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Updated on August 6, 2011

Shouldering Responsibility

This administration is a total mess and in chaos except for Obama worrying about his campaign treasure chest and little else. Oh his lips are moving but they need some duct tape. What got me thinking about this Hub was reading a blurb about his $71,600 per plate dinner in NYC. All week long he has been preoccupied with his birthday galas. All that celebration was centered around campaign treasure chests, not turning 50. I thought $35K just to get in the door was steep in Chicago then I read this. I thought paying $28.5K for dinner with the Prez in San Fran was over the top, but do the math on this one.

I guess his ardent supporters find nothing wrong with asking that kind of money when he is seeking reelection. So let me ask them this since they seem intent on the plight of the poor and the middle class. Isn't that a sum that could provide a couple of homeless people a roof over their heads? How many hungry people would that feed? I see Obama as a super hypocrite who is so self-centered that it's disgusting. He talks the talk but where's the walk. He claims the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up is jobs and they are the last thing he thinks about when he goes to sleep. I wonder if he has nightmares similar to the nightmare lives his policies are creating? No, he doesn't because he worries about getting reelected so that he can continue to destroy this nation and our economy.

Yesterday Standard & Poors lowered the boom on his not dealing with cutting spending like it should have been cut. They did it late on a Friday so we won't see the aftermath of that until the sun comes up Monday. This is where he is preoccupied with himself. Everyone knew since early January that a debt ceiling crisis was coming. If you didn't, you weren't paying attention. That's when he should have became a leader and stood at the forefront of engaging the spending enemy. He failed again to do what we expect any President to do - LEAD. He's out campaigning and raising money to buy a leadership office again. Leadership isn't something you buy. It is something you do and everybody isn't cut out to be a leader. He isn't cut from that cloth.

All of the sudden he wants to step into the fray and talk about "the big picture" in reducing the debt. There wasn't enough time left to do that and Boehner who agrees that "the big picture" needs to be addressed knew that. That's the difference between experience and inexperience. Obama was given the message early on by S & P that they expected cuts at least as deep as he managed to add to the federal deficit in a short two and a half years. That's upwards of $4 trillion dollars. What we saw instead was the Obama typical smoke and mirrors routine. A lot of posturing with no substance.


So now we're back to the blame game. At that he is a master, that and campaigning which never solved problem one. You know the drill. It's Bush's fault, it's the media's fault, it's the Republican's fault, it's the Tea Party's fault, It's even the public's fault. Our fault was electing the boob in the first place. Or lets try on Arab unrest for soaring gas prices since he took office. It's everybody's fault but Obama's.

Yes, there were problems in the country when he took office. We were in a recession and the economy was getting worse with a federal deficit sitting at $10 trillion. We were involved in Iraq and to a minor extent in Afghanistan. But a new President was elected who led the sheeple to believe he had all the answers to our problems when he had not a clue as to what to do except read a teleprompter and deliver a good speech. To Obama that is where the rubber meets the road. So look at where the country is now about three years later. Did he make things better? Did all his excessive spending result in more jobs? Did all his speechifying result in anything but your desire to by ear plugs or hit the mute button?

Did even one of his speeches create a job? The government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. His stimulus fiasco produced nothing but more government jobs. Government jobs create nothing except red tape and the growth of an already bloated federal bureaucracy. His signature legislation is Obamacare which will ultimately prove to be a complete fiasco if it isn't repealed. He's trying to control an industry that comprises 1/6th of the US economy. Hell bells, those idiots up there are out of control and we want them to control our ability to receive health care?

A good President doesn't need to start campaigning very far in advance. He's too busy leading the nation from the front. If you're leading from the front and taking care of the nation's business everything else will fall into place. If you aren't and are focused on raising $1 billion to try to buy the highest office in this land a second time then we can now vividly see the results. So let me ask this question or two again for the more compassionate among us. How many houses would $1 billion buy for the homeless? How many hungry people would it feed and for how long? How many pairs of shoes would it buy for people who need them?

I'm tired of the Republicans "this" and the Democrats "that." We're suffering now because of the political games they continue in partisan monopoly. Then he wants to foster a spirit of bi-partisanship? That's nice because when you're the Captain of the sinking ship, you're still the Captain. where was that spirit of bi-partisanship during your first two years in office Obama? You crammed more debt down our throats than we can handle with nonsense.

If money can buy more incompetence this next Presidential election cycle then our Republic, as we have known it, will be doomed. If you think Obama thinks about jobs before and after retiring for the night then you are just plain, old fashioned stupid. He thinks about himself and how much money he can raise for his next run at incompetence. I point the finger exactly where it belongs - at Obama. He is supposed to be the leader of the most powerful nation on earth and instead he is destroying our way of life.

He is so totally disconnected from the realities this nation is facing that it is surreal. His answer is to continue to spend more of our money that we don't have, not cut the excessive spending that has led us to this point.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Congrats on winning the hub award for the best political hub Frog..:)

      Sunnie

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      What you talking about Sunnie?

