When the phrase “I hope he fails” was first uttered by Rush Limbaugh after Obama’s inauguration, it raised the ire of political foes and opponents alike. When the US Census report on poverty was released Thursday the numbers revealed that Obama is actually succeeding at what Limbaugh hoped he wouldn’t: destroying the country.
The US poverty rate reached 14.3% or 43.6 million people. The government defines the poverty rate as a family of four earning less than $21,954. The number of people living without health insurance topped 51 million and for the first time since the Census began keeping records, the number of people insured decreased. Nice work.
Obama responded in a written statement with an argument that is beginning to grate on the ears of a growing majority of voters: It would have been much worse without the Recovery Act and other government relief programs. The lefty bloggers are going to the tried and true assault on the failed policies of George Bush, and the mainstream media is producing a montage of interviews with experts uttering the same talking point: “We really expected the numbers to be much worse.”
Perhaps the only optimism that can be extracted from the never-ending nightmare that is the Obama presidency is that while the dependency class is being rapidly expanded (a long sought after goal of the left) the middleclass, understanding full well that eventually they will foot the Obama vote buying bill, are abandoning Democrats in numbers that have never been seen before going into a midterm election. Generic polls that pit a republican against a democrat have dems down by 12 points.
As a Rush listener, I remember how I felt when Rush said, “I hope he fails.” The new president had just been sworn in and some weak thread of hope within me clung to the possibility that the pre-election mudslinging was just that and Obama might not be what my heart argued otherwise, and that for once, just once, Rush might be wrong. It wasn’t long after that the Obama I hoped he wasn’t turned out to be exactly what I feared most: an avowed leftist bent on transforming our capitalist system.
I hoped Rush was wrong, but he was right. During the dark days of the health care debate many Americans, including myself, felt they had no voice. But it was Limbaugh who told us not to despair because his greatest faith was in the spirit of the Americans who make this country work. He said they would rise to the occasion as they always had, to preserve the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. Once again, he was right.