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King Obama and the Republicans

Friday, July 8th, 2011

With unemployment surging to 9.2% in June, President Obama is in NO position to tell Republicans what to do much less command them to capitulate to his wishes on raising the nation’s debt ceiling by August 2, 2011. Democrats got a big shellacking in the 2010 mid-term elections, giving Republicans control of the House and more Senate seats. Obama’s budget was rejected by the Senate 97-0 and Democrats haven’t produced a budget in over 700 days. Meanwhile, the president, riding a sky high spending spree, introduced a $3 trillion budget for 2012.

In two short years in office, Obama has spent $4 trillion about the same amount President Bush spent in his entire eight years in office. President Obama is not the Messiah and I hope by now the liberal news media and supporters can painfully see this and end this sickening fawning over a man, who has failed as president. Last week Obama held a White House press conference acting like a king holding court over his loyal subjects. His demeanor was childish, glib and anything put leader-like.

In true blame game fashion, Obama said Congress needs to grow up and give him a $4 trillion debt buster budget plan HE likes so HE can sign it, because HE is KING. Obama’s churlish rhetoric was aimed at sticking it to Republicans and grabbing headlines than engaging in a meaningful discussion about reducing the nation’s $14 trillion debt, he jacked up over the past two years.

Obama chastised Congress, which is really code for Republicans, for waiting until the last minute to bring him a debt deal, saying even his kids Sasha and Malia “finish their homework a day ahead of time. . .Congress can do the same thing. If you know you’ve got to do something, just do it.”

Obama should heed his own advice and just agree to the Republicans terms for reducing the nation’s debt. Ending tax breaks on corporate jet owners sounds good but would only amount to minuscule savings. As for all those “wealthy Americans,” most of those millionaires Obama describes make less than $1 million. People making $250,000 and over in this country already PAY ENOUGH TAXES! Nearly 75% of small businesses are set up as partnerships, sole proprietorships or LLC and taxed at individual rates so raising taxes on these “rich” earners will mean job cuts. Not the remedy we need right now with 14 million Americans unemployed.

There is something very wrong in this country when 10% of people pay 55% of taxes and nearly 50% pay NO taxes. When you have no skin in the game, you think government money grows on trees and the nanny state will always be there to pick up the tab. Well, the nanny state is bankrupt.

The federal government must stop its spending binge and as all 47 Senate Republicans support, add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. We have only balanced the budget five times in half a century, which will force Congress to make necessary cuts. Everything should be on the chopping block, Defense, entitlement programs, regulatory redundancy including staffing but not tax increases on individuals. Americans are taxed enough already and when numerous studies show when taxes are cut state and federal revenue grows.

For the past three years, the federal government has been on a spending binge, borrowing 40 cents for every dollar it spends. Under Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid’s leadership, Democrats ballooned the nation from $8.67 trillion to $14.1 trillion, an increase of $5.43 trillion or 63%. From the presidencies of George Washington to Bill Clinton, the federal government amassed as much debt as Democrats added in just four years in power (2007-2011).

This debt reduction showdown between Obama and Republicans reminds me of the 1960s’ TV series Lost in Space. The president is drifting around in outer space while the robot, played by Republicans, issue him stern warnings, “Danger Will Robinson, Danger!” Are you listening Mr. President?

Obama Hits New Low with GOP Low Blow

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Down, down, down, that’s where Obama’s poll numbers are going and his presidency. According to a recent Ipsos survey, nearly 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Another Zogby poll found 55% of Americans want to elect someone new in 2012. This past week Obama proved he is incapable and unwilling to lead the country out its debt ridden, jobless morass.

Obama dug in his ideological heels and presented a partisan, “combative” budget designed more to grab headlines than to reach compromise with Republicans in lowering the nation’s debt. When POTUS is playing catch up to a substantive $6 trillion debt reduction plan offered by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, because he refused to lead on the topic, Obama’s budget plan and speech should have been more conciliatory.

After inviting House Republicans, Rep. Dave Camp, House Ways & Means Chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, House Republican Conference Chair and Rep. Ryan all of whom play key roles in the budget debate to listen to his Fiscal Policy speech April 13, 2011, Obama then insulted the GOP. He used the word “serious plan” several times, suggesting the Ryan’s plan which passed the House Friday, wasn’t serious, though it offers innovative approaches for fixing Medicare and Medicaid. Obama then said his plan would “lead to a fundamentally different America” implying GOP’s vision was bad.

Obama then took off the gloves, rattled off some of GOP proposed cuts saying “it paints a vision of our future that is deeply pessimistic” despite the fact Ryan’s Path to Prosperity seeks to pull the country off its $14 trillion debt cliff. But the icing on Obama’s tirade against Republicans was when he said he “refuses to renew” the Bush tax cuts after they expire in 2012.

After slaughtering Obama in the 2010 mid-term elections and forcing him to extend the Bush tax cuts last year, GOP leadership including Speaker Boehner and House Majority leader Eric Cantor said any talks of tax increases is a non-starter in the budget debate.

