Think Progress has helpfully compiled a list of some of the more ridiculous predictions of doom and gloom from the right about President Obama’s 2nd term. And they didn’t even mention some of the truly loopy prophecies from the far-far-right about turning America over to the UN or instituting Sharia law.
1. Gas was supposed to cost $6.60 per gallon.
In March 2012, on the floor of the United States Senate, Mike Lee (R-UT) predicted that if Obama was reelected gas would cost $6.60 per by the end of Obama’s second term. Lee said that gas prices would rise 5 cents for every month Obama was in office.
Lee was not alone. Newt Gingrich, running for the GOP nomination, predicted that if Obama was reelected he would push gas to “$10 a gallon.” Gingrich said he would reduce gas prices dramatically by reversing Obama’s energy policies. Gingrich flanked himself with campaign signs promising $2.50 gas if he was elected.
Yeah, how’d that prediction work out for ya? It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the president, of course, but neither did their predictions.
4. The entire U.S. economy was supposed to collapse
Rush Limbaugh predicted that “the country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is re-elected.” Limbaugh was confident in his prediction: “There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut wrenching, but it will happen.”
The economic free-fall would begin, according to Limbaugh, because “California is going to declare bankruptcy” and Obama would force states like Texas to “bail them out.” California currently has a $2.8 billion budget surplus.
Limbaugh added, “I know mathematics, and I know economics. I know history. I know socialism, statism, Marxism, I know where it goes. I know what happens at the end of it.”
Limbaugh said the economic apocalypse could take “a year and a half, two years, three years.” It’s been four years and two months since Limbaugh’s prediction.
And those are the ones from more “mainstream” conservatives. That doesn’t count the unhinged paranoiacs like Rick Wiles, Avi Lipkin and other religious righters. By now, shouldn’t Obama have seized all the guns, turned over the country to the United Nations through Agenda 21, taken over the Southwest during Jade Helm 15, declared martial law, replaced the Constitution with Sharia law and given Satan himself the keys to the White House? And what about all those predictions of what God was going to do to the country as he took out his divine wrath on Obama and liberals everywhere? The country should be nothing but a burning ember by now.
And my absolute favorite: Lipkin’s claim that Obama was moving 50-100 million Muslims into the United States and hiding them in the national parks, which have been taken over by the United Nations. He knew this because his wife, who is supposedly a Mossad agent, told him so.