- Politics and Social Issues
By: Wayne Brown
President Obama and his family have spent yet another vacation on those grounds of the northeastern USA reserved for the ultra rich of America. As you might remember, when the oil spill in the Gulf was just getting started, he was bent on vacationing in Hawaii. Now he takes his business to Maine at a time when a real leader would have rearranged his schedule and reserved space along the GulfCoast for his vacation. A real leader would have symbolically sent a message to the rest of America that a vacation in the Gulf area was still a real and enjoyable possibility. Not this guy, it’s all about him and “him” takes a second seat to no one or nothing. That requirement does not even merit thought to arrive at the conclusion.
The truth of the matter is Mr. Obama probably would not sleep well on the GulfCoast. After all, it is the southern edge of redneck America. It is the place where slavery once existed in this nation. It is still a place where evil lives in his mind. One might be hard pressed to find a positive comment on the record that Obama has ever made regarding the southern portions of this country that was not aimed at rhetoric for gaining votes in the upcoming election.
As you can gather from his focus, the oil spill and its aftermath is history that Obama would rather see disappear from the media as it has no value in the current scheme of gaining votes in the mid-term elections. Now he is riding the “unemployment payment extension” pony in the hopes of gaining the votes of the unemployed in this country. This is a particular irony in his administration in that their lack of employment may lie squarely with the actions taken by Obama in the early days of his reign.
Here is a President who wants to paint his actions as “bipartisan” in terms of pointing out the assistance that he needs from the Republicans to pass an extension of benefits. Yet here is also a so-called leader who cannot identify anything the government is currently spending money on that could be cut or reduced in the name of providing additional benefits to these people. Perhaps it is time for the President to reconsider his approach to the private sector and to attempt some actions on the part of the government that will stimulate an interest in investment and production. This just might create jobs for these people. At present, his continued expansion of the government and the government’s increasing need for funds is painting a very bleak picture for those who would invest in manufacturing and production in America. The Republicans are not sending this message. Obama and his liberal cronies are the source. America needs to see this for what it truly is in terms of our economic strength.
The government, under Bill Clinton, essentially mandated the changes in the home mortgage industry and turned Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac loose on America. Suddenly, everyone in America was to be qualified for a home loan. There are many fools among us and many of them swallowed this “opportunity” hook, line, and sinker. The housing industry grew exponentially and many jobs were created. The housing market and home values boomed. Unfortunately, many of us recognize what was going on here. The housing market in America was falsely expanded until it finally and predictably collapsed. Suddenly, the market shrank rapidly back to its normal levels prior to this false infusion of growth. The Bush Administration warned of the precarious situation only to have their warnings ignored by those in Congress. Finally, the financial markets began to tumble in late 2008 reflecting the foundation of sand that the government had basically created in those markets. The morale of this story: the government does not create economic growth and it does not create jobs other than the federal kind.
We can criticize the banking and mortgage institutions that made use of the “loop-holes” provided to them by the government but we also need to put the blame where it belongs as the government’s door steps. This is the same government that turned its head when warnings were issued regarding the financial situations that were developing. This is the same government that now looks in the financial sector for the guilty. In this process, a significant number of banking institutions have suffered and continue to suffer under the weight of “non-performing assets”. Many of these banks have been forced into closure by the FDIC or remain closely monitored on the FDIC’s Watch List. Had the government been as aggressive on the front side of this equation, perhaps these steps would not be necessary. The Obama Administration has spent approximately $800 billion dollars to stimulate the economy yet these banks are still strapped with their “non-performing assets” in a time when profits are extremely difficult to earn in the banking industry. Obama has only used this as cannon fodder for gaining his “Comprehensive Financial Reforms.”
The Obama Administration has spent all this taxpayer money for things yet to be accounted for to the public and done nothing to secure our southern borders from illegal immigration and smugglers not to mention terrorists. In fact, this administration has done less by stopping the fence building efforts and reducing employer monitoring of illegal hiring by more than 70%. Meanwhile, illegal immigrants, drugs, arms, criminals, and yes, terrorist, continue to spill across our border. Now, Obama wants to blame the lack of security on the Republicans willing to come forward with a “bipartisan effort”. What an atrocious lie!
In November, the people of America are going to vote. This will include the people of the GulfCoast who have watched as Obama and company have drug their feet and made life exceedingly difficult. It will include those in Arizona who live in fear daily due to the lack of a secure border on the southern edge of their state. It will include those people who work in banks and daily fear that their jobs are hanging by threads. It will include those in the Tea Party Movement who have been falsely labeled as “racist”. It will include those Jewish Americans who watch time and again as Obama turns away from Israel. It will include those in the unemployment lines who were told jobs would be created while they watch unemployment rise. It will include those who did not want the government running the healthcare sector in America and they are many, possibly a majority. It will include those who have watched a President bow and apologize, watched a President turn away from our war dead remembrance, watched a President not willing to place his hand over his heart to salute our flag. It will include those who watch the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as they lead the single greatest spending spree in American history. And buddy, this time we do want change!
America still has an opportunity to take back this country and head it back in the direction that fits the “will of the people”. We still have our voice, our vote, and we need to use them come November. Until then, we need to continue to point out the lies and the wasteful spending of those who currently “represent us” both in the White House and in the Congress. Mr. Obama can then take his vacations any damn place he pleases and no one will care, especially those who live along the Gulf Coast of America. WB
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