"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Empty Words from an Empty Suit

Will Malven
2/25/2009

President Obama is a great orator, there is little doubt of that. He has the ability to give rousing, inspiring speeches, proving he has mastered the techniques of public speaking. Unfortunately for America his speeches are filled with soaring rhetoric, but little substance.

For those (like me) who were hoping for some detail on how he intends to accomplish his ambitious agenda for America, last night's speech before a joint session of Congress was sorely lacking.

While it is true that one of the President's primary jobs is that of cheerleader, empty bromides and soaring rhetoric alone will not solve America's problems. Once you have reassured the people that America will not fail and reaffirmed our greatness, you must then follow through with proposals which will point the way to that return to greatness.

Simply asserting that your plan will
"save or create 3.5 million jobs" (how do you prove how many jobs have been saved?) especially when none of those voting on the bill have read the bill or even know what all has been slipped into it.

Honesty is one of the most important aspects of leading a nation. The people must feel they are able to trust the President if they are going to follow his lead, yet this president has a credibility problem. He made the false assertion that the $780 billion ($1.2 trillion after accrued interest) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was
"free of earmarks." Free of earmarks?

Such a claim is not simply inaccurate, it is a blatant lie born out of the arrogance which so typifies this president and the Liberal philosophy he espouses. The truth is that the stimulus package as passed contains a tremendous amount of pork and payments of tribute to the special interest groups which helped Democrats get elected.
LIE - "A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future."

There was no "transfer of wealth to the wealthy." Under President Bush, the wealthy paid a greater share of the taxes than under President Clinton. The truth is phrases like "investing in our future" when uttered by a Liberal means a transfer of wealth from those who produce to those who don't.

LIE - "Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market."

Regulations were gutted...by Democrats...not "for the sake of a quick profit," but for the sake of political gain.

HALF-TRUTH - "People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway."

True, people bought homes they knew they couldn't afford, but they bought them because the Democrats in Congress pushed banks to make those bad loans; again for political gain.

HALF-TRUTH - "Critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day."

Those critical debates and decisions were put off at the behest of the President's own party leaders. Republicans repeatedly warned against what was occurring in the housing market, but were rebuffed in each case by Democrats who wanted those bad loans to be made...for political gain.

What little detail the President did provide is not cause for celebration, but for alarm. He did not offer "Change;" he promised us more of the same old "tax and spend" Liberal policies which have failed us in the past.
TAX - "I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America."
SPEND - "We will invest fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America."
SPEND - "Congress passed a law to provide and protect health insurance for eleven million American children whose parents work full-time."
SPEND - "invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives."
SPEND - "This budget...includes an historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform – a down-payment on the principle that we must have quality, affordable health care for every American."
SPEND - "we will provide the support necessary for you to complete college and meet a new goal"
TAX - "We will also end the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans." [He means those small businesses and investors who generate most of the jobs in America]
TAX - we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.

Yes, you read that right, President Obama is going to raise taxes in the middle of one of the worst recessions in our nation's history. That is precisely the wrong thing to do and most economists and even most of his Democrat allies know this.
President Obama is a master making promises but fails to explain how he plans to meet those promises. Instead he issued the same tired old promises of eliminating "waste fraud and abuse" saying:

"We have already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade."

I shudder to think what he and his little troop of bandits are calling "savings."

President Obama speaks Washington double-speak very well. During the debate over the stimulus bill, he castigated those who called the stimulus package a "spending package" by claiming that you need spending to stimulate the economy. He made fun of those who questioned his spending bill, yet he promised last night that:

"This time, CEOs won’t be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet."

But Mr. President, I thought we needed spending to stimulate the economy. Obviously the President only believes that government spending stimulates the economy...go figure.
No hope here folks. Last night the president made a wonderful speech full of glowing rhetoric, laden with bromides for public consumption, but with no substance. We will be forced to wait on the actual bill for any real information.
In the meantime, congress is considering another $400 billion spending bill which by accounts contains over 8000 earmarks...so much for "truthiness."
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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