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Presidential scorecard

Register • Aug 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

For about a term and a half we’ve heard loud and clear the continuous assertions from President Obama and his administration telling us over and over that he inherited the immigration mess, the Iraq mess, the National Debt mess, the whole etc., etc., etc., mess.


We have heard this to the point it would surprise no one if our current president claimed that he inherited this vacation mess from the previous president.


I’m pretty sure Candidate Obama read the fine print on the presidential job description stating when he took his oath on Jan. 20, 2009, he was responsible for maintaining or transforming the past practices, procedures and policies he would inherit from the previous president and his administration.

If he didn’t, then it makes you wonder what the whole Hope and Change theme during then-Sen. Obama’s first campaign for the White House was about.

Hope for changing the mystery meat served at lunch and have Top 40 music played during study hall?

Oops! Wrong Obama campaign. That was probably for his campaign as student council president in high school.

Did Candidate Obama believe, when he was running for president of the U.S.A., the mess he was going to clean up in the White House would be the issues of Vacation Guide magazines President Bush left under the bed?

Or did Candidate Obama believe, when he was running for president of the U.S.A., that the mess he was going to clean up in the White House would be the issues that President Bush left on the table?

Contrary to popular belief, past U.S. presidents did not inherit wooden teeth, theater tickets, a big stick, two chickens in every pot and Tippecanoe and Tyler too from their predecessors. Most of them inherited and handled down the matters that mattered back then.

Because of campaign promises getting lost in the shuffle of what is and what is not, perhaps now is the time for Congress to pass a measure commissioning the Congressional Research Service to keep track of presidential campaign promises and how those commitments actually changed inherited policy, as promised, that was in place when the promising president first took office.

The CRS could create a website showcasing a box score displaying how presidential candidates promises rank in being kept. That could change the meaning of rank promises by presidential candidates.

The averages would indicate how hard a president is working on his promise to change what they believed needed changing.

A scorecard of this nature complied by the CRS on the World Wide Web would not only give incentive for a president to keep their promises, it would also encourage voters that future presidential candidates when elected into the White House can indeed change what they inherit.

The funny thing is, unless you’re the next president, in 2016 we will vote into the Oval Office someone who promised to fix what they inherited from President Obama that he inherited.

Fortunately for past U.S. presidents the “You break it — you buy it” policy doesn’t apply to them or they would be spending their entire post presidency charging gargantuan speaking fees to pay back the taxpayers instead of using those fees to pay themselves.

Unfortunately for U.S. presidents that inherit the office they campaign to bring hope and change to is the price they pay. Right now, President Obama is just a tad behind on his inherited Bush payback payment promises.

Pick a card, any card. The Immigration card, the Iraq card, the National Debt card, the etc., etc., etc., cards and the overdue payments have added up so much so that the children of legal U.S. citizens’ children will inherit — and pay the inheritance tax.

As the saying goes, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. But if the CRS issued a presidential promise scorecard, the player would not be able to tell us the score because ...

We would already know it.

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