Bottom line, Obama said I “will continue to spend” on entitlements, even though Medicare is broken and Medicaid is bankrupting states, education and healthcare reform among other things and not yield to substantive cuts. He continued his hackneyed refrain about investing/spending our way into a recovery “to create jobs, and helps us win the future,” which hasn’t worked.

What was most laughable about the speech was Obama invoking the likes of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, who like Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell understand what leadership means. Conversely, our president doesn’t, he roared that “we came together as Democrats and Republicans to meet this challenge before.” No Mr. President you never worked with Republicans on anything since your election and only are forced to acknowledge Republicans now because thank God they control the House.

You can tell a lot about man by his actions. On the heels of his budget speech, Obama jetted off to Chicago April 14th for a night of three 2012 campaign speeches. With everyone boasting the president’s goal is to raise $1billion for his re-election campaign, I guess in his words “over the next three months, six months, nine months, I’m going to be a little preoccupied.” There is something quite distasteful of a president announcing his re-election campaign during the budget battle two weeks ago and aggressively fundraising to raise $1billion when Americans and the country is trying to escape from the worst recession since the Great Depression. It seems Obama is more interested in getting re-elected than governing.

During one of Obama’s triple header speeches Thursday night, he thought his microphone was off but it wasn’t. He ridiculed Rep. Ryan as an accountant and remarked about the budget battle “you think we’re stupid?”

Newsflash Mr. President: Democrats got slaughtered in the 2010 mid-term elections; you and Democrats no longer hold all the power; and the American people have emphatically repudiated your costly, change agenda. The word stupid certainly comes to mind along with stubborn.

To Be or Not to Be: Obama’s Hamlet Moment

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Does the world respect America anymore? It seems President Obama’s lack of leadership on foreign policy issues has whittled the nation’s influence and credibility down to nearly zero. Since civilian uprisings erupted in the Middle East this year, it seems the president is more content thinking about what action the US might take rather taking any action.

While images of Rodin’s famous Thinker sculpture come to mind, Obama seems more like the tragically flawed Hamlet hopelessly brooding over whether to avenge his father’s death and reclaim Denmark. Hamlet chooses not to act and things go very badly.

Hamlet: Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pitch and moment,

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.

These words could just as well be uttered by Obama. As stability unraveled in Egypt and citizens fought for democracy and the end of a 30 year dictator, Obama for weeks never condemned President Hosni Mubarak’s behavior or ordered him to step down. Instead he and his administration, uttered muted calls for “free, fair and credible elections.”

“I just spoke to him after his speech,” Obama said, “and told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise. Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.”

Blah, blah, blah, Mubarak laughed at these calls for peace and dug in even more, refusing to step down. Meanwhile Israel and the rest of the world heard these comments and thought “are you kidding me, what weak response from the US.”

In the end, it was the Egyptian military refusing to turn on the protestors and the protestors’ persistence which forced Mubarak to abandon power and flee Egypt. While the president is so caught up in being politically correct and afraid of offending some Arab countries, dictators are surfeiting on the spoils of his inaction.

This brings us to the tragic tale of Libya. Weeks ago, Libyans caught the same democracy fever and led by rebels tried to oust Moammar Gadhafi from his 41 years of tyrannical reign. Once again mums was the word from the Obama administration. The president, his UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had this wait and see approach. At first the rebels made gains against Gadhafi but in a bloody reversal of fortune that quickly slipped away. More than two weeks ago, Britain and France were seeking support for enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya while the Obama administration publicly debated the merit of a no-fly zone.

Finally, after dithering around for weeks and doing nothing, Obama was shamed into voting for the UN resolution to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. More than 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles have been launched from American and British ships and submarines and the president finally found words of condemnation for Gadhafi he should have summoned weeks ago: “ We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.”

Yet, sadly America stood by idly as Libyan rebels fought for freedom. But the most embarrassing part of this tragedy is the “UN Security Council resolution was introduced by the mighty power of Lebanon, pushed above by the French, and embraced by the Arab League.” As the Wall Street Journal pointed about Obama, leader of the free world, was shamed into finally acting after ever other country under the sun urged action against Gadhafi. But if the United States, under the helm of Obama, had moved from contemplation to action sooner Libyan rebels would have held on to their advantage and the US and its UN allies wouldn’t be facing such quagmire.

Right now I bet lots of Americans are thinking President George W. Bush isn’t looking so bad. Meanwhile Bahrain appears to be disintegrating into chaos, as government forces try to kill the democracy movement taking root there and even called in the Saudi military for assistance. Once again we see strong rebukes from the Obama administration to Bahrain or Saudi Arabia. As Yemen meltdown over calls for democracy, Obama has been more readily “condemning the violence” there, which is somewhat in encouraging.

The United States certainly can’t afford to get involved militarily in every nation in the Middle East experiencing unrest because its people have been denied basic freedoms for centuries. But the US can and should support peoples fight for democracy and condemn atrocities with strong words from the start instead of waiting on the sidelines to see how bad things get.

