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Examiner Editorial: Lousy at governing, Obama sticks with partisan rhetoric

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President Obama recently told Democratic donors in ritzy Potomac, Md., that he wants “an effective, serious, patriotic, capable, sober-minded Republican Party.” This line has become part of his regular stump speech to liberal audiences. While such snide condescension towards opponents is nothing new, the president clearly is struggling with the meaning of some basic concepts in the English language.

Given his six-year record of mismanagement, there are two words Obama should avoid using at all costs -- “effective” and “capable.” The failed launch of the Obamacare website and the Benghazi security breakdown that got a U.S. ambassador and three other brave Americans killed showed the world how inept Obama's team is at handling routine government functions. The developing Veterans Affairs scandal revealed that vets have been dying due to treatment delays and bureaucrats have been destroying evidence to cover it up.

'We're on the right side on every single issue.'

One man's view of managerial competence might be another's definition of distrustful intolerance, but among the most basic requirements for management success in government is not steering the nation into financial ruin. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, “in the last five years, Washington spent more than $15 trillion and added more than $6 trillion to the debt.” The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the president's policies will raise the national debt from $17.5 trillion today to $26.1 trillion in 2024. Obama has no room to question others' governance skills when he is digging America into such an awfully deep financial hole.

Another crowd-pleaser at Obama fundraisers is his claim that the public has an unwavering belief in the Democrats' liberal policy agenda. “We're on the right side on every single issue,” he confidently told donors in Chicago on May 22. “And the majority of the American people agree with us on every single issue.” Actually, Mr. President, they aren't. A May 16-19 Associated Press survey revealed that only 28 percent strongly or somewhat strongly support Obamacare, the president's signature legislative initiative. Contrary to Obama's hard push for immigration amnesty, 52 percent of likely U.S. voters feel that the federal government is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally. Those are two of his biggest issues.

None of this is intended to defend the current Republican leadership, though it does seem unfair for Obama to be so unappreciative of such ineffective opposition. For all of Obama's talk about GOP obstructionism, top Republican bosses are trying to pass the White House's immigration agenda in Congress and haven't been able to stop Obamacare, out-of-control deficit spending or the ballooning national debt.

Obama still rarely passes up an opportunity to lower the level of national discourse, such as he did in 2008 in disparaging heartland Americans for allegedly bitterly clinging to their guns and religion. It’s nothing new for campaign rhetoric to get a little juiced up when rousing the party faithful, but six years and a re-election victory later, the incessantly partisan tone wins no friends for a president who needs them now more than ever.

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