President Obama has the media supporting him rather than opposing him as it did President Bush, so he looks a bit better off … but he is finding the world even less accommodating than did Bush and his own contribution to that, is growing.
Bush destabilized Iraq and burdened us with Afghanistan, the bills due for which have been increased under Obama. Bush saw the economy weaken nor has Obama been able to reverse that. Then Senator Obama made much of President Bush’s foreign policy ‘errors’ but the new President’s bowing to foreign potentates has not improved matters abroad. He particularly criticized Bush’s Iraq, that is now worsening in his own hands and his Middle East has delivered chaos in Libya and Syria to add to Iraq and Afghanistan. Not so much change from Bush and now even less hope.
President Obama inherited and continued overspending as a ‘cure’ for recession resulting from previous overspending following cheap money policies. The U.S. is now too poor to fund worldwide power any more, following Europe down the road of buying off the voters with social spending that exceeds available resources. That has freed such as Russia and China to go adventuring locally as the U.S. recedes. President Obama inherited his historical situation and may deserve some sympathy for not solving it; he has after all, done as nearly every politician of his day has advocated. But now, he has set off on his own in a very dangerous and likely, destructive fashion.
He has ordered the floodgates opened at the American southern border. There are reports suggesting a lot of money spent in Central America, promoting the flood, especially in regard to the children that are magically now inundating the U.S. This seems an obvious push to propel the “Dream Act” illegal immigrant amnesty legislation through Congress. It also seems large scale, callous disregard for the welfare of people, children especially. The horror stories will not be long in coming, with so many unprepared people dumped upon so many unprepared places and agencies. President Obama is the new Pied Piper of Central America; the illusion toward which he is leading the children seems likely to rebound against both them and him. He, not they, deserves that.
The entire issue of immigration in the U.S. has always revolved around the divide between enough immigrants and too many. That is these days, seldom acknowledged; dishonest political games are played instead. President Obama is advancing that hypocrisy to a new level with his cynical and callous use of hopeful refugees from failed societies down south. It seems to risk the past success of his own society, the magnet that draws those poor immigrants. And it suggests that such matters are of little concern to the President.
President Bush may not have done wonders for his country but he seemed more concerned for people than does President Obama.