So, I’m listening to Obama’s speech, and 3 minutes into it, I’m already bored. This is the same old rhetoric. It’s his rehashed sales pitch for expanding government. He explains that because we, as a nation, believe that each of us deserves some basic measure of security, we contribute to various social programs, and these are the commitments that make our country great. What?! Since when are Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment insurance the things that make America great? I thought it was our great innovation, our can-do attitude, and our love of freedom. I thought it was the fact that we are a land of opportunity and prosperity. And now Obama is telling us that it’s our social programs? What am I missing here??? This speech is so bad that even Biden decided to take a snooze!
Then, I started to become very annoyed. Obama tells us, once again, that our problem is trillions of dollars in unpaid for tax cuts, created by President Bush. And there you have it. It’s the Bush blame game, all over again. I thought we were done with that excuse, but I guess not…how naïve of me.
He then brings up the subject of Paul Ryan’s budget. He states that the budget has worthy goals, but will make America fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout most of our history. You mean, fundamentally different than your path of larger government and socialism? Then, as Democrats always do, he starts with the scare tactics of seniors losing their Medicare and Social Security, and of 50 million Americans losing their healthcare. This isn’t anything new for Democrats, but Obama stoops to new lows in this speech, by stating that Republicans want to deprive children with autism and those with disabilities of health care.
Finally, he gets to his so-called plan. His first step is to cut domestic spending, but he gives no detail. His second step is to find savings in the defense budget….a major red flag in my book. Again, no real detail. The third step is to further reduce health care spending. Note the words “further reduce”. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen one dollar of reduced health care spending. Surely, he isn’t talking about Obamacare! But amazingly, he is. He continues by saying that Obamacare will reduce our deficit by $1 trillion, which is completely false. One other thing worth mentioning….he also proposes slowing the growth of Medicare costs by creating an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers, who will basically decide whether or not seniors truly need or deserve the treatments he/she is seeking. This equates to socialized medicine, and dare I say it? Death panels?
So, step four….and you know he’s saving the best for last. He’s going to reduce spending in the tax code. What does that mean? That means he’s going raise taxes on the “wealthy”. He’s also going to significantly reduce or eliminate important tax deductions, such as the charitable giving deduction and the mortgage interest deduction. I just love the way Democrats look at tax cuts and deductions as spending. It’s not spending! That would assume that it’s their money. It’s not. It’s ours. It’s less money that we pay government on our own property. They are not paying us anything….they’re taking less! Well, either way, that’s going to stop, if Obama has his way.
This is one of the most partisan, unpresidential speeches I have ever heard. He didn’t propose a plan. He made a campaign speech, and blamed Republicans for our debt and for trying to take away the American dream. It’s quite shameful. Whatever happened to Obama’s call for civility? Obviously, that only applies to our side.
Throughout this entire speech, Obama made references about how Americans believe that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves, and that we all need to make sacrifices, but that those who have more, need to bear a bigger share of the burden. Does this sound familiar? Let’s see….oh yes, here we go…”from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”….Karl Marx. That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?