By: Wayne Brown

As I watched the second round of presidential debates last Wednesday night, I found myself thinking about all the things that have needed to be fixed over the past four years but which have either become more complex or been ignored while the Obama Administration busied itself trying to appease the Islamic World and make water run up hill. In the meantime, those things which are basic to all of us just get worse and the president wants us to continue that direction for yet another four years.

There are things that I like in a leader that I have not seen or ever believe that I will see in the current president. For one, I like a leader who recognizes the “practical value” of things as opposed to one who is more focused on creating a utopian world that no one can afford. Obama came to Washington at a time when both Social Security and Medicare needed reform in order to sustain those programs for our retiring seniors and those who have retired previously. In that first two years, he held a majority in both houses of Congress yet accomplished nothing positive in regard to either Social Security or Medicare. Instead, he has continued to allow the inflowing funds of Social Security to be squandered in any manner the government sees fit. Additionally, he has “elected” to spend his time cooking up a national healthcare program that, by design, will more rapidly doom Medicare as well as those who depend upon it. Instead of eliminating problems, he has created more all of which fall back on the American taxpayer to fund.

I like a leader who understands the economy and believes in the private sector enough to get the government off of the economic center stage. The only thing regarding Obama’s economic plan which appears to be successful is the way in which it reminds us of FDR’s attempts at economic recovery. Roosevelt tried and failed for twelve long years to ignite the U.S. economy with government programs. FDR’s legacy was the success assigned to such programs ignoring the impact of the war which pulled him out.

In effect, the only thing that brought any significant success to the FDR equation was the arrival of WWII. I would hate to think that we have to extend the Obama economic suffering to eight years and then pray for war to extricate us from it at that point. Any economic theory which assumes that government is the primary mover and shaker in terms of increasing growth, expanding business, and creating jobs is seriously flawed from the start. Injecting borrowed money into an economy that is going to have to pay the eventual debt causes nothing but stagnation and depression. A true leader and a person who understands business gets that concept. Obama understands neither.

Four years after he was first elected, Obama made an attempt in the second presidential debates closing remarks to share with us what he believes. After four years in which any progress made in economic improvement has to be measured with a micrometer, we see a president claiming that he has created five million jobs. For all that job creation, the unemployment percentage cited still stands at where it was when he took office. On that basis, one would have to conclude that just as many jobs have been lost as has been created….progress zero at best. Six trillion dollars of additional debt has been added in just over three years as the president used borrowed money to drive a government he was dead set to prove could single-handedly save America and change it for the better or so it seemed to those who though that he was sincere in his motivies. In that process, the president not only ignored the private sector but took regulatory actions to insure that it remained stifled. The president was going to show us how his embraced economic theories and how a big federal government could fix America. Now here we stand with 23 million people without jobs and 47 million people on food stamps and a president who says that we are “moving forward!”

President Obama stated in the second presidential debate (closing remarks) that he was not a proponent of big government intervention in the creation of jobs…that he did not subscribe to such belief. He claimed that he viewed the private enterprise of America as the “greatest economic engine in the world” and yet here it sits wrapped up in regulatory red tape mostly generated by the Obama Administration; lacking confidence to invest or take risks in light of the downstream potential threats of an unpredictable taxation policy and the unknown burdens of Obama-Care to date. Energy prices are reaching all-time highs compared to when the president took office yet he can stand there and blame the relatively low price of gasoline in early 2009 on a down economy. Jobs are scarce at best, the price of food is continuing to climb, the price of gasoline is through the roof and the president says that he is “looking out for the middle class because he does not want them to be squeezed. Under his policies, the middle class is literally being choked to death by the government that proclaims to save it.

The president claims to believe in initiative and individualism yet at every turn he finds a way to play one class of people against another. The people of America cannot have a united front in attacking their problems if they are being led by a “leader” who can preach on nothing but division. He wants “everyone to have a shot” but seems to focus his efforts on destroying those who have the capability to invest in the things that can provide “a shot”. We all have a chance at our individual success in this country in one way or another and we all make our choices. Some of those choices are not good ones and they come with a price. Some learn from that experience and take a different approach while others simply turn into victims. The president is attempting to convince the American people that he, through the use of big government legislation and regulation, can level the playing field for everybody who wants to get out on it. This is simply not true….never has been, never will be. What we do individually in terms of opportunity and investment in ourselves; in terms of risk-taking and reward, will never be something which the government can do anything about except to destroy what already exists.

