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American Insanity

Updated on March 27, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The President really kicked his re-election campaign into gear with his speech on reducing spending. He played the “Rich American” card on to the table which will ignite the fires and arguments of class envy among the American voters. In making this gesture, he stands to gain on two fronts politically. It is the on-going saga of “never letting a good disaster go to waste” which is the basis for all Obama is politically and in every other manner of speaking. Then, he flew off to Chicago to set up his re-election campaign headquarters. I guess he put the headquarters in Chicago because so many more things are “legal” there in terms of elections that they are in most states.

Obama’s move to appear that he wants to reduce spending and save money offers him the opportunity to move those moderates and independents that got out of the chicken coop in the mid-term elections back inside the liberal wire fence. These are those fence sitters who vote one way or the other on the basis of emotion whims. At the moment, their whims are driven by the concern over the rising national debt and the ignored deficit in the budget process. If Obama can make it appear that he wants to reduce the debt, then his signaled desire may be enough to gain the fence-sitters vote without actually ever doing anything.

The other front Obama gains on is re-affirming his solidarity with that portion of voters in America who pay little or no taxes. Obviously, this is the group we need to get fired up and nothing makes them madder than to find out that someone high up in government does not feel that the so-called “rich” people in America are paying their fair-share of the tax burden. Never mind that this sector is paying any of it at all. You can’t get free cheese from the government if the rich don’t pay…it’s that simple.

As the President stood before the American people and delivered his address, I found myself wondering where this guy has been for the past two years. Suddenly, this is a problem. Really! Then, of course, he clarified the situation and pointed out that it was simply something that he inherited from the previous administration and it just would not go away so it was time for him to fix it. Here we have a President nearing the end of his first and hopefully last full-term in office complaining about what he thinks he inherited coming into office.

Obviously this was not a speech that was intended to show leadership and bring about solidarity with the American people. No, it was a campaign speech, clear and simple. Here again, when America needed its President to pull it together, he was off on the campaign trail herding them doggies that had strayed from the herd.

The President has a new idea that no one has thought of in the past three years. He thinks we can just increase taxes on the “rich” and everything will be fine. You could see the look on everybody else’s face that populates Washington wondering why they didn’t think of that. They didn’t think of it because they are the rich people that the President is referring to for increased taxes. One thing you can count on is that if they have anything to say about it and they will, it won’t happen.

The President also rallied the seniors of America and got their blood flowing. Those mean old Republicans that they elected last November are talking about cuts in Social Security and Medicare. The President is not going to let that happen, not on his watch. The biggest spender of all times with more IOU’s in the Social Security and Medicare lockbox is not about to let anybody take money away from these folks, not while they can vote anyway.

Sincerity and drama were the order of the day for the speech. The President spoke in no uncertain terms that he would cut $ 4 trillion dollars out of the national debt over the next twelve years. He will start by taxing the rich and increasing revenue flow. He will start by using numbers that project a growth in economy over the next five years that even Pinocchio could not have dreamed up. He will wait until two years into his second term in office before he imposes any spending caps and then those will be imposed only if debt reduction is not in line with projected thinking. Sounds like a plan!

Come on, folks! It is obvious what is going on here. The President is running for re-election. He wants to appear presidential. He wants people to realize that he sees the problems although he has ignored them since taking office. He wants people to see that he “feels your pain.” He wants divisions between voters based on class envy and greed. He wants the conservative side of the aisle to look like the bad guys because they are pointing out the fact that this insane spending spree must be brought to an end and some logical approach to debt reduction over the long haul must be put into place. He wants to give all the appearance of knowing, seeing, and doing while accomplishing absolutely nothing more than what he sees fit.

Don’t believe for a moment that the implementation of Obama-Care and all the problems that go with it are not going to cause issues far more enormous than expected of such legislation. Hell, we have a piece of legislation that is just shy of 2,000 pages and we cannot find anyone in America who understands it well enough to lay it all out for us in some orderly fashion. We are essentially launching a ship into dark waters without any navigation aids and expecting it to show up at its destination. How naïve can you be. In its worst day, Medicare could never be that unpredictable. So, you can count on Obama-Care costing far more that anyone can currently project or anticipate. And, you can also count on the fact that once you are halfway into it, no one is going to get the ship turned around and headed the other way.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am all for closing some tax loopholes and bringing things into reasonable proportion. But don’t stand on a podium and tell me that you are going to tax the rich when you just came back off a trip to South America with the CEO of General Electric, a company that logged over $ 5 billion dollars in profits this past year and managed to bury all of it in their off-shore operations. In fact not only did they avoid any tax on the money, GE walked away with over $3 billion dollars in taxpayer money as a subsidy for their work in the “greening of America”. No doubt, the President plans to drop the hammer!

