Obama's Presidency: A Litany of Mistaken Impressions - Page 2
Published: June 06, 2011 at 5:22 am
My Technorati article on April 19, 2011, reported that Obama's political attack on Ryan's budget plan, and his attempt to jump-start a Mediscare presidential campaign would "backfire." It was an undignified speech that effectively destroyed any hope of cooperation between the President and the Republican House. It unnecessarily created political tension and economic uncertainty, scaring small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs into postponing further investments.
Obama could have easily chosen to make a bi-partisan appeal on April 13, imploring the nation's political leaders to come together for the best interest of our nation and our economy. Instead Obama opted for short-term political gain by appealing to class warfare and attacking Republicans in a classic campaign-style speech--a mistake that may very well cause him to lose the election in 2012.
Just one year ago, President Obama claimed that even his critics know the economy is recovering. So confident was Obama that our economy was headed for a summer of recovery that he took the opportunity to poke fun at his critics. "These folks who opposed this every step of the way, predicting nothing but failure, they know it's working," Obama said during an economic speech in Youngstown, Ohio. "Even as they've tried to score political points ... a lot of them go home and then they claim credit for the very things they voted against. They'll show up to cut the ribbons."
But the "summer of recovery" never happened and the President never accepted responsibility. The mainstream media must have thought the President had a brilliant Plan B. By September, few in the mainstream media were talking about the summer of recovery that never was.
Welfare rose for the first time in fifteen years, but that "was dwarfed by spikes in the number of people receiving food stamps and unemployment insurance." USA Today reports that “Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.”
As the number of people who depend upon the government for entitlement programs rise, the number of people who actually pay federal income taxes is shrinking. CNN Money reported that among working Americans, a shocking “47% will pay no federal income tax” whatsoever. Says CNN Money, “An increasing number of households end up owing nothing in major federal taxes, but the situation may not be sustainable over the long run."Continued on the next page