Skip to comments.Running Without An Agenda For The Next Four years
Posted on 04/25/2012 4:57:47 AM PDT by Kaslin
WASHINGTON - President Obama has officially begun his 2012 campaign, telling special interest groups what the government will do for them if he is re-elected to a second term.
But the question many people are asking is, what else is he running on besides government handouts? What's his second term agenda? What is he planning to do if he wins? He doesn't say.
There is no hint of a grand plan of action dealing with the mountain of unfinished problems he's left behind in the nation's capital as he piles up frequent flyer miles in hot pursuit of his singular goal: becoming a two term president.
His campaign rhetoric thus far gives us no clue that he intends to address the big problems that still need to be fixed. He knows what they are, because polls tell us what America's primary concerns are: a lackluster, slow-growth, sub-par economy, far too few jobs; a monster $1.2 trillion budget deficit, the fourth of his big spending presidency, and a $16 trillion debt by the end of this year.
But Obama isn't talking about a mediocre economy that appears to be slowing down -- again.
And he isn't talking about jobs, or bemoaning the fact that many college grads -- who this week he promised an extension of low interest student loans -- can't find a job that will allow them to pay back the government.
As for the student loan extension Obama is pushing on the campaign trail, it's interesting to note that in 2007 then-Sen. Obama missed two pivotal Senate votes on the bill that created the program.
He's embracing it now because he needs the support of younger voters to save his presidency, but he did not vote for the original bill or on final passage, and didn't bother to sign on as a co- sponsor, according to a report Tuesday by Politico.
This week he was speaking at universities in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa to champion extending the loan program. Maybe a student will ask him why he didn't take the time to vote for it in the first place?
But let's not trifle over small matters. He was too busy running for president in 2007 to be bothered with student loans and fulfilling his job as a senator for which he was paid $174,000 a year. Let's move on to other matters.
How about more than $5.3 trillion in four consecutive budget deficits. What deficits? The national debt? What debt? No one cares about those issues, do they?
But when the Gallup poll asked voters "what would you say worries you most about the national economy at this time?" the second most frequent response (after jobs and unemployment) was the national debt and the deficit.
Obama is dead silent on both issues, despite millions of worried Americans who fear we're plunging into a black hole of European-style debt that will engulf out economy.
Also missing from his stump speech is any mention of $4-plus gas prices that are cleaning out consumer wallets and crushing struggling small business -- and what he intends to do about it.
He could have begun by approving the Keystone XL pipeline that would have pumped enough oil down to the Gulf to drive down oil and gas prices.
Obama, who put the environmental lobby ahead of jobs, household budgets and businesses, killed the oil deal that would have created 20,000 jobs -- 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing.
The Washington Post's economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson called his decision "an act of national insanity."
But that's yesterday's news and you won't hear the president mentioning it in his campaign speeches any time soon.
He's much too busy dividing the country, playing class warfare and bitterly attacking Mitt Romney's success, saying, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
Social Security's board of trustees may have had the president in mind when they released a grim report on Tuesday that said its trust fund will be depleted by 2033 -- three years earlier than forecast.
"Never since the 1983 reforms have we come as close to the point of trust fund depletion as we are right now," warned Charles Blahous, one of the trustees for Social Security and Medicare.
Both programs are facing enormous fiscal challenges before millions of baby boomers are due to sign up for the programs in the coming decade.
Does the president have a financial reform plan to save these programs from impending collapse? No, he's too busy attacking a House Republican plan to keep Medicare solvent, and appears content for the time being to ignore Social Security's problems to our own peril.
Don't expect Obama to address either program in this election in any substantive way. You get more votes by attacking those who warn that both are headed toward a fiscal cliff.
And then there's the issue of reckless, irresponsible, government spending and the critical need to reform and restructure what the government does and how it spends money.
Annual federal spending is fast approaching $4 trillion a year, fueled by an ocean of waste, fraud, abuse and untold duplication. But the only reform Obama has put forward is to make government bigger and more costly than ever.