We have some real problems in America today. At the forefront of it all is an economy that just will not start up and run on all cylinders for any length of time. Undermining that process is the uncertainty, and now even greater uncertainty, with regard to taxes, especially those in small businesses who Obama considers among the rich because they have annual sales in excess of $250,000. Add further to that the uncertainty of Obama-Care, the overshadowing effect of downstream Cap & Trade legislation, the growing problem with illegal immigration, the unchecked powers of the EPA, a federal government that has grown at a factor of 25% over the past two years, an all-time record high national debt, out of control spending which is totally unchecked by a national budget process, and a President who wants to wait two more years before endorsing any spending caps. What do you think it adds up to for America?

The reality of our world is that we have to stop the insane spending going on in Washington. That is the primary concern. At the same time, we have to insure those who have paid in their money for Social Security and Medicare who are nearing retirement get their fair shake. We have to start lowering the debt, not two years from now, but now. Those steps must be taken and taken quickly to shore up our eroding financial position as a nation. If not, there will be no rich left to tax in America.

Honestly, I am sick and tired of listening to candidates for office who are dreamers. Those who envision a new America devoid of strife, awash in riches, and a flourishing environmental paradise known only to the scholars of the Bible. I am sick of those people. It’s time to face the music, to find the sanity, and to get in touch with the reality of what America is and where it needs to go to get back to what it once was. Until we can find a candidate with the ability to lead on that level, we are nowhere but at the mercy of the gods.

We still have our ability to vote and to think for ourselves. The first seems rather automatic and the second does not occur to some folks. Bandwagon appeal, emotional outcries, and the like seem to cause far too many of us to forget what should be common sense and rational thinking. Too quickly we get caught up in group think and fail to think for ourselves on issues. Honestly, if we cannot complete that process, we should not be voting in America today because we have lost sight of what is good for America and fail to realize there are plenty of folks out there more than willing to do what is bad for America if it benefits them or their party. We have to regain our ability to think as individuals and to vote as individuals if we are to do what is right for America.

We are beyond the point at which people can bury their head in the sand and refuse to hear what is happening around them in this country. We are past the point that we can trust our future and our assets to those who will seek office and not be accountable for their actions. We are past the time when anyone should expect a free-ride and not carry part of the burden and we are beyond the point at which ignorance can be our excuse for allowing all that we have and can have to be squandered away. It’s our choice as to whether we want to step up and be counted among those who say this must stop and it must stop now.

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok - thanks!

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      Stu From VT 7 years ago

      RH - shoot me an email at, and I'll reply with the pic. Stu

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Stu - I bet I would! I can only imagine:) LOL I am already laughing! Haha!

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      Stu From VT 7 years ago

      Frog - Maybe recession is a little strong. Perhaps I should say "reduced activity phase." That should give alot of comfort to 20 million people looking for work.

      RH - Sometime I'll have to show you the pic I made about the "promised land" in Photoshop. You'll LYAO.

      Wayne - Exactly, right out of the Alinsky playbook. Divide and conquer, then impose dictatorship.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Micky Dee...We're going to have to get you a bike route Micky and take you away from some of this. You points are well taken but there is just no way to get sidewalks on the poor side of town...a waste of money! LOL! WB

      @Writer David...So correct, he cares only for his own re-election and what he owes those pulling his strings. The re-election will work if someone does not come up with a leader to face him and what he owes to his stringpullers will kill us if he gets back in office. We really need to be saying goodbye to this dude in 2012. Thanks,David! WB

      @The Frog Prince...He works the Presidency the same way that he worked the job as "Community Organizer"....of course the term "organizer" really meant "subversive". He is best qualified at standing near the emperor and whispering in his ear. There will never be a more important election than that of 2012 and the results may well be the most critical America has ever seen if he is re-elected to office. WB

