“I cannot guarantee that those (Social Security) checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue, because there may simply not be money in the coffers to do it.” – President Obama.
Can you believe the president is stooping so low as to scare our seniors half to death by saying that? I mean, the whole “sky is falling unless we raise taxes” ruse is in the Democrat playbook, but to blatantly lie to people and scare seniors who DEPEND on those social security checks to LIVE just to make the situation even more dire and to support his out-of-control spending problem is really quite despicable.
Look. We have enough money to not only pay our seniors, AND Military personnel, AND to pay our debt, the problem comes with paying the REST of the bills this administration seems determined to keep on the books at all costs.
It all boils down to priorities. And this White House has no clue what that even means.
We have the $200 billion coming into the federal government every month. It takes $35 billion — I’m sorry, billion dollars — we have $35 billion that we must use to service the debt, $50 billion that we must use to write those Social Security checks, $2.9 billion to pay for our military personnel, and then other essentials.
You prioritize. Our president essentially suggested the other day that he’s not able to prioritize. As the chief executive of our nation, he cannot prioritize, and that’s why he suggested that Social Security checks may not be written come August 2nd if that debt ceiling isn’t increased.
No. You pay for the essentials first and then the non-essentials have to get cut. They have to wait. That — that’s just reality
Mark Levin suggested we shut down the National Parks for a month. Why not shut down the Department of Education for a month? After all, it’s summer – school is not even in session. What about revoking, or freezing, a lot of these grants that go out to various organizations for “research” purposes. I think paying off our obligations are a bit more important than experiments, don’t you?
The point is, we have options. We can cut/freeze programs until we figure this mess out. It would inconvenience some folks and some people would lose their jobs, but we’re going to have to do this sooner or later – it’s not going to get any easier as time goes on.
At some point, we are going to have to address Social Security. The money that comes out of our paychecks for Social Security is not even going toward YOUR own Social Security, it’s going to pay for seniors RIGHT NOW, EVERY MONTH. It’s a survive-by-the-seat-of-my-pants program that barely gets by month-by-month. And it’s largely because our government has squandered it away over the past several decades and now, there’s simply nothing left to draw FROM. We have to take it from people NOW.
The fact that the president, and the Democrat-controlled Senate WON’T produce a budget, or even suggest cuts, absolutely disgusts me. We’re having to FORCE the Democrats to do their freaking jobs by counter-offering some pretty risky, and absurd (in my opinion), deals in order to FORCE them to face reality.
This president is so weak and wishy-washy I can hardly stand looking, or listening to him anymore – I no have respect for the man. None. He’s a man-child that needs to grow the hell up! (Evidenced by this hissy fit and walking out of talks because he has been so used to getting his way that now that he has real, logical opposition, he’s throwing a temper tantrum. WAH. What a cry baby).
And by the way, it’s not only US citizens that are getting fed up with Obama – the Arabs are pretty disappointed, too.
Based on the survey, which placed Obama’s favorable ratings across the Arab world at 10% or less, any hope that Obama could improve relations is all but gone.
(Not that I care what Arabs think of us, I just find the irony of the situation humorous. Because Obama was convinced he was God’s answer to foreign relations, if we JUST humble ourselves and bow down to their demands then SURELY they would love us. *snort* Moron).
It amazes me how gullible people are. They listen to politicians and believe every word that comes out of their mouths. They simply sit in front of their TV’s and dumbly nod their agreement without even thinking through what the morons are even saying to begin with. And if you really pay attention, you’ll notice that a lot of them contradict themselves and don’t even make sense half the time they open their mouths.
I mean, I know the whole purpose behind the Democrat party is to dumb down Americans, but are we really THAT stupid?
The left consistently scream at us that tax hikes are good for the economy and tax cuts are bad for the economy. Let’s debunk a few of those lies by dissecting some of their historical “proofs.”
Tax Lie 1) 1982: Ronald Reagan’s tax hikes helped the economy.
The truth: This is nonsense. The economy remained mired in misery inherited from Jimmy Carter. The economy began to recover a year later. 1983 was when the massive tax cuts of Jack Kemp and William Roth, and embraced by President Reagan, lifted the American economy like a rocketship. Supply side economics unleashed the American economy.
Tax Lie 2) 1990: George Herbert Walker Bush and the Luxury Tax.
The truth: Democrats badgered President Bush to raise taxes on luxury items such as yachts and watches. All this did was cause the rich to tighten their belts. Makers of yachts and watches were decimated. Middle class people saw their businesses collapse. In 1993, Bill Clinton had the luxury tax repealed.
Tax Lie 3) 1993: Bill Clinton’s tax hikes helped the economy.
The truth: Bill Clinton had nothing to do with the economy of the 1990s. The Internet revolution created massive wealth that Americans alive at the time may never see again. This was the third wave behind the agricultural and industrial revolutions.
Giving Clinton the credit is as laughable as praising him for balancing budgets and reforming welfare. That was Newt Gingrich and Republican Governors. [Let’s not forget that Clinton’s administration was a Republican House AND Senate]. Clinton was utterly irrelevant. [And reaped the benefits of the Republicans’ decisions].
Liberals deeply believe in higher spending. Raising the debt limit is not to avoid default. Raising the debt limit gives them more money to spend on their priorities. They want more social programs. America going bankrupt is irrelevant to them. They need people dependent on government so they can govern in perpetuity. Democrats did not offer a budget in 2010 or 2011. They will spend at all costs for their supporters, the country be damned.
Please read that last paragraph again. I’ll wait …
Obama has NO INTEREST in balancing anything. He has NO INTEREST in cuts. All he wants to do is spend and build his voting base.
Folks. I’m not trying to scare you but we really have to be realistic here – we CAN’T keep giving this man a blank check. He is bankrupting our country. It’s time to take our heads out of the sand and FIX this.
We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy. As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.
We are in desperate need of real leadership, but President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.
As we approach 2012, there are important lessons we can learn from all of this. First, we should never entrust the White House to a far-left ideologue who has no appreciation or even understanding of the free market and limited government principles that made this country economically strong. Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.
But let me tell you where real hope lies. It’s not the hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008. Real hope comes from realizing how God has blessed our exceptional nation, and then doing something about it. We have been blessed with natural resources, hardworking entrepreneurs, and a Constitution that preserves the greatest form of government ever devised by man. If we develop those natural resources, allow our entrepreneurs to keep and invest more of what they earn, and adhere to the time-tested truths of our Constitution, we will prosper and endure.
But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.
ADDED: By the way, one of my favorite political blogs, Biblical Conservatism, is devoting this week to dissecting liberal talking points. He’s carefully, and systematically, breaking down liberal arguments over trying to raise the debt ceiling and/or that raising taxes will somehow “save” us. Please take a moment to read these because the White House? Is totally lying to you. Don’t fall for their lies a moment longer.