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The Audacity of Obama – eternal decline if “stimulus” not passed – What happened to HOPE?

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 5, 2009

What you will read here is unprecedented and totally inappropriate for the leader of the greatest, freest, most prosperous  nation ever to exist.  This infuriates me and only serves to shore up the image many of us have of the new President – that he can do anything he wants and the American people will love him for it.  Wrong, Mr. President.  We know where you came from and where you wish to take us and half the country DIDN’T vote for your CHANGE.  By the way, there’s not much HOPE in predicting the demise of the American economy if we oppose this pig of a bill. 

From the Washington Post – an editorial from the One himself:

Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more people lose their jobs, their savings and their homes. And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.

Mr. President, we’ve been here, and worse, before and we came out stronger than ever under Reagan who did NOTHING like you’re proposing. He did the tax cut route and we had real and strong growth for years.

That’s why I feel such a sense of urgency about the recovery plan before Congress. With it, we will create or save more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, provide immediate tax relief to 95 percent of American workers, ignite spending by businesses and consumers alike, and take steps to strengthen our country for years to come.
Millions for birth control, ice-breaking ships, ATV trails, community organizing and hundreds of BILLIONS more for pet projects don’t sound like job creators.  Businesses create jobs,  government taxes them into oblivion. 

In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis — the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can meet our enormous tests with half-steps and piecemeal measures; that we can ignore fundamental challenges such as energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive.
He really didn’t write that, did he?  We’re for more than just tax cuts.  We’re all for GOVERNMENT cuts, but those aren’t on the table, are they Mr. President?  And energy independence? You and your party are the ones denying the production of our own domestic energy supplies.  Health care costs are not what caused this disaster and he knows it. But Mr. Emanuel hates to waste a good opportunity to shove Universal health care into our face.

Now is the time to save billions by making 2 million homes and 75 percent of federal buildings more energy-efficient, and to double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy within three years.
And what exactly are those alternative sources? What about nuclear? No, too dangerous. When was the last time there was a nuclear disaster? Decades ago. The sun doesn’t shine everyday nor does the wind blow everyday.

And now is the time to create the jobs that remake America for the 21st century by rebuilding aging roads, bridges and levees; designing a smart electrical grid; and connecting every corner of the country to the information superhighway.
And the $30 billion in this $900 billion package is going to build very little at today’s prevailing wage rates and wasteful overruns.  Have you priced a mile of roadway or a bridge lately? These jobs, though well-paying, will be short-lived.

So we have a choice to make. We can once again let Washington’s bad habits stand in the way of progress. Or we can pull together and say that in America, our destiny isn’t written for us but by us. We can place good ideas ahead of old ideological battles, and a sense of purpose above the same narrow partisanship. We can act boldly to turn crisis into opportunity and, together, write the next great chapter in our history and meet the test of our time.
Yes, we do have a choice to make. We can choose to stand in the way of Mr. Obama’s grand payoff scheme or we can get out of the way and watch it fail as it always will.  All at the expense of our children and their children.  I vote for the former. The good ideas , Mr. President, put the money in the hands of the American people by tax cuts or holidays, not in the hands of a bureaucrat with favors to buy.



2 Responses to “The Audacity of Obama – eternal decline if “stimulus” not passed – What happened to HOPE?”

  1. “Mr. President, we’ve been here, and worse, before and we came out stronger than ever under Reagan”

    The World has never been where it’s at now. That’s a lie.
    And would the Republicans PLEASE stop pretending they know how to run an economy, considering it’s you guys who destroyed it in the first place.
    It’s like setting a house on fire, and offering to put it out, with more fire.

  2. Ever heard of Fannie and Freddie and Chris Dodds and Barney Frank? Forgot – Dems don’t take blame – they point it out. Things were worse under Jimmy “the Anti-semite” Carter, and no I’m not Jewish. Interest rates were above 20% and the unemployment rate was around 12%. We’re nowhere near that now.
    So, again, tell me how these pork payouts will create jobs?

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