The editorial lists the three key reasons
“The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold.
“The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster.
“An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s access to health care, and their right to control their lives. Nearly 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, all Americans’ rights are cheapened by the right wing’s determination to deny marriage benefits to a selected group of us.’
So the US continues in recession and has a budget deficit America’s annual budget deficit is $1.5 trillion out of $3.8 trillion of expenditures with no sign of this closing and with debt heading for Grecian proportions. Yet according to the Times, “He has formed sensible budget policies”. The Times says, “Poverty would have been much worse without the billions spent on Medicaid, food stamps and jobless benefits.” It offers praise not blushes that food stamp use has increased 51 per cent since 2008. Fifteen per cent of the population is now in receipt of this form of dole, which is a testimony to government failure, amplified by the 47 per cent who benefit from support government provides from seizing assets of the nation’s productive people.
And the US being embroiled in unstable regions owes much to the re-set of Obama policies in courting Islamic fascists posing as democrats while consolidating the reverence to the Saudis, the bankers of the Wahabbi schools that teach hatred of the west. The Islamic fanatics triumph of Bengazi and deceits the Administration resorted to in blaming it on the West’s own provocative actions in allowing a film to be made about Mohammed, will go down as signature failures of Obama’s tenure
The third arm of support is the Obama extension of the social state. “The ideological assault from the right” is language for supporting socialised medicine, free condoms and government recognition of gay marriage.
The Times thunders on, “In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments.”
It is astonishing that anyone can judge these as policy achievements. The only consolation is that the Times has had a poor record at picking winners. They have not endorsed a Republican since Eisenhower in 1956.