As disappointed as I was about the outcome of the last general election, I thought I’d take a few months off from writing and spend it observing this new global (dare I say, Intergalactic?) phenomenon that is our new President. Today is July 6, and I fear that he is almost exactly what I thought he would be last summer, that is to say, pathetic.
Having said this, I have to confess that the reason I took some time from writing was that I wanted to be objective in my assessment of this man (as opposed to self-styled Deity). So many conservatives have been lambasted precisely because they wouldn’t give President Obama a chance. Not that he needed one, but we DO have to be fair. And I was secretly praying that his rhetoric was merely that and he was pandering to his ultra-liberal base and that, being a man of reason and logic, he was a closet conservative and would instinctively do the right thing. No such luck!
I’ve waited five and a half months for him to do something, anything, good for the country. So far, here’s what President Obama has accomplished:
- He’s spent $1.2 trillion (that’s $1,200,000,000,000) of succeeding generations’ money on absolutely nothing of any consequence
- He’s flown around the world numerous times at taxpayer’s expense, all the while chiding the taxpayers to tighten up their belts and pay for his largesse
- He’s been on television almost every day whining about the failed policies of “the last eight years” and gathering support for his socialist agenda.
That’s it. He’s talked, and talked and talked some more. One gets the sense that talking is all the man knows how to do, and, after reading his resume, that’s all he’s ever done. At least he’s consistent.
Meanwhile, here in middle America, our country is suffering from the worst economic crisis since…Jimmy Carter. That’s right, while it would be noble to compare President Obama with FDR, the reality is that this recession smells and feels more like the recession of the late 1970s. History will repeat itself, and it is. Carter handled his recession by flooding the economy with money, in turn creating an inflationary spiral. President Obama? Didn’t you learn this history lesson?
On Friday, Governor Palin announced that she was resigning effective July 26 in order to pursue a broader national agenda, including, but not limited to, expressing conservative principles of limited government, national security, tax relief, etc. I wish her luck.
Ronald Reagan was elected because he offered real hope to America–not the phony hope President Obama is peddling. Reagan understood that in order to boost economic activity, several things needed to happen. First, price stability must be paramount. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker hiked rates to control inflation, and in the process, induced another recession. It worked. Second, Reagan understood that lowering taxes led to increased spending, spurring aggregate demand and ultimately economic growth. Finally, Reagan knew that government was the problem, not the solution. President Obama, didn’t you learn this history lesson?
Herein lies the liberal conundrum. Liberals have convinced themselves that they know best. They propose agendas that, in the entire history of the world, have never worked. Yet somehow, by some miracle, it’s supposed to work this time. And since they’ve convinced themselves that they’re smarter than everyone else, anyone who questions or challenges their assumptions are squashed and destroyed.
Vice President Joe Biden said over the weekend that they underestimated the depth and breadth of the economic crisis, thereby suggesting that additional stimulus is needed. If the Administration is serious about economic stimulus, why not try tax cuts? Oops, wrong Administration! This Administration didn’t underestimate anything. This is what happens when inexperienced politicians attempt to solve a problem. The fact is, they didn’t know what they were doing. They’re rookies! This was clear by the length of their resumes!
One final observation about our new President: He has a thin skin. Barack Obama has never been challenged in his life, and folks are beginning to question his agenda, his priorities, and his direction. This is good, because debate is part of a healthy democracy. The alternative is dictatorship, and our population is filled with enough unthinking, unquestioning people as it is.
This past weekend we celebrated the birth of our nation. This is a good time to review our national documents. We revolted against “tyranny”, and in the process created the greatest nation in the history of the world. God bless America!