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President Obama: Facilitator of War, Orchestrator of Economic Decline

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The sign says HELP WANTED. Uncle Sam needs you young Americans for deployment into the vast black hole that is swallowing up U.S. troops for no rational or justifiable reason; it's called Afghanistan. Barack Obama is the master recruiter who is drawing upon the multi-thousands of young Americans who desperately need work but cannot find it. They are easy, readily available targets for America's agenda of perpetual war.

You may recall that Barack Obama was once a community organizer in Chicago, and it is said he was very good at it. His primary function has now become the master recruiter for America's war machine, and he is very good at that too. But it is not really that difficult a task because many young Americans have few choices. There are no jobs; they do not know where to turn; and so, the agents of war feast on their misfortune.

It takes a special kind of talent to do that kind of recruiting for such a misguided cause and reason. Most of us in America would find that kind of work very repulsive and loathsome, but some types of individuals are born to excel at it. Mr. Obama is totally lacking the talents needed to solve our many domestic problems but he sure knows in which direction to channel those needing a job, any job: he recruits them for the furnaces of war.

What are all these newly recruited young Americans going to be doing in that barren, mountainous nation that prides itself for expelling every invader that has ever tried to dominate and pacify its people? Is anyone so gullible and so misinformed that they still buy into Mr. Obama's justification for this war without end? That these troops are there to guarantee the security of those of us back here in the states? That they are bringing democracy to the people of Afghanistan? That's pure fantasy; we are there to capture the rich resources of Central Asia, but Mr. Obama would never acknowledge that fact and tell Americans the real truth.

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Mr. Obama seems to be completely blind to how dire the condition of America has become. We have a tremendous problem with unemployment, job foreclosures, personal bankruptcies, people with no health insurance, states becoming insolvent, teachers, firefighters and police losing their jobs, our national infrastructure crumbling, and an economy that is tanking. While this country is literally falling apart at the seams, a never ending stream of money is being channeled into Obama's wars in foreign lands.

The stress and pressure on the majority of Americans is rapidly rising as they fear for their jobs, the loss of their homes, and their very survival. Are they getting any kind of message from their president that he understands their plight and that he will make jobs and the economy his #1 priority? Nothing, nada, not one message of hope and inspiration that can help them to cope. Faith, hope, and change have fallen by the wayside, never to return.

Jonathan Alter of Newsweek appears to be a champion of President Obama and, in his book The Promise , he compares him favorably with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He even has the audacity to say that FDR "had it easier than Mr. Obama." FDR was the architect of America's recovery from the Great Depression and a fearless leader who created numerous new programs to employ Americans and rebuild America. To compare FDR's accomplishments with Mr. Obama's total inability to create any kind of jobs program is baffling.

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Senator Lloyd Bentsen, in his 1988 vice-presidential debate with Senator Dan Quayle, said these famous words: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy. A modern-day update of that quote: "Many of us are aware of the tremendous accomplishments and leadership of President Roosevelt during those trying times. History has recorded what FDR did for America and we have seen what Mr. Obama has accomplished. Barack Obama is certainly not a Franklin Delano Roosevelt and will never be."

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