There are three important reasons why anyone concerned about the future of our country should not vote to re-elect President Obama: a failed economic policy, a nonexistent foreign policy and a failure to capitalize on a paradigm shift in world energy supply.
Let's accept for a moment the claim by Mr. Obama and former President Bill Clinton that the inherited economy was so bad no one could fix it in four years. OK, then they should explain to us why there are fewer jobs now than there were when Mr. Obama took office, why $6 trillion of new debt has not helped generate economic growth and why the country has operated without a budget for more than three years. What are the policies that will enable change if Mr. Obama gets four more years?
Even though he had control of both branches of Congress for two years, Mr. Obama put forth no proposals to reform Social Security or Medicare. Will those programs go broke while the president contemplates his ideas for change? Almost four years ago, the president came to office promising to repair the damage done by that cowboy George W. Bush. What are the results of his so-called soft power? Our ambassador and three others were killed in Libya -- and a month later, it is unclear what happened. We left Iraq in a mess, civil war seems imminent in the Middle East, and the influence of Iran is hugely apparent. While Mr. Obama says we are on schedule to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban is back in full force there.
But perhaps the president's most grievous mistake is a failure to recognize and take advantage of a paradigm change in world energy supply. While as-yet-undeveloped technology may create a future for solar and wind energy, new technology for harvesting oil and natural gas is available now. The United States has enough oil, coal and natural gas not only to achieve energy independence but to become a major world supplier. One does not need much intellect to understand that using those resources would alleviate many of the economic and foreign policy problems discussed above.
America needs change. Mr. Obama has proved he cannot deliver it.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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