Skip to comments.Obama’s Message to America: The Era of Big Government is Back, Now Help Me Pay For It
Posted on 01/27/2011 12:31:42 AM PST by Islander7
The Presidents state of the union address boiled down to this message: The era of big government is here as long as I am, so help me pay for it. He dubbed it a Winning The Future speech, but the titles acronym seemed more accurate than much of the content.
Americans are growing impatient with a White House that still just doesnt get it. The President proves he doesnt understand that the biggest challenge facing our economy is todays runaway debt when he states we want to make sure we dont get buried under a mountain a debt. Thats the problem! We are buried under Mt. McKinley-sized debt. Its at the heart of what is crippling our economy and taking our jobs. This is the concern that should be on every leaders mind. Our countrys future is at stake, and were rapidly reaching a crisis point. Our government is spending too much, borrowing too much, and growing too much. Debt is stifling our private sector growth, and millions of Americans are desperately looking for work.
So, what was the Presidents response? At a time when we need quick, decisive, and meaningful action to stop our looming debt crisis, President Obama gave us what politicians have for years: promises that more federal government investment (read: more government spending) is the solution.
He couched his proposals to grow government and increase spending in the language of national greatness. This seems to be the Obama administrations version of American exceptionalism an exceptionally big government, in which a centralized government declares that we shall be great and innovative and competitive, not by individual initiative, but by government decree. Where once he used words like hope and change, the President may now talk about innovation and competition; but the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.
Real leadership is more than just words; its deeds. The Presidents deeds dont lend confidence that we can trust his words spoken last night.
In the past, he promised us hed make job creation his number one priority, while also cutting the deficit, eliminating waste, easing foreclosures in the housing markets, and making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. What did we get? A record $1.5 trillion deficit, an 84% increase in federal spending, a trillion dollar stimulus that stimulated nothing but more Tea Party activism, 9+% unemployment (or 17% percent if you include those who have stopped looking for work or settled for part time jobs), 2.9 million home foreclosures last year, and a moratorium on offshore drilling that has led to more unemployment and $100 dollar a barrel oil.
The President glossed over the most important issue he needed to address last night: spending. He touched on deficit reduction, but his proposals amount to merely a quarter of the cuts in discretionary spending proposed by his own Deficit Reduction Commission, not to mention the $2.5 trillion in cuts over ten years suggested by the Republican Study Committee. And while we appreciate hearing the same President who gave us the trillion dollar Stimulus Package boondoggle finally concede that we need to cut earmarks, keep in mind that earmarks are a $16 billion drop in the $1.5 trillion ocean that is the federal deficit. Budget cuts wont be popular, but they are vitally necessary or we will soon be a bankrupt country. Its the responsibility of a leader to make sure the American people fully understand this.
As it is, the American people should fully understand that when the President talks about increased investments hes talking about increased government spending. Cut away the rhetoric and youll also see that the White Houses real message on economic reform wasnt one of substantial spending cuts, but of tax increases. When the President talks about simplifying the tax code, hes made it clear that hes not looking to cut your taxes; hes looking for additional tax revenue from you. The tax simplification suggested by the Presidents Deficit Reduction Commission would end up raising taxes by $1 trillion over the next decade. So, instead of bringing spending down in line with revenue, the President wants to raise our taxes to pay for his massive spending increases. Its tax and spend in reverse: spend first, tax later.
And the Obama administration has a lot of half-baked ideas on where to spend our hard-earned money in pursuit of national greatness. These investments, as the President calls them, include everything from solar shingles to high speed trains. As we struggle to service our unsustainable debt, the only thing these investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.
With credit ratings agency Moodys warning us that the federal government must reverse the rapid growth of national debt or face losing our triple-A rating, keep in mind that a nation doesnt look so great when its credit rating is in tatters.
Of course, its nice to give a speech calling for investment and competition in order to reach greatness. Its quite another thing to advocate and implement policies that truly encourage such things. Growing the federal government is not the answer.
Take education for example. Its easy to declare the need for better education, but will throwing even more money at the issue really help? As the Cato Institutes Michael Tanner notes, the federal government has increased education spending by 188 percent in real terms since 1970 without seeing any substantial improvement in test scores. If you want innovation and competition, then support school choice initiatives and less federal control over our state and local districts.
When it comes to energy issues, we heard more vague promises last night as the Presidents rhetoric suggested an all-of-the-above solution to meeting our countrys energy needs. But again, his actions point in a different direction. He offers a vision of a future powered by what he refers to as clean energy, but how we will get there from here remains a mystery. In the meantime, he continues to stymie the responsible development of our own abundant conventional energy resources the stuff we actually use right now to fuel our economy. His continued hostility towards domestic drilling means hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs will not be created and millions of Americans will end up paying more at the pump. It also means well continue to transfer hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars to foreign regimes that dont have Americas interests at heart.
On the crucial issue of entitlement reform, the President offered nothing. This is shocking, because as he himself explained back in April 2009, if we want to get serious about fiscal discipline we will have to get serious about entitlement reform. Even though the Medicare Trust Fund will run out of funds a mere six years from now, and the Social Security Trust Fund is filled mainly with IOUs, the President opted to kick the can down the road yet again. And once again, he was disingenuous when he suggested that meaningful reform would automatically expose peoples Social Security savings to a possible stock market crash. As Rep. Paul Ryan showed in his proposed Roadmap, and others have explained, its possible to come up with meaningful reform proposals that tackle projected shortfalls and offer workers more options to invest our own savings while still guaranteeing invested funds so they wont fall victim to sudden swings in the stock market.
