Donald Lambro

But when the Gallup poll asked voters "what would you say worries you most about the national economy at this time?" the second most frequent response (after jobs and unemployment) was the national debt and the deficit.

Obama is dead silent on both issues, despite millions of worried Americans who fear we're plunging into a black hole of European-style debt that will engulf out economy.

Also missing from his stump speech is any mention of $4-plus gas prices that are cleaning out consumer wallets and crushing struggling small business -- and what he intends to do about it.

He could have begun by approving the Keystone XL pipeline that would have pumped enough oil down to the Gulf to drive down oil and gas prices.

Obama, who put the environmental lobby ahead of jobs, household budgets and businesses, killed the oil deal that would have created 20,000 jobs -- 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing.

The Washington Post's economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson called his decision "an act of national insanity."

But that's yesterday's news and you won't hear the president mentioning it in his campaign speeches any time soon.

He's much too busy dividing the country, playing class warfare and bitterly attacking Mitt Romney's success, saying, "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

Social Security's board of trustees may have had the president in mind when they released a grim report on Tuesday that said its trust fund will be depleted by 2033 -- three years earlier than forecast.

"Never since the 1983 reforms have we come as close to the point of trust fund depletion as we are right now," warned Charles Blahous, one of the trustees for Social Security and Medicare.

Both programs are facing enormous fiscal challenges before millions of baby boomers are due to sign up for the programs in the coming decade.

Does the president have a financial reform plan to save these programs from impending collapse? No, he's too busy attacking a House Republican plan to keep Medicare solvent, and appears content for the time being to ignore Social Security's problems to our own peril.

Don't expect Obama to address either program in this election in any substantive way. You get more votes by attacking those who warn that both are headed toward a fiscal cliff.

And then there's the issue of reckless, irresponsible, government spending and the critical need to reform and restructure what the government does and how it spends money.

Annual federal spending is fast approaching $4 trillion a year, fueled by an ocean of waste, fraud, abuse and untold duplication. But the only reform Obama has put forward is to make government bigger and more costly than ever.

The General Services Administration's $823,000 Las Vegas party scandal is the tip of the iceberg. "Every time we turned over a stone, we found 50 more with all kinds of things crawling out," GSA Inspector General Brian Miller told a House investigating committee.

The Government Accountability Office, Congress's spending watchdog, says there is at least $200 billion a year in program duplication throughout the government.

Romney has suggested a top-to-bottom overhaul of the government, eliminating needless programs, merging departments, cutting payrolls, saving hundreds of billions of tax dollars.

But this is an issue about which Obama has nothing to say. He's into spending, not savings.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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