FROM: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus @ReincePriebus
TO: Interested Parties
RE: “Not Better Off”
"The real question is, 'Will this country be better off four years from now.'" --Barack Obama, October 2008.
The RNC is happy to hold President Obama to his own standard. So, nearly four years later, how are we doing? Is the country better off?
For most American families, the answer is an unambiguous no.
Gas prices have skyrocketed, but Obama won't pursue commonsense energy policies.
Incomes are down. Poverty is up. Food prices are higher. And more Americans are forced to depend on food stamps.
Healthcare costs are higher, despite the passage of the "Affordable Care Act" -- the Democrats' unfortunately ironic name for Obamacare.
College is more expensive.
Housing is still in crisis. "There are almost as many houses underwater as there were at the beginning of the administration," CNN's Jessica Yellin reported, at the unveiling of the White House's latest ineffectual housing initiative.
More Americans are out of work, without enough work, or are no longer looking for work.
Who, then, is better off?
Not the average American. Not those who hoped so desperately for change in 2008.
The well-connected--Obama's political allies and big-money donors--are, however, doing much better.
Writes the Washington Post's T.W. Farnam, "More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs. Nine more have been appointed to presidential boards and committees."
The Post has also reported that "$3.9 billion in taxpayer money went to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to Obama staffers and advisors." Other supporters, like Steve Westly and Steve Spinner, were involved with the Energy Department program that dolled out much of that money through loans to companies like Solyndra.
The Crony-in-Chief has taken care of his friends. And they, unlike most Americans, are decidedly better off.
Expect to hear more of this from now till Election Day. Obama himself said this was the "real question" we must ask. And we will keep asking.
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