January 6, 2009
How did this happen? This is not a center left country. Only two out of 10 voters say they are liberal, with 84% of the American people opting for improving the overall economy over government redistribution of wealth. Republicans in Congress did stray during their six years the Majority Party (2000 – 2006) when they forgot about limited government and went on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money. Democrats, however, during that same period wanted to spend millions more! Even more damaging to the Republican Party was that the Bush Administration during its eight years in office was branded by the mainstream media and sold to the public as an Administration that couldn’t shoot straight, brought disaster upon this nation, and caused the world to hate us. With the coming of Barack Obama, the mainstream media envisioned the re-creation of Camelot in the White House. It succeeded in packaging Obama, while refusing to vet or criticize him, and sold him to many Americans as the one who would save this nation after eight years of a failed Bush presidency.
Also plaguing President Bush were unelected bureaucrats in the Departments of Defense and State, the CIA, and in even in his own White House, who along with enablers in the Democratic Party, interfered, thwarted and tried to sabotage the more conservative defense and security policies of the Bush Administration. President Bush, out of respect for the Office of the Presidency, unwisely chose not to respond. “The Failure Factory” by Bill Gertz is a must read on this topic.
Might the absence of another terrorist attack since 9/11 also given many Americans confidence that they could elect one so lacking in qualifications and experience to become our 44th president? National Defense, McCain’s strong point, became a non-issue when an October meltdown of the economy because the October surprise, making the economy the dominant campaign issue for many Americans. Little credit was given to President Bush for keeping us safe and well along the road toward victory in Iraq. Falsely the public was led to believe that Democrats were better at fixing the economy, when much of the blame can be placed on Rep. Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd who for years protected Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from much needed reform. In attempting to appeal to middle class voters, Obama’s campaign rhetoric sounded more Republican than did McCain’s. He emphasized tax cuts for 95% of the American people rather than the enormous costs of his liberal proposals. In so doing Obama was able to hide his past liberal leanings and convince voters that he was a centrist who could bring people together. It was John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for his running mate that made voting for McCain palatable to otherwise disappointed conservative Republicans like me.
Although it is impossible to foretell what an Obama Administration would bring when he assumes office, given the worrisome state of the economy, would a “go slow” approach work for Obama? Waiting eight long years are representatives of special interest groups, among them being the environmentalists, labor and teachers’ unions, lawyers, ACLU, supporters of amnesty, and gay rights advocates, who want action and will want it immediately.
It is a given that an Obama Administration will offer Americans more government, debt and taxation. Obama advisor’s are pushing for another $300-500 billion economic stimulus plan as a way to jump start the economy. It is estimated that Obama’s spending proposals would add up to 1.3 trillion over four years. This wild spending would result in inflation created by printing up more paper and would undermine our economic system. It is well to remember that government doesn’t know how to make money, it can only spend money, and that wealth is created from the top down. Americans benefit when business does well and when individuals have the means to invest in and start new businesses.
Already announced is that president-elect Obama wants to rescind on Day One many of Bush’s executive orders, replacing them with job-and growth-killing environmental legislation that would bankrupt the coal industry and cause domestic energy production to shrivel away. Obama likewise wishes to venture into social issues by removing restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, even though the positive results are coming from ongoing adult stem cell research.
What might the American people expect early on in an Obama Administration? Even now Democrats are attempting to pick up two more Senate seats in Minnesota and Georgia, which would give them a filibuster proof vote of 60 — without checks and balances — to push through the radical Obama, Pelosi, and Reed agendas. On fast track could be an effort to silence talk radio to squelch opposition to the Obama’s policies through a new Fairness Doctrine. Senator Max Baukus is already out of the box with a national health care program which would cover illegal immigrants. Rep. Barney Frank recently called for a 25% reduction in defense spending. Also up for consideration could be legislation to have all 50 states recognize same-sex marriage; a “Freedom of Choice Act” nullifying all state restrictions on abortions; a rigorous enforcement of affirmative action hiring; the legalization of 12 – 20 illegal immigrants to “lock in” Democratic majorities in key states; Card-Check which would force people into unions; and calls for D.C. representation in the House and Senate.
Front and center over the next several years is whether this nation will remain a beacon of hope and freedom for people the world over or will it go the way of Socialistic Europe where culture has been eroded by a high tax burdens, big government control, welfare rolls filling up, churches becoming empty, and national defense as an afterthought?
Future generations of Americans will have to live with whatever Obama’s “change we can believe in” might prove to be, voted in by a majority of Americans on November 4, 2008. May history be kind and may God look favorably upon America as Americans usher in “Obamaland” on January 20, 2009.
January 6, 2009
All this is happening at a time when we in the private sector are tightening our belts. One day the piper will have to be paid.
