President Obama's approach to so-called "climate change" appears to include recycling old ideas.
In his State of the Union address, the president recycled the idea of spending more on education, though we are still getting unsatisfactory results. A fact he inadvertently acknowledged by saying we're not keeping up with other countries in science and math. He maintained there are tens of thousands of jobs available but companies can't fill them because public schools aren't teaching students what they need to know. We spend huge sums on education already, so money and achievement must not be related.
Infrastructure? We've heard that before, too. Why is nothing ever fixed with all the money that's been spent the last four years? Because it's about maintaining union jobs, not creating new jobs that produce products and services and grow small businesses.
The president mentioned the coming sequester, but Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the Senate's Committee on the Budget, that he can't score the proposal to replace the sequester because he hasn't yet seen "a specific proposal." The sequester was the president's idea, though he now suggests it came from Congress. The House has proposed targeted spending cuts that protect defense. Those proposals have gone nowhere in the Senate.
The president spoke of "...the basic bargain that built this country -- the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead." Yes, and if you do you will be taxed at ever increasing rates, labeled rich and powerful and accused of not doing your fair share.
What would be fair is for government to stop spending more than it takes in.
The president claimed his national health insurance is driving down medical costs. It's actually the reverse. ABC News reported on the conclusion of the nonpartisan Health Care Institute: "Spending on health care rose 4.6 percent in 2011 -- up $4,500 per person, on average." The network also noted a Kaiser Family Foundation report that said, "Health insurance premiums for individuals and families also climbed year-over-year, up 3 percent ($186) on average for an individual and 4 percent ($672) on average for a family."
The Washington Times reported, "President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage -- nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office..."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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