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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Obama Unbound (Part 2)
“… a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson
There are many good reasons to vote against Barack Obama in November. As far as I can see, the main reasons to vote for him are to try to assure that entitlements will be added and not reduced, and that if you’re currently not paying any income taxes, you still won’t, although everyone else will pay substantially more. That evil upper 50 per cent, ya know.
Obamacare, if it is permitted to stand, will lead to massive tax hikes during an Obama second term (if any). If Obama is reelected, he will have no concern about accountability to the people, since he will not face another election (assuming we still have elections by 2016). He has demonstrated this by his refusal to be accountable to any great extent now.
Obama thinks we need just one branch of government, namely, himself. He will not feel much need to get Congress to do much, since he thinks he can rule by decree. So far, no one is stopping him. Who knows if he would abide by a Supreme Court decision to strike down Obamacare even though Attorney General Eric Holder assures us he would.
The president who debuted basketballs decorated with his own image at the White House Easter event, would likely have giant portraits of himself placed in conspicuous places, a la Saddam Hussein; maybe statues, too. Maybe he should get work started for a future Obama Memorial in Washington. To make room, he could tear down the Jefferson Memorial.
There is no lack of signs that something is definitely amiss about Obama’s thinking, in terms of American tradition. He maintains that capitalism has never worked and is the main cause of our economic problems, when in fact it is capitalism that has brought about our historic prosperity, not because of, but in spite of government interference. He believes it would be judicial activism for the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare on constitutional grounds (“unprecedented”), when it is rather frequent that the Court strikes down federal laws on the basis of the Constitution. Remember how he whined and even chastised the Supreme Court, over the Citizens United decision, in his State of the Union speech, with justices sitting right there, unable to respond.
He submits a so-called budget that is defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 415-0. Does anyone see anything strange about that? Not even one member of his own party voted for it. They knew it was a joke, and if they had voted for it, the joke would have been on them. But Obama don’t need no stinkin’ Congress or Supreme Court, just his own little circle and several czars.
He occasionally hints at fiscal responsibility, but never fails to keep our deficits and debt growing at astronomical, potentially catastrophic, rates, and never fails to call for higher taxes. He criticizes the Ryan budget plan while offering exactly nothing of his own to deal at all with the growing deficits. He still pushes Obamacare when it has been conclusively shown that it will greatly expand the federal debt. He pushes for more EPA regulations, effectively shutting down coal plants.
If the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports some added jobs and a slight decrease in the unemployment rate, he neglects to mention that the rate drop is due to more people giving up trying to find a job, and therefore not being counted as unemployed. This deception seems to work with some people, although it is obvious to anyone who is paying attention.
Obama supports the Attorney General in spite of Operation Fast and Furious, the infamous gun-running scandal that ought to result in Eric Holder’s firing. It was an attempt to create an excuse for more gun control (part of Holder’s “brainwashing” scheme?) and it has contributed to the deaths of at least one American agent and many Mexicans. This alone is grounds for impeachment of both Obama and Holder.
My main point is this: Given the things Obama has done in his first term, what should we expect from a second Obama term? The answer is: The hole we’re in will be dug deeper and deeper, more people will become more dependent upon government, and much less able to earn, spend, save, or invest. Our currency will be at risk.
More big banks will be bailed out, more money created out of thin air will be used to prop up irresponsible national governments overseas and crony business interests in the U.S., and more aid will be given to Islamists of Egypt, Gaza, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the war in Afghanistan will languish until Obama decides that it’s pointless to continue, something which is obvious now, and we’ll likely see further military adventures in other places.
There will be even more support for labor union thuggery from such as the SEIU, which does not hide its sympathy with the Communist Party, nor its willingness to act violently if it so chooses. Forced unionism will be backed even more strongly by the Administration.
Environmentalist weirdness will increase, and be the excuse for even more denials and delays in oil and gas drilling, and even more stupid green energy fiascos. The EPA will be given more and more leeway to over-regulate everything until many more businesses fail, unable to comply with the unending rules.
A Rasmussen poll, out today, shows Mitt Romney in a statistical tie with Obama among likely voters. Since Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race, the nominee will be Mitt Romney. I hope he will stay true to his conservative promises and that Republicans will unite to support him. We need a president who is in favor of America being returned to normal, not increasingly whacked out. If Obama wins, freedom will continue to disappear. America will be in a constant crisis mode under a government managing for decline. And probably still blaming George W. Bush.