Albus Dumbledore advised Harry Potter that “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” As the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes to a close, it becomes clear that Harry was equal to that challenge, and that, despite great personal cost and effort, Harry consistently chose “right” over “easy”. Not so President Obama.
Since first being sworn into office almost three years ago, Americans have had the misfortune to witness Obama’s propensity for taking the easy way out of a crisis, regardless of the cost to the American people.
Less than one day on the job, President Obama took a short cut when he asked then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to draft an economic Stimulus proposal. True, Obama, with less than a full term as a U.S. senator had almost no experience with budgets and federal agencies, nor did he have any experience creating jobs. But, the proposal should have been drafted by OMB with the assistance of federal agency heads, then submitted to the White House for approval, then submitted to Congress. Instead, by taking the easy route, Obama paved the way for Pelosi and her Democrat cronies in congress to stuff the bill with pork projects off the Democrat wish list that added almost a trillion dollars to U.S. indebtedness but did little to stimulate the economy.
Obama took a second short-cut, choosing easy over right regarding “shovel ready”, critical, infrastructure projects. He pitched the $787 Billion dollar stimulus as a program that would quickly rebuild American roads, bridges, and other critical projects. But, when it became apparent that Obama would need to cut through excessive government regulations and bureaucratic red tape to get these critical infrastructure projects moving, the President gave up.