President Obama was elected in 2008 with his campaign promise to bring hope and change to America. The kinds of changes he meant by that should now be clear to everyone. He wants to change America from what our founders designed it to be in order to make resemble European socialism, at least as the next step in our move “forward’ to something even worse.
For the past three years, Europe has teetered on the edge of financial collapse as country after country has required bailouts from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain have already required bailout packages. Now the remaining stronger countries are also suffering economic recessions and high unemployment rates. To date, Europe has not solved any of their massive debt problems. Their only solution has been to kick the can down the road by piling more debt on top of the old debt. Their day of reconciliation is inevitable. Their current path is unsustainable.
Does that sound like what America should aspire to become? Europe should not be a role model for any nation and certainly not for the United States. But that is the direction President Obama is taking us.
For example, President Obama selected Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Even before the 2008 election, at a time when Europeans were paying more than twice as much for gasoline as Americans, Chu said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Say what?
Here are a few of the things President Obama is doing that are making America more like Europe. This is not a complete list. That would require volumes of books, way more than a single blog article, but here are a few of the highlights:
Historically, Americans have paid far less for our government than people in Europe have paid for theirs. However, President Obama significantly closed that gap during his first term. In 2008, before he came into office, 27% of America’s gross domestic product went to pay for government. Those were the good old days! Estimated government revenues for fiscal year 2013 are a whopping 34% of of GDP. In 2011, government revenues for the European Union were 44.7% of GDP! So we’re not there yet, but getting there.
Bigger Government Debt
In 2008, before President Obama came into office, the United States federal government debt to GDP ratio was 40.5%. By the end of 2012, that number almost doubled to 73%! If you add in our total state and local governments, the total debt to GDP ratio is now over 100% and growing, the highest levels since world war two. In just one term, President Obama has not only made us more like Europe, but he has outdone Europe. In 2011, government debt to GDP ratio in the European Union was 82.5% and growing.
President Obama is keeping his pedal to the metal with more government spending in his second term. Despite racking up massive, unprecedented debt levels, he still doesn’t get it. Here is a quote from House Speaker John Boehner describing the total disregard President Obama has shown for the destruction his big spending government is bringing to our country.
“In our meetings before Christmas, the president was so tired of me talking about when we were going to deal with an entitlement crisis that he looked at me and said: ‘Boehner, we don’t have a spending problem. We have a healthcare problem.’ It gives you some idea of the challenge that we’re facing,” Boehner said.
“For a guy who’s run up the deficit 60 percent — 60 percent of the deficit has occurred under his watch — when you see this, and then you hear him say: ‘I am not going to negotiate on the debt limit. I am not going to deal with the debt limit. That’s Congress’s problem!’ … Frankly, I think it’s irresponsible.” (Source: The Hill)
Sure, okay Mr. President, whatever you say.
More Government Regulations
In Europe, oppressive government regulations are normal. Here are a few examples:
- Parents are not allowed to homeschool their kids because children are the property of the state. German authorities forcefully removed a child from his home and put him into state custody because his parents were attempting to educate him at home.
- A pastor in Sweden was arrested just for reading Romans chapter one to his congregation because it is mentions homosexuality as a sin so it is considered hate speech.
- Spouses are called partners because calling them husbands or wives is considered hate speech.
The Obama administration has dramatically increased federal government regulations in just about every area including environmental controls, banking, financial services, health care, energy, gun ownership, and manufacturing. More government regulations makes us more like Europe and dramatically reduces our personal liberties.
Fewer People Employed
Unemployment has been a chronic problem in Europe for years and it is getting worse. The average unemployment rate in Europe is now over 11% and growing. Unemployment rates in Spain have now exceeded 26% with youth unemployment rates now at 60%. Unemployment rates are severe and getting worse throughout much of Europe.
By implementing European levels of government spending and regulations, President Obama is bringing similar unemployment results to the United States. It’s hard to say what the real unemployment rate is in the United States because the numbers are manipulated so much. Sites like Shadowstats.com have proven the government numbers are hogwash and the actual rates are much higher. Personally, I prefer to skip all the political games and get right to the bottom line, which is the labor force participation rate. The percentage of working-age people who are employed has dropped significantly, from 66.4% in January 2009, when President Obama came into office, to 63.6% in December, 2012. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). That is a drop of 2.8 points, which indicates millions of Americans have dropped out of the labor force since President Obama came into office.
Fewer People Believe in God
We sometimes wonder if there is any common sense still operating in Washington, DC. We wonder why our leaders cannot seem to resolve even the simplest challenges. Why has common sense been replaced with confusion and wisdom replaced with foolishness? With this stat, we are getting closer to the answer.
