Americans find themselves in one of the more unique time periods since our noble fight for independence more than 200 years ago. It is a time where more Americans than ever are out of work, state budgets are flat broken, deficits are measured in the trillions of dollars and a federal government running rampant with our tax money under the ill-conceived guise of fixing the problems that government created in the first place.
Last night, Barack Obama stood in front of millions of Americans and provided a litany of feel-good-isms regarding the administration’s plan to magically fix the economy. Just months after Vice President Joe Biden admitted how badly the White House misread the economy, the president claimed that his Recovery Act somehow pulled “our economy back from the brink.”
He also claimed that the economic atmosphere of the past proved financially beneficial to the rich, but did very little to help the poor. Perhaps Obama thinks that adding a surtax to the incomes of millions of higher-earning Americans will help “level the playing field”, as it were, to use a much-beloved term of John “poverty tour” Edwards.
According to Obama and a frightening number of our career Washington bureaucrats, the solution to almost every perceived “wrong” in America is government involvement. Politicians have an incredibly well oiled system of scaring the American people into believing in the existence of a threat, and then using government and taxpayer money to protect the people against that accepted threat.
Those threats can come from anywhere. Almost a decade ago, the Bush administration made the American people believe that “the terrorists” are out to get us, and unless we battle them on their own land, we will be forced to battle them here. Since then, our nation’s borders have remained wide open and available to virtually any terrorist who cares to make the journey across the warm sands of Arizona, New Mexico or Texas, or walk across the more tempered lands of our northern states. Hundreds of billions of dollars later, we have multiple wars with no apparent end in sight and immigration laws that our government simply ignores due to political expediency.
Those threats can also come from home. Just a couple months ago, the American people were convinced that our economy is in shambles and that government needs to step in and make everything better. Yet again, hundreds of billions of dollars later, we have unemployment at the highest rate that we have seen in decades. We now have a government with monetary interests in the automotive and financial industries – again, another initiative that has cost the American taxpayer billions upon billions of dollars to fund and support.
And today, the administration is onto their next task: trying to convince the American people that the health care system is broken and needs reform, and the government is the perfect entity to provide that reform. The proposal includes hundreds of billions of dollars in increased spending to manage health care, increase regulation and bureaucracy and create a gigantic maze of government-backed insurance policies that Americans supposedly have the “right” to. How will such a proposal be funded? Oh, by tax increases, of course. Tax increases on the wealthier in this nation, where some estimates suggest that after Bush’s tax cuts expire, and with the 5.4 percent health care surtax in place, some Americans will be forced to hand over close to 60% of their income straight to the government. Sixty percent!
The United States national debt has exploded to more than $11.6 trillion dollars, far surpassing even the more extreme estimates of the past. Doing the math, that is more than $37,800 in debt for every American citizen. Sadly, many economists believe that we will easily see a $2 trillion deficit by the end of the fiscal year and even higher inflation than today.
I know for sure that our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves – can you hear the grumbling? The sacrifices that they assumed for the future of this great nation are being leveled by one of the most powerful forces on God’s green earth: the power of government influence and dominion over the American people marked by fear and an incredible sense of superiority and nobility over us all.
The philosophy of “government knows best” is in full swing.
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