longer. It did not mention what John Fund asked National Review readers several months ago: “Did you know the Obama administration’s position has been defeated in at least 13 – thirteen — cases before the Supreme Court since January 2012 that were unanimous decisions?” Historically, he points out, the Justice Department usually wins about 70% of its cases before the Supreme Court, “But in each of the last three terms, the Court has ruled against the administration a majority of the time.” Fund quotes George Mason law professor Ilya Somin, who told the Washington Times: “When the administration loses significant cases in unanimous decisions and cannot even hold the votes of its own appointees . . . it is an indication that they adopted such an extreme position on the scope of federal power that even generally sympathetic judges could not even support it.”

No “executive actions” or multiple Obamacare rewrites were discussed. And then there’s the matter of unprofessional conduct, and worse, by federal prosecutors. As Reason Magazine has reported:

USA Today published the results of a six-month investigation into misconduct by America’s federal prosecutors. The investigation turned up what Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman called a pattern of “serious, glaring misconduct.” Reporters Brad Heath and Kevin McCoy documented 201 cases in which federal prosecutors were chastised by federal judges for serious ethical breaches, ranging from withholding important exculpatory evidence to lying in court to making incriminating but improper remarks in front of juries.

The Reason article congratulated the USA Today reporters but pointed out that the latter’s list of 201 examples barely scratched the surface since it did not include, for example, a number of cases Reason mentioned that it had written about.

Oh, the USA Today and Reason articles were published in 2010, not even two years into the Obama administration.

Is the Obama administration the most lawless in history? I suppose it’s too soon to say, since unfortunately it’s not history yet.

Jeb Bush Channels Michael Dukakis

1988: “Michael Dukakis counters Republican ‘ideology’ with Democratic ‘competence.’” Washington Post today: “Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues” Bush was sharply critical of Washington — not only of President Obama but also of the Republican-controlled Congress — saying there were too many “academic and political hacks” with “hard-core ideology” who […]

“Deflation” And The Legacy Of Obama

Carter gave us malaise, and Obama on the way out has now given us a word for his reign … deflation. Not of the dollar but of hope, honesty (“If you like your health insurance …”),  optimism, civility, integrity in government. The New England Patriots deflate the football. Obama and his defenders deflate the Constitution. […]

Liberals Respect Individual Rights … So Long As No One Objects

One of the most interesting, and even astonishing, aspects of our current political thought and practice is the rapidity and thoroughness of contemporary liberals’ abandonment of their tradition’s former grounding in a belief in individual rights. That flight from rights can (and here, if I do say so myself, has) been seen clearly with regard […]

It’s MLK Day, Not Thanksgiving, But …

… I still think we should be thankful that President Obama, at least so far as is known at present, has not issued an Executive Order declaring January 19 (or some other date) Al Sharpton Day. As well he might have, since Sharpton is, as Politico has pointed out, Obama’s “go-to man on race,” and even […]

When Pundits Fumble…

Sometimes people who are smart and good at explaining things — such as our better pundits — become so impressed with the wisdom of their own insights they explain things that never happened, or why something that did couldn’t. Take, for example, Peggy Noonan. Noonan explains that Mitt Romney could never be president, and shouldn’t […]

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