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The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 08:22 AM
As we mark the first anniversary of President Obama’s administration, it is clear that the reality of his agenda bears little resemblance to the hopeful vision most Americans had when he was inaugurated last January.

Without question, our nation faced a particularly difficult economic and fiscal situation at that time -- the economic recession, mounting job losses, unrelenting health care costs, and the unsustainable path of Federal spending and looming entitlement crisis.

But instead of pursuing bipartisan solutions to tackle our most urgent domestic challenges, Washington’s Democratic leaders chose to go-it alone, exploiting Americans’ genuine economic anxieties to justify an explosion of Federal Government spending, intrusion and control.

This included the trillion-dollar, debt-financed economic “stimulus”; a budget that would double the debt in five years and triple it in 10; and the start of a government takeover of the Nation’s energy sector, housing and financial markets, and the auto industry. Of course, this also includes the ongoing pass-at-all-costs drive to takeover Americans’ medical care.

All told, the Congress and White House have in a single year pushed through legislation that will boost spending by $3.7 trillion over the next decade, raise taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion, and increase deficits and debt by $1.8 trillion.

Americans have become increasingly alarmed by this unrelenting deficit-financed spending binge. They’re right to be. But I fear that those who will be most affected by the past year’s actions are those who have the least control over -- and the most to lose from -- this agenda: our children.

Should we continue down this course -- in which we attempt to answer every question with ever-higher Washington spending, fueled by ever-higher taxes and debt -- it is our children who will bear the greatest burden for our failings.

And as alarming as today’s $1.4 trillion deficit is, our nation’s long-term debt projections are almost inconceivably worse.

The past year’s explosion of spending -- combined with the failure to begin critical reforms to our largest, least sustainable entitlement programs -- has hastened America’s march down a fiscal path on which our health and retirement security programs collapse; we condemn future generations to a crushing burden of debt and taxes; and our economy is crippled and unable to compete in the international marketplace, let alone lead.

In fact, by the time my three kids are my age, they will have to pay twice the taxes we pay today just to keep the government afloat; and that assumes no new programs, no new spending -- double the taxes just to maintain today’s status quo.

Incredibly, Washington’s only recognized plan forward is to dig our fiscal and economic hole even deeper.

And these are just the fiscal consequences of this approach. Perhaps most troubling is what it will do to the unique character of America. Because all the “benefits” of “progressive” government come at the expense of personal initiative, the vitality of local communities, and the creativity of the business sector.

If we resign to accept this, we are making a clear -- perhaps irreversible choice -- and that is to trade much of our freedom to have Washington take over much of our lives. If we continue down this path, it will mark this period in history as the moment when our Great American Experiment ceased, and the transition to the European model began in earnest.

I find this future unacceptable for my own children, or for any American. This is not our destiny. I believe we can, and must, seize this precious window of opportunity to set a better course.

That’s why later this month I will offer an update to my own comprehensive alternative to the heavily government-centered ambitions of Washington’s current leaders. In 2008, I introduced a plan I call A Roadmap to America’s Future that draws on Americans’ strength and initiative to restore our nation’s long-held legacy of leaving the next generation better off. I am now working on a new version of that plan, updated to reflect the dramatic decline in our nation’s economic and fiscal situation, while still achieving the following key objectives:

First, it will ensure universal access to health insurance by removing the distortions and inequities in the health care market; it will rescue and strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- allowing them to fulfill their missions and making them permanently solvent.

Second, it will return Federal spending growth to sustainable levels, and remove the massive future debt burden on your children and mine.

And third -- by reforming our tax code and taming Washington’s spending -- it will promote sustained economic growth with an ever-increasing number of good-paying American jobs, and put the U.S. in a position to once again lead, not merely survive, in the global economy.

Roadmap 2.0 will be a complete legislative proposal consisting of specific policies backed up by sound, credible estimates of its fiscal and economic consequences.

To be clear, it is not simply a slimmer version of the “progressive” government expansion that Washington Democrats are pursuing. Roadmap will call for a frank assessment of how the Federal Government can continue to meet the missions of our largest entitlements in the 21st century while restraining spending, and hence the size of government itself. It rejuvenates a vibrant market economy, and restores the American character -- rooted in individual initiative, entrepreneurship, and opportunity.

