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I recently proclaimed my support for Donald Trump on social media through a post (below) to Facebook.

I am not a racist, bigot, agent for hate or whatever else the media has called Trump and his supporters. I am a patriot and I believe that our country – which has been steadily going into the crapper since Obama became President – will never recover from the damage done if Clinton becomes his successor. This is the most important election of my lifetime and I stand with Trump.

I didn’t get a lot of reaction to my post, which is fine, since that wasn’t the intention.  However, I did get one response that really made me think:

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Over the last 8 years there has been a deluge of information on Obama’s presidency.  Most of “the left” still love him as much as the day they cast their first vote for him in November 2007.  “The right” takes every opportunity to say, “I told you so.”  But what is the real story? I never really paid much attention, but when I started looking I found that while you can find coverage on “pieces” of his presidency everywhere, it’s impossible to find an unbiased critique of the whole. And that is what I set out to do.
Do my comments about Obama’s presidency hold muster? 

The website referred to me by my Facebook friend is – Obama’s Numbers.  It includes statistical information on crime, guns, jobs, health insurance and more throughout the Obama presidency.  The summary at the top of the page reads:

Since President Barack Obama first took office:
  • Homicides have dropped 13 percent, but gun sales have surged.
  • The economy has added more than 9 million jobs, and the jobless rate has dropped to below the historical median.
  • The number of long-term unemployed Americans has dropped by 614,000 under Obama, but it is still 761,000 higher than at the start of the Great Recession.
  • There are 15 million fewer people who lack health insurance.
  • Corporate profits are up 166 percent; real weekly wages are up 3.4 percent.
  • Wind and solar power have nearly tripled, and now account for more than 5 percent of U.S. electricity.
  • The federal debt has more than doubled — rising 116 percent — and big annual deficits have continued.
Further down the page is a more in depth discussion of each bullet point as well as links to the various sources used for the statistical data.  I’m not going to bore you with each and every statistic, so I’m focusing on the big ones.  The hot topics, if you will, of the American public:
  • Crime
  • The Economy, specifically jobs and unemployment
  • Debt and spending
  • Health insurance
  • Immigration
  • National Security

Since there is a lot of ground to cover, I’m going to break it down into several parts.  Part 1 is all about the topic of crime.

The homicide statistics in this article are pulled from the FBI’s 2014 annual Crime in the United States Report. According to this report crime has gone down during Obama’s term; however, since this report only goes through 2014, it does not capture the nationwide surge in murder since he began his high-profile criticism of state and local police forces after August 2014.  In fact, the FBI has openly admitted the 2015 crime spike, reflected in it’s 2015 Semi-Annual Report, which reads:
All of the offenses in the violent crime category [homicides, rape, assault and robbery] showed increases when data from the first six months of 2015 were compared with the data from the first six months of 2014.
The murder rate in Dallas, Texas jumped 17% in 2015 and almost 90% during the first five months of 2016, even though Obama described the city as a model for using the new police techniques he is pushing on the rest of the country.  He has steadily been working to change national policing rules by essentially bullying state and local agencies by offering to increase grants and other support or to cut them off entirely. An article on says:
In fact, Obama and his deputies have aggressively rejected any criticism from police officials, including FBI director James Comey, who argue that increased political scrutiny of cops is reducing law enforcement and increasing death rates. Comey described that political and media oversight as a “chill wind.” To hide the spike, Obama has repeatedly compared 2015 crimes rates to pre-2013 rates, allowing him to say crime has dropped to near-record lows while ignoring the 2015 and 2016 spikes.

Now you might say, “but Breitbart is clearly a right-wing publication.” Well, because of the incredible media bias these days it is real hard to find any news coverage telling the truth that isn’t right-wing.  But, in this case, the FBI’s report backs up the article.

This is in no way an exhaustive review but, based on the evidence so far, my conclusion is that if a Clinton presidency continues the current policies of the Obama administration – which Hillary has already said she would – violent crime will keep rising at an alarming pace. Trump, who vows to be the “law & order” President, wins my vote when it comes to crime.   

My research continues in Part 2 on the subject of The Economy – coming very soon.