Economic stability is the top concern for Americans, and polls confirm that a majority trusts Republicans more than Democrats to handle our recovery. Despite this advantage, Republicans were again rejected in the last election as voters grew fed up with ill-informed pandering on social policy. In just one generation, a fundamentalist platform and extreme candidates transformed the GOP from a vibrant national party to a regional one that speaks mostly to and for religious conservatives and “old white men.” This ignores changing demographics and cannot sustain the GOP, much less propel it back into the majority.
By Richard Larsen
We have a President who is intentionally hurting the nation and the people he’s entrusted to serve. In the name of the sequester, the White House’s own plan to clinch a budget deal last year, Obama is willfully and intentionally doing as much damage as he can. This is not subjective, but is verifiable fact.
The President rejected a proposal by the Senate Republicans to give the President more flexibility to pick and choose which programs should be cut to reach the $85 billion spending reduction over seven months mandated by the so-called sequester. That would have given him the opportunity to meet the requirements of the budget deal, without affecting the people our government is supposed to be serving. Keep in mind, that these legislatively mandated reductions are not cuts in actual spending, but only reflect a 2.5% reduction in the growth of government spending.
According to the President a few weeks ago, “There’s no smart way to do that [the sequester cuts],” he said. “These cuts are wrong. They’re not smart, they’re not fair. They’re a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.” This is a surprising admission that his own plan is, in fact, stupid!
Actually, Mr. President, there was a smart and prudent way to do it. …
From the comments:
Show me one politician that doesn’t place politics in front of the American people. Now congress is going to make exceptions on the sequester for the rich who travel, this includes the very same congress that is being ignored in the article.
The republican held congress said the sequesters were exactly what they wanted, and now we are placing all the blame on the president. Blame needs to be given to both groups as they fight for power and control.
Disgusted Reader says:
Sequester was all Obama’s, he wanted it and now he doesn’t? Plenty of blame to spread around, feel free to share it. Now when it finally comes into play, guess who gets hit? Not the White House, but average citizens who through no fault of their own want to travel but can’t because? No, spite is the new way of doing things in D.C. and it sucks.
Tired of the blame bus, it came on one administrations time in office. Give credit where credit is due.
Please stop those who make money from traveling to make more but don’t stop those that spend it in large amounts from traveling? Is that the way it doesn’t work. 3 Watch Lists and all 3 failed to find an obvious perp? Cut their money, big time, the lists are a waste and will never find anything. Oh, mom is on the list too. Go figure.
Article after article calling out Obama on the sequester the past few weeks. Take your pick. I won’t even suggest one for you. How much crow can Obama eat before he has his fill and we have enough of him?
You’re right it’s about power and control, good observation. Heaven help us if the wrong people get the power and control.
…”as painful as possible.”
Since this phrase has the infamous hug of quotation marks, we are left to assume that someone in the administration actually said that. This is not the case. Mr. Larsen is being sloppy at best.
Do you remember telling me that they (the Left) were the only ones who did that?
Read the full story from the Idaho State Journal
By Richard Larsen
Just when we think the secular assaults against the nuclear family unit can’t get any worse, we disturbingly learn that they can. Now a host on a minor cable news network claims that we have to get over the idea that our children are ours, and accept the fact that they belong “collectively” to all of us.
From the comments:
c. R. Stucki says:
April 13, 2013 at 7:59 am
The current effort on the part of the Obama administration to expand universal pre-K education to 3 and 4 yr-olds, in spite of the well-documented overwhelming failure of ‘Headstart’, is certainly an obvious step in the direction Rick’s post deals with.
Good point, Mr. c.R. Stucki, well taken.
Mr. Reagan was right when he stated “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
He also said: “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” I’m waiting for another president to lose his job and soon so things can start back to the “old normal”.
I just happen to listen to Glen Beck and his comparison between education in the United states and professional basketball. What do the professional basketball players make, and how much are the coaches paid? Boise’s football coach earns one and a half million a year, how does that compare to a teacher. I expect that winning a game is more important than teaching children so they can win in the game of life. Let’s not pay one damn more cent for education, but lets pay millions to sports; we don’t care if you can read, but the ability to play basketball is more important.
Maybe our priorities are just a little screwed up!