President Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan was hyped to be one of the most important speeches he will make during his presidency. Did his performance rise to the occasion? It did not. At a time when he needed to rally the United States to get the people behind him to support for escalation of this war, if that's what he wanted to do, he came up short. Whenever Obama needs to do something that is in the interest of the United States of America, he looks to appease his political base.
There is an old saying that if you try to please everyone you will end up pleasing no one. This is what Obama tries to do. In all of his legislation that he has either shoved through the Congress i.e. stimulus bill, or anything else that he is trying to shove through Congress such as the health care bill, Cap and Trade bill, he starts out to persuade the American people that his reforms are needed for the betterment of the country. He is the chosen one doing the Lord's work. Then at the end, he tries to mollify his political base. He also did this in his speech.
As we close in on the end of December, we begin to think about the accomplishments that have occurred over the year and the good things that have occurred over the year. It is one of these that I want to talk with you about today. After months of expanding the government, spending money that we don't have, and discounting skepticism about a fraud that has been placed upon the people of the world, let alone the United States, the government today has finally made an announcement proclaiming a most dangerous pollutant that is in our air today. It is carbon dioxide.
I don't know why it took so long to identify this dangerous pollutant in our air, nor do I know how long it has been there. But there has been a lot of talk about carbon-carbon dioxide, carbon footprints, carbon paper... it seems that carbon is about the worst substance there is in the world. And now it's in our air. I can't think of anything worse.
A little over a year ago, in what was probably the last major bipartisan piece of legislation passed by Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike came together to pass what became known as TARP. It was sold to the American people as a bill that would buy up troubled assets from banks to make them stronger in order to secure the financial system of the United States. What it actually did, was provide continuity to the financially shaky financial institutions which allowed them to meet payroll including huge bonuses to their CEOs. Whether or not this was good, it allegedly kept the United States from total economic collapse. For some large banks, it was intended to be alone to be paid back possibly at a profit for the taxpayers. It was sold once as a short-term investment that was going to make money for the taxpayers.
What TARP became was corporate welfare, and when the banks again became stable, except as of TARP funds was an invitation to new and greater government regulation. When receiving TARP funds became invitation to Democrat rule and regulation, banks decided to repay the funds. This should've been viewed as good news. The taxpayer loan money to troubled banks and they paid it back. Whether or not the taxpayer made a profit remains to be seen. But what becomes of the money once it's paid back?
While accepting the Nobel prize for peace in Oslo,Norway, Barack Obama humbly said, "My accomplishments are slight." This statement is as true today as it was two years ago when he decided to run for president of the United States. His accomplishments are slight. What are they?
I cannot remember a time in which a presidency has propagated more uncertainty than this one. In terms of health care, the president and the Democrats in Congress seem determined to pass any type of reform bill now matter how you're responsible it is. Every day we hear conflicting stories on how much it is going to cost. The Democrats promised savings, the Republicans say the cost will be out of control. This was supposed to increase the coverage of the uninsured. The Democrats expect us to believe that they can cut Medicare, reduce the waste and fraud out of Medicare, and add 37 million more people to Medicare. How is this supposed to add up? The Democrats must really think the American people are stupid. Their main concern is about getting 60 votes in the Senate. After that, look out. What we have seen develop is more about Democratic takeover of 1/6 of our economy than actually caring about people's health.
Governor Jim Doyle does not want to waste his last year in office. Although it is well-known that he is a lame duck, it becomes more apparent every day that he is also a lame brain. Being one of the worst governors in Wisconsin history, Doyle intends to leave the state in far worse shape financially than when he took office. Even the poor budget that is destined to create a huge shortfall by the end of the term, Doyle is not satisfied that Wisconsin residents are taxed enough.
Now Doyle is doing his own version of Cap and Trade. On the heels of the Copenhagen conference which had high hopes of 192 countries coming together to impose a bunch of pollution regulations upon the world, Governor Doyle wants to do a scaled-down version of admissions control for Wisconsin. Apparently Doyle thinks that unemployment is not high enough in the state and enough businesses have not left the state in recent years. Let's not forget about the high tax torture that will keep prospective employers and prospective business owners from coming here in the first place.
In a recent interview with 60 minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, Barack Obama sat back and referred to the so-called "fat cat" bankers and said, "They don't get it."
Obama got elected promising healthcare reform. Last year, healthcare reform meant providing insurance for the American people who did not have it. Healthcare reform meant holding down costs. Health care reform meant having health insurance if you wanted to change jobs or move from state to state. What healthcare reform means no liberal takeover and government control of one sixth of the American economy. Government control is the main objective of the bills currently in Congress. It is not about helping out the American people. Like all politics, it's outrecuidance.
A news story came out recently that said that Democrat districts are receiving more in stimulus funds in Republican districts. The margin is almost 2 to one. I thought this was common knowledge. This is the entire design of the stimulus bill.
Soon after taking office, President Obama thought that the recession was at its worst. His only fear, was that the economy was going to begin recovering my summer. Therefore, in February, he urged the fast passage of the stimulus bill spending $787 billion of money that the United States did not have to spare. It was supposed to get the economy going again and keep unemployment under 8%. Well, we all know how that went.
With the demise of America's future being put on the fast track, I am able to find humor in a few comments that others have made about the cash for cloture deals that have been going through the Senate to pass few days. One story goes like this: a woman is asked if she will sleep with a senator for $2 million. She says yes. Would you do it for five dollars? She says no, what do you think I am? His answer; we've already established that, now we just need to find your price.
Harry Reid has also come out praising the Senators for the 60 votes. He also addressed some of the compromises that resulted in buying of votes to meet the 60. He said many senators got something in the bill and if they did not, it said a lot about them and their ability to be a good senator.