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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.

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.