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President Obama’s Jobs Plan Speech

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The President has started his bid to put forth a job creation bill in a stumbling and extremely partisan manner as he calls out the Republican controlled House of Representatives to follow his plan. First he publicly tries to embarrass Speaker Boehner by blaming him for being the first congressional leader in history to decline to hold a joint session of Congress for the president to address. Here the administration failed on two points; first the Republican Party already had a scheduled debate of presidential candidates at that exact time he wanted. Secondly, they failed to understand the mechanisms of how the Congress works and should have known it was impossible to follow the established protocols and get that time slot set with Congress just reconvening.

The President’s tone in his Labor Day remarks at the AFL-CIO Labor Day rally was more of the same we have seen from this president, constant campaigning, blame your opposition, and reward your political allies with taxpayer money. He speaks of putting construction workers back to work in shovel ready jobs repairing our country’s infrastructure yet the first stimulus bill did not meet this test. The President just doesn’t seem to understand that if he really wishes to jumpstart our economy to grow and raise revenues to lower our deficit, permanent changes in regulations that inhibit job growth and domestic energy production would be the place to start. He challenges the Republicans to put country before party, yet he is unwilling to embrace simple, commonsense solutions because they go against his party’s positions on energy. Ironic how now into his third year in the job, jobs are finally his top priority just before his re-election campaign. It is up to him to offer real solutions not political posturing for the next election. Given this President’s track record, I don’t expect anything more than proposing creating government jobs at the expense of the private sector and our free market, capitalist system.

Tea Party Blamed For Debt Deal Debacle

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The article begins with a baseless and offensive attack against conservative Americans in its title, “Tea party has engaged in economic terrorism”. The truth is that the Obama administration and the super majority in both houses of congress gave the Democrats the ability for 2 years to raise the debt ceiling to whatever level they wanted to finance all their spending plans and failed to do so. The President offered no vision, plan or any sense of urgency on resolving the issue until the Treasury Department declared the country would default on its obligations to pay our debts unless the debt ceiling was raised by August 2, 2011. This statement was misleading and began to cause concerns in the markets. They should have assured the world that the US would not default on any loan payments. The federal government could have begun looking at non-essential government workers and beginning to implement a furlough program to extend the government’s ability to pay for all essential services.The federal government didn’t do what all local, county and state governments did when faced with that dilemma, cut government spending. No they proposed allowing them to spend more. They needed to find unnecessary bureaucracy and cut the size of the federal government. The Tea Party wasn’t the irresponsible group in this fiasco, no it was the Democrats who refused to consider significant spending cuts when they knew this path of spiraling debt is unsustainable especially in this weak economy. The author who is nationally syndicated could have debated her points without resorting to calling those who disagree with her, “economic terrorists and equating their actions with that of Al-Qaida. Then she went on to call them” ignoramuses” again degrading and slandering her opponents because she cannot win in an honest and open debate on the issues without resorting to name calling. The Tea party which is an ideal shared by many American citizens who understand that we must fix our economic situation if we are to regain our place as the leader of the free world.

This country is at a crossroads and the choice has never been clearer, do we want a government that believes that taxing, spending and borrowing, leading to unfathomable amounts of debt is the proper course for our nation to take? Debt that our generation will not be able to pay to leave to our children and grandchildren to pay is unconscionable. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Then I say the earth belongs to each of these generations during it’s course, fully, and in their own right. The 2d. generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the 1st., the 3d. of the 2d. and so on.”Or do we want a limited government that can live within its means. The Wall Street crash and downgrading of our nation’s credit rating prove the debt must be addressed now. How sad is it for our country to have to listen to Vladimir Putin of Russia call the United States a parasite on the world because we can’t live within our means. China has said the good old days of borrowing are over.

The stock market has been plummeting since the debt ceiling debate showed that this administration had no intention of significantly cutting spending any more than they had to. They also showed their hypocrisy when they continued to talk about revenues, meaning tax hikes after they agreed to the idea that the economy was too weak in the lame duck session of congress to raise taxes and they agreed to extending the Bush tax cuts until 2012. This President has the ignominious honor of being the first President to lose the country’s triple A credit rating and having more people receiving government assistance than ever before in history. All while unemployment remains above what he said it would in spite of the stimulus package that needed to be passed immediately to avert a possible depression. Now with our credit in question, our economy in shambles, unemployment and foreclosures up and the housing market severely weak, here come rising interest rates and further devaluation of the dollar to further weaken our economy. The President needs to take responsibility for the economy and his role over the last two years through the effects of his policies. He also needs to use his influence to end the toxic atmosphere in politics by calling for an end to the bashing of his opponents and toning down this incendiary rhetoric.

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.

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.

Time To Stand Together

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by authorcarloscardoso

The elections of 2010 represent a watershed moment in history that could not only decide the fate of this great country of ours, but the future of Western Civilization, the direction of the free world, and our position of preeminence in the world.

Now as we see the direction our country is headed it is time for us to stand up together, make our voices heard and take our country back to the roots that have made this country great. May history find us worthy and say that this generation of Americans faced our challenges with faith, courage and determination and once again prevailed against those who would threaten us, our way of life and our republican system of government. We cannot sit idly by as the stakes have never been higher.

Should we fail, we will be judged harshly by history and rightly so.