      @Stu From VT: The guy is killing us as a nation and he damn well knows it and wants it to continue. Once we are on our knees, swallowing the socialism will come a lot easier and we will welcome big government with arms wide open. This guy has to go! WB

      @RealHousewife...What you hear there is the effects of that "forked tongue" that he is using. The man has no soul. WB

      @Whidbey Writer...Unfortunately, there's the 30% that will vote for him and the other 30% of the vote that is for sale. That will put him back in office and the rest of us can watch the country go to hell. WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Stu - hahaha! You're speaking the presidential language - uh:) omg! It's just like he is trying to lead us to a promise land that doesn't exist except in his head. I don't even think he's buying his own B.S.!

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      The Frog Prince 7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - Recession? Obama is out there on the stump claiming he solved the recession. The guy lives in a friggin cocoon.

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      Stu From VT 7 years ago


      "You will feel hope and change-uh."

      "You are going to be fundamentally transformed-uh."

      "You will read all bills on the internet before they are passed-uh."


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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Awesome hub Wayne, I would vote for you in a heartbeat! I believe everyone should pay their fair share of taxes. Those free rides are what has gotten us into this mess in the first place. Also some of those "very wealthy people" are the ones who give the most to charity and to the less fortunate. When someone works hard all their life and becomes well off we should be glad for their success. It's the big guns at GE who avoid paying the taxes and get away with it that makes the American people resentful and looses faith in system. Blessings!

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I must say that when I see Obama speak - he reminds me of a preacher more than a president. He seems to want to try to hypnotize the crowds so they won't notice he isn't really saying anything at all. Maybe it's just me.......?

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      Stu From VT 7 years ago

      Great post Wayne. You called Obama correctly. His "new found responsibility" is a fake. The jobs recession is costing him alot of centrist support, without which he can't win in 2012. Any proposal of any value he really pushes will cost him his liberal base. So the trick is to "propose" tough action, to get some centrists back in the fold, but not actually push it through Congress, so he doesn't alienate his core progressive voting base. It's pure politics at the expense of the nation. His only interest is in getting reelected; he has no concern about the actual fiscal problem itself. And even the "tough action" he proposes depends too much on income tax increases, instead of spending cuts. Even if implemented (which it won't be), it could perversely reduce federal income by lowering the wage base (due to lost business investment).

      Now that the Ryan bill has been vetted by the House, if Obama had any real concern for the country, he would have Biden really trying to sell the plan to the Senate. While the Ryan bill alone won't solve all our deficit/debt problems, it is a giant start in the right direcetion. Biden, as President of the Senate, is in a unique position to take a major leadership role here, but it will only happen with a nod from Obama. And Obama previously called the Pathway to Prosperity a "non-starter." Unless we sprial into another 2008 style crisis, I strongly doubt the Senate will support the Ryan bill (they'll "negotiate" it into a KoolAid version that won't even start to really address the magnitude of the problem).

      Looks like that can is going to need to get some body armor. My fear is that if we wait too much longer to act in earnest, the problem could become so large that no amount of fiscal prudence could bail us out.


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      The Frog Prince 7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne, you know me. I write about this stuff almost on a daily basis. Campaigning is what Obama knows, not much else other than to use glib words on young people who eat his rhetoric up.

      The man is all about dividing this nation and nothing to do about uniting the people. Class warfare is his forte if one ever bothered to study his past, his past relationships and friendships and just read the books he has supposedly written.

      He sold his snake oil and people slurped up the Koolaid. Obama could care less if this nation sinks, that's in his plan to remake America in an image that many of us don't want to see in any way, shape or form.

      His followers keep blinders firmly in place. He's to easy to see through though.

      In his speech, not once did I hear him propose to tax the 50% of people who pay no tax at all. That wouldn't be fair to a lot of his base evidently.

      The Frog

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      Writer David 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Wayne, the "rich" is a strawman that the liberal base established long ago. It is like when you were a kid and your parents want you to behave, they bring up the "boogey man." The rich are the Democrats boogey man. All that is wrong in the USA is due to the rich. Now, I don't particularly care for generational wealthy like the Kennedys who obtained their wealth during Prohibition (which is rarely discussed by the media). But, the "rich" who obtain their wealth by their own talent, they own initiative? How can I begrudge them their wealth? I can't. This is nothing more than another lame attempt by the Democrats to take the focus off the debt/deficit, unemployment. It's not working with the independents. I saw yesterday that Obama is getting approval by this important group in the low 30s.