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      lol on the right side under hub of the day lists the hub awards..you were one..:)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Slipped right by me!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      lol ...thank you for some great hubs...

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Now I don't normally read political hubs, truthfully, I am totally out of my depth, but this one I enjoyed. Thank you for your humour, and also for giving me just an inkling of understanding.

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      Alan Bowman 5 years ago from The World

      Great hub and sorry that USA is now in it's sick bed instead of leading everyone and growing it's ecoomy.

      Don't worry though FP China is ready to take the place of number 1 economy in the World and they plan and think long term so already big into Green and Solar Energy and buying up companies all over the world with the some $2.6trillion USD thy have in the bank

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This hub is right on the mark. Obama doesn't have a plan about anything except more campaigning. I can't even bring myself to watch him speak anymore. What he says and what he does are 2 totally different things. Rated up!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Terrific piece Frog. How many brilliant analysts including Geithner assured all of us that we would Never be downgraded? Thanks Obama and Congress for sinking our ship. Up useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Stu From VT 5 years ago

      The recent downgrade of our sovereign debt by S&P is only a portent of what is to come. We will face a crisis of epic proportions if China, Japan, and OPEC begin a panic selloff of US treasuries. Interest rates will soar, big inflation will come back, the dollar will sink against other currencies, and we will very likely face a depression. American industry depends on imports for raw materials and many intermediate production inputs; a collapsed dollar would make such sourcing impossible, and lead to en masse business closure and a great surge in unemployment. Tax revenues would crater, and unemployment claims would soar. The national debt would explode to a level unimaginable even by today's standard. The crisis would become so great no level of austerity will be sufficient to resolve it.

      We desperately require a comprehensive, enforceable, long term plan to eliminate most federal discretionary spending (pork), eliminate most federal mandatory spending (truly limit federal operations to enumerated powers), broaden the federal tax base, pay off the official national debt over a few decades, and abrogate most of the off balance sheet debt (phase out federal social system benefits, and thus liabilities, via Congressional action).

      Both parties are in a state of total denial. Even the more aggressive plans proposed so far, such as the Ryan plan, the RSC plan, and the BBA, if passed, would only be starting points. None of these plans, on their own, lead to liquification of the official national debt, or significant abrogation of off balance sheet.

      Congress needs to adopt a much greater sense of urgency in regard to our national debt crisis. The time window is now very short. If we don't act now, and I mean seriously, this nation will collapse financially.

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      Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

      I think you pretty much covered it all here. The only thing I can add is that a Junior Senator and a bunch of old hippies are running the country. All we need now is a Grateful Dead song, tambourines and a cloud of pot smoke as the ship that breakfastpop mentioned...goes down.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Stu - What needs to happen will be painful. The alternative of doing nothing and not slaying the federal bureaucracy monster will be more than painful. It will doom the Republic as we know it.

      Tom - Glad to have you aboard. What you said is a bit funny but the stark reality is that what you wrote is true. That is primarily my generation that is sitting up there acting like complete idiots. When you ask for "change" you need to be careful that it includes a definition and not a bunch of empty rhetoric.

      The Frog

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Mr Frog,

      My votes today are ALL for you! You are UP and UFABI and I'm sure mine was one of countless votes that allows me to congratulate you for being announced Best Political Hubber! You go Froggy...mar.

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      ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

      Brilliant! All what I think but can't put into words. You did it for all. I shared this hub on my facebook.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      It's pretty obvious who all ISN'T on the POTUS's mind. . . they can't afford to get in the door.

      Yes Sir, You won the political hubber prize! :=D

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      PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Well frog man you had a good rant and congrats on the award. But don't stop there get the other side of the aisle as well. Neither side did anything worth while, just scare everyone and make like they saved us. We've gone over the edge and need to get a plan together quick. I think OP's plan to start with the waste and fraud then into term limits, everyone pays their fair share of the taxes and then vote all of them out. That would be a good start. then maybe we have a chance.

      Peter

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Froggie - It's all YOUR fault, and you know it.

      Gus :-)))

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      My assessment is as follows: We were standing in a forest and surrounded by a ring of fire. Our great leaders came to our rescue and extinguished a section of this ring of fire leaving us a path to escape the fire. What we didn't know was the escape path they chose led directly to a high cliff where we will fall and plunge to our death.

      The obvious best solution would have been for them to extinguish the entire fire, leaving us with multiple paths of escape, such as eliminating the wasteful spending, theft, duplication of effort, tax reform, etc., etc. But no, they gave us some fictitious spending cuts and poured more gas on the fire by again raising the debt ceiling.

      We have been fooled into thinking we were saved, but our apparent escape path will only result in us falling off the cliff.

