Many fearful Americans believe President Obama is the
worst president the United States has ever had. That might not be true; he may
actually be the second worst of all time (thus far). We can
actually quantify presidents in terms of the damage they did financially,
and we can evaluate on other metrics.
Some presidents were:
- Merely mediocre (e.g., John Kennedy--but he might have been great if not
- Merely inept (e.g., Howard Taft).
- Downright depressing (e.g., Jimmy Carter).
- More damaging after their term than during (Carter, again).
- Mixed, doing damage in some cases but helping in others (e.g.,
Ronald Reagan, whose rhetoric reversed the Carter funk).
And some were outstanding, such as:
- Andrew Jackson. His last words, as he lay dying, where, "I killed
the bank." If you look at the inflation figures in the years during and
around Jackson's administration, you find, well, they just are not
there. Inflation, which is a word meaning "currency debasement by
counterfeiting" was not yet standard operating procedure. Inflation is a
form of stealing, and it's the most pernicious effect of having a
central bank that isn't under proper controls. The bankers sent
assassins against Jackson five times. He survived all five attempts.
- Andrew Johnson. He didn't accomplish much, but not for lack of
competence or effort. He tried to maintain Lincoln's policy of not
seeing the seceded states as having left the union. Had this policy been
followed after the war between the states, the country would have healed
quickly. The travesty of Reconstruction and the backlash it unleashed
against African Americans would have been prevented. But more
significantly, the takeover of the country would have been avoided.
- Teddy Roosevelt. Senator Clark (Clark County, NV, is named after
him) was a billionaire who, in inflation adjusted dollars, had more
money than Bill Gates. He got that money by stealing. He owned railroads
and pillaged public land for the timber. Roosevelt interfered with the
unbridled capitalism that emerged from Reconstruction. Read about
Roosevelt and you'll find he was a champion of liberty and of the
people. He was the last US president to be so. And, yes, an assassin
went after him also. He was shot in the chest just before he was due to
give a speech. He barely survived. See:
Andrew Johnson vs. the criminals
Before we continue, it's important to note what happened during Andrew
Johnson's administration. The war between the states was a struggle between
a Constitutionally-constrained government and the federalist powers
(Hamiltonians--backed primarily by the banksters). The Constitution spells out the limits of the federal
government, with the intention of protecting the rights of the states
(however misapplied) on the one hand and individuals (however poorly defined
by race, creed, and color) on the other. It was a war against liberty, and
the federalists won.
It was not a war to free the slaves. Lincoln stated at the outset that he
didn't care if the slaves were freed or not. He later, during the war,
issued a proclamation freeing slaves in the Southern states but not in the
northern or border states. This was a PR move aimed at the Europeans, and it
Johnson wanted to quickly get the nation back on its feet. But with the
South defeated and in ruins, there was a great opportunity for dishonest,
immoral people to abrogate the Constitution permanently (in fact though not
in letter). They let the illusion of it remain, but the reality was quite
different. If you read about the various political games and intrigues, what
you see is unbridled corruption and rampant crime. It was against this that
Johnson stood, and for that he was impeached. Johnson was rendered
powerless, due to the political games.
Another development was the way reins of power were grabbed and
manipulated during Reconstruction. The effect of it was to concentrate the
control of ballot access in the hands of a few powerful titans of the time.
One impetus was the Chinese Affair, as detailed in the excellent historical
This control of ballot access, combined with control of party
nominations, ended actual voting. Even Joseph Stalin would, in later years,
comment on the fake elections held in the ballot-controlled USA. You can
read biographies and just look at the pattern of family names and business
contacts to see this. You can also just look at the track record of theft
and other crimes fomented by it (such things would not happen in a nation
that had actual elections).
Previously, voting was restricted to white males. But by the time "negros"
got the vote, ballots were stuffed and essentially controlled by the party
bosses who did the bidding of their corporate employers. By the time women
got the vote decades later, it was also too late for their votes to matter.
Reconstruction fundamentally changed governance and fundamentally
disenfranchised all but the elite among Americans.
