It is no secret—if you’ve read anything I post here and elsewhere (Twitter and Facebook to name a couple)—that I am not a fan of the current occupant of The White House. There are several reasons for this, but in the end, mostly it comes down to the chasm that exists between our competing philosophies.
Last night, in his acceptance speech, he snidely referenced tax cuts on several occasions. He railed against tax cuts saying that was no way to solve any of the problems we face in this country and sarcastically implied that the GOP has no other ideas.
First, the underlying premise of the President appears to be that the private property of us Citizens, for such is private wealth, is granted through the benevolence of the federal government and that we should be grateful to pay for an ever increasing helping of government services and bureaucratic entitlement programs. This has been a theme for the President in several of his campaign speeches and virtually all of his State of the Union speeches. “Spreading the wealth around” he famously called it in 2008.
The Founders took great care to ensure that the rights of individuals, including the right to own property, were protected from the overreach of a voracious federal government. They knew that government, by its very nature, was not friendly to individuals. Our current president seems hell-bent on attempting to convince us otherwise.
Secondly, if our grift-resentatives in D.C. had the balls and an actual desire to cut government spending and reduce the ever burgeoning size and pervasiveness of the federal government, tax cuts would be almost a given. Instead, we get almost $2 Trillion dollars in immediate, increased spending on Obamacare, increased regulation from Dodd-Frank, billions more dollars spent on food stamp subsidies as part of a “farm bill”, no budget from the Senate in four years (a Constitutional requirement every year), and a budget from the president that could not garner a single vote in either house of Congress. Twice!
Clint Eastwood made the point in his speech at the Republican National Convention, that when someone is not doing the job that we elected them to do, they should be tossed out of office and replaced with someone who will. You can read his interview with his home town newspaper here.
Somehow, and I’m not sure exactly when or completely how, we appear to have twisted things upside down and backwards in this country. Our elected officials have forgotten that they work for us. They hold their positions at our pleasure. Their responsibility is to manage the affairs of the country in our best interests. $16,000,000,000,000 ($16T) national debt is not in our best interest. Financing 4o cents of every dollar the government spends is not in our best interests. Promising to provide for every hardship, factual or perceived, is not in our best interests. Strangling job creators with regulations, more taxes and increased bureaucracy is not in our best interests.
Mr. President, I respectfully disagree with your premise, with your policies, and with your continued presiding over these United States. Time for some
new leadership in Washington. You should expect to see your pink slip in November.