Tim Phillips: AFP taking stock of Obama's 'achievements'
As the Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicks off this week, culminating with the re-nomination of President Obama, it would be appropriate to consider the president’s “accomplishments” over the past four years in office.
His chief accomplishment is the soaring national debt. Despite multiple promises during his first campaign and throughout his presidency to lower the debt, it will likely surpass $16 trillion during the DNC. In just three years, President Obama has already increased the national debt more than in all eight years of President Bush’s presidency. If he wins re-election, the debt will have increased 87% by the end of his term as president. America cannot sustain this kind of spending and debt if we intend to stay on the path to prosperity.
Another key accomplishment of President Obama and his administration is the failure of government-funded green energy scams like Solyndra. President Obama personally toured Solyndra’s new facility and proclaimed that in America, “The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra.” Instead, the company laid off 1,100 workers and filed for bankruptcy within two years. It was backed by $535 million in Energy Department loans for which American taxpayers are now in the hook. Just last week, Herb Allison, the executive who performed the ‘independent review’ of the loan program and eventually absolved the Obama administration, was revealed to have donated to the Obama campaign.