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Voters: Your Candidate Is A Bloodless Ideologue Who Doesn't Care Who Suffers
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By Don Feder
Iconoclast H.L. Mencken may have been the orneriest curmudgeon ever to put acid-dipped pen to paper, but regarding Obama voters, his famous epigram
– “Democracy is the theory that the common people know exactly what they want, and
deserve to get it good and hard” – is so true it hurts (them and us).
Massachusetts businessman “Battlin’ Bill” Barnstead was a perennial Republican offering against then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill. As crusty as Mencken – and certain that nothing he said or did could possibly alter the inevitability of O’Neill’s reelection every two years
– Bill was contemptuous of the electorate he was expected to court.
In one of his campaigns, Barnstead produced a brochure with a caricature of himself as Uncle Sam, pointing an accusing finger and asking voters in the Mass. 8th. Congressional District: “Are you ignorant or stupid?”
With a mountain of
evidence pointing to America’s imminent collapse should Obama have four more
years to swing his socialism/surrender wrecking ball, it’s a wonder that any
save hard-core leftists could conceivably support this president.
But they do. If the
polls are right, anywhere from 47% to a majority of voters will choose national
suicide on November 6.
For doctrinaire leftists, celebrity cretins, fuming feminists (“Romney wants to take away my – free – birth control!”) and 20-somethings with multiple body piercings – who, like, think it’s so cool to vote for an African-American president
– this is to be expected. All are so far removed from reality that they may as well be living on Neptune with Lady Gaga.
But what of the rest?
Most think Obama’s doing the gosh-darn best he can with a mess inherited from Bush (during whose 8 years, the average unemployment rate was 5.2%), that an exploding National Debt could never, ever affect their lives, that America can be defended with a disappearing military, and that plundering the rich (those greedy bastards!) creates jobs.
If I could grab their pea-brained attention for 5 minutes (if I could tear them away from
Dancing With Desperate Housewives on Survival Island) I might ask the following:
If Obama is reelected, will unemployment ever go below 8%?
For the past 44 months, the unemployment rate has been over 8% – the longest sustained period of high unemployment since the Great Depression. (It would be 11% if we counted those who’ve given up looking for work.) Since the Jobs Terminator took office, the number of long-term unemployed has increased 87%.
What’s your president’s prescription? More stimulus spending? When a rubber-stamp Congress passed his $832-billion stimulus package in 2009, he promised unemployment would go below 7%. He didn’t say in which decade.
No matter. The man who’s never held a real job – other than community organizer – is about to detonate a nuclear device
under small businesses. He’s fighting extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. That means on January 1, the top federal tax-rate will go from 35% to 39.6%. The capital-gains tax goes from 15% to 43.4%.
That’s one way Obama intends to create “an economy built to last” – by driving
nails in the coffins of investors and employers who actually create jobs. And it’s why a September survey by the Business Roundtable found just 29% of executives expect more corporate hiring in the next six months, while 34% expect companies to lay off workers.
You think a $16-trillion National Debt won’t affect you?
In less than four years, Obama has increased the National Debt by over 50% – adding a staggering $5.4 trillion. As a portion of GDP, federal spending went from 20.2% under Bush to 23% under the spendaholic-in-chief.
The Fed’s printing presses are working overtime. Since Obama began his radical transformation of America, the price of beef has gone from $3.69 to $6.99 lb. We’re paying for Obama’s deficit-spending binge at the checkout counter as well as at the unemployment office.
On the trajectory Obama has set, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner estimates that within 10 years, interest on the national debt plus just three entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare) will consume 92% of the federal budget. Even if you’re among the 47% paying no federal taxes, if you depend on Washington for anything other than the foregoing, you’re out of luck, baby!
Are you ready for $10-a-gallon gas?
Since Infestation Day 2009, the price of a gallon of gas has gone up 107%. (It’s now about $3.79 a gallon). Worse is in store. Instead of a war on terrorism (the word has been banished from the White House lexicon), Obama has fought a highly successful war on domestic energy development.
In the sacred name of combating carbon emissions, he’s closed down 12% of coal-fired energy plants. Offshore drilling is mostly off-limits, as is Alaska’s oil-rich ANWAR region.
As of May, 2012, the average time to get approval for offshore oil and gas exploration was 207 days, up from 50 days a few years ago.
