Jeffrey Anderson, writing in The Weekly Standard, makes an excellent point:
In President Obama’s first budget, entitled (with no apparent sense of irony) “A New Era of Responsibility,” he projected that the federal budget deficit in 2012 would be a rather hefty $581 billion. Fast-forwarding three years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now projects that it will instead be $1.079 trillion, meaning that, if the CBO is right, Obama was wrong by $498,000,000,000. To put that into perspective, that roughly half-trillion dollar margin of error is more than Obama allocated in this year’s budget for Medicare. Medicare could magically have become free for 2012, and the deficit would still have exceeded Obama’s earlier estimate.
It strikes me that President Obama isn’t simply vulnerable when it comes to the objective conditions of the country (though he is); it’s that he’s vulnerable based on what he promised versus what he has delivered as president. That’s true on a range of issues, including the unemployment rate (which we were told wouldn’t go above 8 percent if his stimulus package was passed; December was the 35th straight month with unemployment above 8 percent); health care costs (he promised to bend the health care cost curve down; it’s gone up); poverty going down (it’s gone up); cutting the deficit in half (it’s exploded); fixing the housing crisis (it’s gotten worse); improving America’s image in the world (we’re less popular in the Muslim world now than we were under Obama’s predecessor); and improving the political culture in Washington (the divisions have gotten deeper and Obama has set a record for polarization in each of his first three years in office).
Time and time again, Barack Obama has not only not done what he promised; his policies have moved things in the opposite direction.
He is a man who rode to office on his words and promises. In November, Obama might well be given a one-way ticket back to Chicago for the same reason.