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The Most Damaging President We’ve Ever Had

President Obama

I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country.

I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.

But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

This is equally true domestically and internationally.

Domestically, his policies have gravely impacted the American economy.

He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history. He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion dollars in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).

He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid – means-tested, let alone non-means tested – than work full-time.

He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money – thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking another reserve currency – and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.

With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act, he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employee-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.

His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.

His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a video maker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.

In this president’s White House, the buck stops nowhere.

Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress – the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.

Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, not only has he not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic and, most of all, divisive.

He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world – something he should know as well as anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.”

Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War I.

About the Author: Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com. His latest book is “Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.”


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14 Responses to “The Most Damaging President We’ve Ever Had”

  1. Wayne Veale says:

    Go Obama! now thats change I can believe in. Hail China!

  2. During his first election he was best described as: "A long legged mack daddy!" This by an old black preacher in New Orleans, LA. He knew whereof he spoke. POTUS Obama is a lying & looting criminal and a secret (maybe not so secret now) islamic who all his life has intended harm for US…all! There have certainly been better men in that high office than him, but certainly none worse than he!

  3. Babs Brouwer says:

    Be thankful that he is not J Zuma!!

  4. Cody Flecker says:

    We all have to remember that over 70% of eligible Jewish voters voted not once but twice for this anti semite. What does that tell you about the American Jewish voting public? Are they still Jewish? Were they that stupid? or do they just vote for any Democrat regardless of their anti semitism? I used to think that the Jews were the smartest people on earth. After this President, I have my doubts.

  5. PLEAAAAASE DO NOT BLAME ME….I VOTED ROMNEY!!!

  6. Ch Hoffman says:

    Think of it this way, Prager:

    You only have 3 more years of Obama obsession. And while you can throw every piece of half-truth at him from economics, to social policy, to Mideast policy, to international affairs, there is still one basic truth:

    You supported George Bush who actively works to support Jews for Jesus

    You supported Ronald Reagan who paid honor to SS guards at Bittburg

    and, you are aligned with that group of f'n lunatcs who think that we live in a "Christian Nation" and that Jews are foreigners

  7. Dan Silagi says:

    Prager, did you ever hear of the Second Great Depression, or the Depression of 2008-2013? You didn't? That's because the Second Great Depression was averted, thanks to President Obama, who did everything in his power to stop it from happening, and who would have done a lot more had it not been for Tea Party Republicans who did all they could to disrupt his presidency, and who are still doing it. Where was the Dow-Jones Industrial Average when Obama took office? It was around 8,000, down from over 14,000 a little more than a year earlier. Where is it today? Well, it's more than double that, in 4 1/2 years. How about the NASDAQ? That hasn't been as high since the Internet bubble of 2000. And GDP grew in the past quarter at a very healthy rate of 4.1%.

    Yes, we saw a big correction two years ago. The reason was because Tea Party Republicans tried to destroy Obama's presidency by refusing to raise the debt ceiling. You can thank a Jewish guy, Eric Cantor, for that. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the debt ceiling was raised, but at the cost of the so-called "sequester" which knocked at least half a percentage point off GDP.

    Now for foreign affairs: Who killed Bin Laden, Sparky? Was it Bush? Was it Cheney? And who's picked off those who are trying to destroy us by ones and twos, through the use of drones? Bush didn't do that, nor did Cheney.

    Thus, Prager, I guess you'll have to wail and gnash your teeth for the remaining 3 years of the Obama Administration. And if you still have any that you haven't ground down to a pulp, there will be 8 years of H-I-L-L-A-R-Y to come.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am dreaming of a black Xmas in the WHite house this year.
    If Pollard is not released then Bibi should gather up the courage to tell Obama that there will be no prisoner release come Dec 29. How would that grab Kerry and Obama? A very un merry un Christmas to them, signed the Xmas grinch.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060345/

    Also Bibi should tell Obama that talks are off until hell freezes over. Pollard must be freed. Happy New Years to all!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Once again Dennis, you are right on target. Hopefully in Obama's 3 remaining years in office he won't destroy our great nation. And hopefully he won't overthrow the Constitution, stage a coupe and stay in power. That would be the end of America.

  10. Now it has happened -i wonder if it was planned all along -starting ith the Hawaiin birth certificate.. thank you .

  11. 110% Correct and congress is letting him. No respect for our men and women in service and above all passing gay and lesbian rights to marry and adopt children. I do believe he is the worst President America has ever had.

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