As an undecided Independent voter that is fiscally conservative and socially moderate, I find the current political atmosphere deeply concerning. The challenges we as a nation face must be discussed honestly and should include differing viewpoints so that we all share in the ultimate decision on the course taken, we will all have to share the consequences.
I am one of those undecided Independent voters you always hear about in the polls and as I try to filter through the noise to reach the issues I am finding the noise keeps getting louder. Rather than honest discussion of the fiscal condition of our nation, we get more of the same from those who represent the far left of the Democratic Party. The same Maxine Waters (D-CA) that said the TEA Party “can go straight to hell” and continues the attempt to minimize the TEA party as nothing more than a racist group that doesn’t oppose Obama because of differences in philosophy but only because he is black, now supports another TRILLION in government spending because she, and many of those with like minds, believes the reason the economy is staggering toward another recession is because the government didn’t spend enough money in the earlier stimulus.
Writers Note: While I support smaller government and favor reduced spending over increased revenue, I am not a TEA Party member. I support tax reform to close loopholes, add more people to the tax rolls and allow for lower bracket rates for every bracket.
Jobs Speech Set for Thursday
With no significant job creation for the first half of 2011 and ZERO Net Job Creation for the month of August, it is clear the recovery that was anemic at best is now coming to a near standstill. With the release today of last week’s first time jobless claims (414,000), first time claims have now been over 400,000 18 of the last 21 weeks (156 of last 164) and signs of increased layoffs are mounting.
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With another week of 400,000 + first time claims fresh in our minds, President Obama will deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress tonight on his latest jobs recovery plan. Coming from a President that just a couple of months ago believed the bad economic numbers were “just a bump in the road” and an administration that has spent much time trying to convince us that we were in a “Jobless Recovery”, it is difficult to believe that the new plan will be much different than the previous ideas from this White House. If President Obama’s jobs speech Thursday is nothing more than a repackaging of what we have already heard (“green” jobs, “investment’s” in infrastructure and education, tax credits for those hiring workers, etc…) over the last two years it will be a clear sign that Obama has decided his reelection is more important than the future of the country.
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A plan that offers nothing new is no more than a smoke screen presented with the full foreknowledge that the plan will not move forward in either the Senate or the House. While Obama will attempt to blame the failure of the plan on those Republicans that just say no to everything he attempts, the reality is that a plan that involves more spending with promises to cut later or that actually encourages more borrowing now because the rates are so low( yes- I have heard that argument advanced by those who believe the government must spend more money to keep the economy afloat) will not gain the support of those that are concerned with spending and believe that there has not been serious efforts made to reduce current spending. A number of Democratic Senators are up for reelection and represent districts carried by John McCain in the ’08 election and would have a hard time supporting additional spending in the range being pushed by Waters in a reelection year. Democrat’s have not even addressed the biggest challenge, entitlement spending and attacked the only plan brought forward, the Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan, as being “drastic” and accused the Republicans of hating the poor and elderly while making false allegations concerning changes to Medicare. It would have been much more productive if the Dems would have responded, in writing, with a plan that could be compared and contrasted with Ryan’s plan.
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While there is never an end to ideas politicians have to spend more money, there is a limit to the amount that can be reasonably spent without endangering our future economic survival. We may soon be reaching a crises point. If our nation continues on the path we are now following we will soon be past the halfway point, the point which we have gone too far to safely turn back and must continue down this path to the inevitable conclusion. For a glimpse of what likely awaits at the end of the path we are now following, just look toward Europe. The fiscal condition countries like Spain and Greece find themselves in are examples of what can result from lack of fiscal discipline combined with pandering to demands that drain the nation’s wealth to secure the votes of those making the demands.
Most of us already know the truth and what is required of us to make a course correction and accept the burden that will accompany the changes for the future of our nation because we also understand the future of our nation is the future of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What we need are politicians who will be honest about what we already know to be true and work hard to find solutions that involve input from all views since the outcome effects us all.
Challenges created in our lifetime should be not be passed on to the next generation. If we allow the burden to be pushed to those coming behind us there will not be enough time for them to deal with the issues before insolvency of our entitlement system becomes a reality and the debt reaches previously unthinkable levels.
That is not the future I wish to leave my children and grandchildren.
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