It is becoming crystal clear that the emperor has no clothes - and has run out of ways to disguise his nakedness. Unless I miss my guess, he will be entirely out of ideas by late this summer.
Some people miss the point of the saying, "the emperor has no clothes." They believe it refers merely to someone who is not who he wants people to think.
But it is more complex, coming from a Hans Christian Andersen story, "The Emperor's New Clothes." Andersen's emperor, a very vain man, was told by two swindlers that for a large sum of money, they would make him the most wonderful suit of clothes in the world. But, they added, very stupid people would not be able to see the clothes.
So the emperor took them up on the offer. When he appeared in public, he was stark naked because the swindlers had faked everything. But, in part because they did not want to appear stupid and also because they were afraid of his wrath, none of the emperor's subjects told him he was naked.
Except for one little boy, who didn't know any better. "The emperor has no clothes," he proclaimed. Soon, everyone agreed with the lad.
For five years, now, many Americans have accepted President Barack Obama at his word - that, in effect, he's the best-dressed emperor in Washington. Along the way, through giveaways ranging from "Cash for Clunkers" to adding millions of people to the Medicaid rolls, he has encouraged that impression.
As long as enough people believe Obama can give them something for nothing, he'll get away with the deception.
Trouble is, more people are beginning to realize that liberal policies are bad for them and their families personally.
It started with coal miners who recognized what the president's war on coal meant to them. It will extend to tens of millions of Americans when they learn shutting down coal-fired power plants by the scores will send their electric bills skyrocketing.
Many people began to suspect the emperor had no clothes when he was caught lying about Obamacare. "If you like your insurance ..."
Now that enrollment for Obamacare is in progress, millions more are learning they will be paying more for worse health insurance than they had previously. That has opened more eyes to the emperor's nakedness.
Later this year, when millions of people learn Obamacare means they will be losing their company-provided health insurance, cries of "the emperor has no clothes" will swell.
Already, Obama's approval ratings have changed from the solid confidence people expressed early in his term to reflect a basic distrust of the emperor.
The bottom line is that as long as a president can convince people he's doing nice things for them at no cost (except, perhaps, to "the rich"), they will accept that he's wearing really nice clothes. But once a majority find they've been lied to - that they are worse off because of the president and his cronies - people start pointing out the emperor has no clothes.
Some liberals manage to pull it off. Franklin Delano Roosevelt comes to mind. So does Bill Clinton (no jokes about nudity there, please).
Some do not. Remember Jimmy Carter?
As more and more people wise up, it'll get worse for Obama. Take the scare tactic about climate change and rising oceans. Would it surprise you to learn that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's trend projections call for the Atlantic Ocean at New York City to rise less than a foot during the next century? Or that NOAA expects the Pacific at Santa Monica, Calif., to rise less than six inches in the next 100 years? Or that in a few places, the seas are receding?
Some presidents' mismanagement is exposed only by historians. Obama will not be that lucky. He's been caught in too many lies - and, again, too many people have been harmed personally by his policies.
The question now is: Have we waited so long to discover the emperor has no clothes that we'll have to pay the piper? That's another old story many people don't recall entirely. Look it up. The Pied Piper of Hamelin had to be paid in dear currency - the future.
Myer can be reached at mmyer@ theintelligencer.net.