Even without getting into wing-nut fantasy land, there is a lot the right wingers simply know about BHO and how he has ruined America that simply does not stand up to the harsh light of reality. They blame on Obama things that have been going on since Reagan. They blame the "left" [which is laughable - there is no political left in this country] for the actions of the Rethug dominated house. The simple fact is, their minds are made up. They will only hear things that reinforce their views, and contrary facts will only make them dig their heels in harder. This is epistemic closure, aka DERP.
To an extent, this is human nature. We all love our revealed truths and most cherished concepts, no matter where they came from. But open mindedness is a specifically progressive characteristic. None of us is immune to derp, but it is inherently more deep and pervasive among those who call themselves conservative, but are in fact regressives. Reading a bit of Russell Kirk and my own observations have convinced me that the four pillars of conservatism are ignorance, prejudice [these come directly from Kirk - and he's proud of it!], denial of reality [global warming, New Deal Denialism], and magical thinking. Conservatives generally seek simple solutions, can't be bothered with complexity, and grasp at cleverly framed right wing talking points. This all by itself accounts for the popularity of the Reagan mythology. And these are the GOOD conservatives. Tea Bagging Regressives are far, far worse.
You can argue until eternity with regressives, but you can't set them straight, because they will have none of it. A Progressive, when confronted with new data, changes his opinion. A Regressive, when confronted with new data, changes the data.
Or simply ignores it
Regressives blame Obama for a variety of real and perceived ills.
Ruining the value of the dollar.
The trade weighted dollar index declined over 30% under W, then gyrated during the Great Recession. Since then it has been dead flat. Still, It's Obama's fault.
Decreasing the median income of households.
This has been going on since Reagan. In nominal dollars, the rate of increase in median household income was lower under Bush II than under Reagan and Clinton, and has been flat since the recession. Inflation adjusted, household income has zig-zagged to nowhere since the 70's. The two most recent increases occurred first, and dramatically, under Clinton, and then only a bit from 2004-2007 during the housing bubble. Recessions in '91, '01, and '08 have been devastating. The trend from 2000 on has been steeply down.
Income Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Table H-8. Inflation data from FRED
But to blame the recent decline on Obama rather than the decades-long assault on the middle class we call Reaganomics, the destruction of American manufacturing during the Bush regime, and House Tea Party Rethug obstructionist efforts to shut down the goverment and impose arbitrary debt ceilings takes a type and degree of blindness that simply cannot be penetrated by any wavelength of light.
Ballooning the debt
I've already put several stakes through the heart of the zombie idea that Obama is spending us into perdition - here, here, and here. If you seriously believe that we have a debt problem due to Obama's spending, then please take the time to read and understand these three posts.
The debt results from a ledger imbalance, and both spending and revenues come into the equation. Since the Recession ended, government spending at all levels is down. Federal spending is dead flat and state and local govt spending is dead flat.
Federal Debt annual growth ballooned to over 20% early in Reagan's first term, and was never less than 10% per year during his presidency. It dropped every year under Clinton, who ran a surplus at the end of his term. Under Bush, it was never less than 5% per year and peaked first at 10% in 2004, then over 20% in Q1, 2009. Strangely, nobody on the right was complaining about debt growth when there was a White Rethug in the White House, and V.P. Cheney famously said, "Deficits don't matter." Which is true, as long as the Rethugs are in control. During Obama's entire term, debt growth has been on the decline.
But debt is still growing - only at a slower rate. If spending isn't the cause - and clearly, it isn't, then inadequate revenues have to be. And they are. This comes from two factors. First, slow income growth and business activity leads to slow growth in tax revenues. We're living through the worst recovery in at least a century. Second, tax receipts are inhibited by tax rates and policy decisions. All things considered, progressive taxation on personal income is close to non-existent, and collections from corporations are deeply depressed because of loopholes and off-shore evasion gimmicks. The right wing talking points that we are overtaxed and this taxation inhibits growth are simply lies.
Decimated our Credit Rating
Moody's reaffirmed U.S. debt at AAA rating in July, and upgraded the outlook for government debt to stable from a negative watch. Danger to our credit rating comes from Rethug debt ceiling and government shut-down threats. But now, if our credit was bad, the interest rate on federal debt would be soaring. It's up from about 2.6% to 3.75% since last summer, but about where it was two years ago. This is just market fluctuation in a trend channel. Except for a dip during the Great Recession lower, the interest rate is lower than at any other time since the 60's.
This is just a bit of the nonsense my friend's friend spewed forth in an ignorant, but passionate, anti-Obama rant.
What took him a few seconds to blurt has taken me hours to refute.
This is why simple lies always have an advantage over the truth.
And then, the liars and their fellow travelers just move along to the next talking point.
We are so screwed.