Bob Beauprez

Barack Obama has a problem with numbers.  Sometimes he just gets them wrong, and sometimes the numbers aren't very nice to him.

Take for example the claim Obama made in Denver last week that he has fulfilled "about 60 percent" of his campaign promises.  It turns out that is overstated by twice. 

The watchdog group PolitiFact.com says that a more accurate number is 30 percent, and even when given credit for partial completion of some of his 506 campaign promises, the number only rises to 39 percent.  But, then given the nature of most everything Obama said he would do as President, we're happy if he accomplishes less rather than more of his agenda.

Then there is the numbers problem Obama has with his signature legislative issue, ObamaCare – increasingly people just don't like it. 

The Kaiser Foundation has long been tracking public opinion for the ObamaCare and has found that support continues to deteriorate.  The latest results show just 34 percent of Americans support the legislation while 51 percent are opposed – an all-time low.  Even among Democrats, barely half favor ObamaCare and by a margin of 2:1 Democrats believe the massive takeover of healthcare will not improve their personal situation. 

In addition, 3 out of 4 Americans believe Obama has the country on the wrong track.  A growing majority of voters disapprove of the job he's doing, and Gallup says he loses his bid for re-election 46:38 to an unnamed GOP opponent. 

Numbers like these might not be good news for Obama, but they give the rest of us hope for a change in November 2012.  


Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/
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