And what about that crucial issue confronting so many Americans who are struggling today the lack of jobs? The President came to office promising that his massive, multi-trillion dollar spending programs would keep unemployment below 8%; but the lack of meaningful, pro-free market reforms in yesterdays speech means his legacy will almost certainly be four years of above 8% unemployment, regardless of how much he increases federal spending (or perhaps I should say because of how much hes increased it).
Perhaps the most nonsensical bit of double-speak we heard last night was when the President said that hitting job-creators with a tax increase isnt punishing their success. Its about promoting Americas success. But government taking more money from the small business entrepreneurs who create up to 70% of all jobs in this country is not promoting Americas success. Its a disincentive that will result in less job creation. It is, in fact, punishing the success of the very people who created the innovation that the President has supposedly been praising.
Despite the flowery rhetoric, the President doesnt seem to understand that individuals make America great, not the federal government. American greatness lies in the courage and hard work of individual innovators and entrepreneurs. America is an exceptional nation in part because we have historically been a country that rewards and affirms individual initiative and offers people the freedom to invest and create as they see fit not as a government bureaucrat does. Yes, government can play an appropriate role in our free market by ensuring a level playing field to encourage honest competition without picking winners and losers. But by and large, government should get out of the way. Unfortunately, under President Obamas leadership, government growth is in our way, and his big government greatness will not help matters.
Consider what his big government greatness really amounts to. Its basically a corporatist agenda its the collaboration between big government and the big businesses that have powerful friends in D.C. and can afford to hire big lobbyists. This collaboration works in a manner that distorts and corrupts true free market capitalism. This isnt just old-fashioned big government liberalism; this is crony capitalism on steroids. In the interests of big business, were investing in technologies and industries that venture capitalists tell us are non-starters, but which will provide lucrative returns for some corporate interests who have major investments in these areas. In the interests of big government, were not reducing the size of our bloated government or cutting spending, were told the President will freeze it at unsustainable, historic levels! In practice, this means that public sector employees (big governments staunchest defenders) may not lose jobs, but millions of Americans in the private sector face lay offs because the ever-expanding government has squeezed out and crippled our economy under the weight of unsustainable debt.
Ronald Reagan said, You cant be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. President Obamas proposals last night stick the little guy with the bill, while big government and its big corporate partners prosper. The plain truth is our country simply cannot afford Barack Obamas dream of an exceptionally big government that may help the big guys, but sticks it to the rest of us.
- Sarah Palin
Say, mister, can you spare a yuan?
“The era of big government is here as long as I am, so help me pay for it.
Great line, and oh so true.
I like that:
Obama says “Winning the Future”
We ask “WTF”?
WTF? Way to go Sarah!
Grinning wondering if that hag at WaPo can fight the urge to violate her Sarah boycott.
In SPADES! And Greta on the live interview just let her rock and roll. It was beautiful and tomorrow’s Fox will replay it over and over and over! I LOVE it!
In fact, the president has never before been tested in the laboratory of reality...but since becoming president his reality test clearly indicates that his lack of practical experience in life has rendered him a "pie in the sky" adult (emphasis on the word "pie"...your "pie BTW).
Not only does he not get it, he isn't really an adult. He is a child in an adult's body.
Oh, his experience in Chicago politics means he is a very dirty child (he cheats, lies...he thinks being a thug is cute). But he is like a child star living large (on your money).
But the real problem is that there are so many American voters like him that they think he is just fine. They (the voters) are themselves so unfamiliar with the practical world that they actually support this child president. What these voters need is a good depression to help them grow up. Problem is, the one they have brought upon themselves by their childish fantasies isn't just limited to them. We are all now about to enter their crucible of hard times.
Luckily for practical Americans, we will thrive while the empty-headed voters who caused it earn their lessons in the school of hard knocks.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving group of airheads.
Saw that on Greta’s show last night. Cool.
LOL. Oh yes! I had forgotten about her. This will be a test!
Palin is right. Its ridiculous that the GOP doesnt have more options than the stiffs currently out there
Time to start looking elsewhere than those already in DC for POTUS candidates.
These people are from planet Washington DC, and they sleep very well indeed.
They extort 15-38% of all moneys earned by legal citizens and skim off the top for themselves and their crew, the fed employees and the unions.
The Washingtonians are DISGUSTING, they make organized crime look honorable.
New people like Rubio had the appropriate pissed off scowls on their face at the State of the Union, but most of these glad handing sons of bitches from both parties are all about staying in DC, DISNEYWORLD FOR POLITICIANS, where there is never a recession and all are fat and happy.
They have no business with their hands in our pockets to the extent that they do, and there is no political solution that will stop the socialist crooks.
You stop crooks by putting them in jail.
LOL. It was a wonderul interview! She stole his thunder [again] and made him the colossal fool he truly *is*. She’ll get slammed in the lamestream but she anticipated it and will thrive. Everyone with a brain will *get it* and say, “she’s cool and she’s right!”
“Consider what his ‘big government greatness’ really amounts to.”
I have, and it is basic fascism, Mussolini style.
She’s *Right On Sarah Palin*! That part of the interview is already going viral.
Greta: What do you think of the Obama's Sputnik moment.
Palin: It was another WTF moment.
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