- Politics and Social Issues
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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