Obama begins this week as he ended the last; with bravado, excuses, and blame games. False claims, deceptions, and outright lies scroll liberally across his TelePrompTer, then roll from his disingenuous lips. Labor Day week is just another chance for him to make his case for more of his loony-leftist ideas to labor unions in hand-picked cities with high unemployment.
Everything Obama says or does about the economy defies credulity. Furthermore, everything he does exacerbates the recession, unemployment, and the economy in general. Free enterprise and capitalism abhors Marxism, and Obama abhors free enterprise and capitalism.
Above all, however, it defies common sense that labor unions would be cheering for more Democratic Party and Obama policies while spending hard-earned membership dues in support of programs that are diametrically opposed to the interests of working people.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to spend in excess of $50 million during the 2010 election campaign. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) plans to spend $44 million. And the number will be even higher since the AFL-CIO declined to give its figures.
There is one thing of which we can be sure; much of this money will be taxpayer’s money given to the unions as payoffs by Obama and the Democrats in the form of stimulus money.
In January 2007 when the Democrats assumed control of the Congress, the unemployment rate was 4.5 percent (less than 7 million jobless). The national debt was 8.67 trillion.
From that time until the present, under Democratic stewardship – a scant three years and eight months – we have soared to 9.6 percent unemployment (nearing 15.3 million jobless) and increasing at an alarming rate under the Pelosi-Reid liberals. The national debt has grown to over 13.4 trillion costing Americans $500 million a day in interest on the debt.
George Bush had two years remaining in office in which he could neither spend money nor pass any legislation without the Democrats. Barack Obama has had a Democratic majority in Congress and needs not one Republican vote to enact his entire agenda; remarkably, however, his constant refrain is whining about Republican obstructionism and the mess left by George Bush.
The fact is, of course, this mess was given to him by the Democrats in the House and Senate and he has taken a bad situation and turned it into an economic disaster. Playing class warfare, screaming racism and smearing the blame on others is the only recourse they have when they know their Marxist ideology is a colossal failure.
Under the Democrats, we have also seen a dramatic increase in the numbers and costs of welfare.
• Medicaid costs up 36 percent to $273 billion.
• Jobless costs up $117 billion to $160 billion.
• Food stamps up 80 percent to $70 billion.
• Welfare up 25 percent to $22 billion.
• Anti-poverty programs – 1 in 6 people, a record high.
• 50 million on Medicaid, up 17 percent.
• 40 million on food stamps up 50 percent
• 10 million on unemployment, up 400 percent
• 4.4 million on welfare, up 18 percent
– USA Today
However, despite all of this spending, poverty is skyrocketing thanks to the policies of the Democratic controlled congress and the Obama administration.
In the short time of their incompetent management of or country, we have witnessed massive health care legislation rammed through congress against the will of the American people with all the arrogance of a dictatorship. They are spending trillions of dollars more than they collect in taxes leaving the prospect of backbreaking tax increases. Furthermore, Obama decides winners and losers in the market place leaving an uncertainty that stifles growth and investment.
To the old-time union members and the old-time Democrats; be assured that these are neither your Father’s unions nor is this your Father’s Democratic Party. Neither represents you, but rather themselves. Both use corruption, lies, intimidation, and force to maintain their power. Politicians use your taxes and unions use your dues to sustain their lifestyle of privilege and wealth. These are the depths to where the Democratic Party and American unions have degenerated.
Between and during frequent vacations, Obama’s TelePrompTer announces his need for new stimulus to pay off his supporters, but disguises it as a “kick-start” to the economy. In reality, Obama has a racehorse economy hitched to the plow of government and seems dismayed at its plodding along.