Bin Laden’s Death Won’t Get Me to “Unite” Behind Out-of-Control Spending

Kyle Olson
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Posted: May 04, 2011 8:04 AM

Congratulations to President Obama for the gutsy call regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden. I didn’t know he had it in him. His campaign pledge of going into Pakistan unannounced – once met with derision by John McCain and the Republicans – was fulfilled and is precisely what it took to get the bastard.

Obama is riding the positive wave for all it’s worth. John Brennan, homeland security advisor, was dispatched to the briefing room to regale the media with the administration’s heroics. The LA Times provided the right amount of reality:

“Sunday was, Brennan revealed to his eager audience, ‘probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of times in the lives of the people assembled here.’ Poor, poor bureaucrats. Extra Tums all around. Did someone order dinner?”

Obama will be visiting Ground Zero Thursday. According to FoxNews.com, the president explained:

"I know that unity that we felt on 9/11 has frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions about the difficulties, the debates we'll have to be engaged in in the weeks and months to come," Obama said. "But I also know there have been several moments like this during the course of this year that have brought us together as an American family, whether it was the tragedy in Tucson or most recently our unified response to storms that have taken place in the South."

It is this type of response that leads me to believe these kinds of events, Tucson specifically, are used by politicians to marginalize legitimate critics.

As the president said, it was a “good day” for America when Bin Laden’s last memory was apparently the barrel of an American gun.

But that euphoria won’t and shouldn’t silence legitimate criticism regarding out-of-control spending and debt that is piling higher than we can imagine.

That could have the type of impact that could make Bin Laden smile from the bottom of the Arabian Sea. CNBC reported:

There have been increasing concerns about the fate of United States' prized triple-A sovereign debt rating. While Standard and Poor's recently downgraded its U.S. debt outlook to negative from stable, implying that a ratings cut could happen in two years, one independent ratings agency has given the U.S. sovereign rating a "C".

"A 'C' is equivalent to approximately a triple-B on the S&P, Moody's and Fitch scales. It's two notches above junk and one notch above the equivalent of a single A," Martin Weiss, President of Weiss Ratings, told CNBC Tuesday.

This is dangerous territory and we’ve yet to see little interest from Democrats or Republicans in doing anything about it. Just because Congress cut a few billion out of a massively bloated budget does not mean it’s even coming close to living with its means.

So let’s stand united in defeating our terrorist enemies, but not use it as an excuse to silence critics. After all, in the words of Bush-hating radical leftists, “Dissent is Patriotic.” Right, Mr. President?