“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy)
Is there any question in your mind that the government is out of control? Or whether politicians are out of touch with the American people? We could argue for years about whose fault it is that the economy is in the crapper. Republicans point at Democrats, Democrats point at Republicans, blah, blah, blah. It’s politics as usual and most Americans tune out because they are sick of hearing about it. A lot of folks figure it’s just the way Washington is and it doesn’t affect their daily lives, so who cares. Well, people had better wake up or we will be the last generation of citizens of the United States of America. As the spoiled inheritors of a great nation, we have become far too lazy, apathetic, and atrophic. What? This is a shock! An outrage!
Now, I’m not suggesting that everyone is like that. For example you are here reading this blog, so at least you’re educating yourself. But take your average citizen, or a city council member in Milwaukee, they have no idea what’s going on around them. Look at California, given everything going on in the world today and the most pressing issue before the voters is legalizing marijuana. They would all rather get baked than worry that California is about to go bankrupt.
Recently, I have been having a lot of political discussions with friends of mine. I am really worried that I will become “that guy” that no one wants to talk to because it’s always politics, doom, and gloom. However, I feel I must press on. We really must ask ourselves, if not me, then who? When discussing current events with a friend, he asked “Who is doing something about this?” Great question, but we need to ask that of ourselves. Let’s take a look at three hot topics and see how you will react to them.
Most folks would recognize that more debt is a bad thing. If we fall in debt, most reasonable folks quit spending and tighten their belts. We recognize that hardship is always looming around the corner. So let’s look at the debt from Ronald Reagan forward.
|Term||President||Starting Debt||Ending Debt||Debt Increase|
|1981 – 1988||Reagan||$997 billion||$2.8 trillion||+1.85 trillion|
|1989 – 1993||Bush I||$2.8 trillion||$4.4 trillion||+2.4 trillion|
|1994 – 2001||Clinton||$4.4 trillion||$5.8 trillion||+1.3 trillion|
|2002-2008||Bush II||$5.8 trillion||$10 trillion||+4.2 trillion|
|2009 – Present||Obama||$10 trillion||$13 trillion||+3 trillion|
Now let’s ignore things like trickle-down economics for the moment. During G.W. Bush’s 8 years in office, there was a $4.2 trillion rise in national debt. Today, in just less than half a term, Obama and Congress have increased national debt $3 trillion. Since September 2007 the national debt has risen about $4 billion a day. With an estimated 307 million residents in the US, it would cost every man, woman, and child about $42,500 to get us out of debt. In case you’re curious, 2007 was when Congress shifted to Democrat majority. Not that the Republicans did much better, feeding the slop into the trough for all that extra pork.
As taxpayers, we need to make the government responsible for every penny, little bit adds up. Let’s look at some of the more recent small expenditures. In January 2009 (Yes, right after taking office and amid the financial meltdown) Obama made a “presidential determination” to set aside $20.3 million to migrate and house thousands of Palestinians to the United States, never mind that some belong to the terrorist organization Hamas. I’m a little confused; shouldn’t the immigrant foot the bill if they want to live here? Or how about the $125 million that congress plans to spend on “selling” the Health Care Reform bill? Never mind that 52% of Americans want the bill repealed.
How about the big ones? Failed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received nearly $86 billion dollars as bail out money. Well, of course they needed a bail out; after all they donated $42,000 to Obama’s presidential campaign. Well, that and the $9 million in bonuses Obama’s great friend Franklin Raines received while running those institutions into the ground. Then there is the Obama-Care, no one has really figured out how much this is going to cost us. Lastly, Obama and friends want to spend us out of the recession. Obama’s federal budget for 2011 will add another $10 trillion by 2020, putting the national debt 90% of the GDP.
I could point out thousands of things like this, but you should start looking. You know it’s bad when Europe tells Obama to stop spending like a drunken sailor in a strip club. Okay, no offense to our navy folk. And what was Obama’s response? To paraphrase, we need to spend more to make our economy better. You do the math.
So this thing has been gushing for just over 10 weeks. Before we look at the government’s response, I want you to reflect on the words from Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Emanuel stated, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Emanuel’s rationale for that statement was to use a crisis to push through some legislation or policy you didn’t think you could pass before. Then consider Obama’s green energy push and desire to end our dependence on oil. Now that you are in the proper frame of mind, let’s look at that response.
