Almost immediately, the question came to mind, what is it that Obama has done that un-doing would not improve? Danged if I couldn't think of anything at all. Obviously, part of his legacy is the fact that he doubled the national debt in just two terms—no-one else has ever achieved that feat. Surely Trump will not try to undo that by paying down the debt? The Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as ObamaCare—has turned the medical and insurance industries upside down while the premiums and deductibles have increased outrageously. The implementation of this disastrous plan caused many businesses to lay off employees or reduce them to part-time status to avoid the government requirement to offer full-timers health insurance. In addition, the law was changed to redefine what a full-time employee is, i.e., a full-time employee is anyone who works an average of 30 hours a week. While ObamaCare provided free insurance to some folks who otherwise did not have it, it assuredly put it out of reach of the middle-income wage earner and, to add insult to injury, levied a penalty on those who “chose” not to purchase it. Many Americans rightly perceived that paying the penalty and taking their chances was a cheaper option than buying insurance laden down with services they didn’t want or need. Nevertheless, this is the crown jewel in Mr. Obama’s legacy and he is loath to countenance its dismantling by Mr. Trump.
President Obama’s legacy includes other gems like an out of control EPA, the attempt to have the US foot the bill for global climate change efforts, Asian trade agreements that favor the Asians (including concessions that, at the very least add to the current trade deficit), a Middle-East in shambles, emboldened terrorist activity on a global scale, paying ransom for US hostages, former allies who believe the US is an unreliable ally, a level of racial and civil unrest unseen since the 60’s, violence perpetrated against our law officers, the Iran “deal,” etc. etc. etc. How could anyone recording these troubled years see any of this as “accomplishments”?
No doubt, Mr. Obama owns the special legacy of leaving to his successor more to fix and un-do than any other president in history. And since Mr. Trump has signaled that his first hundred days will be busy doing just that, we can fully expect that Mr. Obama will be speaking out soon.
Let us hope that Mr. Trump recognizes that his best opportunity to get things done will come in his first two years in office while he has the support of both chambers of Congress. Taking action on issues such as Obamacare, the Transpacific Trade Agreement, the Iran Nuclear Pact, along with filling the current SCOTUS vacancy should be high priorities. Having watched Trump throughout the campaign cycle, I don’t think he will seriously consider the impact of his actions on the legacy of Barack Obama, nor should he. Most former presidents have had the grace to acknowledge that their time at the helm of this great nation is over and their legacy is what it is—it is not for the incoming president to burnish or continue. Of course, had Mrs. Clinton won the election perhaps that would have happened, but perhaps not? After all, she and Bill have egos equally as large as Mr. Obama’s.
I voted for Donald Trump for a reason—Barack Obama. In my opinion, in just eight years, Mr. Obama has done more damage to this nation that anyone could have predicted. Fiscal responsibility must be restored in terms of spending and debt. People should be able to have readily available and affordable health insurance without government interference or penalty. Law and order must be returned to our streets and the police officers who put their lives on the line every day must be given the respect they are due and not maligned as bigoted Brown-Shirts. Terrorism must be brought to a halt and the military must be adequate to the task. Finally, the government must get off the back of the private sector if job creation is going to be achieved. These are the things that I expect from Donald Trump and if accomplishing them raises the ire of Barack Obama, then so be it. Obama’s legacy is of little concern to the people of this nation who have endured his malignant governance for eight long years.
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