It’s unlikely that everyone will agree with every aspect of my proposal, and that’s fine. My hope is that it will spur all Americans -- rich and poor, old and young, Democrat and Republican -- to not only take a hard look down the dangerous path our country is headed, but also to become actively involved in restoring our ability -- and long-held legacy -- of leaving the next generation of Americans better off.



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http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35250

bkkcoh
01-20-2010, 08:41 AM
Seven Lowlights From Obama's First Disastrous Year in Office (http://www.chronwatch-america.com/articles/6256/1/Seven-Lowlights-From-Obamas-First-Disastrous-Year-in-Office/Page1.html)

Barack Obama's first year in office was one long string of gaffes, foreign policy blunders, and domestic disasters strung together in a long, terrible line. Although it's not possible to adequately catalogue every blunder in Obama's first year in something shorter than a book, here are some of the many, many blaring lowlights that really stood out:

1) The stimulus that didn't: The Democrats shoved through a stimulus bill that cost more than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. Why? Over and over again, they said "jobs, jobs, jobs." In fact, the Obama administration said that if the bill passed, they expected it to keep unemployment below 8%. Instead, unemployment hit a 26-year high of 10.2% in November.

2) Pyrrhic "victory" on health care: In one of the most nauseating displays of government "sausage making" in American history, the Democrats have used open bribery to push a wildly unpopular health care bill through both the House and the Senate. The Democrats are willing to trade tax increases, increased premiums, Medicare cuts, government-financed abortions, taxpayer-funded care for illegals, death panels, rationing, and reduced quality of care for a bill they believe will help move America towards socialism. However, this is turning into the Hindenburg of political bills and could very possibly cost the Democrats the House, the Senate, and the White House over the next couple of election cycles unless Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts and helps kill the bill deader than Lenin in the next few weeks.

3) Thanks for the help on the campaign. Enjoy your new company! In what may be the “crookedest” government deal since the Teapot Dome Scandal in the early twenties, Barack Obama broke legally binding contracts and spent more than 50 billion dollars in taxpayer funds to save union jobs at GM and Chrysler. When it was all said and done, the unions, which provides political shock troops for Democrats all across the country, ended with more than 50% of Chrysler and almost 40% of General Motors. Jack Abramoff, Bernie Madoff, and Charles Ponzi together couldn't have bilked as many Americans out of their money in a hundred years as Barack Obama did with this scam.

4) Obama lets you know what he really thinks about race: Barack Obama has been well served by letting his supporters play the race card for him while he keeps his hands clean. That way, he looks like a good guy, even while his friends and allies scream "racism" at everyone who gets in his way. However, the mask slipped on the Henry Louis Gates case and Americans got to see what Obama really thinks about race.

After admitting that he didn't know all the facts, Obama accused the police of "stupidly" arresting his friend and then went on lecture everyone about the racism that surely had to be involved. It was Obama's most revealing moment on race since he tossed his own grandmother under the bus even as he supported Jeremiah Wright.

5) Book 'em, Danno! The decision to put 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on trial in New York is simply bizarre. No one in the Obama administration has been able to give a coherent explanation for why KSM is being tried in New York while other terrorists are facing military tribunals. Why increase the chances of a terrorist attack in New York, give KSM the chance to spew propaganda in the court room, risk the release of sensitive intelligence data, and give a slick lawyer a chance to let Khalid Shaikh Mohammed off via a loophole? This is all doubly true since both Barack Obama and Eric Holder have assured Americans that KSM won't be released, no matter what happens. That should help America's image abroad--making a big show of putting a terrorist through our criminal justice system and then in essence telling the world it's a sham trial that's about as meaningful as the courtroom proceedings in North Korea or Cuba.

6) This is the most important fight ever! Here's when we give up: Since Obama got into office, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan has markedly deteriorated. General Stanley McChrystal gave Obama a plan to help turn things around, and after months of golfing, Obama got around to partially approving it--along with a timeline, explaining when we were leaving. Just after telling Americans how vital Afghanistan was, not just to America's security but to the world, Obama then told the audience when we'd be starting to pull out, whether we won or not. After it became clear that the timeline had the potential to dramatically undercut support for the war, the administration's people backpedaled like they were training for the Tour De France, leaving everyone confused about where we really stand.

7) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Al-Qaeda nipping at your nose: Isn't it great to know that after all the obtrusive, annoying, and time-consuming searches we have to endure at the airports, terrorists can still get on airplanes with explosives? Moreover, despite the fact that our government was given every warning that the Christmas Day Pantsbomber was a threat, not only did they manage to fail to connect the dots, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano declared that "the system worked" because passengers managed to thwart the terrorist attack. As if that wasn't insulting enough, aggravating, completely ineffective new rules were implemented because of the attack, and after the Nigerian pants bomber was foolishly put into the civilian court system, he immediately stopped talking. Where's Jack Bauer--or for that matter, Dick Cheney--when we need some adults to help protect our country?

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 08:55 AM
It's astonishing what this idiot has been allowed to do and get away with thus far.

bkkcoh
01-20-2010, 08:59 AM
It's astonishing what this idiot has been allowed to do and get away with thus far.

And that people actually thought he had enough experience to make good decisions.

I would almost bet that when everything comes out about this administration, Rahm is the one with the hand up the azz of O and pulling a majority of the strings.

Otter
01-20-2010, 09:02 AM
So, what are the constant static points over the last 9 years that have contributed to such a horrible downturn for America? It's obviously not as simple as democrat or republican in the white house or congress.

I dislike Obama's liberal policies with a passion but Bush wasn't exactly a success.

We need to quit the finger pointing and get to the root problem. If you think electing a new president is going to solve the downward spiral we're in while all the lower level obstacles still exist you're no smarter than those who you mock.

Most of the R's and D's suck at this point.

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 09:02 AM
And that people actually thought he had enough experience to make good decisions.

I would almost bet that when everything comes out about this administration, Rahm is the one with the hand up the azz of O and pulling a majority of the strings.

This is what happens in a world where the media refuses to ask any hard questions. Rahm? It's horrifying that "Emmanuel" means God is with us.

The man is evil, and so is Obama.

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 09:05 AM
So, what are the constant static points over the last 9 years that have contributed to such a horrible downturn for America?

I think the media first and foremost because they created false narratives rather than provide unbiased news dissemination.

Then of course I blame the American voter who's attention span is just long enough to filter out everything but the subliminal messages pumped into his or her head.

bkkcoh
01-20-2010, 09:09 AM
So, what are the constant static points over the last 9 years that have contributed to such a horrible downturn for America? It's obviously not as simple as democrat or republican in the white house or congress.
Don't just stop with what happened the last 9 years. There is a lot that happened back in the 70's and 80's that have caused some of the problems that we are having now. The enemy of my enemy is my friend is a terrible was to handle foreign policy. That was what happened on more then a few occasions.

I dislike Obama's liberal policies with a passion but Bush wasn't exactly a success. I feel the same way. Bush was sidetracked with 9/11 and seemed to be forced to react to it. I think his administration would have been viewed a lot differently if 9/11 hadn't happened. That would have allowed him to concentrate on domestic issues other then terrorist's issues.

We need to quit the finger pointing and get to the root problem. If you think electing a new president is going to solve the downward spiral we're in while all the lower level obstacles still exist you're no smarter than those who you mock.

I am not sure the citizens, congress, or the president have the fortitude to do what is needed to be done to correct the issues that are present.

Most of the R's and D's suck at this point.
Absolutely!
Totally agree

I think the media first and foremost because they created false narratives rather than provide unbiased news dissemination.
Then of course I blame the American voter who's attention span is just long enough to filter out everything but the subliminal messages pumped into his or her head.


I don't think that is going to be happening anytime in the near future.

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 09:14 AM
I dislike Obama's liberal policies with a passion but Bush wasn't exactly a success.


Bush and McSame actually think you can be accepted by liberals. Look at all the money Bush sent to Africa----

And yet the liberals pissed all over him every chance they got whether he deserved it or not.

As for the Medicare Presciption drugs expansion of entitlements, I think that Bush had to that or Kerry could have used it as a campaign promise.

My final thought on this, and this one might be out there but here goes---

I really believe that the republican congress saw the inevitability of an democrat victory in 2008, so they ran up the debt as high as they could figuring the dem's wouldn't have the moral capacity to run it up any higher, but boy, were they wrong.

And now we are all pretty much screwed.

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 09:16 AM
I don't think that is going to be happening anytime in the near future.

Of course not. The media will continue to lie and alot of people will just continue to accept it.

The Rick
01-20-2010, 09:36 AM
Rep for posting something from my boy, Paul Ryan from Wisconsin - an ideal candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election. :)

The Mad Crapper
01-20-2010, 09:37 AM
Rep for posting something from my boy, Paul Ryan from Wisconsin - an ideal candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election. :)

My pleasure---

The man speaks the truth.