Obama and Political Polarization
Now, more than ever, the United States needs to pull together as a nation to recover the economy, create jobs and solve its deep seated fiscal problems.
It does not look like that is forthcoming. A speech made by President Obama last week further reduces the chances there will be any bipartisan agreements on the economy this year:
“Remarks by the President at Lorain County Community College, Elyria,OH“
– President Barack Obama, White House Speeches and Remarks, 4/18/2012
The reason the President went to Elyria was to call for more education funding for retraining programs to prepare displaced workers for the jobs of the future. Education funding has been and always will be fundamental to the strength of the nation and its future growth and prosperity.
It’s the President’s general remarks about the economy and politics in that speech which generates deep pessimism for this nation’s economic future.
Speaking generally of the economy the President said:
This is not just another run-of-the-mill political debate… There’s always going to be arguments in Washington. But this one is different, because we’re talking about the central challenge of our time. Right now, we have two competing visions of our future, and the choice could not be clearer. And let me say, those folks on the other side, I am sure they are patriots, I’m sure they’re sincere in terms of what they say. But their theory, I believe, is wrong.
Speaking generally of Republicans the President said:
They decided to double down. Instead of moderating their views even slightly, you now have Republicans in Washington and the ones running for President proposing budgets that shower the wealthiest Americans with even more tax cuts…
If these cuts are spread out evenly, then 10 million college students — including some of you — would see your financial aid cut by an average of more than $1,000 each…
Their argument might fly if it weren’t for the fact that they’re also proposing to spend $4.6 trillion on lower tax rates on top of the $1 trillion they would spend on tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year or more. That’s their priority…
In a backhanded slap at presidential challenger Mitt Romney the President remarked:
Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
In other general remarks the President claims:
Understand this is not a redistribution argument. This is not about taking from rich people to give to poor people…
My point is the middle class has sacrificed enough over the last few decades…
Everybody here, we’re here because somebody, somewhere, felt a sense of larger responsibility — not just to themselves; to their family, first of all, but then also to their community, also to their country.
In President Obama’s worldview the “somebody” that extends the helping hand is ever larger, more expansive, more controlling and more intrusive big government funded by raking in more tax dollars from the wealthy.
President Obama does not talk about cooperation or bipartisanship to solve the nation’s economic problems. He never once suggests Congressional Republicans proposed a single good idea. He even calls Republicans “them”.
The President’s rhetoric divides rather than pulls together this nation in its time of need.
Practically everything President Obama says encourages division. It pits rich against poor. To Barack Obama the rich are stealing from the poor and it is his responsibility as President to take it back and give to those more needy.
The defect in President Obama’s thinking is that even if the rich were taxed at 100% of all their earnings, including capital gains, it isn’t even enough to pay for current government services… let alone increase government education funding.
We pile on $4 billion in new debt every day! At his 2012 estimated worth of $61.3 billion, Bill Gates entire fortune is DEFICIT spent by the federal government every 15.3 days!
Above and beyond that the President totally ignores the $118 TRILLION unfunded liability facing the United States government accrued from promising services it can’t possibly deliver to us or our descendents. The federal government’s BEA projected income for 2012 is $2.5 trillion.
Instead, Democrats will be pitted against Republicans; rich against poor… and nothing will get done as this nation races inexorably toward the fiscal cliff waiting for us at the end of this year.