I awakened this morning to news that Obama was proposing another $300 billion in spending to stimulate jobs. That’s it? That’s his plan? Extend unemployment benefits, extend payroll tax cut, tax credits for companies that hire an unemployed person – in brief he’s proposing more of the same things that have cost billions upon billions, but haven’t worked.
Where is this money supposed to come from? The late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-IL, said: “[Think these are just] drops in the bucket?…A million here, a million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” With Obama it is “a few hundred billion here, a few hundred billion there, – so what – we can print more.”
What needs to be remembered is that government can only spend what it takes, by constraint from us. Taxpayers cannot afford to continue footing the bill for his wife’s haute couture lifestyle, his golfing life, and his political philosophy that the way to solve every problem is by growing government and spending.
Referencing Dirksen again, he also said: “it is [easy] to say, oh, it is only $20,000,000, or it is only $80,000,000, or it is only $240,000,000 a year that will be taken out of the pockets of the taxpayer. But where will it finally stop? I do not know.”
I say the place it can stop isn’t the ballot box, as such, next november. Keep in mind that George W. Bush was no stranger to spending. It will stop when we the voters start reassessing our role in the problem. I have long held, that government only does what the elected knows it can get away with. Ergo, it is up to we the voters to exercise our Constitutional rights to rein in government.
But, the likelihood of that happening is slim to none, because the voters have not only bought into the lie of a free lunch, they have grown expectant of it. Obama is not the reason, as such, for where we find ourselves today. We are! He is the outcome of our dereliction and abrogation of our Constitutional responsibility to our country. We dropped the ball and now we are looking for someone to blame. We bought the lies and baloney of politicians because it served our interests. And, we are still willing, even if with a certain degree of trepidation, to buy the lies of politicians and party elites in anticipation of getting something for nothing.
I heard a woman focus group member, formed to discuss spending, miserably complain about government spending – but when it came right down to it, she wasn’t willing to give up the programs, that she thought, she was benefiting from. And that is what it comes down to. It is also exactly what clever politicians dangle to get elected.
I am unapologetic in my contempt and condemnation of Obama. He is a loathsome, dishonest, narcissistic socialist, who is wholly given over to big government-tax-spend-control. But, he didn’t elect himself – the people did. John Boehner is just the other side of the same coin, but he didn’t elect himself either – the voters did. This country is in the mess it is today, because many sat on the sidelines passively allowing politicians to usurp and corrupt more and more of our Constitutional freedoms.
It is not entirely accurate to say Obama doesn’t have a clue. He has a clue, it’s just that that clue is antithetical to what we want it to be. Obama’s plan for the economy is to grow government and public works projects. In other words, he is recycling Roosevelt’s programs which are a huge part of the problem we face today.
This cycle will continue even if Obama, (and I hope he does), looses every state in 2012. Until we the voters take control of our political destiny, and stop listening politicians willing to say whatever it takes to get elected and party hierarchy who have their own agenda – we will continue to replace the bad with bad. We need to keep that in mind, as Obama spins his web with speeches, and as hopefuls and wannabes promise whatever their handlers say it will take to get elected.
The one thing we should definitely do is pick our own candidates – not permit the media and party hierarchy make that choice for us.