Words of a Wise Man

Change we can step in.

He changed. I didn't.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

– Senator Barack Obama, 3/20/06

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Silver Tongue

Well, we have a deal! On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, our legislators marveled in their own magnificence as they passed a bipartisan debt ceiling proposal, narrowly averting a worldwide financial Armageddon at the zero hour. The mid-day celebration was capped off Tuesday afternoon with Obama giving a victory-lap statement in the Whitehouse rose garden where he discussed all of his ideas about where to spend the extra $1.2 trillion he was just awarded. No mention of Social Security checks being spared, or vets being paid, or Medicare/Medicaid remaining solvent, or of saving default on our debt. Instead, he orated about investment in infrastructure, education, and medical research while peppering his articulation with his standard wealth-envy buzzwords like millionaires, corporate jet owners, and people with yachts.

So aside from handing Obama another Stimulus budget and a trigger to raise taxes, I hope our Congress realizes they completely missed the broader reality of what our nation needs to deal with. After the celebration, the hugs and handshakes, and in spite of the ‘hero of the day’ arrogance of our elected officials, Moody’s and/or S&P will be lowering our country’s credit rating due to the proposal failing to cut $4 trillion in spending. Default on our debt was never going to occur, and entitlement checks and our military were never at risk of being ignored. This manufactured crisis our government called the debt ceiling was a means to an end, and one end only: Obama and the Democrats crave wealth redistribution, and they will trash America in the name of fairness and social justice to do it. Moody’s looming downgrade is a clear indication we must stop spending, and it recognizes the impact Obama’s policies have on America’s productivity.

What this means to Americans is that I hope you have your finances in order, because borrowing is about to get more expensive. I sure hope our legislators are proud of themselves for completely ignoring reality, and I pray America lasts long enough to vote them all out in 2012.

(The funny thing is that I wrote this letter on August 2, 2011. America’s credit rating was lowered to AA+ from AAA on August 6th. I hate being right.)

The First President

To say in early 2008 that Senator Barack Obama could make history if elected President has turned out to be the understatement of the decade. Under the subsequent transformational leadership of the Obama presidency, we are actually witnessing an unprecedented series of ‘firsts’ in our country that I feel must be properly acknowledged for appreciation by an ungrateful electorate.

We elected our first black President of the United States in November 2008. President Obama soon thereafter became the 2009 recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize awarded for world vision as opposed to the norm of being recognized for having already accomplished something meaningful in the world. In 2010, President Obama championed and enacted the first new entitlement program in the history of our republic with an initial price tag exceeding one trillion dollars. And most recently with the passage of a debt ceiling increase, our President finalized the fiscal framework required to achieve the first credit downgrade our country has ever received.

With all these ‘firsts’ to his credit, our President has unequivocally earned a prominent place in American history in less than three short years in office. About the only thing he hasn’t done during his presidency thus far is magically manifest a compound cure for cancer, but his term isn’t quite over yet so there still may be time if he’s not too exhausted already from his success to date.

There were those who said in 2008 that they hoped President Obama would fail. Obama has obviously succeeded – as our ‘first’ President.

Upgraded Bumper Stickers

President Obama formally announced his intent to seek a second term this week on the symbolic fourth day of the fourth month as our 44th president. As a result, his website now asks, “Obama in 2012 – Are you in?”. Yes I am, and I’ve already scraped the old 2008 ‘Hope and Change’ bumper sticker off my car in eager anticipation of replacing it with a new 2012 version! I can already envision the clever redesigns in the works:

Obama 2012: Are You In? R-U-IN? RUIN! …against the backdrop of mushroom clouds and a smoldering heap of corporate headquarters……

Obama/Biden 2012: R-U-N? RUN! …against a backdrop of smoking holes and stick-figures running for fire exits……

Perhaps the President needs to rethink his new campaign slogan.

Big Government

Do you think we’d have problems with unemployment, debt, shortages, or entitlements if not for government intervention? John Hayward from Human Events does a nice job of answering this question.

Bretton Woods?

Here’s a little insight in to a man named George Soros and how he plans on changing the world order. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the billionaire Socialist who finances over 50 liberal organizations across the globe who then funnel the money to Democrats and radicals. He’s also the guy behind Obama pulling the puppet strings.

Here are the results of his latest meeting , a gathering of liberal and radical masterminds he calls the Bretton Woods Conference.

Here’s a segment that Glenn Beck did on some of the Soros associations that’s easy to grasp.

Virginia – Second District Congressional Election

Published in the Virginian Pilot, October 23, 2010 here.

As an undecided Virginia 2nd District voter this fall, I’ve become frustrated watching Congressman Glenn Nye and challenger Scott Rigell go back and forth over Rigell’s participation in Cash for Clunkers.  As they volley accusations of hypocrisy at each other, they seem to be engaging in a superficial argument.  What’s most relevant here is our government’s meddling in private industry, not whether either candidate’s words are hypocritical towards their actions with stimulus plans.

As the owner of a local car dealership, Rigell would have been criticized had he stood firmly on his anti-stimulus ideology and refused to participate in the Clunkers program.  Sitting it out would have forced a competitive disadvantage on his business and likely would have impacted the welfare of his employees.  On the other hand, as he is now being criticized for, he participated in the program and remained competitive among dealers across the country, while at the same time not being terribly enthusiastic about taking government money.  The point is that our government set the market, and car dealers could either play the game or lose business.  Any dealer who sold cars under the Clunkers program was simply facilitating a transaction between the government and the consumer, nothing more.

Had a government stimulus program not placed Rigell in this situation to begin with, we wouldn’t be having a debate.  So rather than finger-pointing and commentary about Rigell taking the money, what I would appreciate from the two candidates is clarity on what they each believe is the proper role of government in the private marketplace.