President Obama wants to invest in manufacturing to create more jobs. Now, for those of you who have no idea what that means, it means that he wants to use more borrowed money to hand out to his “hand-picked” cronies like those in the “green industry” so they can investing in manufacturing facilities which will make American products and create jobs. On that surface that sounds pretty good but remember, most countries which manufacture products have to do so competitively. A factor in that competitive ability is labor costs. President Obama is a big organized labor supporter. On that basis, you can bet that unions will be present in any scenario that he helps create. Right away the equation falls apart. When energy costs are high and labor costs are even higher, how is a company going to stay afloat and sell its products in a global market? What is going to happen is the same scenario which played out in the “green energy” investments. They go through the motions, try it for a while, determine that it is impossible, declare bankruptcy, and run off with the rest of the taxpayer’s money….we’ve seen that act already in the past four years. We know how the story ends. Don’t be surprised if some of them cite ObamaCare as one of the significant burdens in the entire debacle.

The truth of the matter is Obama has nothing more to offer the American people. You’ve seen the play, all three acts, and now it is curtain time. It is time to either get up and get out of the theater or sit through it for another four years wondering if it will end differently. It won’t…nothing is going to change as long as Obama is in office except those things that we do not need to change in terms of our welfare and stability as a nation. The opportunity which we have on November 6, 2012 may never come around again….at least not in an America which our Founding Fathers would recognize.

The President made it very clear in this second debate that he had no understanding of a robust economy. He claimed that Romney’s plan would require more than 7 trillion dollars to carry out thus was doomed to failure from the start. He indicated in a matter of words that if the rich remain at current taxation levels and marginal tax rates are adjusted downward for the middle class income earners that the government will lose revenue. He then proceeded to claim that those losses would have to be covered by increased taxation on the middle class. Those remarks show that Obama has no understanding of what happens when the private sector is stimulated by getting government off center stage and bringing regulation into tolerable levels. Investments go up; companies expand and take risks in an attempt to grow their business thus hiring more people, mostly from the ranks of middle class and below wage-earners. More jobs equal more salaries, more salaries equate to more revenue to tax and even at the lower rates that equates to more revenue flowing into the government coffers. It also equates to more money changing hands at the retail and consumer levels. More products and services are in demand thus completing the economic loop back to the original investors and growers. The pie gets bigger but when Obama looks at it the pie remains the same size. Every way Obama looks at things assumes the size of the pie is either the same or smaller. In his mind, though he says that he does not believe it, he is convinced that big government is the only savior of the economy and jobs. FDR thought the same thing and luckily was saved by war. Obama does not currently have that option near at hand.

America is the land of opportunity. With this election, we are determining the future of that opportunity. In the land of Obama, opportunity will be determined solely by an over-grown federal government which wants power and control over all aspects of our lives. The rationalization of that being we cannot help you if we cannot control you. Opportunity, if you can call it that, will be designed for us at the discretion of the big government and everyone will finally “have their shot” at success or so it seems to the Obama crowd.

As Americans, we currently have rights as defined by the Constitution which are recognized as “God-Given”. These are rights which none other than God have the authority to take away. These are the rights of freedom, liberty (the right of choice), and the pursuit of our individual happiness. With these rights, we have the things we need to direct ourselves toward opportunity then turn that opportunity into success. We choose; we decide; we exert the energy. We attempt to guide the outcome, and we reap the reward or suffer the failure. That is our “shot” (our chance or opportunity) and it has been there since the first documents creating this nation were drawn up and signed.

Government intervention in the form of promised security or extended safety nets will not and cannot improve on that scenario of opportunity. In the end, we will lose the rights granted to us by God and we will trade them for nothing more than a false sense of security and some government handouts. One thing we can kiss goodbye in that deal…any chances of us having any future success as an individual as we will have just traded away the most important tools that would have made that possible. We will have “had our shot”. We will have received it from a President who can offer you everything except a belief in yourself.

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17 October 2012

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

This is probably the best and most concise article on what is going on in today's economic landscape. And frankly I don't understand why believe are following along with a system that has failed us the past few years. However those with hands out are still with hands out for help. Easy to take advantage. However with the increasing debt those handouts will cause huge tax raises..Middle Class...where are you?

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@carol7777....No doubt, if we are moving forward, the direction is down the road of socialism with more and more government intervention into our lives. Middle Class does not exist in those cultures....rapidly consumed and shoved into poverty because they cannot opt out. The rich can and will opt out at some point which they will choose leaving a greater and greater burden on those struggling to hold on in the Middle no avail. Eventually those who cannot get out join the ever going ranks of poverty-stricken hovered over by the elite holding on to power in the government and continuing to look for ways to redivide the dwindling assets of those unfortunate people in the name of the greater good of all yet no one gets any better. The system slowly collapses on itself. Thanks much for the good words, Carol! ~WB

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great title Wayne and I just pray Americans (especially Christians) will hear that little warning voice about that man leading us. Surely they know he is no Godly man and really anything but. I sure hope America has a chance and it is great of ones like you willing to speak up against him. I just finished watching their last debate and do have hope. I just can't imagine what life will be like if Obama is re-elected but I do know it will be so bad, it is scary to even think about. ^

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jackie Lynnley....Believe or not, this role is terribly out of character for me but that is how strongly I feel. Never has a president caused me greater fear than this one. It is obvious to me that he nothing for our principles and values as a people. He is a fabrication which fronts all that is evil toward America. The people behind him are not intelligent...we are just stupid, naive, and hopeful. Thanks much! ~WB

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

YW - No it is certainly not popular to talk politics but we do have a responsibility when we see something so bad it could effect us and everyone we love...well, everyone! I really feel he won't leave easily and he still has two months even if he loses. Who knows....

