During a 15-month stretch during his second and third years in office, President Obama made a number of promises to different groups, vowing to turn around the economy.

April 9, 2009 – "And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness;"

May 11 - "I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America;"

Nov. 2 - "We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs;"

Nov. 23 - "I will not rest until business are investing again, and businesses are hiring again;"

Jan. 28, 2010 - "We will not rest until we build an economy that's ready for America's future;"

March 5 - "I'm not gonna rest and my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job;"

May 26 - "We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired and the clean up is complete;"

July 8 - "My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job."

Note his use of the phrase "will not rest until" in every quote.

Now back to the real world. The price of gasoline has risen every single day for over a month as supplies tighten. According to the Automobile Association of America, the national retail gasoline price has risen 43 cents, or 13 percent, to $3.73 a gallon since Jan. 17.

That's just one way this stagnant economy is draining your paycheck.

In another week, automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect for a number of important domestic programs, as well as our military. In a presidential debate last year, Obama denied he had anything to do with the sequester.

Really? Back in August of 2011, it was Obama who immediately signed the bill into law after a bipartisan agreement in the Congress which was recommended by the White House.

How concerned is this president as your paycheck shrinks and the country continues to drown in over $16 trillion of debt? Last weekend, he headed to an exclusive Florida golf course to take lessons from Tiger Woods. While the president was having his lesson, the First Lady and First Daughters were skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Taking an occasional vacation or going golfing now and then is understandable - President Bush spent his share of time at his Texas ranch - but the way the Obamas are going through taxpayers' money is obscene. The Hawaii Reporter reported the cost for the 2012 Obama Hawaii Christmas Vacation was $4 million with $3,629,622 coming from American taxpayers.

Obama actually returned from Hawaii to work on the fiscal cliff deal and then flew back to Honolulu. That second round trip flight added about $3.24 million to the tab, bringing the 2012-2013 holiday vacation to over $7 million. It costs about $1 million to take Air Force One to Hawaii, and an additional $140,000 for each U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft that is used to transport presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment.

One of the presidential duties should be to set an example.

Just wonder what kind of message Obama is sending the middle class? Many Americans are still kind of moved by his thing about not resting until every American has a job and the economy gets back on track.

By Jim Zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com