Chuck Norris

In 2007, when I began writing my New York Times best-seller "Black Belt Patriotism," unemployment was less than 5 percent; the annual federal budget was about $2.9 trillion; the federal deficit was $161 billion; and the national debt was $9 trillion.

Today unemployment is stuck at 8.3 percent; the federal budget is $3.8 trillion; the national deficit is $1.3 trillion; and the national debt quickly is approaching a staggering $16 trillion.

And to add insult to injury, our vassalage to other countries deepens as they bankroll increasing amounts of U.S. debt. More than one-half of our public debt is held by private investors in foreign lands.

The International Business Times reported recently: "China overtook Japan as the largest holder of U.S. national debt in 2009. As of December (the most recent data available), it held about 23.1 percent, or $1.15 trillion, of all foreign investment in U.S. privately held federal debt, according to a newly released report by the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO. ... Without monetary policy change, the CBO warned in its 2012 Long-Term Budget Outlook on June 5, the U.S. federal debt could be twice the size of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2037."

America, is that really the burden you want to place upon yourselves and your children?

7) Obama has detrimentally increased not only the costs of entitlements but also the dependency of citizens upon government subsidies rather than empower the people's autonomy, responsibility and freedom.

Obama has been called the "food stamp president" because more federal grocery subsidies have been given out under his presidency than under most others combined. A record 44.7 million people, or 1 in 7 Americans, were on food stamps last year, up 33 percent from fiscal 2009. But far more than that, this president has radically increased government entitlement expansions.

The Heritage Foundation documented that Obama's 2011 budget increased total welfare spending to $953 billion, a 42 percent increase over welfare spending in 2008. And over the next decade, welfare spending is projected to cost taxpayers $10.3 trillion.

The Congressional Budget Office recently released updated figures that reveal how Obamacare will cost twice as much as the price tag first soft-lobbed at the American public, from $900 billion to $1.76 trillion between now and 2022.

6) Obama demeans private enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit -- the very heart of America.

In 2009, right after taking office, President Obama emphatically stated that "only government" is our savior, and then he supported his socialistic platform through multiple company and corporate bailouts.

Recently, Obama reiterated his anti-individual and -capitalistic beliefs when he defined the "somebody" who's responsible for the success of your business as being the federal government: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that; (SET ITAL) somebody (END ITAL) else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. (SET ITAL) Government (END ITAL) research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet." (Italics added.)

The Wall Street Journal even confessed that the president is "subordinating to government the individual enterprise and risk-taking that underlies prosperity."

(Next week, I will continue my list of the top 10 reasons not to re-elect President Obama.)

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Chuck Norris

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