Sunday, April 3, 2011
“Are you disgusted? I am.”
by John Alexander Madison
April 4, 2011
It’s difficult to decide which aspects of our current government’s actions are more disturbing.
Is it the waste and ineffectiveness of T.A.R.P. (Troubled Asset Relief Program)? Is it the government’s takeover over General Motors and handing labor unions majority ownership status of this publicly traded company? Is it the seemingly endless government bailouts? Is it the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac almost immediately after Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd assured Americans that these two government financial institutions were stable? Or is it the imminent collapse of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and other entitlement programs? These programs continue to grow and they are unsustainable. How about $50,000 for every African-American who wanted to be a farmer?
Maybe it’s the outstanding $14.28 trillion U.S. debt, as of yesterday. (Is 14,288 billion dollars or 14,288,000 million dollars easier to understand?) That’s $46,025.52 for each person included in the 310,321,477 U.S. population. Gee, does that include illegal immigrants? Equally disturbing is the fact that U.S. debt has increased by an average of $4.11 billion per day for the last four years! Perhaps I am upset, though, because we are quickly approaching the end of the first half of the federal government’s 2010-2011 fiscal year and our irresponsible government has yet to approve a budget. Is it ‘Bush’s fault’ or the Democrats who controlled both houses of Congress last fall? There is plenty of blame to pass around but let’s put this one on our indecisive, ineffective and fiscally irresponsible leader.
Most recently, he chose to relax in South America for five or six days while a significant revolution was brewing in Libya. Of course, he will claim he cut that trip short (was it six hours?) so that he could later say he cut his trip short. Although he is supposed to be the most powerful man in the world he reminds me more of the 98 pound weakling in whose face the bodybuilder would kick sand at the beach. Just as with the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan the President has no clue how to react to the uprising in Libya. The reason is quite simple. Unless it is a pre-planned event as part of his active reelection campaign, replete with dual teleprompters, this President has absolutely no idea whatsoever as to how to lead.
But wait, I need to retract that immediately. This President has led, led us dangerously close to a meltdown perhaps more serious than the one in Fukushima. He has led us toward a model of governance which a large majority of Americans reject- socialism. Mr. O’Reilly why do you give Mr. Obama a pass? In the no spin zone you must call him what he is.
I guess it’s more accurate and fair to say this President is a leader, just not my kind of leader. His first two years in office have been a man-made disaster and nothing more than laying the groundwork for his 2012 Presidential campaign. Our government cannot stop spending---our leaders see the only way to improve the economy is to spend more money and increase taxes. This President cannot create anything but government jobs, and in case you haven’t noticed, the rate at which the number of government employees is growing vs. the private sector is alarming.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has it right. Not only must spending be cut but we must also have a real plan to reduce the annual deficits and our growing, unacceptable national debt. That plan includes trimming entitlement programs. This is a courageous and difficult but necessary course of action and one we must all embrace. If we do not make difficult decisions now America will continue its decline toward mediocrity or worse. And for that we need to thank our President, our arrogant President.
Speaking of disgusting, in recent days the attacks on Steve Bach, the leading candidate for mayor of Colorado Springs, can be characterized as nothing but despicable and shameful. But when superman cannot win on his qualifications, experience and vision for our fine city, his minions must resort to the politics of personal destruction. Shame on the politicians and political operatives who employ such tactics and shame on those who condone their actions.
Therefore, I wholeheartedly endorse Steve Bach for Mayor of Colorado Springs…and for President Paul Ryan, or Michelle Bachmann, or Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney, or Chris Christie, or Scott Walker, or John Kasich, or Rick Santorum, or Mitch Daniel, or just about anybody but the guy who wants four more years to finish the job of completely destroying America.