NH GOP - ICYMI: Barack Obama's false hope (Foster's Daily Democrat)

In case you missed it, included below is an op-ed by New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.  The column ran in today’s Foster’s Daily Democrat.  Follow us on Twitter -- @NHGOP -- for primary updates and information. 


Barack Obama's false hope

By NHGOP Chairman Wayne MacDonald & RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Foster’s Daily Democrat

January 9, 2012


On the night he lost the 2008 New Hampshire primary, candidate Obama took the stage to assess the outcome. "We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope," he declared. "But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."

That is, until Barack Obama showed up.

"Hope and change" may have defined Obama's 2008 campaign, but "false hope" more accurately defines his presidency. At the beginning of 2012, three years into the Obama presidency, 70 percent of Americans believe the country is now on the "wrong track."

Tomorrow, New Hampshire voters take part in the First In The Nation primary, casting some of the first votes against Barack Obama-against four more years of false hope. But while the focus now is on the Republican race, for the next 10 months the focus must be on one thing: the failed policies of the Obama presidency.

That's because America cannot afford a second term of failure. We cannot afford more record deficits. We cannot afford more reckless spending, more government mandates, and more job-killing regulations. We simply cannot afford four more years of President Obama.

On nearly every issue, his policies have failed to produce positive change. As a result, over 13 million Americans are unemployed. The national debt surpassed $15 trillion. Annual deficits exceed $1 trillion. Millions of families face home foreclosures. 

Hope may win votes. But it doesn't fix an economy.

Democrats, of course, love to say they inherited difficult circumstances. But that doesn't explain why things went from bad to worse. It also doesn't explain why, after controlling the White House and Senate for three years and the House of Representatives for two, they still have no record of accomplishment on the economy. 

Even the president's signature legislative achievements have proven disastrous. The $825 billion stimulus was supposed to keep unemployment below 8 percent. It didn't. It did, however, fuel a dramatic increase in our nation's debt.

Then there's health care reform, which the Democrats still, at least tepidly, attempt to defend. Obama promised "affordable care," but health care costs continue to skyrocket. He promised to protect patients from losing their current insurance plans, saying, "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan." Nevertheless, according to the administration's own analysis, as many as 69 percent of employees could be forced to change plans in the next few years. 

Little patient protection. Less affordable care. That's pretty bad for a bill called the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

In 2008, Obama ran on bold promises and lofty rhetoric because he had no record. In 2012, he'll run on negative attacks and misleading statements because he does have a record-a record of failed policies.

But re-elections are about records. They are referendums. Voters deem the sitting president a success or failure and vote accordingly. If we're better off, the president tends to get re-elected. If we're worse off, it's time for a new direction.

And America needs a new direction — desperately. There's no question that we're worse off under Obama's policies. We see it everywhere-a friend who's lost his job or a daughter who can't find work. Our neighbors' houses have been foreclosed; our children's futures have been mortgaged. 

On that New Hampshire night in 2008, Barack Obama said of his campaign, "Change is what's happening in America." Four years later voters are asking, "What's happened to America?" 

The answer to our nation's problems is not four more years of false hope. The answer is true leadership and real solutions. The answer is a new president. We know what Obama's first term looked like; we don't need to see a second. To borrow his words, "We've been warned."