In truth, behind the promise of jobs and an economic rebound seems to be is political motive that seeks to build an enduring and a lasting Democrat majority through the doling out of government money to Democrat mayors, Labor Unions, environmental groups, etc. All are lining up like pigs at a trough to feast for a piece of the pork from what amounts to a large government slush fund. Already the U.S. Conference of Mayors has forwarded to Congress a list of 11,391 infrastructure projects. There are likely to be many “bridges to nowhere.” Remember the “Big Dig” in Boston? What was suppose to cost 1.4 billion dollars escalated to 22 billion. Still taxpayers face a yearly bill of 100 million dollars for maintenance. It is not reasonable to think that the 25,000 workers losing their jobs in financial services on Wall Street will regain them as government-paid construction workers laboring on infrastructure projects.
Concerning Chicago and Illinois, Tom F. Roeser — chairman of the editorial board of Chicago’s internet newspaper, “The Chicago Daily Observer”, and a radio talk show host, writer, lecturer, and teacher — wrote astutely in his blog on 12/12/08: “Daley hopes Obama will open the federal spigot of his stimulus package so a floodtide of new construction, land acquisition and jobs will flow into Chicago, not so much to satisfy his zest for winning the Olympics for Chicago in 2016, but out of his desire to nurture in perpetuity his machine politics.”
Jon Holkevitch in his “Tribune” commentary of Dec. 25, 2008, “Illinois transportation projects sought as part of the federal stimulus package,” wrote how planning and transportation experts are expressing concern that “the state’s track record of too much politicking and too little discipline over project selection creates a risk that the one-time-only infrastructure bailout could be frittered away.”
Of concern is that Obama’s $1 trillion stimulus plan is patterned after FDR’s New Deal which did nothing to pull this nation out of the Great Depression. Lyndon Johnson’s socialist-based Great Society programs also failed in the 60’s. While there is some controversy over the rate of employment in the 30’s under Roosevelt’s New Deal frantic spending programs (Roosevelt was elected president in 1932), it is well to note that in 1939, five years into the New Deal, unemployment still stood at 17.2%. At the time Henry Morgenthau, FDR’s Treasury secretary, lamented: “I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started.” It took the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese to jump start this nation’s economy through the start up of war time industry and production.
Where are the expressions of outrage over the national debt? Debt no longer seems to matters to many Americans. Debt certainly factored as an issue during the presidency of George W. Bush. Unfortunately the American people have been scared into believing that this nation is in a hopeless mess, that because this is an emergency spending has no limits, and that free enterprise and capitalism have failed.
Fearful of the freedom to make choices and the responsibility that comes with it, and captivated by rhetoric that spoke of hope and change and the promise of a free lunch, 52.7% of the American voters, lured into accepting that centralization of power under government can solve economic and societal problems better than capitalism under the free enterprise system, elected Barack Obama as president last November.
This nation stands on the brink of a socialist abyss which could very easily morph into a full-blown socialist society, minus a despot. We are becoming a “government with people” instead of a “people with a government” as envisioned by our founding Fathers and set forth in our nation’s Constitution. Its people are becoming like sheep.
Obama’s stimulus package could suck a trillion dollars out of the private economy. Has any consideration been given to what will happen down the road if all the bullets have been used up and the economy has still not responded? Possible consequences could be 2 – 3% inflation every month with prime rates rising to 6 – 7% and even 10%.
From now until mid-February when Obama is likely to sign the stimulus bill, the final bill will undoubtedly have under gone many changes. Even now there are tugs of war going on. What Republican legislators want included in the final bill conflicts with Democrat ideology of more government bureaucracy and spending, which, minus competition from the private sector, routinely results in waste, fraud, and inferior service.
The solution to resurrecting this nation’s economy lies in restricting the growth of government, legislating tax cuts across the board, and slashing regulations. It is unbelievable that corporate taxes here in the U.S. are 1/3 higher than in the socialist utopia of Sweden! Democrat legislators seem inclined to direct America back to the frightful economic conditions of the 30’s. There is no way this nation can survive if the national debt continues to expand, as some feel it will, to 20 billion dollars under eight years of an Obama presidency. Also looming ahead is 52 trillion dollars of unfunded debt that is owed to America’s Baby Boomers. All will result in economic bankruptcy. It is our children and future generation of Americans who will suffer.
Republican legislators should not sell their souls to the devil for token tax cuts offered by Democrats under the guise of making the bill appear bi-partisan to the American people, for down the road at the next election the American people will surely judge those who fashioned the stimulus recovery bill and the effectiveness of its measures.
This country was founded on individual liberty and a self-reliant citizenry with an entrepreneurial spirit. By restricting the resources of the American people to create, invest and achieve wealth under a free market, capitalist system, lost will be the survival instinct which served this nation so well in the past.
As America moves increasingly toward the undesirable and destructive nature of a socialist welfare state, it is well to remember the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson when he wrote: “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated (in the Constitution).”
In 2009 the “general welfare” has come to mean to many Americans the right to have a college education, to have health care, to be employed, to be able to afford a house, etc. These rights are not enumerated in our Constitution. As such our nation’s Constitution is being eroded and with it our constitutional form of government. Sadly, most Americans seem not to care. They realize not that socialism has failed whenever and wherever it has been tried.