I once heard it said that if you were to compile a book of politicians’ promises, it would be a mighty thick volume, akin to War and Peace in size.
But if you were to write a follow-up book of actual fulfillment of said promises, it would be a mighty thin book, more like a novella. No bigger than Old Man and the Sea.
Critics would add that the problem with Barack Obama isn’t so much the unfulfilled promises as it is the ones he did fulfill, such as Obamacare or the stimulus bill, that have done so much to hurt the economy. Critics would add "socialism lite" works no better than "socialism heavy."
In the last years of Bush and the first years of Obama, the economy of this country and the middle class in particular has done poorly. The Federal Reserve reports now that from 2007 to 2010, the average net worth of families in America has dropped by 39 percent, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010.
The Washington Post (June 11, 2012) noted that during that time, homeownership went largely from being a “pathway to wealth” for many Americans to being an albatross.
But consider what candidate Obama promised in 2008 about the positive changes, including financial ones, he would bring to an ailing country:
In the midst of the early days of the recent economic turmoil, he presented himself as the solution to the crisis that began under Bush, but that he was going to solve. He said on Super Tuesday 2008 in Chicago, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” [raucous applause] (February 19, 2008). During the campaign, some even likened Obama to a Messianic figure, even jokingly referring to him as having been born in Bethlehem.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s recent report points out the obvious: “Recovery from the so-called Great Recession has also been particularly slow.”
No politician is perfect, and politicians are bound to make more promises than they can possibly keep. But when you compare the promises with the reality, it’s hard to see any reality in that statement: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
The Good Book says that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. The only real Messiah I know of was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.
Jerry Newcombe is host of and spokesman for Truth that Transforms with D. James Kennedy (formerly The Coral Ridge Hour). He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and Answers from the Founding Fathers. Jerry co-wrote (with Dr. Peter Lillback) the bestselling George Washington's Sacred Fire. He hosts the website www.jerrynewcombe.com. The views and opinions expressed here are his own.
Publication date: June 15, 2012