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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