“Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive”

…I am sure everyone remembers this 2012 Obama/Biden re-election battle cry.

If you were a Democrat at the time, you saw it as a succinct way to articulate all the good and glory that the pair had brought to our country – the cry represented their ability to resuscitate a fading United States economy and a unilaterally misguided and fruitless military effort in the Middle East.

If you were a Republican at the time, you saw it as a cheap and tawdry exploitation, beguiling our military of due honor for political gain, not to mention it purposefully diverted our attention from the fact that the US taxpayers were just forced to sink billions of dollars into a failing business.

So, why bring this 2012 battle cry to light again? Because it was a pivotal piece of the Democratic agenda during that election cycle and the American people fell for it: hook, line and sinker. In 2016 we will have an opportunity to swing the pendulum and, with a little bit of luck, a lot of sacrifice and some incredibly hard work, bring the US back to its hard-working, benefits-reaping roots.

With that in mind, let’s think about what’s happened in the two years since the “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive” line became the summation of the administration’s achievements:
1) General Motors is in deep:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/02/18/gm-cobalt-g5-faulty-ignition-switches-recall-deaths-airbags/5582241/

2) Afghanistan, now nearly abandoned by the US, has returned to its old, familiar ways:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/world/asia/afghanistan-prisoner-release/

Trust, but verify.

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