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Obama is gifted at seeing problems. Perhaps it is that orientation towards relying on having a good crisis to motivate people to want to implement change. However, I wonder sometimes whether the crisis is actually there or not.

      Good leaders are gifted at finding solutions, not just any old solution, but solutions that are agreeable enough to not be perceived as having been inflicted upon us. At that Obama fails big-time.

      Congrats on the award, Frog.

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      ClaudeV 5 years ago from Texas

      “Now, more than ever, a balanced budget amendment is needed. Everyone knows federal spending is out of control, and Congress has been unwilling to stop the trend on its own,” said state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, citing current projections that the national deficit this year will be $1.5 trillion.

      Two-thirds of the states — at least 34 — would have to agree before a constitutional convention could be convened.

      Everyone needs to tweet your states representatives and make it clear to them that they must pursue and pass this convention. Emails do not always make it to the intended party.

      Find your States Representative here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      I have to say Frog, that I usually avoid stepping thru the slop of politics, but your hub caught my attention and I just had to read it. Great job! I can see now why you won the award for the most political. Congrats! I enjoyed your hub so much that I passed it on to others that would enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opening some eyes to what the real story is.

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      Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      He's not disconnected, he sees the dots, HE JUST DOES NOT GIVE A SHI. HE HATES AMERICA AND HE HATS ALL OF US, AND i AM SURE HE THINKS WE ARE THE STUPIDEST PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH, AND WE ARE!~

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      Longhunter 5 years ago

      Some think Obama's stupid. I think he's crazy like a fox. I think he's far more dangerous than any of us can comprehend.

      Great hub, Frog, and right on the money. Congrats on the award.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Exceptional hub, Frog, and right on the money - that Obummy is spending recklessly, but there is one thing he thinks of constantly and that is jobs. No, wait a minute, it's job - his job. How can he keep it for another term? That's his entire motivation. God help us all.

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      Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

      Froggy, You mean we have a debt problem, I never heard about it? How can that be when we have such a great intelligent man as President, I forgot his name.

      I heard him speak about 300,000 new GREEN jobs, did they go to frogs? Come on fess up! You and your boys are croaking at the rest of us. H

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      TheGroundsquirrel 5 years ago

      "As long as the idiots don’t like you, it proves you are not an idiot." - Ted Nugent

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      Naomi's Banner 5 years ago

      Great hub and right on the money or lack thereof!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Remember in November 2012. If we boot him and enough Congressional (Senate, & a few more House) bums then, we've still got a shot at salvage. If not, I agree: The ship is sunk, and they already stole the lifeboats, so we'll mostly be sticking a cork in it and hoping we float.

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      Carol 5 years ago from Michigan

      God FORBID Obama is more than a one-term/one-time Charlie. I'm certain our nation couldn't stand four more years of this man both as far as our safety from enemies both foreign and abroad and our economics. I still do not comprehend how ANYONE with a working brain can think for one SECOND that they could vote for this &*&_#$! again! Who ARE these brainless zombies?!? Who would walk across the street to see him for FREE no less pay that much?! I'm just in shock, I really am!

      He thinks about "nothing" else but jobs?! What IDIOT believes that while he goes on the golf course for the 100th time that week? Or when he uses Airforce One for yet another campaign stop - or uses THE WHITE HOUSE to film campaign commercials?? Who could defend this man?!

      Arrrrggggg...

      Thanks for writing about the things that need to be highlighted about the Liar-in-Chief...

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      This POTUS is in way over his head, and he knows it. He most likely never even looked up the word "leader" in the dictionary, and then when he found out he was supposed to be one, it scared the hell out of him. In time of crisis, he heads for the golf course. Where is his budget? Does he even understand budgets? He now holds the record of being the only president ever to get us downgraded. That will sure be something he can brag about to his grandchildren.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - If you've noticed, which I know you have, he is quite fond of bragging on his non-accomplishments. But he's super at not accepting responsibility for the mess he created his first two years of office when he let Reid and Pelosi pull his strings. His crooked finger points every which way but at himself. That's also not a trait a leader has.

      He has said himself that the buck stops with him. Well, it just did.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      FP - This will be a difficult lack of performance for him to wiggle out of, but he will try. He is probably practicing his finger pointing today instead of play golf. He may even point at we citizens of this country as the reason this happened. The rich didn't want to pay more taxes, so we went into a downgrade situation. I am getting more and more suspicious about the way things happen in Washington. It would not surprise me at all if we don't get our AAA rating back just in time for the 2012 election. This action of course will be strictly due to Obama's hard work and planning for the financial future of this country.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Mike - You have a lot more faith in someone who doesn't have any idea of what he is doing than I do. LMAO

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Our President totally Disconnected...NAH, not him, not his Administration...And so while we Sink Further, and Further in to Debt...He will Vacation, Play Golf and make Speeches...And we can all hold hands and Sing, "It's A Brave NEW WORLD" at the top of our Lungs!

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      Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

      b, Nicely said. H

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