Archive for July, 2011

Senator Rubio Calls Out the Lack of Leadership

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

Senator Rubio eloquently and clearly laid out the situation facing our nation. The time for fiscal responsibility and the end of name calling is now if we are to save our great republic.

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Contact President Obama and Demand Leadership on the Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

President Obama used the bully pulpit to call out to his supporters to call and email the Republicans to presssure them for their role in this crisis. Unfortunately this is a word this administration has used often but their responses or lack thereof depends on what fits their agenda. I would urge any American who has come to terms with the idea that our curent form of government has grown unsustainable to call the White House and demand leadership not the partisanship and divisiveness that this President has worsened. The contact information can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. Below is an example you could view and use if you agree. It is time to hold the President accountable for his actions and or lack thereof.

President Obama,

With all due respect to your office, I find your comments from your press conferences on the debt ceiling debate to be more about political posturing than actual leadership. This crisis is just another example of a trend we’ve seen under your administration. You let things simmer failing to act little less lead, until positions harden then announce the need to get it done quickly. You wait until the last possible moment and declare an emergency. Then out you come portraying the role of the statesman who gets congress to work together. You excel at playing the blame game instead of leading. You were in charge of an undivided government for 2 years and didn’t feel the need to sufficiently address this issue at all, why? You weren’t willing to pay the political price to own this issue with your fellow Democrats. Now you have your scapegoat, someone to blame for your own ineptitude, those intransient Republicans. You ran for the office you hold to lead. Forget about your political future when considering making the hard choices. Follow your oath and do what is right to lead this nation back to prosperity. Present the American people with your plan, detailing your positions and how you intend to achieve them.

You speak of a balanced approach with spending cuts and additional revenue to not chance harming the economy. However it is your policies which have accelerated and even helped to create the mess we are in. The American economy needs jobs; this can only be accomplished by creating an atmosphere where our free market, capitalist system is encouraged to invest in America and her bright future. I’m sure you also realize that spending cuts alone will not solve our problem. The trade deficit incurred by our country for energy is also a threat to our long term fiscal strength. The obvious answer is to expand our efforts for domestic production, refining and use of our natural resources to lower both energy prices and unemployment. Increased workers being hired across the country will lead to increased revenues for the government and improve America’s long term financial health.

We owe it to our children to leave them with a clean slate and a fresh start to pursue their dreams. The deficit must be addressed and our debt paid down. Failure to do so is immoral and will define the lack of leadership on your part and your legacy. Stop trying to scare people into acting hastily in a manner they may later regret. Plan, prepare and react in a timely manner to issues that arise so the American people can watch the actions of our elected officials. You promised transparency and yet all we see is legislation being passed without lawmakers even having the opportunity to review it. Yet you promised us the American people would have access to critical legislation through the internet far enough in advance for us to review it and to allow our thoughts to be heard. This is one of many broken promises made by you on the campaign trail. You seem to lack substance when it comes to governing. Campaigning and governing are separate and distinct functions. You have yet to show much of an appetite for the latter. Stop trying to act like a leader and actually be one.

You asked the American people to contact their elected officials and share their views hoping to pressure your opponents to give in to your demands. I pray this is just one of many voters holding you personally accountable for this mess and contacting you. This is your mess, no more passing the buck or the blame. Time for you to stand up and fix things now before it’s too late. You wanted the job now get out there and do it right, be the leader you aspired to be and millions thought you capable to be. This is a historic moment and history will judge you by your actions and or inactions at this time of great uncertainty. Present us with a plan with specifics. Do your job and lead.

Respectfully.

The Gang of Six Deficit Reduction Plan

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The proposal put forth by the Senate group of six including, Democratic Senators; Dick Durbin from Illinois, Mark Warner from Virginia and Kent Conrad from North Dakota as well as Republican Senators; Tom Coburn from Oklahoma, Saxby Chambliss from Georgia and Mike Crapo from Idaho must be opposed. This plan is a recipe for disaster and doesn’t do enough to address our immediate need to enact serious spending cuts. It is time we consider ending deficit budgets with budgets that not only don’t add to our debt but begins to pay down what we owe. $500 billion in cuts does not come close to accomplishing that.

The only true path to getting our fiscal house in order is to cut government spending and also looking to removing regulatory obstacles to job creation. Additional revenue in these circumstances can only come from private sector investments in American jobs. Our fiscal house will never be in order when we can’t afford our government, have continued high unemployment, a still damaging housing crisis and a trade deficit. We must rebuild our economy and declare energy independence from foreign sources. Explore and use our latest technology and huge natural resource reserves to lead us back to prosperity. We must end the reckless policies of the Federal Reserve and restore the integrity of our dollar. Only these concrete steps will lead us back to our position of preeminence in the world and ensure that we can regain the future for our children and their children. We must fix what we can and recapture the imagination of the world. The beacon of freedom and liberty must shine brightly as the darkness of evil spreads across the world. We are once again called to action and true leadership to ensure our vision and values of freedom and liberty is spread throughout the world.

President Obama and the Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

President Obama has exhibited his now familiar style of leadership, brinkmanship, painting his opponents negatively and political posturing as he continuously acts like a candidate not a real leader. This is Mr. Obama’s way, he votes present, takes no stand and certainly does not lead through actions. He puts things off until there is no time for debate and then last minute deals are struck behind closed doors. He takes the high ground by basically doing nothing and then putting the blame on his opponents for fighting his well-meaning policies. It is a tactic of blame, posture, campaign instead of govern. His recent press conference is filled with examples of his tactics and lack of a politically viable solution available to him to the huge difficulty we find ourselves in.