The General Services Administration's $823,000 Las Vegas party scandal is the tip of the iceberg. "Every time we turned over a stone, we found 50 more with all kinds of things crawling out," GSA Inspector General Brian Miller told a House investigating committee.
The Government Accountability Office, Congress's spending watchdog, says there is at least $200 billion a year in program duplication throughout the government.
Romney has suggested a top-to-bottom overhaul of the government, eliminating needless programs, merging departments, cutting payrolls, saving hundreds of billions of tax dollars.
But this is an issue about which Obama has nothing to say. He's into spending, not savings.
Actually, the agenda flopped out a little bit on his promise to the Russians that he will have "more flexibility" which is roughly translated as rampant and unrestrained Marxism with little accountability or care that he wants to serve the American people.
Class warfare and government handouts is all he ever had.
In other respects BHO is, substantially, a communist/fascist thug. Early on he showed his colors by robbing the Chrysler and GM bondholders to pay off his union supporters. He is a fascist in his policy of crony capitalism. He is a communist when he expands the federal government into a vast octopus that involves itself in every facet of people's lives. His fiscal policies will bankrupt the US in two years if he is re-elected.
Of course, freepers knew all this back in 2008. The elites are finally coming to the same conclusions. The ordinary, humble folks at FR must be the smartest people in the US.
It is my fervent hope that this man's reign will end in November. The republic will not last another four years of this president.
Why not, he’s run the last four without a BUDGET?
Has there ever been a BUDGETLESS administration?
His agenda is the communist agenda. ‘nuff said.
Like you said, 0bama and the left cannot run openly on their agenda or they’d be flatly rejected.
Hence Romney, just liberal enough to finish transforming our republic whithout threatening the elites
Here is the thing that many simply cant grasp. We all hate romney - but that is not the point!!!
The point is that with Obama there is a 100% certainty we are going to collapse and have four years of absolute hell.
With ABO, romney, vandersloot, madoff, whoever, there is a chance to reverse course, even if it is albeit small and remote. I am sick thinking of voting for myth in november, but I simply cant fathom four more years of this communist traitor in office. My business, along with millions of others will not survive. And if some purists and 100% or nothing types think that is insignificant than you know what - F THEM!!!! Will I get banned for that? I don’t know - but the idea that some think millions losing even more, their businesses, their homes, etc, in the next four years is preferrable than getting the mythical perfect 10/10 candidate, I really don’t know what to say, especially since the 10/10 candidate WAS NOT RUNNIG THIS ELECTION CYCLE!!!!
And wait till 2016? For what? There will be little left to save on the path we are on! Who do these people think is going to rise from the ashes in 2016? Rubio, Ryan, Rand Paul? Who? Saint Rick? Sarah? Who? All of those people other than Sarah have been called RINO’s here by many one way or the other. so who is this mythical 100% pure person that fits the 10/10 or nothing test?
We need to get rid of Obama. he is a disaster of biblical measure. Sure we will be sick over myth and probably have to fight him all along the way, the same way we would have had to do if McLame were elected in 2008.
Believing that an obama second term will mean a great boost for islamic sharia law in America is a safe bet.
But defeating obama and never finding out if that prediction is right is the very best approach of all!!!!
McCain would have been better, then that arrogant, lazy, lying pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He lost rightly though because he did not go after 0bama but played to nice instead
Of course! And McCain would have done things we all would have hated andwe knew it and voted for him anyway since we knew Obama as a stake in the heart of this nation.
I only voted for McLame due to Sarah and my hatred of obama.
Myth makes me sick to my stomach w his lies, but I am over that and focused on one thing - ABO
Obama is a communist traitor, a marxist neo-jihadi, and is trying to collapse ths country!
the “Grand Plan of Action” is definitely there...it’s being deeply and carefully hidden.
Vladimir Ilyich Obama has a plan, but you’ll have to re-elect him to find out what it is.
I would vote for Charles Manson Madoff Vandersloot BTK Killer, Jack the. Ripper, oj , Scott Peterson , or amyone over Obama.