Last week, Obama deepened that partisan divide by again pitting Republicans against Social Security recipients. Ironically, after proposing the week before to cut their benefits, he then appeared to coddle them. In an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News, the president spoke to older Americans like a passionate caregiver and said they may not receive their Social Security, veterans and disability checks after Aug. 3 because "there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it."
What makes Obama's whole "compromise" charade even more malevolent is that he lied to the American public by saying the federal government couldn't pay for those entitlements. Karl Rove, in his commentary this past week in The Wall Street Journal, noted how Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, projects that the government will receive $172 billion in revenue between Aug. 3 and Aug. 31. That revenue "can pay the $29 billion interest charges on the national debt, Social Security benefits ($49 billion), Medicaid and Medicare ($50 billion), active duty military pay ($2.9 billion), Department of Defense vendors ($31.7 billion), IRS refunds ($3.9 billion), and about a quarter of the $12.8 billion in unemployment checks due that month."
No wonder tea party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., lambasted Obama in a video posted on his website: "President Obama, quit lying. You know darn well that if Aug. 2 comes and goes, there is plenty of money to pay off our debt and cover all of our Social Security obligations." Is that the conduct you want and expect of the supreme leader of America and the Free World? So much for transparency!
Obama's lie and misleading compromise prompts me to recall the wisdom of Founding Father Elias Boudinot, who once said, "If the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow."
Washington politicians, from the president on down, need to quit their demagoguery and enact only what would build up America's economy and people. If I were president, I would push to cut 10 percent of the federal government's spending across the board -- no exceptions; everyone sacrifices. (It's the only equitable way to lead forward.) I also would seek to cease all corporate tax exemptions and loopholes and cut the corporate tax rate from its present 35 percent to 24 percent (just less than the European 25 percent average), bringing offshore money and productivity back to America. (If Washington immediately made those two fiscal moves alone, it would not only send a strong signal of credibility to the world market about the American economy but also eliminate the need to raise the federal debt limit or to raise taxes on any American.)
If Washington politicians don't enact a similar plan, Aug. 3 may be a day when we all watch the haze from their political smoking guns clear and reveal the wasteland in Washington's OK corral -- no thanks to their compromises and scare tactics. Like you, I hope and pray that the casualties of their showdown shootout will not be our economy and posterity.
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