Well Mr. Obama, if Krugman is the economic guru and what he says is so, then why did you insist on raising taxes by $600 billion? By the way, why did you lie about it being a rich person’s tax? The only money you know you are going to get is reinstating the social security tax on all Americans. As always the brunt falls on the middle-class. It was the right thing to do, but do not tell Americans the money is coming from the big earners. And why is Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (the new chair of the Senate Budget Committee) demanding $500 billion in new revenue? And why are there 13 new taxes falling on the backs of the American people as of January 13, 2013? And why is the universal plan from you and Congressional Democrats on replacing the Sequestration always talked about as needing a “balanced approach” between reductions in expenditures and tax increases?
Obviously, the answer is Krugman is dead wrong. The answer is Obama and his cohorts are seeking a permanent expansion of the federal government and the only way they could possibly balance the budget in their minds is with new tax dollars. That means more money running through the government in Washington’s hands and less through yours. More decisions will be made for you by nameless, faceless bureaucrats making fat salaries with ample benefit programs.
And yet instead of addressing any of this, the president in his State of the Union address proposes $83.4 billion more in expenditures.
This might not all be resolved by the budget process, but Congress has been negligent in not doing a budget and the White House has decried them for it. But we all know it is not Congress. The House (run by Republicans) has approved detailed budgets. But, Mr. President, your friend and confidant, Harry Reid (the Undertaker) has not brought a budget to the floor in four years. Now your own administration has passed on doing budgets. Your budget director announced you will once again be breaking the law by not submitting a budget by February 4th. We don’t know when it will come; but, really, why do we need a budget? It seems so trivial and it would just get in the way of spending whatever you want.
We can all understand your petulance now. Particularly after you told the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, that Washington does not have a spending problem. We were baffled until we read you said it was just a health-care problem. Now we understand, all we have to do is lop off $1 trillion annually of health care expense and there we go – everything is balanced.
If this column seems a little snarky and cynical, the question to you is how can it not be? We have a president who was just reelected by a majority of Americans that are either unwilling or unable to understand how dangerous his policies are to the long-term financial well-being of this country. We have a populace who seems to go along with him and blame Republicans for trying to hold his feet to the fire and fix this mess. We have a president who stomps his feet and says he does not want to recognize the other parts of our three-part co-equal government.
On this President’s Day, the only thing a rational person can conclude is: people we are …….