But here's the thing: I cannot--for the life of me--understand how a reasonable, informed person can support Obama's economic policies at this point. We've quadrupled Bush's worst deficit. We've had more deficit spending in 18 months than we had in 8 years. We've passed a trillion dollar healthcare bill that we cannot pay for. Interest rates are a ticking time bomb. We teeter on losing our AAA credit rating. We've increased the money supply from $800 billion to $2 trillion in 18 months. Projections show trillion dollar deficits for the next decade. We're told to expect 10% unemployment as a new reality. We're proposing a slew of new taxes. Social Security and Medicare are not just about third-rail politics anymore...they are realistically going to be bankrupt soon. We're talking about a VAT now. The list goes on.
Say the above to an Obamatron, and you'll get this: WELL!..Bush started this with tax cuts for THE RICH! He bailed out the banks! He started TWO WARS! You cant expect Obama to clean up BUSH'S MESS right away. Give him a CHANCE! We have to do SOMETHING! We NEED healthcare reform!
I think that encompasses it.
Let's do this: Put aside Bush for a moment. Put aside blind hope. Put aside your personal dislike or affection for the President. Put aside partisanship, hatred of Republicans/Democrats, the fact that Barney Frank sounds like Elmer Fudd and that Sean Hannity is probably a GOP-created robot (I AMMM REAG-A-TRON!). Put it all aside, and consider:
-Can we survive trillion-plus dollar deficits as far as the eye can see?
-Can we print money without massive inflation? What does massive inflation do to us?
-What do high taxes on the middle-upper class and upper class do to an economy?
-What will a VAT do the economy?
-What will a Carbon Tax do to the economy?
-Do we have any chance of ever even REDUCING out debt load, much less paying it off?
-What are we going to do about Social Security and Medicare?
-Most importantly: Are we doing what's right for the country? Our children? Grandchildren?
In my opinion, a lot of Americans are feeling like me right now. That is why we see Tea Parties and Obama approval ratings approaching the high thirties. Given his actions, one wonders what the man's goals are. Does he want America to be the dominant economic and military power in the world? I don't think he does. And therein lies the problem. We have a President that doesn't want America to be great. I'm not saying he hates America---I'm not being partisan. I think he actually believes that America's success is the problem. Instead of trying to be great, we need to be more fair. Apparently, not even Obama believes that what he's doing will be good for the country. That's the whole idea...it's not about America and its self-interest...it's about being a citizen of the world to him.
Obama is, in every sense, the anti-Reagan. Reagan once stated that of all the wars he had seen in his lifetime, none started because America was too strong. Obama believes just the opposite, but not just militarily. Obama believes a weakened America is good for the world. I believe--and many Americans believe that a strong America benefits the world.
Which do you believe?