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Updated on August 21, 2010

By: Wayne Brown

We are moving forward as a country. The President is out there on the campaign trail telling everyone that it is so. So, it must be so, after all, the President said it. I am afraid the King has no clothes and his subjects are ready to tell him so. Of course, he is not ready to hear it because he really does not hear anything that is related to the “will of the people.” This is what happens when someone who “marches to their own drum” gets elected to public office.

The President says that we cannot go back; we must go forward if we are to survive. He also says that he likes the direction the country is headed. That one statement in and of itself causes me to shudder. What direction is that Mr. President…the only direction I see is a trot down the road toward socialism? Since when did the federal government become the single source for every aspect of our lives here in the USA? What government programs can we point to that have been overwhelming successes and run ever so efficiently by our government? There are few if any. Do we really need to ask the question as to whether we want more of the same? I don’t think so.

One would be hard pressed to describe the country as “on the road to recovery” based on what is going on in the economy, in the job markets, in the financial markets, in the bottom line of small businesses throughout America. In addition, we have suffered a major oil spill in the Gulf waters, witnessed a significant increase in cross-border crime activity and illegal crossings, watched the national debt increase by more than a trillion dollars in less than two years, and witnessed the government expand in size by a factor of 25% since the Obama Administration took over in 2009. Wow! America got some good things going on with this administration. We certainly would not want to change directions, would we?

Of course, this discussion of recovery and progress is simply campaign trail rhetoric which in essence only confirms that this administration is convinced that the voters of America are apathetic and focused on entitlement and maybe even stupid. The doctor is telling the patient what he wants to hear while in fact the patient is on his deathbed. Where we are today is not a result of where we were two or three years ago. Where we are today is a result of the actions that have been taken in the past few months. Part of the justification for the stimulus spending was to bail out big job providers such as General Motors and yet the job market continues to slide. General Motors then has the audacity to announce that it is building operations in Mexico and also investing over $ 3 billion dollars in a high-risk credit and financing operation in Texas. Hey, GM, how about repaying the taxpayers of America first? In essence, the true focus of those in government in bailing out GM was to buy the loyalty of the union vote in downstream elections. Again, more campaigning with the taxpayer’s dollar.

The American taxpayer has watched $800 trillion dollars go down the drain in what is alleged to be an attempt to prop up the economy of the country and stimulate job growth in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the roughly $500 billion dollars that has already been spent of the stimulus money seems to have gone into areas that have little or no effect on economic recovery or job creation. In effect, if America recovers, it will not have anything to do with stimulus spending. The taxpayers will literally have been bilked out of all this money for no good reason. On top of that, if the country is on a slow road to progress, why not turn the remaining $300 billion or so dollars in the stimulus bill back to the treasury and reduce the debt impact on the taxpayers? The President cannot seem to get enough of visiting the electric car battery plant that he so wisely directed stimulus funds into to the tune of approximate one-half million dollars per employee and not enough jobs to spit on in the entire scheme of things. But, it buys votes with the environmental crowd so it was taxpayer money well spent to feather the old election bed for November.

The taxpayers of America really do not have much representation in Washington whether you are talking liberal or conservative. There are no cries from either side of the aisle asking for an accounting of the stimulus money. That money is nothing but history and cannon fodder for some in the media. It, like government run healthcare, is just a fact now and there’s no one in government who is looking for a different way. They are all too busy sticking their feet into the political waters to see how hot the waters are for their own survival. Unfortunately, most of them do not believe the American taxpayer will hold them responsible for what has happened. Will they be correct? We should know in November.

There are some things the American taxpayers can be sure about. If the politicians currently in office are correct in their assessment of the apathy and lack of focus on the part of the taxpayer, we could well see the status quo continued in Washington with the same crowd sent back to office via the November elections. If that happens, take a look back at the past two years and what has happened. Then, multiply that effect by a factor of two or more because things are going to get even worse before they get better. If the election follows that line, the liberals currently in Washington are going to take the vote as a mandate and the bridles of financial responsibility and the rapid movement toward a socialist society will continue.

The American taxpayers have an opportunity in November to eradicate the cockroaches from the Halls of Washington. By doing so, they also send a message to those who replace them clearly stating that the time for accountability and responsibility has come and we as taxpayers intend to enforce it with those who “work for us”. We are sick of “career politicians” who are bent on nothing more than power grabbing, increasing their financially feathered nest, and assume the snobbery of some type of royal elite in our society. We have the opportunity to send that message and change the direction. Unless we act on that opportunity in unison, the door to change things may be very difficult to open in the future, if it can be opened at all.

There are issues on the table in America that require efficient and reasonable resolution if we are to continue effectively as a republic. First, we must secure our country in a fashion that allows continued “legal” immigration to be processed and allows those who desire to come to America legally and earn their citizenship to continue to do so. We do not have to adopt a policy of isolationism to accomplish this step. Our real issues with immigration lie on the southern borders with illegal crossing and criminal activity. These items need to be addressed specifically and the border must be secured. Then and only then can we look at how reform fits into the discussion with regard to our southern neighbors.