Assistance: Since the oil began to flow, more than 30 nations have offered assistance in cleanup efforts. They offered to send ships over that could skim oil off the surface before it had a chance to hit the beaches. In order for them to lend assistance Obama would have to waive the Jones Act, which puts restrictions on foreign vessels operating in US waters. You would think that Obama would jump on the chance to get some help, but you would be wrong. It took him 70 days to finally accept the offers for assistance. And let’s not forget about the oil-skimming boat that was ordered to port so the Coast Guard could check it for life preservers and fire extinguishers.
Moratorium: Soon after the spill started, Obama placed a 6-month moratorium on deep water drilling, which would affect 15,000 to 20,000 jobs. The rigs will have to move to other countries to keep making money for the companies, places like Brazil. You know the place where Obama invested $2 billion of your money so they could explore oil fields off their coast. I guess I should mention that George Soros, one of Obama’s biggest supporters and campaign contributor, bought an $811 million stake in Brazil’s petroleum company Petrobras. Experts say that about 6 years to recover the jobs and rigs lost over the moratorium.
Timely Response: Obama has compared the spill to 9/11. You would think that a crisis of that magnitude would require his immediate attention. One might expect that Obama would rush down and inspect the problem. But the oil hadn’t reached the shores yet. So, after 7 rounds of golf, a family vacation, meetings with celebrities, and a baseball game or two, Obama rushed down to the Gulf Coast…58 days after it started. But at least the oil had hit the shore by then and he got a great photo op with oily sea creatures.
It is almost as if the Obama administration is using this crisis as tool to move forward their political agenda. Shouldn’t the government be doing everything it can to solve this problem? If they were concerned about fixing the problem, every expert in the world would have been flown in during the first week. All resources to skim oil would have been given a waiver on the Jones Act within the first couple weeks. But it seems politics are more important.
As you all know, this is one of my pet gripes. The progressive liberals are on the prowl with their race cards and amnesty bills. As I write this article, I’m anticipating Obama’s press conference on “comprehensive immigration reform.” I suppose he will say that amnesty isn’t part of the reform, but will undoubtedly spell out a plan that is in fact amnesty. Sort of like a Jedi mind trick, what you are about to see isn’t what you really see. (I’ve seen the speech now, be ready for amnesty at a politically expedient time)
Throughout the nation, Americans are concerned about border security. You need to know that it is falling on deaf ears. Recently, during a town hall meeting, CA Rep. Pete Stark showed his dislike for concerned constituents. The odious behavior of Stark, supposedly an honorable statesman, should shock you. Stark makes fun of the attendee and makes an accusation that Minutemen are killing people. Later, after asking how high of a fence we should build, Stark says he wants to start a ladder company. I am left wondering about Stark’s mental illness and his wanton disregard for our border. Considering he has been in Congress since 1973, I think it’s time for him to go.
Arizona Governor Brewer sat with Obama in early June to discuss border security. Obama promised to send 1200 National Guard to assist in that effort, they still haven’t arrived. Last week, Obama sent officials to Arizona to talk further about the problem. Apparently, 1200 has become 500, but only in phases.
What is it going to take? People are being killed, kidnapped, and brutalized. American soil has now been given over to Mexican banditos because it is too dangerous. Mexican cartels are threatening to shoot police officers for doing their jobs. And Arizona’s ex-Governor turned Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is saying the border is as secure as ever. Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put Harold Hurtt in charge of liaisons between ICE and local agencies. Hurtt was Chief of Police in Houston, TX, and supported Houston’s “sanctuary” status and prohibited Houston officers from working with ICE. Now he’s in charge of liaison between ICE and local agencies?
I don’t know if you can make out the pattern emerging. The politicians are working their hardest to pickpocket you, bankrupt your nation, and eventually close the book on the United States of America. They spend without accountability and don’t even recognize our borders anymore. We need to stand together and demand fiscal responsibility. We need politicians willing to address crises like the oil spill with an attitude of helping our people and environment, not an opportunity to push through cap and trade. And we absolutely must secure our border.
It is your responsibility to make change happen. You must vote. You need to write your elected officials and make your voice heard. Consider going to You Cut so you can vote on things that should get cut from the budget. And you must encourage others to get involved. 66% of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction, yet only 20% of them vote? We need real change America…and we don’t want to rely on the status quo politicians to bring it about.
So I ask again, why doesn’t someone do something about this?