“Completing this form is a critical start to completing your education,” noted First Lady Michelle Obama. It was Wednesday February 5, and she had traveled from the confines of the White House to a nearby Virginia high school to lecture students on applying for “free” federal financial aid for college.
“You don’t have to be the valedictorian” Mrs. Obama continued. “You don’t have to major in a certain subject. You don’t even have to be at the very bottom of the income ladder to receive the money. It’s the single most important thing you can do for your future.”
Determining the “single most important thing” for a young person’s future is a task that might otherwise make parents, teachers and counselors pause and contemplate. But for the wife of our current President the answer is obvious: get your “free” government handout.
The First Lady’s lecture came at an appropriate time. One day prior to her Virginia jaunt a report was released from the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) estimating that over the next decade the President’s signature healthcare reform law will likely incentivize some 2.4 million Americans to take on a lifestyle of no longer working, preferring instead to enjoy Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid and insurance subsidies (and perhaps enjoying “free” food stamps, subsidized mobile phones, and a bevy of other perks from our government).
White House Press Spokesperson Jay Carney announced at his daily briefing “Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts…” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) celebrated people leaving the workforce noting, “we live in a country where we should be free agents. People can do what they want.” Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) assured MSNBC viewers that the only problem with Obamacare is that “Republicans are pathetic.”
Purveyors of the Obama agenda will continue defending and dismissing. That doesn’t change America’s reality: the President that we, the people have twice elected has implemented domestic policies that will eventually bankrupt us. No individual or family or household or company can consume more than it spends. No national government can do that either, yet American voters have continued to elect public officials - the President among them - who neither believe this nor understand it. Our current trajectory will lead all of America to a place of greater despair and less prosperity for all.
Despite predictions that the CBO report on Obamacare is “devastating” for the President and his political party, there is no reason yet to believe that this is so. Barack Obama and his party deserve to lose in a big way in November, but here are a few reasons why that might not happen:
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.