President Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, once said, "America's chickens are coming home to roost." Those words were prophetic. Exploding gas and food prices and few new jobs are the chickens coming home from Obama's policies.
Obama touted 222,000 new jobs in January as some sort of vindication of his policies. Yet a year ago, the administration was promising up to 500,000 new jobs a month. Remember "Recovery Summer?" The current growth in employment means it will take many years to put back to work the net 4 million Americans who lost their jobs during the first two years of Obama's presidency.
Even if you are not unemployed, higher gas and food prices are impacting us all.
Gas has shot up more than 85 percent since Obama took office. Common food staples, such as corn (up 78 percent) and sugar (up 165 percent) are just the beginning.
Obama's excessive spending, borrowing and printing money to pay for it all is largely to blame. Compound that with the drop in American energy production following his crippling moratorium on offshore petroleum development, and we are paying higher prices and are more dependent on oil supplies from the chaotic Middle East.
Obama is actively leading this nation down a path of economic hardship and decline. And no amount of spin from his supporters can place the blame elsewhere. The American people have an enduring ability to recognize and correct their mistakes. That process already has begun. Real change, not false hope, will soon arrive.
Michael Miller Moss Creek