Gallup indicates 92% of Americans believed in God in 2011. While that number has dropped from 98% in 1967, it is still dramatically higher than numbers in Europe. The results from of a 2005 survey by the Eurobarometer Poll for some of the larger European countries are listed below:
- United Kingdom – 38%
- France – 34%
- West Germany – 54%
- East Germany – 19%
- Ireland – 73%
- Switzerland – 48%
- Italy – 74%
- Spain – 59%
- Sweden – 23%
- Belgium – 43%
Proverbs 9:10 says, “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” This is the secret that our forefathers understood. This is the key to how America became the most powerful nation on earth. Though we have recently moved closer to the European ways of big government, Americans are still far more likely to believe in God, which means there is still hope for America.
Believing in God is a good start, but it is not enough. The proverb says “a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” So it not enough to believe God exists or even to believe His commandments. The key to getting a good understanding is “doing” His commandments. It is only when we do what He instructed us to do that we get the benefits from it.
This explains why even in America where 92% claim to believe in God, God’s blessings are still hindered and our leaders are still too often mired in confusion. Like our forefathers, we must be able to discern the difference between those who masquerade under the banner of righteousness and those who are truly obeying God’s commandments. According to Proverbs 9:10, that kind of discernment only comes to those who walk in right relationship with God.
These numbers also explain why Europe is no role model for America. Europe will forever be part of our history but should not be part of our future. With fewer people claiming to believe in God, even fewer will be obeying His commandments, which is the requirement for gaining wisdom and a good understanding. The alternative is confusion, which is rampant in Europe today.
When the European Union was formed, the European leaders purposely designed their headquarters building to look like the biblical rendition of the Tower of Babel. The name “Babel” means confusion. Here is a photo of the two buildings side by side. The similarities are no coincidence.
So not only did the European leaders refuse to honor God in what they were doing, but they arrogantly and defiantly patterned their facility after godless confusion. Is there any wonder why they have been unable to solve their problems? So far, they have only delayed their inevitable collapse by kicking the can down the road. They have tried spending more and spending less but nothing has worked for them. Is it any wonder?
So if President Obama wants to make America more like Europe, he has to find a way to destroy our belief in God. 92% of Americans believing in God presents a big problem for any potential tyrant because as long as people have faith in God they have a viable alternative to the United States government and to the tyrannical leader. Obama’s massive government spending has succeeded in enslaving more Americans than ever before by making them more dependent on government hand-outs. If he is to succeed in taking it to the next level, he must remove our faith in God. The only way to remove America’s faith in God is the same way the European monarchs removed it, by destroying people of faith.
We have already seen President Obama’s total disregard and disrespect for people of faith in his health care mandates, which force religious organizations to pay for their employees to have abortions and condoms. He has arrogantly dictated to the Catholic Church leaders, telling them what they should be doing and believing.
But the good news is there are still a few barriers standing in his way. Before he can launch an all out assault on people of faith, he must first disarm all civilians. History has repeated this pattern again and again around the world. In country after country, when the government succeeds in disarming the citizens the next step is the slaughter of multitudes of Christians.
The Obama administration has been working to disarm American citizens from the very start. They have already been caught staging the most sinister, evil nightmare through the “Fast and Furious” program, which gave hundreds of assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels to make it look like American gun companies were guilty of endangering innocent lives. The Obama Justice Department has already been caught lying about this program before Congressional hearings. This program shows how far the Obama administration is willing to go to destroy our country and take us back to tyranny. What other programs have been implemented by the Obama administration that we do not yet know about?
If you don’t think President Obama would ever turn against the American people, consider the reports that surfaced this week from Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Jim Garrow. He made a shocking claim on his Facebook page that he was informed by a top military vet that the Obama administration has now implemented a litmus test for screening new military leaders. Candidates are asked whether or not they will follow orders to fire on American citizens. Here is the quote from his Facebook post:
“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not. Those who will not are being removed.”
If you are still not convinced that President Obama is bringing destruction to America, that he will eventually move from half measures to full scale attacks against people of faith with the goal of completely removing God from the lives of all Americans, then please read the following prophetic dreams.
- TD Hale’s Dreams Tell the Future of America
- TD Hale’s 4th Prophetic Dream: Rain of Fire Coming to America
- Obama Bringing Fire to America
God is giving clear warnings to anyone who has ears to hear. There are warning signs everywhere we look. Trouble is ahead unless we wake up and cry out to God to help us. The good news is He has given us the answer in Scriptures like this one:
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2nd Chronicles 7:13-14)
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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