Since the ending of the Johnson administration, only one President has
actually been elected. That was Teddy Roosevelt. All of the others were
placed on the ballot by those controlling ballot access and party
nominations. In some cases, they could not control access well enough to
post two candidates (one from each wing of what was essentially now a single
party). Because they also controlled the media, it was simple enough to
destroy the opposition through lies, obfuscations, and implications.
Some of these folks were truly creepy, for example Richard Nixon. But all
of them were run by handlers who used them to increasingly eroded the
Constitution and increasingly transfer wealth from the working classes to
the elite ones. This pattern is quite clear when you read through the
history of the USA from 1870 to today.
So, we've mentioned some good presidents and some bad ones. Then there
were the truly atrocious, costly, damaging Presidents. These, we will
provide a bit more detail about. First, a couple of the second tier worst:
- Bill Clinton. Deepened our already staggering national debt by about
another $4 trillion (the actual amount is hard to determine, because
Treasury hides information and plays accounting tricks). Plus several
costly, pointless military actions.
- GW Bush. Same note as Clinton, except he gave us two costly,
pointless wars instead of several costly, pointless military actions.
No real difference, other than rhetoric, between Clinton and Bush. Except
this one: Bush inflicted upon us the illegal Patriot Act. Talk about a blow
to freedom. That concept is now merely a myth in the USA.
The worst of the worst
Now, for the top four worst presidents in United States history. They are
ranked by the sheer damage inflicted, and not merely while in office. For some,
like Wilson and Roosevelt, their means of damage endure and keep on racking up
victims. These are almost, but not quite, in
Number 1 worst: Woodrow Wilson. He gave us the IRS, which is the
world's most feared and hated terrorist organization. It costs the country
more than it brings the Treasury in revenue. Its main purpose is to
subjugate the people through a systematic campaign of terror and abuse.
Financially, the existence of the IRS cannot be justified. As a tool of
oppression and control, it's very justifiable.
But Wilson did far more damage than creating that particular evil empire.
The list of damaging things this man did to the United States is enormous.
He was put into office by criminals who wanted to conduct theft at
previously unimaginable levels, and he gave them what they were after.
An example of a theft tool he gave them is the Federal Reserve. It's not
federal, and it doesn't reserve anything. It exists to transfer wealth from
the working class to the elite. It reports to no government authority, has
never been audited (unlike federal agencies, which are audited all the
time), produces nothing, and issues debt.
During a recent 10-year period, the Federal Reserve debased our currency
by 50%. That means half of all USD-based wealth was stolen. So, we get
robbed blind. Is that really such a big deal? After all, it's only money.
Yes, that's true but Americans work about twice the hours of their European
counterparts to pay for this robbery. Compare this involuntary servitude to
the Bill of Rights, and it's clearly illegal.
But to get this really nailed down, I quote Mayer Amsched Rothchild,
"Permit me to issue and control the money of the nation and I care not who
makes its laws." That's exactly the situation we have with the nonFederal
Wilson did other phenomenal damage, but these two items alone have, thus
far, cinched the title for him.
Number 2 worst: Barrack Hussein Obama. He made #4 at the end of
his second year (not term, year). By mid-2011, he had catapulted to second place. One
shudders to think of what this whacko is contemplating on his way to the
Obama has taken the #1 spot for most damage done while in office. His
damage during 2012 alone would qualify him for that spot, and his other
seven years of misconduct fueled by his narcissistic psychopathy will serve
to produce a lead that will be impossible for any successor (if there is
one) to overcome. His deficit spending for 2012 alone was (according to the
GAO) not the $1.2 trillion he lyingly reported but a staggering $6 trillion.
That's three times the combined cost of the two World Wars that Wilson gave
Wilson does have a 100 year head start in damage accumulation, which is
the only reason Obama might not be the worst POTUS of all time.
While he is aggressively
trying to move to the #1 spot, reaching number four in only two years was a
notable achievement. It was his only significant achievement in his entire
life, until he made #2 worst POTUS of all time in only three years.
You can't find anything useful he actually did, before occupying the White
House. The fact he's there illegally rankles many people, but the real
problem is the damage he's doing and the timing of it.
