The Speech Obama Will Never Make
By: Wayne Brown
My fellow Americans, I have just spent ten wonderful days on Martha’s Vineyard relaxing and enjoying some time off from the White House. In that ten days, I had a lot of time to reflect and weigh the situation which we find ourselves in as a country. To say that it is a complicated one would only be an understatement of the facts. And though the challenges are monumental, they can be overcome as many have been in our past in this great nation. To accomplish this goal we must become one nation focused on achieving the things we all desire, to live and work in a country where the quality of life and the measure of freedom are beyond the bounds of measurement. As I stated earlier, I’ve had much time to reflect over these ten days. In doing so, I have designed a plan which I will outline for you here today. At the same time, I will issue both a request and a challenge to our elected officials in Congress on both sides of the aisle to implement the ideas put forth here today as quickly as possible and in a manner that will keep them in the forefront for many generations to come.
Let us start with an issue which has surely done more to divide us as a nation that any other aspect during my time in office as your President. As you are aware, the national healthcare plan is legislation which is the centerpiece of my term in office. It is something which I feel and have felt for a very long time that America needs to take care of its people, especially those who cannot afford the necessary care. I still very much believe this today. At the same time, it is apparent that America is on a financial path that cannot continue to be followed without damage and serious consequence. While the healthcare legislation contains some very good improvements for our future, under the present conditions it is an unaffordable dream which will only increase the financial burden and ultimately do more damage than good. On that basis, I will ask Congress to immediately suspend the legislation and all requirements associated with it to include those other pieces of legislation attached to the bill for passage.
In turn, I will also direct that the responsible parties within our government immediately launch an investigation of the Medicare system with the focus on eliminating fraud and improper payment which represents up to 90 billion dollars in taxpayer costs annually. This action along with the suspension of the healthcare legislation, properly handled, can put over 150 billion dollars back into government coffers on an annual basis.
I also will appoint a bi-partisan committee charged with the responsibility of examining the issues associated with making both Social Security and Medicare truly the “trust based” legislation that it was intended to be from the start. Not only will this committee define methods to put both programs on the road to solvency, but also will define methods for legislation to Congress which will remove the revenues as they are generated from payroll deductions from the general fund and set aside into government trusts available on to fill the needs of both programs.
Initially, this movement on Social Security and Medicare will strain the purse strings of government as funds from those programs have gone into general fund spending since the 1960’s. No doubt, such a move will put pressures on the cash flow situation for the government. A situation which cannot be ignored if we expect to meet our debt service in a timely and efficient manner. To accomplish this task we have two immediate choices: either raise the tax burden on middle-class Americans or reduce the size of government and the spending there of. Honestly, I do not like the message which an increase in taxation sends to the American public especially if we do nothing as a government to tighten our belt. Therefore, we will initiate steps to implement spending controls and reduce the overall size of government and its operating costs.
My staff will immediately begin work on a new budget which I will submit to Congress for approval and funding. This budget will conform in every way possible to 2006 spending levels in the government and all departments within in terms of individual budgets. My various czars have already been informed that their positions will be eliminated along with associated staff positions within the government. While this will exacerbate unemployment figures on the front end, the effect will eventually reduce the size of government to pre-2006 levels.
I will also order a full investigational study of the Environmental Protection Agency with a focus on redundant efforts and duplicity of function. When those situations are highlighted, immediate action will be taken to either eliminate the function within the EPA or within some other element of the government. Our nation can no longer afford duplicate efforts in any area.
I have also advised my staff to limit my travel both domestically and internationally to the greatest extent possible. When I am required to travel in the United States, I have ordered that the travel be accomplished in a smaller aircraft. The 747 currently used as Air Force One will be reserved for use only on international travels. I take this move in order to reduce the expense associated with office and clearly within the bounds of my control. I will also challenge Congress to institute legislation immediately reducing the pay for the office of President and each Congressional position by 10%. I will also direct Congress to study and present to me within 90 days, a proposal for realigning the benefits associated with active participation in and retirement from elected office in the federal government. My expectation would be to see a reduction or even a potential elimination of some benefits to further reduce long term costs to the taxpayers of America. I truly believe that we must first show America that its government is willing to tighten its belt if we are asking America to endure less than ideal conditions.
I have already issued letters to the National Labor Relations Board recommending that the U.S. Government suspend all activities related to the establishment of a manufacturing facility by Boeing Aircraft in South Carolina. This move will quickly present 1000 jobs to the people of South Carolina and begin to move unemployment in the right direction.
In a further attempt to attract invest and growth of business in America, I will direct that certain regulations and taxes be temporarily suspended and/or reduced with the focus of allowing companies who have off-shore funds which are available to bring that money to America and invest it in the private sector. This is the most effective way in which government can be a factor in job creation and growth. Will profits be made from this? The answer is yes. Will jobs be created? I have no doubt about it and in a big way. The responsibility of the federal government is to create an environment which is positive for the economic and business climate to function. This step will help to put the country in that position.
Along with the above effort, we will also drop the moratorium on off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in order to put some of those folks who lost their jobs back to work in that industry. This will be a first step toward America becoming more energy independent in terms of current energy sources. While alternative energy sources are important to our future, the reality of today is that as a nation we must do the best we can with what we have and at this juncture the focus is on fossil fuel products.
I have instructed my staff to set up some local town hall meetings in communities around the country. These meetings will focus on bringing out as many small businesses as possible to discuss the hardships they are currently enduring and identify the fears they have toward the future and the growth of their business. Armed with that information, I will direct that we turn those concerns into actions by identifying regulations and processes which are driving these fears and concerns and then make the proper adjustments at the federal level to create a more positive small business climate.
Some of you may not agree with the direction which I am setting for the country. In fact, many members of my own party will likely be quite upset with my choices. Let me say that I understand your position and the importance of your politics. At the same time, I have been given a responsibility by the people of the United States to lead this country effectively and in a manner which will preserve the foundation of this great nation. If my decision to follow that direction and act in such a manner as to carry out the responsibilities of my office, then I certainly accept the fact that my actions could cost my administration a second term in the office of the President. In good faith, I could not accept a second term knowing that I had not done those things which were necessary to heal America, bring people back together as one nation, and put us back on the road to prosperity and freedom.
My fellow Americans, the steps I have outlined are only the beginning of a new era in America. We will invest in our future by rectifying the mistakes of our past and we will do it as quickly as we possibly can in order to gain the maximum effect. This is only a start. As we progress and see the fruits of our effort, we will continue to examine our pasts for answers to our future. This is the leadership and wisdom I bring to you today with the desire in my heart to restore America to a solid foundation in terms of finances, economics, and liberty. I ask that all of you join together with me and your fellow Americans to make these efforts successful. God Bless America.
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