      The point that needs to be stressed is that Obama doesn't really give a damn about the national debt. If he did, he would not have forced a trillion dollar healthcare initiative down the throats of Americans, most of whom do not want or like it. Obama has to be shown the door in 2012. If not, this country will not survive another four years of his socialist policies. Great hub as usual, Wayne.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Americans don't get it. I doubt that anyone commenting here does.

      I don't know ANYBODY who wants to eat with the money people or live near them The money buggers are safe in gated communities.

      Paved sidewalks grace every home. Building NEVER CEASES!

      Yet - I will show you where mothers push carts under the freeway, on the shoulders of the busy roads.


      Obama had nothing to do with this., I can show you pictures of a woman walking, pushing a stroller in CRAZY traffic.

      I will show you the same thing in Charleston, South Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina. And Americans are so insulated that they just cannot care.

      The local leaders of America STINK!

      The LOCAL LEADERS of AMERICA cannot be fair and humane for their own selfishness.

      America is corrupt from the top down and bottom up.

      Right down from the mud paths under the interstate highway is LITERALLY A SIDEWALK TO NOWHERE. The sidewalk goes into a tree!

      the bottom line is AMERICA has its head up a rich man's butt. And America does not take care of its own.

      The infrastructure of America is stupid. The leaders in towns are bought and paid for. Small towns are run by self-serving hogs like the federal government.

      When these crooks speak of "less government"- they want to rob without restrictions.

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      rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

      I agree with you there! I was listening to him the other night and thought how very different he sounds than the rest of'em! As for being PC, well those who don't like it can stick it.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @rkhyclak...I dunno, Bekka...there's a few that come by who seem to think that I am politically ignorant. But they're wrong...I am just politically incorrect! LOL! Thanks so much for your vote of confidence. Personally, I think Mike Huckabee has that kind of common sense and I believe he is a man of his word. I just do not know if he is willing to throw himself into that fray again. I would sure like to see him run. WB

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      rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

      I agree with Pop! Up, awesome and even beautiful. Cuz it'd be a beautiful day if we got someone in office with even a fraction of the common sense you write with.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...I'd be a force to contend with Poppy! I don't have any commie friends! LOL! WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...You make a fine point, DA...I had to chuckle when I read your comment. Strange coincidence, huh? WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      If only you were president.....Voted up and awesome.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am amazed to find that the people running the country know even less than I do about economics.They do seem to understand something of microeconomics since they all seem to become rich while in office.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...Thank you...I'll make the speech available to anyone having the opportunity to make it to the American people. LOL! WB

      @Harlan Colt...You are quite correct, Harlan. We have lost our moral compass in America just as sure as Bill Clinton breathed the words, "I did not have sex with that woman" and "it depends on what the definition of 'is' is." Things are certainly at an all time low for my time here on earth. We have one political party willing to elect a closet Muslim who cannot prove citizenship or his real name, actually while the other shakes in their boots at the prospect that their top contender in the polls was once a Baptist minister and that might not bode with the public. No wonder we can't find our ass with both hands. Anybody with any brains is no longer in charge of the thinking. We need a miracle at the very least. WB

      @mckbirdbks....It makes me appear more intelligent, doh! LOL! Thanks much! WB

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      mckbirdbks 7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I love that you appeal to your base using Bart Simpson cartoons.

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      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      The only way to get America back to what it once was, is to get its people back to what they once were.

      “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” - John ADams

      "Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams

      “Religion and morality are necessary to good government, good order, and good laws, for when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice." US Supreme Court Justice William Paterson, apptd. By George Washington.

      With the Hollywood sluts on TV and morality at an all time television low... my hopes are minimal - but I still have them.

      Nice hub Mr. Brown, video was cute too.

      Up and awesome!

      - Harlan

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne this is truly an inspiring hub, and would make a magnificent speech for ALL Americans to hear....

      I hope that we find a leader who can inspire the American people to believe what Ronald Reagan once said about us, that "We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth" is time for Americans to understand what he meant by that and start acting like it.

      Obama is leading us just the opposite direction....

      I salute you for this hub!


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