By Don White
To be a great power demands a flourishing economic base. While trying to shift the blame, President Obama has attempted to install laws and conditions that are severely weakening America’s ability to compete.
The budget graph on the right comparing Bush’s to Obama’s is from the Washington Post.
The thief in the night has a weapon, it is taxes. I say “thief in the night” because Obama works best at night, when the lights are low and only Democrats are in House or Senate chambers to vote, unobstructed by the opposition party. It happened in the House when a 314-page amendment was proposed at 3:00 a.m. that gave away $3.5 billion to representatives for their votes, as if you could keep it quiet forever?
While unsuccessfully attempting to shift the blame, Barak Obama is installing conditions and laws, such as strengthening ACORD and promoting unions with an unconstitutional feature called card check. Contrary to campaign promises, he wants new taxes on small businesses that will severely weaken America’s ability to compete in the world.
If Obama succeeds in this madness, these companies will search for lower taxes in other countries and will pick up and leave America, resulting in massive job losses for our people and less tax revenue to run the government.
Obama’s plan means more taxes, but the more people are finding out about his insane programs, the more his grand plan unravels. And the more it unravels the harder he fights to keep his programs semi-credible. For example, he wont’ say this but by his actions we know he knows there will be massive joblessness in America if or when cap and trade is instituted. He expects it, so let’s be honest about it, Mr. President. Your massive bill gives increased bennies to those displaced for the reason their employer moves the company out of the country or goes out of business due to the high cost of doing business here after cap and tax. The worker can get up to 70 percent of his current wages for three years. Plus, he will get $1,500 to help defray costs if he has to move out of town to accept a new job.
- Obama will soon introduce a new tax called VAT, value added tax, that will add 15% to 25% more taxes on every product reaching the consumer. The end result is that we Americans will pay more for products because businesses always pass their taxes on to the consumer. It was tried in Europe and repealed in most countries because it was a disaster. When will our current leaders learn? History is repeating itself in America.
- Cap and Trade, better known as “cap and tax,” is an energy bill. You’ve heard of global warming? Well, the truth is there is no warming in the world, for the past six years it has been in a cooling cycle so Obama now calls it Climate Change. Seven hundred top scientists have said that any miniscule reduction in carbon emissions won’t make any difference to the climate. Besides, China and India will not limit their emissions. Some have said that one-third of the smog in LA comes from China, and we have no control over that. Companies that rely on fosil fuels will refuse to play the cap and trade game Obama has invented and will go elsewhere to do business.
- Nationalizing health care places an added burden because anticipated mandated cost reductions from doctors and Big Pharma don’t come close to paying for Obama’s brand of socialized medicine. Obama’s ten trillion dollars in deficit spending over the next ten years is there regardless of whether Congress passes health care or cap and trade. Those are Obama’s deficits, not Bush’s. President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama greatly added to that and then quadrupled the deficit going out ten years.
All of Obama’s plans and actions have severely weakened the dollar.
Taxes from the Cap and Trade bill should have provided revenue to pay for health care. But this is where best laid plans by Obama have gone awry. When Nancy Pelosi got into trouble on the “cap and tax” vote, Obama rushed to the rescue with money to bribe eight republicans to vote for it with money for their districts. These republicans have been mentioned in an earlier blog, and they won’t be around after angry voters realize they sold their souls cheaply because they got mere millions instead of billions given democrats for their states. When Bush left that TARP money for Obama to spend, he didn’t realize some of it would be used as bribe money against the Republican party. Oh, how stupidly naive and artless President Bush was and how dishonest and brilliantly deceitful the current president is!
Cap and trade money that should have gone to health care instead is headed to large liberal states like California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Michigan to bail them out of their profligate spending debacles in exchange for Democrat Congressmen votes and loyalty in the House recently for cap and tax. Buying votes is not new for Obama. That’s the “Chicago way.”
He would have gotten those votes anyway. Where he really “bought” votes was with Republicans and with Democrats in swing states such as Indiana and other more conservative places. Now, at least, the Dems can go back to their voters and say, “Yes, we voted for a bill that will eliminate that coal fired power plant, but looky what we got for you, two hundred million to buy you some new roads” or language to that effect. Those Democrats in swing states should be targeted by Republicans because they are very vulnerable. And those Republicans are also vulnerable to conservatives in the primaries.
Oh, boy, we’re going to retire the current House of Representatives if I have my way! And after that comes term limits.
When Obama said “No tax increases” for you he lied:
Will his promise for no tax increases on those making less than $250,000
run Obama out of Washington as it did to President George W.H. Bush when he said no new taxes, “read my lips?”
Just the same, Democrats claim Obama is the most successful president in history. It depends on how you define “successful.” If success is taxing Americans to death, the total devaluation of the dollar, and dismantling of our economy – then we all agree. But if success is balancing America’s budget, governing frugally, keeping America safe in what you say and do, strengthening our military, and retaining our freedoms, then he has failed and he has failed miserably.
Because of Obama, America is a wounded nation. Just examine how the dollar has tanked into the trash can so that not even China will lend us money. Consider how America won’t be able to compete with other nations if we take on added burdens of cap and trade and nationalize health care, the centerpieces of the Obama “take America down” agenda.