First he begins by saying,”All the congressional leaders have reiterated the desire to make sure that the United States does not default on our obligations, and that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved. That is a good thing. I think we should not even be this close to a deadline on this issue; this should have been taken care of earlier. But it is encouraging that everybody believes that this is something that has to be addressed.” Whose fault is it that we are here now? The Democrats had control of both houses of the congress with veto proof majorities and the presidency from Jan 2009 until Jan 2011 and did nothing on this issue or even pass a budget. So he tries to blame the Republicans for being obstructionist for our current dilemna which is mendacious. This situation has gotten here because of his policies of accelerating our deficit spending and also by his lack of policies to deal with America’s current problems.

He goes on to say,”And for the general public — I’ve said this before but I just want to reiterate — this is not some abstract issue. These are obligations that the United States has taken on in the past. Congress has run up the credit card, and we now have an obligation to pay our bills. If we do not, it could have a whole set of adverse consequences. We could end up with a situation, for example, where interest rates rise for everybody all throughout the country, effectively a tax increase on everybody, because suddenly whether you’re using your credit or you’re trying to get a loan for a car or a student loan, businesses that are trying to make payroll, all of them could end up being impacted as a consequence of a default.” Well his first public comments were directed at senior citizens trying to scare them about their social security checks. Knowing full well the concern this would raise was fear mongering. Now he says everyone would be hurt, sounds like more of the same on a larger scale. I still see no leadership in the form of a specific plan on his willingness to compromise just another measure to frighten the American people who may not be fully informed on the facts in this case.

Then he says, “Now, what is important is that even as we raise the debt ceiling, we also solve the problem of underlying debt and deficits. I’m glad that congressional leaders don’t want to default, but I think the American people expect more than that. They expect that we actually try to solve this problem, we get our fiscal house in order.” This from a man who proposed a 2011 budget with a projected $1.3 trillion deficit so outrageous he couldn’t even get it through the lame duck session of congress. Now he tries to lay claim to the moral highground of bringing back fiscal responsibility. His actions again bring into question his sincerity on this claim.

He goes on to say, “Now, what that would require would be some shared sacrifice and a balanced approach that says we’re going to make significant cuts in domestic spending. And I have already said I am willing to take down domestic spending to the lowest percentage of our overall economy since Dwight Eisenhower.
It also requires cuts in defense spending, and I’ve said that in addition to the $400 billion that we’ve already cut from defense spending, we’re willing to look for hundreds of billions more.
It would require us taking on health care spending. And that includes looking at Medicare and finding ways that we can stabilize the system so that it is available not just for this generation but for future generations.” How we get there not a clue but defense spending we can look at additional cuts. This while he unconstitutionally involves us in a civil war in Libya. Only the Congress has the power to declare war and the President has ignored all calls to explain to Congress and the American people why we are there, what our objectives are, our national interest in this affair, what the risks and cost are. Ending this mission now would certainly save us some money. He also mentioned bringing the budget down to 1960 level under Dwight D. Eisenhower which is ludicrous. The budget was $92,191,000,000 17.8% of GDP with a surplus, he proposed a budget of $3,800,000,000,000 and a $1.3 trillion dollar annual deficit. Sounds great, again where’s the plan?

His next statement is incredulous given that he said that the Bush tax cuts just a few short months ago had to be extended because of the fragility of the economy and the high unemployment across the nation. Nothing has changed to suggest our economy is on the mend when we are told we are on the verge of financial collapse. He said, “And it would require revenues.” That means tax hikes which again is the wrong approach in this economic climate. Revenues can be raised by revewing regulations that inhibits use of our nation’s abundantly blessed energy reserves and new technologies. Unleashing American companies to invest, create needed infrastructure to build energy independance with American jobs would lead the American economy to prosperity, freedom and liberty.

The Debt Ceiling Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

This is the single most important debate on whether or not the American Republic as we know it will survive. The President has the nerve to blame the Republicans for this impending disaster. The budget should have been completed in the past congress when the Democrats had control of both houses and the presidency yet did not complete their constitutional responsibility to do so. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi should explain to the American people why this vital responsibility was left uncompleted until after the midterm elections and the lame duck session. Was this a calculated political move with an eye towards the upcoming election of 2012, let them explain it instead of playing the blame game which is a farce.

Our government is bloated and has become even more so during the Obama administration’s time in power. The government needs to be shrunk to where it doesn’t cost us a penny borrowed to pay for a responsible government. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke also entered into the fray with his attacks on Republicans as well. His comments are incredulous given the facts. He accused the Republicans of possibly damaging the dollar when his own policies of printing money and inflating the money supply has done more intentional damage to the value of our currency and our way of life than any other person in history. An investigation into the activities of the Federal Reserve is needed urgently and anyone found guilty of improper conduct should be held legally accountable.

The final slap to the American people by this administration, is their argument that they need additional revenues to go with spending cuts. This from an administration which if it had our best interests at heart could increase revenue, improve our security and save our economy by opening up American natural resources to American companies. Freeing them to hire American workers to tap into our vast reserves of oil, natural gas and coal that could transform us back to prosperity. American energy independance is vital to our future prosperity and the only way to get ourselves out of this massive hole we have dug for ourselves. This is an unbelievable pool of resources left untouched to what purpose and why? Our government needs to allow for the private sector to create jobs by getting out of the way and let capitalism do what it does best, innovate and create. To me, I believe $14.3 Trillion in debt needs to be paid down not added to. We owe it to our future children, grandchildren and citizens of future generations to inherit this world free of debt. It is our moral duty, it is time to make the correct but difficult choices that must be made. Republicans must hold fast and it is up to Speaker Boehner to lead in the absence of real leadership from the president and the senate.