Matt Towery
If anyone believes that this nation is truly left of center, they should consider a new poll coming from the usually administration-friendly CBS News. Their polling unit reports that a majority of Americans are disappointed in President Obama and give him lousy ratings for his handling foreign policy and the economy.

But perhaps the biggest failures of this administration have yet to be recognized by most voters. The average American has no idea how many executive orders have been issued to set in place the president's agenda or how many new changes in rules and regulations this administration is pursuing, many of which will have a profound impact on the lives of millions in the future. Just consider the "minor" move the administration is advocating that would place millions of seniors taking ant-depressants at risk of no longer receiving the specific medication chosen by their own doctor to deal with a serious problem.

Shifting medicines, upping regulations and creating red tape has been a hallmark of the Obama years. But now comes the next major blunder. President Obama is proposing a substantial reduction in our military that could reduce our troop levels to the lowest since 1940.

Perhaps the only person who should take comfort in this is former President Jimmy Carter, who has forever been the butt of jokes and comments for having allegedly dismantled our military during his years in office. I have noted before, Carter did make reductions, but his actions were not as drastic as those proposed by Obama. Moreover, Carter served admirably in the Navy and was never thought to have an intuitive bias against all things military. I do not doubt that Carter, in his years as president, believed that America was indeed exceptional.

And there are some points of fairness to be given to the administration's position. The argument that we must beef up our ability to protect against cyber-attack is real and persuasive. And sometimes the innovations that come from shifting from manpower-driven efforts to those of technology do pay off. Even Carter's years led to the development of what became drone technology. And it should be added that cuts Carter made occurred while the nation was in the grips of an inflationary and dismal economy.

But Obama's cuts come in the middle of what he would have us believe is a great economic recovery. Which begs the question of what impact Obama's newest military proposal might have on what is truly an already jobless recovery.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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