Look at our economy: nothing is rebounding as Obama promised, 9.4 percent of our people are jobless and the number will soon be ten percent,
and the housing industry shows little sign of recovering any time soon. Is this how Obama promised to fix this mess? No, because he created the mess. He said he would stabilize things and he’s done just the opposite — he’s destabilized everything and has become the problem — and with his massive new taxes during the recession I doubt he can fix anything. We’ll know more in September, but I believe he may already know he’s a one-term president – soon to be chased out of Washington by his own discredited policies and inept handling — if we don’t impeach him first.
He and President Carter likely will go down as the two most unsuccessful presidents in history. Obama’s undoing is that America is getting to that point fast where we will not be able to compete industrially with more frugal nations like India and China. Take all the industries away and what do you have, a banana republic unable to defend even itself.
We soon may have a tough time in areas of military readiness and capability to wage a successful war, despite the success we have had due to the Bush years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once that terrible fate even comes close to happening, rogue nations like Iran and North Korea may misread our president’s determination to keep us free from without — he has already gone a long way towards enslaving us from within. I’m speaking to his own governing rules and the demolition of capitalism with the bailouts that make him master of our car industry, banks, and insurers.
America’s enemies must never misread the determination and creativity of the American people. We are strong way beyond what appears on intelligence reports. We’ve proven it in the past and we can again. But such a great people led by such a tyrannical leader determined to put his own people in economic and political shackles creates a real danger from abroad.
One miscalculation by these nations, who are supported by Russia and China, could cause global calamity. How Obama would react is problematical, seeing that he was so late in condemning Iran’s leaders for the brutal street killings of their own people following an illegal election of a dangerous man, a tyrant who has vowed to destroy both Israel and America, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
How Barak Obama will react will soon be known if North Korea carries out its threat to send a live missile warhead towards Hawaii on the Fourth of July. Of course, that just may be posturing and bluffing by a mentally deranged madman dictator Kim Jung Il. Let’s hope so.
If Kim doesn’t make good his threat, I hope Barak doesn’t fawn all over him like some long-lost friend. Our president has not yet learned the art of leadership in a global arena. He hasn’t observed wildlife enough and doesn’t realize that small animals don’t attack larger ones. Just the same, I’m glad our navy is prepared to shoot the missile out of the sky before it reaches its target. And then what? How does our president react? Does he go to the UN and ask for a resolution of condemnation. I hope not. He should take the bull by the horns and take out their nuclear-bomb making capability with one shot, because like in a world chess game he will be entitled to the attack. What does he do if the bomb lands on Hawaii. Same thing. He gets Congress to declare war on North Korea, alerts his men on the ground and makes massive bombing missions on multiple sites, taking out their airforce and supply lines, stopping any advance toward Seoul. But frankly, from what I’ve seen, a paralyzed Obama may not do anything except sit on his hands and wait for Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton to make policy for him.
As David Kennedy says in his book, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,
statesmen find themselves confronted with the usual dilema between buying military security, which conservatives stress is one of the only things governments should concentrate on, while Democrats like to beef up government by using someone else’s money (via abhorently high taxes) to securitize less fortunates (primarily illegal aliens), broading the Democratic Party’s political base to ensure reelection.
It is the above that should, but doesn’t always, distinguish the parties. Thus, when Republicans act like Democrats the people have no home, they resort to street meetings called tea parties primarily comprised of unhappy Democrats and Republicans because what it all comes down to is taxes and both parties are complicit tax tyrants, differing only by degree.
While popularity of Democrats drops, that of conservatives rises. Because of the outrageous Obama spending, those who call themselves conservatives have taken over top spot in popularity at 41 percent while the number of Dems has diminished to 31 percent and is still dropping. Who should be governing whom? No one wants to be associated with failure.
Taking from the rich and giving to the poor was a popular progressive mantra during the election. But because of deceit, even Democrats feel they have been had and that soon they will be paying higher taxes and outrageous power bills, (it could be two or three times as much as current bills), as Obama promised in the election campaign. I guess they didn’t hear him say it, or didn’t believe it could be true.
This president does lie a lot, but one thing to remember is that when he lies it’s usually to cover for some bad thing coming down the pike and not a good thing. The problem was that during the campaign he lied so much that people couldn’t tell what was a lie and what was truth.
That bodes very badly for him in international relations. Countries want to deal with someone they can count on. When they can’t, they react badly.
Pundit Dick Morris believes Barak Obama’s poll numbers will drop so drastically that by September that if he has to wait until then for health care and cap and trade, those bills wouldn’t pass. He’s been riding high on temporary popularity octane and that’s about to disapate. He knows this. It’s the reason he doesn’t allow debate on his bills in the House, for example. It’s why his administration lacks the transparency he promised. This is why he doesn’t allow time for lawmakers to read the bills before they call for a vote. Someone might get a little insight and vote no.
This practice is unconscionable. Democrats felt the criticism and this is why they hired speed readers to read the bills on the floor or the House, while the minds of members are elsewhere. But at least they can say the bill was read, but not by them. Conservatives would like to pass legislation requiring each lawmaker have time to read each bill before voting — perhaps a week or two. When you’re talking about complicated bills of 1500 pages, as was the case with cap and trade, they may need a month.
This will happen when Americans boot out Democrats and Republicns — clean the entire House and Senate — and start over, passing term limits after the next election. I urge you to vote for a very qualified new person next time, someone who has not been tainted by party politics, political bribes and deceit, an honest, intelligent person who holds conservative and patriotic values sacred. People who would never allow burning of an American flag, who would respect our service men and women and who would adhere to the Constitution. They must be charged with reigning in all the spending and dialing back the America we once knew.