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Jackie Lynnley....I have that same fear. ~WB

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I want to thank you for stating my thoughts here today, Wayne. I believe that unless we do resort back to giving people the original intention of the constitution, freedom of God - given rights, we will see a downfall within the next few years. Voted up.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@teaches12345....The onslaught of Socialism is rather insidious as is tyranny in the early stages. On that basis, Obama is emboldened to carry out his agenda in broad daylight in many ways. Those who do not recognize it for what it is actually believe that he is doing something which will eventually benefit them. His purpose in loading up the unemployment, the welfare, and food stamp roles has nothing to do with his compassion for needy Americans but it has everything to do with his agenda to rush the financial collapse of this country. All the while, he will talk the talk but if you watch closely, he never walks the walk. Sadly, his rhetoric carries the day for far too many who have sipped his Kool-Aid. Thanks much for your good words! ~WB

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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Very well don hub Wayne. It reminds me of the quote from Hayek:

“What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.” F. A. Hayek

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@rfmoran.....Thank you! Never has an election been more important to me. I like the quote as well....ever so true. Man had an Eden on earth at one time but he messed that up as well. We're batting a thousand! ~WB

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wayne....It seems like this battle has been going on forever...and yet now, as I realize it's 2 weeks away, I'm feeling as though we haven't had nearly enough time. But, the real truth is that we haven't heard much of what we NEED to hear. After the debate, I basically kept thinking, "So that's it? this is what either of you has to offer? Are we suppose to feel secure, sure? Sorry.....I'm not the only one who'll be voting for simply the "lesser of 2 evils." But it is what it is....and I do know we cannot have 4 more years of what' we've had.

Sorry. If I sound disgusted, it's because I am. Can't wait til it's all over.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@fpherj48....One thing I know for sure is that I would vote for "a tree in Brooklyn" if it was the only alternative to Obama. In fact, I cannot think of any scenarios in which Obama would offer a better alternative. When this guy truly emerges from the mask and he will, Romney will look like a gift from the gods. Anything that David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and George Soros would support....I am against in every shape and form. These are nothing but 60's era radicals who swallowed the communist Kool-Aid who think of themselves are far more intellectual than most Americans....that being their basis for knowing that Marxism is better for us than what we have had for 200 years. These people are drunk on their stupidity and have nothing good in mind for America. Thanks much! ~WB

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

One sentence : The federal government DOES NOT create jobs.

The Frog

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince.....Amen Brother, Amen! ~WB

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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

This is interesting, Wayne. I didn't know anymore after watching a debate than I did before. Neither have convinced me they should sit in the front seat. I may go to the poll and decide on the flip of a coin or not go at all.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Diana Lee....I am convinced that we can do much better than what we have seen in the past four years...much, much better. I am also convinced that Romney is focused on getting the private sector involved and working which will ultimately fix the job situation. That is the major issue which Obama is not and will not address not out of ignorance but out of agenda. Anything else that he does will matter little if we cannot ignite our economy. The government cannot do that but can provide an environment is which the private sector and small business does have the confidence to invest in the future. That is sorely lacking at the present with taxation worries and with Obamacare's hidden issues. Given this same direction for four more years, this country will slip into stagnation and abject poverty while Obama rails about a place called Utopia and the joys of the Promised Land. Thanks much! ~WB

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I find it hard to believe, Wayne, that in this day and age so many folks continue to be deluded by BO's empty rhetoric. We need an accomplished leader and businessman to lead us out of this morass of government interference and over-regulation. Your well-written explanatory hub says it all!

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj....This guy claims he leads from behind....whatever that means. I guess it is some indication that when he finds out, if he finds out, then he might do something to address the issue but since it is not likely, one should not count on it but just do the best you can with what you have and he'll take the credit for any progress you achieve. Makes perfect sense to me! Thanks Doc! WB

Deb Welch 4 years ago

Wayne you are once again crystal clear. I see a destruction in the United States's mighty power, this is why Romney emphasized keeping America strong at every corner. Very excellent Hub and I agree with you wholeheartedly on every point made.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Deb Welch....The USA is a world of opportunity but we have to see it first. It matters little who we are if we believe in ourselves and have a can happen. Nothing government can do can replace that but it certainly can diminish it and it all gets done in the name of security. Thanks much for the good words. ~WB

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