At a time when America was staggering from a national debt that exceeded
the GDP of all nations on earth combined, along came Barry with his credit
card. He focused on racking up as much additional debt as was humanly
possible. When you drain the economy of capital, businesses must lay off.
And millions of Americans lost their jobs.
Yes, we can. Cost millions of people their jobs.
On top of that, his illegal (on multiple counts) Unaffordable Care Act
has destroyed millions more jobs. What a guy. What a raging pyschopath.
The timing could not have been worse. Following the 16 years of the
Clinton/Bush spending orgy and massive currency devaluation by the Federal
Reserve (50% loss in value during those 16 years), we were mired not only in
two costly, pointless wars, but also in massive unemployment (the country
hit a new record for unemployment in each of Clinton's years in office).
Getting hit with Obama's job destruction policies (to even pretend they
would have any other result is either dishonest or incredibly stupid) was
not something we could easily absorb.
Barry's malperformance was predictable. During his brief time as a US
Senator, he received an F rating from various citizens watchdog groups such
as the National Taxpayers Union. Why?
When a vote came up, he voted "Present." That is, unless the vote was for
a spending (stealing) measure or something that aided the Save the Criminals
program (which aims to protect violent criminals from their victims, rather
than the other way around). Anyone doing the slightest bit of responsible
voting would have known this and not voted for Obama.
Some people counter that "the other choice was McCain." That is false
logic. Tossing your vote away on a false choice between two reprehensible
employees of the same criminals is worse than not voting at all. You are
giving your approval to the evil. Voting for your dog would have been a far
better use of your vote. But, you could have done even better than that.
There was a law-abiding candidate, Ron Paul. Because he campaigned on a
platform of following the law (McCain/Obama campaigned on a platform of
breaking it, and yes, their platforms were identical though each had
rhetoric aimed at different demographics), the state-run media vilified him.
So, there you have it. Obama might not yet be the worst of all US Presidents. But
he's working on it. Even if he does no further damage, time might move him to
the number one spot.
Number 3 worst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was a socialist,
and an aggressive one at that. He was Teddy Roosevelt's cousin but that was
about all they had in common other than both having been POTUS.
children, horrified at FDR's bad public policy positions, worked hard to get
FDR out of the public arena. He was, according to TR's sons, the antithesis
of their father. History shows them to be right.
And that cost the United States dearly. Just as the economy was starting
to recover from a sharp recession, FDR began pumping money out of it. If you
have a lake and pump the water out of it, does the level go up? Of course
not. It goes down. The same thing happens when you pump money out of the
economy. Consequently, we got the Great Depression. That travesty was
damaging to the USA and it spread to most of the rest of the world.
FDR vastly increased the size, power, and cost of the federal government.
As these things are a zero sum game situation against individuals, this
means he vastly decreased the power and wealth of ordinary Americans. The
state and the individual are necessarily antagonist to each other.
Restraining some individuals from harming other individuals is the proper
role of government, and exercising that role means we have some financial
overhead. But it's necessary and we ultimately benefit. The limit to this is
rather narrow, and FDR exceeded it by extremely wide margins.
FDR greatly diminished the individual to strengthen the state.
His foreign policy was rotten, also. Ask the Poles, Estonians, East
Germans, Hungarians, etc., about this. In his memoirs, Winston Churchill
discussed how compliant FDR was to Joe "The Butcher" Stalin. The consequence
of this relationship was the Iron Curtain. If you look at FDR's foreign
policy decisions and the cost in human life, you can express only disgust.
Most of the damage FDR did was permanent. Under his reign of error, the
federal government metastasized from being a sort of local tumor to invading
every organ of society. He packed the Supreme Court with his lackies, thus
nullifying checks and balances. The CONgress, which was mostly owned by the
same folks who put FDR into the White House, seldom got in his way either.
While FDR had no hope of becoming the worst president of all time due to what
Woody did to earn the title, it did take him nearly three full terms to become
the second worst president of all time.
But Barry Obama did it in only three years.