An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Have you noticed that the word ‘patriot’ has been thrown out a lot, by both left and right, in recent years? It’s not a bad thing to be patriotic, but the problem arises when one side doesn’t really understand the word itself.
Patriot - pa·tri·ot [pey-tree-uht - ot] noun
1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
I’m sure you can see our dilemma. When someone on the left shouts ‘PATRIOT’, you have to wonder if they totally misunderstand the meaning of the word.
Mr Obama’s little pamphlet has this problem as well. “The New Economic Patriotism”? Seriously? The introduction paragraph would be rather amusing if it wasn’t so blatantly full of lies.
It’s time for a new economic patriotism, rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Over the past 31 months, American businesses have created 5.2 million jobs. Independent economists project that our economy will create an additional 12 million jobs in the next four years. The President believes we must do even more to grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. The goal of his jobs plan is to strengthen middle-class security by making smart investments in education and training, growing small businesses, promoting technology and innovation, and reducing the deficit.
Disregarding the obvious line of complete caca de toro, it is quite apparent that Mr Obama has still learned nothing about how the economy works. Taxing the businesses that actually create jobs, is a sure fire job killer. If the business has to dish out more to the government, that means they’ll have less to expand and hire new people, and will more than likely lose employees, or just shut down altogether. Why would anyone want to run a business in this type of economic climate?
What Obama ‘plans’ is more of the same. Did he inherit a mess? Sure…the mess that the Democratic controlled Congress created. Basically, he inherited his own mess, and wants to create an even bigger mess. His plans to destroy America are working quite well, if that’s what you want for your children’s future. Personally, I care more about my kids, grandkids, and great grandkid, and would prefer to see this path to destruction diverted.
We don’t need more teachers, we need BETTER teachers, without the interference of the unions. We need to regain control of education at the local level, and get the government indoctrination centers shut down. We don’t need more ‘green jobs’. The only ‘green’ involved in Obama’s betting practices, has been OUR ‘green’ going bye bye, into the pockets of Mr Obama’s buddies, after such companies go toes up.
No, Mr Obama, you don’t have a true ‘patriotic’ plan. If you truly were a patriot, you’d have resigned quite a while ago, admitting you have NO IDEA what you are doing, and that your “well intentioned plans” are a complete and utter failure!
Obama’s “New Economic Patriotism”
President Obama has a new booklet—a glossy, 20-page spread called “The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs and Middle-Class Security.” The title is completely Orwellian, since the plan—which is nothing new—would actually kill jobs, harming the middle class.
As expected, the “new patriotism” means paying more in taxes for those small business owners who create many of the nation’s jobs.
This isn’t the first time the President has invoked patriotism to describe economic plans.
When he was running for President, Obama condemned George W. Bush for adding $4 trillion to the national debt over eight years, calling it “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Now—in less than four years—Obama’s Administration has already added almost $6 trillion to the debt. And he’s on track to add another $4 trillion over the next decade.
So the definition of what it actually means to be an economic patriot is still a bit confusing. But as for the President’s plan, it hasn’t been changed or updated. CNN’s Jessica Yellin reported that “there’s not anything significantly new in here. It’s just all compiled in a nice booklet now.”
The nice booklet starts off with the claim that President Obama has overseen the creation of 5 million jobs—which Heritage has debunked.
It touts the plan to raise taxes on small businesses that create jobs and reminds us that the President already has plans for the “money saved from responsibly ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” But spending “war savings” is simply an old budget gimmick. It would be like saying we have new “savings” when the temporary, failed stimulus plan ended, and then spending the same amount of money on…more stimulus. These savings are phony.
Not only does it have a phony definition of “savings,” but the nice booklet also includes the familiar refrain of “investing” in things like roads and bridges. Don’t be fooled, though—this is just more stimulus spending. As taxpayers and American workers painfully learned during the past few years, stimulus spending is good for racking up deficits and debt, but not so good at growing the economy or creating jobs.
The “New Economic Patriotism” recycles the President’s plans for the future that we’ve heard hundreds of times. And its version of the past four years is pretty rosy, despite persistently high unemployment. Let’s examine a few of its claims:
- Has the President created 5 million jobs? No.
- Has the President “strengthened Medicare”? Definitely no.
- Is the President “leading the fight to safely and responsibly develop all sources of domestic energy”? No and more no.
President Obama’s plans do nothing to address the major problems with the U.S. economy. He does not tackle the fundamental budgeting problems, which would require reforming entitlement programs and halting out-of-control federal spending.
The Heritage Foundation has a real plan that makes the hard choices and puts American workers first. The Saving the American Dream plan would do just that—keep the American dream alive for the next generation and generations to come.
It would reform entitlement programs to strengthen and preserve them and make them affordable. It would return to limited government by focusing on the core functions of government, ensuring that national defense is fully funded while returning productive resources to the private sector. It would consolidate and reform duplicative programs. It has a real growth agenda with its New Flat Tax, a fundamental tax reform plan that would set us back on a path to economic growth.
This is the type of plan America needs—one that is truthful about our circumstances and offers concrete solutions. How about a permanently balanced federal budget, without tax hikes? A tax system that is simple, stable, fair, and pro-growth? Actual reductions in the debt? These are all possible, and Heritage’s experts have laid it out here.
We have a booklet, too. But it steers America on the right course to freedom and prosperity, not rehashed ideas that have failed the nation.