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The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Monday, Feb 2, 2015

joemessinamugTalk about a “haunting comment.” This will go down as one of President Obama’s all-time.

Can you imagine how thick the book of “Obama’s Greatest Faux Paus” will be? Or how many volumes? Do I need to list them all, or do we have them memorized as some of us do the Pledge of Allegiance? (Notice I said “some.”)

Mr. Obama called ISIS a “JV team,” but now he says he didn’t quite say that. Just like he now says he didn’t quite say “you can keep your doctor” and he didn’t quite say “your health care premiums will be less than you cell phone bill.” It sure seems like we keep hearing him wrong, and the Internet records him wrong a lot, too.

To continue, he called ISIS a JV team because he felt they lacked the brain power, resources and commitment it takes to go after the pro teams like the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Syria and God-only knows who else he was thinking of.

You see, the reason you have a JV team is because the players are younger, less experienced, and need more time to practice together. You don’t usually want them on the big boys’ team because they would drag them down.

That “JV team” Mr. Obama tagged, aka ISIS, is now in control of a large part of the Middle East. They are responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people. They are part of the reason oil prices are falling as they steal oil, load it up in stolen tankers and sell it on the open market. They are instilling fear in and around Europe and parts of the U.S. These junior-league boys are acting like, and accomplishing, senior-league goals.

Why? Because they are committed at all costs, even to the point of death. That’s what makes them senior league. They are willing to give it all for the end game, and when they are up against it, they give some more. Their leaders speak out and stand behind their misguided principles and get the resources they need, by any means, to ensure they win.

Enter the “White House JV team” (WHJV), the Coyotes. ( I use coyotes because zoologists say they are the most cowardly animal and only attack when the enemy is well outnumbered.) This administration has gained control of one of the most powerful and feared fighting forces on the planet since the Roman army and has effectively turned it into the most unreliable fighting force on the planet. And it’s no fault of the capable men and women who serve in the military.

This president knows more about more things than every one of our great thinkers and philosophers before him. Just ask him and he’ll tell you so.

I say this because he puts together military, economic and social-issue committees and takes almost none of the suggested actions from these committees.

He makes every mistake a first-year law or medical student makes. Most students feel they have the answers after their first year in school and are willing to tell you what’s wrong with you before you even ask.

He put together a military commission on how to deal with ISIS and the threats in the Middle East. After they returned with their findings – mind you, the committee was made up of seasoned military experts – he decided they were wrong and took it in another direction. Ignoring the experts. A serious JV move.

To the jobs committee, he appointed the head of GE to chair it. The guy who took the majority of U.S. jobs overseas. Make sense? Not so much. And once again, he implements almost none of the committee suggestions.

He gathered together some well-known economists for another committee but none from the opposing side of the economic aisle. And when the committee came back with its recommendations, he implemented some but not the majority.

Why waste the time of all these experts if you plan to do what you want regardless of their findings? This guy admits to getting his “security briefings” from the news. How do I know? How many times have your heard “I found out like you did when I heard it on the news?”

He has no experience running a company or small government entity. He was never on a school board, water board or city council. He had no hard votes while in office. No experience to speak of. He doesn’t he even qualify as a JV team leader. Looking at his record, I would make him an assistant equipment coach for a local T-ball team.

Some of you on the left will tell me I’m just down on him and that the economy and jobs are better. As long as the government keeps propping up the stock market to the tune of $85 billion in tax money each month, sure, we will be fine. As long as people keep dropping off of the unemployment rolls because they can’t find work, those numbers will look good. As long as we don’t say the majority of the jobs being filled are part-time and filled by non-American nationals, sure, that looks good, also.

Stats seem to help everyone, so let’s take a look as we’re coming into our sixth year with Mr. Obama. In 2008 we had 118 million full-time workers. Today we have 117 million. Workforce participation in 2008 was 65 percent. Today it’s 63.8 percent. Did that many people die?

Home ownership, the real American Dream, was 67.5 percent in 2008. Today, it’s 65 percent and dropping. Income equity was rising steadily until 2008 and then started to decrease. Median income was $53,500 in 2008. Today it’s $51,017, and that doesn’t include adjustment for healthcare costs added by the government. Poverty levels in this country have gone from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 15 percent today.

Our country’s debt-to-GDP ratio will be unfixable without us either defaulting or having a major turnaround within the next 50 years. In 2008, 64.8 percent of our GDP was encumbered. Today it’s 101.6 percent. Really? Can you imagine going to the bank and showing them you were spending more money than you make and asking for a loan for a second or bigger house?

And the one you can’t spin in any way (but some of you will try): People on food stamps in 2008 were just over 28.2 million. Today it’s nearly 48 million, and many of those are not even paying into the system.

And don’t get me started about how a head coach pulls all of the groups together instead of alienating everyone like El Presidente has done at home and abroad.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you … the REAL JV team representing these United States of America: the Obama administration.

 

 

Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.

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  1. Bill says:

    I agree with you! Troops on the ground in the Middle East, lower stock market and higher oil prices please!

  2. Kris Kelso Kris Kelso says:

    As usual Joe likes to play funny with his facts. The big one here is you can’t compare 2008 to 2014/15 . The economy fell out and everything changed late 2008 so comparing those numbers is not telling the true story. Compare 2010 to 2014 then you see the change. The other thing is that Joe nor his party will every admit that they and their president (the one they will never mention) were the ones that brought this country low and since then we are just filling in the hole to even get back to where we were. Last is just a request from Joe, please site your sources. Today’s media from all sides has a real problem siting sources

  3. Steven Lane Steven Lane says:

    Scary part is this guy was elected to the Hart School Board ! Who said their vote doesn’t matter! SMH

  4. Steven Lane Steven Lane says:

    Scary part is this guy was elected to the Hart School Board ! Who said their vote doesn’t matter! SMH

  5. Kris, on the same token the Democrats love to look at the summer of 2008 and judge Bush’s economic record on that alone. Bush got us out of the recession in 2000 and we were doing great until 2007. And I think it takes takes a lot of gall for Obama to blame Bush for the collapse when he was one of the lawyers suing Citibank to force them to issue bad loans in the first place. Today, Obama really can’t claim victory until we get all of these people out of poverty and off welfare. And no, that doesn’t mean giving them crumbs from whatever he can shake down out of the 1%, it’s fostering am environment where people can get good jobs and with our corporate tax rate + Obamacare employer regulations, good luck with that goal.

  6. Gas prices are down-check
    Bin laden is dead-check
    Housing market is out of the dumps-check
    Employment is up-check
    I know it’s hard to swallow but what I think you meant to say was “Thank you Mr. President Obama”. Hurts huh? Well, go ahead and keep nitpicking. I’m sure someone, somewhere cares.

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