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Reagan: Four More Years of Failure?

By Michael Reagan

It's not Obama vs. Romney in 2012.

It's really Obama vs. Obama.

The president has to run against himself. His own record on the economy has been so pitiful he can't defend it or run on it. He has to run away from it.

Instead of comparing his performance as president to what Romney-Ryan might do, Obama has to pretend like it's been someone else who's been mismanaging the economic recovery for the last 3 1/2 years.

He has to pretend that it's not his policies that have kept unemployment above 8 percent for 43 straight months and racked up too many trillions of new debt to count.

And this week, when the incompetent-in-chief was asked to give himself a grade for his own performance, his answer was not an "F" or "F-minus." It was "incomplete."

President Obama said he needed more time. For what?

To hope that Obamanomics can work, if we just wait until the USA becomes Greece or California?

To prove that obscene deficits, wasteful government spending, overregulation and higher taxes on the successful can put the greatest economy in the history of the world in a coma for another four years?

Compare what Obama is doing in this election to what Ronald Reagan did when he ran for re-election in 1984 against Walter Mondale.

My father didn't have to hide from his own record, he ran on it. Proudly. Unlike Obama, he was able to show that his economic policies had pulled the wrecked Jimmy Carter economy out of the ditch and turned it around.

Ronald Reagan could point to real progress -- real hope and change. He had cut the unemployment rate from double digits to 7.2 percent, adding almost 8 million jobs. The inflation rate had dropped from 10.3 percent to 3.3 percent. Interest rates were on their way down from 20 percent. Gasoline prices were not going up, but down.

By 1983, the country was already clearly headed down the road to recovery, fueled by lower tax rates, simpler tax codes, less regulation and tighter monetary policy.

Reaganomics -- which got government out of the way of the private sector -- was working. The severe recession of '82 — when unemployment hit 10.8 percent, still the highest since the Great Depression, was shrinking in the rear-view mirror.

When my father's re-election campaign ran that famous optimistic ad that said, "It's morning again in America," people believed it. It was already coming true. That's why he was re-elected in a landslide.

After 44 months in office, Obama is still trying to blame George W. Bush for the problems he inherited and hasn't been able to solve.

My father didn't spend his first three years whining about the mess Jimmy Carter left him. He rolled up his sleeves and went to work. He didn't roll up his sleeves and put on a golf glove or practice his bowling skills.

Being president of the United States in a time of economic crisis means you don't get to play golf more than 100 times. Being president means you have to go to work to fix the economy, not destroy it further.

Obama is a true disaster -- a failure, a flop. Saying his grade is "incomplete" implies that he's got a good plan for the economy, but that he just needs four more years to put the finishing touches on it.

He doesn't. He has no plan but the same old economic plan -- the one that hasn't worked and never will.

Obama won't change. And unless the American people follow Clint Eastwood's advice and "let him go," we may have no hope.

In the fall we'll have a clear choice. Do we want to rehire an ex-community organizer with a record of failure? Or do we hire a businessman with a record of success? It's a question we shouldn't even have to ask.


Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at and

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    September 7, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    It sounds to me like Ozero is between the devil and the deep blue sea; yet it is his own failed policies and lack of right thinking that put him there. With all his blundering and being over his head in matters too high for him; he has placed a lot of us between a rock and a hard place.

    No sympathy at all, NONE whatsoever!

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    September 7, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Obama said just today, “It is his job to finish the job” which if elected will be finishing the job of finishing our jobs! He won’t be happy until they are ALL finished.

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  3. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    September 7, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Yes — by his design, Obama has failed to preserve and protect what the founders intended America to be. He has done everything possible to diminish America in the eyes of the world. His policies have cost millions of American jobs, increased energy costs, decreased our standard of living, seriously damaged our health care system and made the world a less safe place. These plus the shreading of our Constitution are Obama’s accomplishments, unfortunately he cannot run on them. Obama has failed in the eyes of traditional America, but he considers his accomplishments a great success. His twisted vision of success will ultimately be his own failure with the American people.

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    • smartwayComment by smartway
      September 8, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      Very true! If we allowed him another four years, he will have succeeded in his quest to end CAPITALISM.

      This web site should tell you more info about his real plans for America=>

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  4. adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
    September 7, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    B.O. has not failed in what he has been groomed to do since early childhood, destroy the greatest nation on earth. As Nikita Khrushchev once said the USA will be buried without firing a shot. With the help of Pelosi & Co., Obama has succeeded, he just needs a few more years to complete the task of driving the final nails in the coffin!

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  5. mcoryComment by mcory
    September 7, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    The reason that Obama gave himself an incomplete is because he hasn’t finished destroying the United State, our economy and our culture.

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  6. mercyComment by mercy
    September 7, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Incomplete because he want’s to load the supreme court with another 4 or 5 ultras liberal choices in the next four years. Look out America get out & vote or we are in for pure socialism. How can taxing us half of our wealth, creating trillions of debt for our children, or nationalized socialized medicine be constitutional? We’re on a run away train to socialism if Obama get’s his way. We fought and died to defend people from the evil of socialism only to have it brought to our door by another great charismatic. Time to stand up for American ideals & freedom.

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  7. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 7, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Obama is so out of touch with what makes America work he couldn’t fix it even if that were his goal. He’s created a sad reality for us all.

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  8. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 7, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    AND, by-the-way, Michael, there will never be a President as great as your father. He was and is the epitome of American Pride.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      September 9, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      Yes, Ronald Reagan was without a doubt the greatest President of my lifetime; however, he made three serious mistakes that haunt America today that should not be forgotton. (1) Allowed the first mass illegal immigrant amnesty, (2) Provided a weak response to the terrorist bombing of the Marine baracks in Lebanon and (3) Signed into law a bill that gave the handicapped special protections, resulting in their ability to litagate against innocent business owners for unknowingly violating onerous requirements.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 9, 2012 @ 9:11 am

      (4) Iran-Contra.

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