The Washington Times-Herald

Columns

September 19, 2013

Close the book on President Obama

I actually began this column in April but set it aside after the first couple of hundred words because I felt it was premature to write off a President only a few months after his inauguration for a second term. Recent events, however, have compelled me to dust it off and finish it, just as those same recent events may have finished our President.

Barack Obama was elected twice, the first time because people were ready for a change after eight years of a Republican administration that rather frighteningly bungled the country’s foreign and domestic policies, and the second time because his opponent was little more than a wooden wind-up toy and pitch man for the American plutocracy.

President Obama’s supporters will one day look back and say, “he tried,” and will attempt to explain away his failings by saying he was ultimately undone by a spiteful, racially motivated congress that could not come to grips with a black man occupying the highest office in the land.

And while there may be some truth to the later part of their argument, it is the former aspect that is actually more troubling.

Did he try? Really try?

Most notably, during his first term he set out to change the health care system with the goal of bringing down costs. But before the debate ever really got underway, he yielded to pressure from the insurance and hospital lobbies and pulled the public option from the discussions that eventually led to the passage of what is know commonly called “Obamacare,” easily one of the most controversial and vilified pieces of legislation ever enacted.

By backing away from the public option, Obama rendered more or less meaningless everything he’d said about hope and change and proved he was no different than most everyone else in Washington D.C. who, once in office, adjust their behavior and their rhetoric with only one goal in mind — remaining in office.

Text Only
Columns
  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Letter: Sex is clearly defined Sex is clearly definedEditor:I say “Amen” to Pastor Showers’ letter to the editor. Sex in its pureness is only between one man and woman in the bonds of marriage, till death do they part. No others on the side.Man lying with man, woman lying with wom

    July 18, 2014

  • Hobby Lobby court ruling a right one for religious freedom The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that marked an important development in the ongoing national debate on religious freedom.In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the contraception coverage mandate, imposed by the Obama Administration under

    July 17, 2014

  • Good work DCH for helping vets Good work DCH for helping vetsEditor:On behalf of the veteran organizations of Daviess County, we wish to take this opportunity to recognize Daviess Community Hospital’s CEO David Bixler for the representation of our community hospital and the servic

    July 17, 2014

  • I am proud to fight against the 'War on Coal I recently signed on as an original cosponsor to a bipartisan bill led by one of my Democrat colleagues from West Virginia that would stop the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on existing coal-generated power plants.He

    July 16, 2014

  • EPA regulations are very bad for District 63 The coal industry has played an integral role in our nation’s history, and District 63 is very close to the heart of it all. Information on the Institute of Energy Research’s website reveals that from a global standpoint, the United States has the la

    July 16, 2014

  • Update from Veale Creek Players Update from Veale Creek PlayersEditor:Veale Creek Players just finished the second week of the children’s summer camp with a pizza cast party. All parents and friends of our future actors/actresses were invited and enjoyed being part of the Veale Cre

    July 16, 2014

  • James bears the weight of Cleveland's championship dreams LeBron James has done it all on a basketball court. He’s a great scorer, rugged defender, proven big-play leader and champion. But that might not be enough in Cleveland, where he’ll also need the powers of Merlin the Magician.In returning to his home

    July 16, 2014

  • Say yes to the dress (at least at some point) Next month, the beloved boyfriend and I will celebrate two years of togetherness. For me, this is a huge milestone and for him, well, I guess this illustrates how patient and tolerant of my quirks he is (or maybe that’s the other way around. Remember

    July 12, 2014

  • Moving towards a better tomorrow This past week a federal judge ruled Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but in Daviess County there were no wedding bells ringing for same-sex couples. Despite receiving an email from the Indiana Attorney General’s office advising coun

    July 5, 2014