Spending must come under control in rapid fashion. At present, everything under consideration in Congress seems to be “an emergency spending issue”. In truth, we have the entire House coming up for re-election and thus its members seem more than willing to throw money around seeking voting blocks around the country. What a wonderful process when those in office can openly use the taxpayer’s money to continue to insure their political survival. This is nothing new mind you, but, we have finally come to a time in America when we can no longer afford it and it must stop.

Small business in America needs to get a positive message and signal that will stimulate investment and hope for long-term growth. The current situation with a lurking government-run healthcare package has potential employers huddling in their respective closets unsure of what is in store for them in terms of the legal requirements for providing healthcare. On the other hand, the healthcare legislation continues to come under scrutiny and may eventually be ruled “unconstitutional” as to all or part of the law. Whatever the outcome, the fear associated with this legislation is killing small business and free enterprise. In addition, small business have little or no idea what to expect in terms of tax rates and estate laws. Many small businesses are reluctant to invest any additional money into their business due to these fears. Thus, we have billions if not trillions of dollars side-lined in the economy that could be creating jobs if the government would simply get out of peoples' lives and let business function.

Lastly, we have to get a handle on both the “race card” and the “political correctness card” so they are not improperly employed just as a deterrent to opposition. So many in key positions in America turn and run at the mention of either subject in the hope that none of the commentary associated with those subjects stick to them. We are seeing that play out in a double whammy in New York right now. In fact, it is a triple whammy in that there are those who will invoke race, religion, and political correctness in order to stymie the opposition. Whatever happened to good manners, common sense, and good judgment? Apparently they died a slow death when stupidity took over.

The Obama Administration has been akin to being awakened in the morning with a cold bucket of water. The arrogance associated with the actions taken by this administration goes far beyond the pale and reeks with nonchalance in terms of letting all know that the “will of the people” is of no particular interest to these folks. When Americans voted for change, they got more than their money’s worth with this bunch. But you have to admit that the price tag was unreasonable in every sense. Change has brought us to a point at which the government is basically operating just below the level of total chaos which seems to be right where Mr. Obama wants it to be.

November is coming closer by the day. The time to decide whether or not to begin a change of direction will soon come. As Americans, we must think about the welfare of our country not only today but in the many years ahead for our children and their children. Already, we are suffering with unbearable generational debt at the national level and it grows every single day with the status quo in Washington. Come November, we need to change that situation and get America back on the right road.

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @jon ewall...A recent Rassmussent poll indicated that 69% of Americans believe the government is no longer acting on the will of the people. While watching an old episode of "Have Gun - Will Travel", I heard Paladin (Richard Boone) remark, "When a government is not carrying out the will of the people, it is tyranny, plain and simple". We are most assuredly head there by decree if Obama wins a second term in office. This man is no accident and no fool when it comes to socialism...he has his marching orders and his agenda. A conscience for the American people is not included with either. Thanks for your remarks, Jon. WB

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 

      7 years ago from usa

      W B

      The campaign sign tells it all REID AND OBAMA


      They have no conscience or creditability, just pure EVIL!

      The Nov. 2010 election is over and the Republicans won the House ( thank God ) and Reid and the Democrats still control the Senate.

      The new sheriffs in Washington are the TEA PARTY elected members of Congress. a breath of fresh air in the halls of Congress.

      President Obama, Senator Reid and the press have captioned them as terrorist holding Congress hostage, in the recent debate to raise the national debt limits, what a joke.

      Enjoyed your hub


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @rkhyclak....moving always upsets the apple cart for a long time. Glad you liked this shot up the charts pretty fast so I take it that a lot of people did agree. Thanks for the good rating and the repost! WB

    • rkhyclak profile image


      8 years ago from Ohio

      I'm late, but great hub! I'm trying to get back on here regularly, but stuff is nuts right now.

      Anyway, I can't believe he says he likes the direction we're going-I can't believe AMERICAN CITIZENS like the direction we're going (as evidenced by their support of Obama). While I feel like November can't get here soon enough, I hope and pray it's enough time for people to get some sense about them to get us back on the right track!

      Rated up and posted on Facebook :)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @maven101...Larry I think your assessment is dead on. I think we are going to see some of the dirtiest politics and voting box antics that America has ever seen. These people get more desperate as more and more bad news surfaces. They have nothing to lose employing the likes of SEIU or ACORN. This is a critical election for America's future as a free republic. Thanks for the good comments! WB

    • maven101 profile image


      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wayne...Excellent commentary that deserves wide circulation...

