We had the great stimulus of 2009, and billions lost in reckless spending and outright fraud. It was the great promise that our unemployment would go down to 5 or 6 percent. Yet for some unforeseen reason it hovered much higher, and millions who lost hope were not even counted.
We gave billions of taxpayer dollars to the auto industry while wrecking the savings of the bond holders such as teachers and firemen. In the process of losing billions in the deal, we saw the automakers show their gratitude by opening new plants in Mexico and China. Simple bankruptcy reorganization would have accomplished the same.
So many ideas borrowed from academia had unforeseen consequences in the real world. New terms were invented, such as “jobs not lost.” How about U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bragging of the stimulus by putting more people on food stamps? The list goes on.
So we have our dear leader campaigning for a repeat of the past five years to revive our economy. How’s that working? What about Keystone Pipeline and real private-sector jobs? What about an overhaul of the tax code, a repeal of burdensome regulations and a repeal of Obamacare? Now we even have Obama advocating corporate tax cuts to boost a sagging economy while maintaining higher individual tax rates as somehow fair. He ignores that small businesses file as individuals in most cases, and it is small businesses that are the real engine of job creation and employment. Yet Obama tells us how he’s for the little guy. Go figure. Guess you’ve got to follow the money on that one.
There are so many contradictions and lies. No wonder a majority of the country no longer believes in the American dream.
We need to examine ourselves and ask: When are we going to demand better? We are losing everything for which so many before us sacrificed, so that we could enjoy this great country and its freedoms. Politicians are not the answer. It starts with us. Relive the era of John F. Kennedy: “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
Everyone across the economic spectrum needs to use their talents, self-reliance and sweat, and not rely on government for their daily needs. Then we will be truly great again.