When President Obama was reelected in 2012, Republicans, still butt-hurt that their ideas were defeated at the ballot box, issued dire warnings for America. From senators to pundits, members of the GOP beefed up their fear mongering and claimed the end of times were near, just because Obama was in it for another four years. They gave it until 2016. That’s when all hell was going to break loose.
Here are the five biggest warnings Republicans gave us that were supposed to happen by 2016 (but haven’t):
1. Gas was supposed to be over $6
Lets go over this one more time – gas prices are not determined based on the policies of the President of the United States. Gas prices have been high under Democrats, low under Republicans, and vice-versa. But those facts don’t seem to matter to Republicans who decided it would be a good idea to beef up the fear that President Obama would somehow make gas prices astronomically higher than ever before. Well, it’s about one week until February 2016, and gas prices are averaging just under $2 – 3 times less than what Republicans like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Mike Lee and others “predicted.” Hell, Gingrich went all out and said gas would be $10 a gallon by the time 2016 rolled around. Thank god we didn’t listen to him!
2. The unemployment rate would climb back up to 8 percent
This one needs no explanation. In October 2009, when President Obama was in his 10th month in office, the unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee for President, said another Obama term meant that unemployment would stay at 8 percent. As of January 2016 the unemployment rate is 5 percent – cut in half. And no, that’s not thanks to “seasonal” employment or part-time jobs. Romney said if he were president, he would get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent by 2017. Between January 2013 and January 2016, the Obama Administration has created close to 8 million jobs, and has overseen 70 months on continuous net job growth, the longest streak in decades. So it looks like President Obama beat Mitt Romney’s promise with a year to spare. Thank god we didn’t listen to him!
3. The stock market would crash like it did in 2008
Financial columnists like Forbes’ Charles Bilderman and Bloomberg TV’s Marc Faber told the public that because of Obama’s reelection, the investors would panic, Obama’s policies would sent investing into a tailspin, and the stock market would crash. Since President Obama’s reelection in 2012 to now (January 2016), the stock market has grown 27 percent. Yes, the stock market has been on a downturn lately, but it is far from these dire warnings of crashing.
4. The complete and utter destruction of our economy
Blow-hard Rush Limbaugh, who has lost a record amount of sponsors in the last several years, predicted, quite confidently, that “the country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is re-elected,” and that “There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut wrenching, but it will happen.”
A deficit cut by two-thirds.
A stock market that grew 27 percent.
An unemployment rate cut in half.
The U.S. economy grew by almost 4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, followed by 2 percent in the fourth. In the second quarter of 2015, the U.S. economy grew by 3.6 percent followed by a two percent growth in the fourth.
5. Obama is going to take your guns
Even though the Republican talking point that Obama is “going to take away your guns” has been active since 2008, the 2012 election allowed for conservatives to again warn of us of President Obama’s inevitable takeover of the Second Amendment. The NRA claimed that president Obama, if given a second term, would take away your guns “under the radar.”
As we all know, with record guns in distribution and high rates of gun violence, that just isn’t true.
So everything Republicans predicted would happen by 2016 has not happened. Congratulations, America, you’ve been fooled by the clown car. They have the same dire predictions about Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. According to them, socialism will run amuck, the world will look down on us, our adversaries will win and radical Islam will take over. Their doomsday predictions fell flat on all fronts from the last election, so what in God’s name will make their newest predictions any truer?
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