Mr. President, Can You Answer Some Questions?

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Barack Obama

Last night the American people listened to the President give his State Of The Union address before a joint session of Congress.  There is no doubt of his ability to deliver a message, but as is often the case this message left much to be asked from our President.

Here’s what he said, “Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.”  Now I have a question for the President.

If the government has been so successful in reducing our deficit why are you asking for an increase in the debt ceiling?  If what you say is true, and we owe less, then we should have no need to increase the amount we need to borrow.

Here’s more of what the President had to say, “Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”    Mr. President, didn’t you just say we have reduced out deficit?  All across America households know that when we reduce the amount our households owe it means we are using the money we have after essential spending to pay off our debt, and our debt goes down.  How is it that in your budget the debt goes up?

Why are you worried about paying our bills on time Mr. President if you have already shown by the massive amount of debt reduction coming from the excess money you have to allocate after essentials that it is possible to reduce debt?  I am having trouble believing your first statement in light of your next statement.  Your line of thinking Mr. President is just not logical economics, are you using smoke and mirrors in presenting the economic facts of our nation.

You also said, “Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs”.  This sure sounds like the “shovel ready” jobs program of your first term, so I have to ask some questions.  Do you think it worked well the first time?  Remember when you said that it would prevent unemployment from going over 8%?  Oh and if it was so successful why did the economy and jobs situation continue downward and why are you not counting the long-term unemployed in your unemployment numbers now?  Doesn’t that give a false sense of job creation and employment progress to the American people?

The President did provide a strong call to action in his closing crescendo calling for action, “Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote.”  Yes Mr. President all Americans deserve a vote, a vote on the federal budget.  We saw a budget passed in the House but Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has not allowed a budget vote in four years.  Why Mr. President have you been so silent in calling for a vote on a basic element of good money management for the American people?  Can we at the very least get a budget we have waited over four years for before we move on to gun issues?

Well there is something that the President said that was clear and needs no question.  He was on target when he delivered the line, “what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”

Just one more thought, to be an economic leader it isn’t the ability to conceive a budget, it’s having the courage to pass one.  The President’s last proposed budget was voted down unanimously in the House of Representatives.


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