Right now President Obama looks more like a leader in waiting than the leader of the free world. What has become of America? Now is not the time “to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” but rather “to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.” The world is watching to see which path the president will choose.

Unemployed Blacks: Thank Illegal Immigrants, Obama & CBC

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Illegal immigrants, undocumented workers, whatever you want, people who sneak into America illegally through the back door, depressing wages should be booted legally out of the front door. Unemployment is at 9.8% (Gallop Poll survey) in America. But the unemployment rate for blacks is far worse at 16% compared to 12% for Hispanics and 8% for whites. Yet, there are about 8 million illegal workers in the US, depriving Americans of jobs that should be theirs. I bet the nearly 14 million unemployed Americans looking for work would gladly take these jobs.

If Obama really wants to create jobs, he should start enforcing our immigration laws. That would be change we could believe in. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a hearing March 1st on this very topic, how immigration is harming minority workers. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith opened the hearing with a shocking report card, detailing Obama’s lax enforcement of immigration laws. Congressman Smith noted:

“Unfortunately, worksite enforcement has plummeted under the Obama Administration. Administrative arrests have fallen 77% from 2008 to 2010. Criminal arrests have fallen 60%. Criminal indictments have fallen 57% and criminal convictions have fallen 66%.”

Shame on President Obama! With a failed stimulus package that did nothing to create jobs, at least he could turn his attention to enforcing immigration laws, this would really “save jobs” for American citizens.

One of the witnesses testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing this week, Dr. Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University, summed up the ugly reality of the Obama administration turning a blind eye to the problem.

“The failure to enforce immigration laws means that American citizens are unprotected from a massive influx of millions of foreign born persons who have entered the country without authorization and have openly stolen jobs, goods, and have entered the country without authorization and have openly stolen jobs, goods and opportunities from law-abiding American citizens. It does not matter that some of the unauthorized foreigners are otherwise good people. What matters is their choice to enter the country unlawfully and thumb their noses at the laws and regulations that Congress has enacted to protect the people. By not defending our laws, the president risks and encourages the kinds of lawlessness that we find rampant in other parts of the world.”

What was most compelling about the hearing was Ms. Swain’s data on how blacks are profoundly impacted by the influx of illegal workers into this country and the exchange which later ensued between her and Congressman John Conyers. In a recession when jobs are scarce, Swain noted “native born blacks and Hispanics with a high school education or less suffer the most.” Swain noted, “according to Harvard economist George Borjas a 10% immigration induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 3%, lowered the employment rate of black men by 5% and increased the incarceration rate of blacks by a one percent.”

After all the witnesses presented their statements, Swain engaged in a verbal tango with Conyers, blasting the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), of which Conyers is a member for not doing more to actually help poor blacks, which is the group’s mission. Apparently, Conyers took umbrage at her comments, asserting “CBC is the conscience of the Congress.”

If this is really true, then where is the Congressional Black Caucus’ outrage at the fact that in some parts of the country, like certain areas of DC or Brooklyn, black unemployment is 30%-50% and more importantly why isn’t the CBC putting pressure on the Obama administration to crack down on illegal workers? Sorry, I don’t see any conscience coming from the CBC, grandstanding yes, conscience no. Moreover, considering 95% of Black Americans voted for Obama, one would imagine Obama to feel compelled to address issues like unemployment plaguing blacks at a disproportionate rate to other groups like he’s helping out the BIG unions to beat back state collective bargaining laws. Perhaps at the end of the day, the sad truth is blacks really aren’t that important to Obama, Democrats or the CBC and all this talk of conscience is just that—talk.

What black Americans should do and groups who claim to be advocates of Black Americans is demand the Obama administration enforce immigration laws, including conducting raids, fining employers and deporting illegal workers. Blacks should also put pressure on their member of Congress to pass HR 800 which would make E-Verify, used to determine a worker’s legal status, a mandatory requirement for all businesses rather than voluntary, which it is now.

Blacks would also be wise to support bills and efforts to reduce illegal immigration which rob lawful American citizens of jobs like the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011. Current federal law allows any child born in the US to become a citizen. 10% of all births nationwide are to illegal immigrants. NumbersUSA notes while the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants citizenship to anyone born in the US, the Supreme Court has never interpreted the Birthright Citizenship clause as it applies to illegal aliens – only to legal immigrants.

Granting amnesty to 11 million or more illegal immigrants in this country is comparable to not arresting criminals for crimes they committed years ago because time has passed, so law enforcement just forgives the crime. A woman was horrified recently when I suggested illegal immigrants should be legally kicked out of the country. She declared America’s illegal immigration problem was a little more complicated than cracking down on the law of the land. She drifted into the “who would step into these low skilled jobs” argument.

The country’s illegal immigration problem is pretty black and white, and the solutions crystal clear when you look at the facts. The Obama administration and Democrats need to stop sentimentalizing the problem of illegal immigration, which is hurting America, drift back to reality and re-focus their attention on enforcing the laws of the land.