Oh, that's right; it's George Bush's fault. If you can't believe that President Barack Obama's supporters still are dragging out that old, discredited BS, then you should go to the Chicago Tribune read the comments posted following my Tuesday column.
Here's the original column:
Beginning Tuesday night, the Democratic National Convention will be faced with answering the question: What did you do?
It's the natural follow-up to the promise that rang out four years ago, "Yes, we can." To which we can legitimately ask, "What is it that you thought you could do?" And, "Did you?"
With higher unemployment, lower family income, more people living in poverty, higher gasoline prices, an inept foreign policy that watches Iran spin its way toward nuclear weaponry and a Syrian despot crush his own people yearning to breathe free, a national debt that has increased at twice the rate as the Obama administration's predecessor, a costly and unworkable nationalization of health care, the squishiest economic recovery in decades, the nation's longest housing slump, America's first-ever debt downgrading, President Barack Obama can be said to have accomplished the nearly impossible: So many Americans now question whether their children's future will be as good as our past.
So with great irony, Obama's campaign has jettisoned his earlier "Yes, we can" slogan with an inexplicably laughable one: "Win the future." If we are to judge our future by a sustained record of past failures, a second term for President Barack Obama portends a bleak future indeed.
It's as if "the future" is Obama's to dispense. By now, millions of Americans who cheered Obama's hope and change swindle must realize that success is more than a matter of government policy, edict or mandate. Often it's a matter of government not screwing up or simply getting out of the way.
This truth must lurk deep in the heart of even the most die-hard Obama supporter. The president's policies failed for two reasons: The policies are wrong, and even if they were right, Obama wasn't up to the job of delivering on them.
It's that second aspect of the Obama-created shambles that moved to the forefront after last week's Republican National Convention. Call it competence, leadership, experience, managerial acumen or whatever. Does Obama have the skills and experience to lead the country out of the mess he helped create? Sure, blame the mess on former President George W. Bush, but instead of Obama cleaning it up as he assured us he would, he made things worse.
That's why the last night of the GOP convention was so well-scripted. It accomplished two things: First it showed Romney's human side, effectively dispensing with Obama's most irrelevant issue: Romney's a stiff.
That wasn't half as important as the night's second accomplishment: It triumphantly displayed Romney's successes in government and in the private sector. In his rescue of the nearly failed 2002 Winter Olympics and the deeply indebted state of Massachusetts. As a humanitarian in his role as a faith leader. As a visionary job creator. As a man invested in his family and community.
Romney has successfully changed the terms of this campaign. For now on the campaign is, or should be, about capability. About the ability to perform. About proven experience. Obama has shown that he has the patter down, but that he is unable to move from words to action to success. This election, so much more than the last, is about pragmatic solutions, not the threadbare, ideological canards that Obama's political mind, David Axelrod*, has concocted.
That might work with the true believers, but not for the un- and underemployed, the despairing, the newly asset-poor and the hundreds of millions of independents, Democrats and Republicans who are desperately waiting and wanting to improve their futures.
In his Thursday night acceptance speech, Romney correctly pointed out that Obama's entire campaign consists of attacking success. "It seems as if the goal of the Obama policies is to bring successful people down," he said. Or, as someone once said: "For me to succeed, you must fail."
No doubt the Obama campaign will claim success after success. But then there are the Americans whose homes still are worth less than their mortgages and the many other Americans who have seen their lives continue to degrade from what they once were and who fear that their children, crushed by the debt we ran up, will have it even worse. They will know better.
Now, be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the column here.
*David Axelrod Unsuccessfully tries to dodge the question of whether Americans are better off today than when Obama took office:
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