Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste"

It has been said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" (1). Certainly past Presidents of the United States have believed in this statement, and have used serious problems to advance their political agendas. I am not necessarily against this. Ambition drives all of us, and certainly a newly elected president has ambition to achieve his own political agenda. The problem is this: When a president uses a crisis to advance an agenda that only some would like to see, he is no longer serving the interests of the American people, the people who elected him to office. He is simply doing what he wants to do.

Senator Obama campaigned as a moderate, promising change, transparency, and bipartisan reform. Since taking office, President Obama has brought none of those things to the American people. In fact, he has brought just the opposite. He has abandoned the image of a moderate liberal and has proved himself to be much farther left by his vision of redistribution of wealth, cap-and-trade, nationalizing private institutions (banks, auto industry), and universal health care. Unfortunately, this is not what the American people want, and this is not what they voted for.

President Obama has deceived the American people in a brilliant manner. He used the economic crisis to ram through a stimulus package, promising more jobs, immediate recovery, and prosperity. In fact, the $787 billion stimulus package has brought skyrocketing unemployment, government takeover of banks and the auto industry, even deeper economic recession, and massive government debt with the long-term cost of the stimulus being estimated at $23.7 TRILLION (2). President Obama continues to blame President Bush for the economic status and the debt he accumulated (and rightly so), but in only 6 months, Obama himself has racked up more government debt than all previous U.S. Presidents combined!

President Obama used the nonexistent threat of global warming, telling the American people that the survival of our planet was at stake (never mind the fact that last June was the 8th coolest on record), in order to pass the largest tax increase we have ever seen (3). Even after promising his voters that no family making less than $250,000 a year would see their taxes go up, the new cap and trade legislation will cost each household in America more than $4,000 per year. Cap and trade will result in unemployment over 15 percent and massive government debt, as it has in Spain, and cripple the economy beyond belief. And how will it save the globe from imaginary climate change? Best case scenario, cap and trade will result in a global temperature reduction of nine hundredths of one degree Fahrenheit 2050. That's two thousandths of a degree per year.

Then there's the issue of health care in the United States.... President Obama recently said, "This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. It is about a health care system that is breaking American families" (4). For a health care system that is breaking American families, we sure seem to be happy with it the way it is. Studies show that the majority of Americans are overwhelmingly satisfied with their health care coverage, and that only 4.5 percent of Americans are uninsured (5 and 6). Nevertheless, President Obama is using the supposed health care "crisis" to pursue his agenda. Despite the reform that may be necessary, Americans don't want the government in charge of their health care and don't trust Obama to take care of it (7 and 8). Personally, I wouldn't trust him either, since he doesn't even know what's in the 1,000 page bill (9).

President Obama is turning the problems our country faces into emergencies, and using the smokescreen of a crisis to pursue a political agenda that is not what he promised to the American people. "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" is a phrase he is clearly committed to. However, the policies that President Obama is trying to implement with the help of current crises are what he wants for the country, not what "We the people" want for our country. Until Barack Obama realizes that the job of a United States President is to serve interests of the people, not his own, he will continue to see America fall apart and his support disappear.



1 comment:

  1. First, Obama did not put up the money to buy the banks or the auto industry. That money came from TARP, under Pres. Bush. He may have used it for that, but that money did not come from his stimulus package.

    Second, who's happy with this healthcare system? They're being VERY quiet. I personally don't like it one bit. I wouldn't like Obamacare any more than you, but... that doesn't mean our current system is some shining example of capitalism, because it isn't. It's socialist through and through.