Written on Monday, November 19, 2012 by David L. Goetsch
The process by which we choose our presidents in America is apparently broken, or if not broken it is at least suspect. Why, you ask, would I make such an assertion? Am I a political heretic? Am I questioning the concept of democracy? The answer to both of these questions is “no I am not.” Rather, I am questioning the practical application of the concept, specifically as it relates to how we choose our president. In the private sector, if the hiring process resulted in the selection of the least-qualified applicant we would know something is wrong since choosing the best-qualified applicant was the goal. If the goal of the process by which we select our president is to choose the best qualified candidate, our process is without question broken.
What if Barack Obama, instead of campaigning, had to interview for the job of president and provide a resume to the American people? His resume would have almost no entries before the one showing his first term as president, and that entry would contain nothing but a litany of failed policies and programs. Frankly, with a resume like his, Barack Obama could not even get a job in today’s economy. Even when hiring minimum-wage employees, companies do a better job of screening their applicants than America did in selecting our president in the recent election. If Barack Obama had to interview for the job of President of the United States, his interview might go something like this:
Interviewer: Mr. Obama, unemployment in our country is higher than it has been in years. We are looking for a leader who can turn our economy around and create jobs for Americans who are hurting. Do you have any experience in creating jobs?
Barack Obama: Yes, I have created jobs. I created jobs for 43 czars and 279 new presidential assistants in the White House. Does that count? I know what you are thinking: 43 and 279 does not quite offset the 1.6 million jobs I eliminated in the private sector, but it’s a start.
Interviewer: Hum, I see. Well, let’s move on to the price of gasoline. The price at the pump is giving most Americans sticker shock every time they fill up. Prices have fallen somewhat in the last several months, but not much and they are still very high. We are looking for a leader who can use the power of the presidency to help reduce gas prices. Do you have any experience in reducing the price of gasoline?
Barack Obama. No, I have done nothing to reduce the price of gas, but I have done plenty to increase it. In fact, when I took office gas averaged $1.89 per gallon nationally. It is now averaging around $3.40 per gallon. If I can keep this trend going in the right direction, Americans will begin to accept my ideas for alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. But between you and me, the price of gas is going to have to get much higher than $3.40 per gallon for that to happen. I need to get it up to $5.00 or more per gallon and keep it there consistently or my cronies in alternative energy businesses aren’t going to survive.
Interviewer. I see. Well, let’s talk about the national debt. We are concerned that it is robbing our children of their future. Consequently, we are looking for someone who can drastically reduce the national debt. Do you have any experience in this area?
Barack Obama. I’m glad you asked. The national debt is one of my areas of expertise. In fact, during less than four years as president I was able to increase the national debt by 51 percent. You look shocked. If you don’t believe me, check the numbers. I inherited a national debt of $10.6 trillion and in less than four years increased it to $16 trillion and counting. No one else you will interview can make that claim.
Interviewer. That’s, uh, very interesting. One last question Mr. Obama. We are concerned about the number of people living in poverty. Do you have any experience in moving people out of poverty and up the socio-economic ladder?
Barack Obama. No, can’t say that I have. As president my plan was to get as many people living in poverty and addicted to government entitlements as possible—it keeps them loyal don’t you see? The way I look at it poverty means dependency and I want people to depend on government. It makes them easier to manipulate.
Interviewer. Thank you Mr. Obama. That’s all of my questions. Don’t call us, we’ll call you—or, on second thought, maybe we won’t.