      I can only hope the frustration and anger with this administration carries through to November...You can be assured the MSM will do everything in its power to blunt that frustration by ignoring or manipulating any negatives that emerge between now and then...and don't discount voter fraud, SEIU and the new Acorn org will be out in force buying votes for the left...Larry

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Micky Dee....It's not the Dems or Reps that I am worried about, it's these socialists and the commies that are currently in charge that are scaring me! WB

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      A vote for a Democrat or a Republican is slavery for the future. Republicans and Democrats are horrible. There are no Democrats after election. There are only Businessmen and it's business as usual.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      dallas93444..Yes, we all need to change our burn cream and apply a little sun screen. I can believe anything these's nuts! Thanks for the good words! WB

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Change.. Well, it is time for the rest-of-us to change and get the bums out! Can you believe we are paying for Muslim churches to be built? (historical..) Amen to your hub!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @tom hellert...Thanks Tom. I normally write these political commentaries when I can no longer take it and just want to scream. I reached that point again when I heard the President say that he like "direction in which America was headed". Not a good sign! Thanks you for the read and the great comments. Stop by again soon! WB

    • tom hellert profile image

      tom hellert 

      8 years ago from home


      What a great job a real heart felt truth telling hub- I only hope there are others that are younger than 30 that will NOT VOTE for this cool articulate man that we don't know much about-not my words go back to the CBS tapes- for that because he was black no one wanted to look into his past or tell the truth about him- so pewople were fooledinto buying his hopey changey BS- The change he was promising was not exactly what he delivered-



    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @eovery...I hope the odds are better than that considering we a have society that generally leans to the right about the means...a skewed bell curve distribution. Given that, I feel the polls are reasonably correct in their assumption that Obams has lost all but about 40% of the population. The impressive side is that Congress only has an 11% approval rating. Now that can backfire because it could cost some in the conservative sector their jobs so it is a wash on a Congressional basis. There were some people upset with Bush but America is upset with Obama...huge difference I think. Thank you for some good commentary and insight. I appreciate the read! WB

    • eovery profile image


      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I feel there is about 50-50% chance of being re-elected at this time. Many still have not work up.

      Yeah, every time you let the democrats drive, they destroy things.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...I'm sure there are those out there who do not agree but far does have to go before it becomes a bad idea? When you have spent enough money to make every man, woman, and child in Little Rock Arkansas a millionaire 40 times over, is that not enough? Hell, just doing that would have accomplished far more with the money than anything they have done with it. At least it would be in circulation in the public sector. Thanks for your great comments! WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      An excellent article, Wayne, and one that should be read by every person old enough to vote. Come November if we don't stop our (?) leaders from doing more of what they are doing now, then we'll just keep getting more of what we already got. Massive spending and little to show for it.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @WhidbeyWriter...You are right on as well. Our population is distributed with a skew to the right about the mean which indicates a preference for conservatism. One only needs to look at the founding documents and read through them to see the references to religion and conservatism scattered throughout. That conservatism is heavily directed toward involvement by the federal government and, in fact, the original intent was for the federal government to be simply a server and common point for the states. States Rights have always been at the forefront of intent on the part of the founders yet Washington has done everything it can to continually diminish that power even to the point of bribing the states with federal funds. We really need to get back to the basics and get the country straightened out. I just hope that we can identify dedicated, right thinking people willing to make that effort. Thanks for the read and your great comments WW! WB

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      Mary Gaines 

      8 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      I think people are finally waking up from the Obama mania dreams and expectations. The change that this president brought upon America was not one we needed. "Prayer" and the "truth" are what will stand out and hopefully draw the people who are undecided to take action and vote for convervative values once again. Like pops stated, facts speak for themselves. I believe conservatism is what has made America a great nation, but the liberal left has tried it's darnest to change that. Great hub Wayne you are right on!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Thank you are correct. An old quote comes to mind "If God had not intended them to be sheared, he would not have made them sheep." Sometimes I feel as if I am ranting about the same things over and over but much like a bad case of the flu, we are not getting better and all our politicians can suggest is spending more money and increasing the debt. There has got to be more answers out there! Thanks for the read and the good words! WB

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      8 years ago

      When I heard Obama say that he liked the direction this country was headed in, it didn't surprise me. Obama, the Democrats and the liberals among us all believe him and that is frightening. The facts speak for themselves. The economy speaks for itself. The lack of jobs speaks for itself. The failure of the stimulus speaks for itself. Are people listening? I hope and pray they are. Brilliant article, Wayne.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth...I sure hope you are correct Tom. We have to slow down these next two years somehow. Of course we can plan on plenty more cards being played designed only to buy votes between now and November. You have to ask yourself where the legislation came from for the middle of the night passing of the $600 million immigration/border security package. Obviously, it was pigeon-holed on Reid desk at the direction of the White House. They had the votes to pass it anytime they wanted but elected not to do it until they needed to buy votes. Then they did it by adding to the deficit instead of taking the money from the $300 billion in stimulus funds that are just laying around....not good management.

      @sheila b....I tripped on that line myself, in fact, it was the single inspiration for this piece. I understand the need to be a bit unbeat about your party's programs but that was an over the top statement. Who could possibly be happy with the direction that we are headed other than Obama? Thanks for the read! WB

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I was astounded when he said he liked the direction the country is going in. Voters will be asking themselves, 'Am I better off than I was 2 years ago?' Even government workers are paying more for everything, seeing stores close, hearing how their friends are doing. So - even voters who generally vote the democrat party line will pause. If they can't bring themselves to vote republican, they'll probably stay home.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      As the old saying goes, "Behind every cloud is a silver lining", this president reminds the undecided voter that Progessivism or Socialism never works.

      Therefore he is the silver lining behind the cloud of his inept administration. He reminds the undecided voter that conservatism is the right way forward.


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