To give you an idea of how little exploration is going on, federal revenues from offshore leases plummeted from $9.4 billion in 2008 to $36 million last year. Besides furthering
Obama's maniacal green agenda, the war on domestic energy production has the added advantage of making us more dependent on the president’s Middle East friends.
In 2008, Steven Chu, Obama’s future Anti-Energy Secretary, told an interviewer: “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to levels in Europe.” Every other administration has tried to get energy prices down. This one wants to raise them. If BO is reelected, is there a bicycle or a pair of roller skates in your future? Chu on that.
If you have a job, it could soon be filled by some Juan else.
Obama bypassed Congress to implement most of the DREAM Act, effectively granting an amnesty to 800,000 to a million illegal aliens who supposedly meet certain criteria (arrived before age 16, now under 30, in high school or a graduate). It’s all slight-of-hand. Under Obama’s catch-and-release policy, the Border Patrol has been told to free any illegal under age 30 apprehended.
In August, 10 ICE agents sued the president in federal court to let them do
their job. While refusing to secure the borders himself, Obama has gone after states that have attempted to keep out the flood of illegals.
Every border-jumper is a future Democratic voter – as well as a solvent dissolving a national identity the president abhors. Your job and your future are small prices to pay to realize Obama’s multiculturalist dreams.
Obama’s hollowed-out military will leave America defenseless.
Under Obama’s be-nice-to-terrorists rules of engagement, the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan has gone from 630 during eight years of George Bush to 1,470 in his first three years.
Given the path Obama has set us on, national defense spending will go from a post-9/11 average of 4.1% of GDP to 2.5% by 2022. In his first term, he cancelled or delayed more than 50 major weapons programs, cutting over $300 billion, making America more vulnerable than at any time in recent memory.
That’s just the beginning. If he’s reelected, before the end of his second term, we’ll have the smallest ground force since 1940 and the smallest navy since 1915. And you know where that will lead?
Obama isn’t worried. He thinks implacable foes bent on our annihilation can be appeased by foreign aid, diplomacy and robo-apologies. His great contribution to national security is repeal of don’t-ask-don’t-tell. Recalling the old “Monty Python” skit, we’ll soon have the best interior decorators brigade of any army in the world.
How do you think your wife/girlfriend will look in a burka?
Congress is trying to stop Obama from sending another $450 million in mostly military aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi, as it gears up for war with Israel and after a mob invaded the compound of our Cairo embassy, tore down the American flag and taunted us.
Obama’s initial response to the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans was to call it a spontaneous reaction to an obscure video that hurt the feelings of those who regularly howl for our blood. At least he didn’t call it “workplace- related violence,” the official designation for the murder of 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood by a jihadist infiltrator shouting “Allahu Akbar!”
After the Libyan leader we installed said it was “a pre-planned act of terrorism directed at American citizens,” the administration changed its tune.
While churches are burning in Egypt, Obama’s State Department is spending millions (it refuses to say how many) to preserve mosques and minarets in 27 Islamic countries.
While describing the murder of our Libyan ambassador and consulate guards as “bumps in the road,” at the United Nations last week, Obama boldly declared: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Grovel, grovel.
The principal differences between Neville Chamberlain and Barack Obama? The British prime minister didn’t refurbish Bavarian beer halls or inveigh against those who “slander” National Socialism’s founder.
Did I mention that Obamacare will eventually kill you?
It will socialize 17% of the economy, cost a minimum of $2.3 trillion over 10 years, and (according to one survey) has caused 83% of physicians to consider leaving medicine.
Obamacare aims at covering 30 million uninsured while limiting the profits and administrative costs of insurance companies. This will eventually drive them out of the health-insurance business, result in a single-payer system (Obama’s goal all along), lead to a shortage of doctors, and end in rationing of services – death committees by another name.
Senior citizens are especially vulnerable. But, as we age, all of us will be under the gun, if nuclear-armed Iran doesn’t blow up the planet first.
Like his predecessors from the French Revolution to the Bolsheviks to the Khmer Rouge, Obama is a bloodless ideologue.
He doesn’t care who suffers – how many are out of work, struggling to make ends meet, have their security endangered, have their health care ruined
– as long as his utopian vision is advanced.
But if you’re one of the 14% of African-Americans – or 10% of Hispanics – who’s
unemployed, not to worry. I’m sure Obama will send you a postcard on his next
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.