From the Right: Let Americans star making America better
JON EDNEY (August 21, 2012)
It may not be fair to label the president a liar but he was either telling huge white lies or he is truly delusional. The president proposes billions and billions of new programs. Everything from another first-start education program to another multibillion-dollar renewable energy fund (Solyndra, how oft have I dreamt of thee!), and yes once again a new mortgage relief fund. None of this is surprising of course: since he came into office the president has been spending like a drunken sailor on extended shore leave. The real surprise is that the president looked directly into the camera, rather than the TelePrompTer, and told the American people that these billions and billions of new programs were not going to increase the deficit one dime! Whoa Nellie, that is a huge whopper! Where’s the president’s mother when his mouth needs to washed out with soap? Not even those on the left of the left would be able to repeat that with a straight face. The president should stick with taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots. It both sounds better and is demonstrably true to his policies and governing philosophy.
Robin Hood thievery of their hard-earned salaries.
For the president, the most satisfying part of his State of the Union address must have been when he brought forth those wonderful stories of the American spirit. There was the pediatric nurse who secured the safety of 20 newborn babies during the Sandy storm. There was the policeman who having been shot multiple times, got up and did his best to protect those in harm’s way. Who could forget the 102-year-old lady from Florida who had waited in line for more than six hours last year to cast her ballot for president? Wonderful stories of Americans doing what Americans do best.
It’s deeply ironic that the president pointed to such heroic individuals since not one of them needed his nanny state policies to become heroes. This president has spent his presidency instructing all of us how much we need the government to take care of us, how the government knows best. From medical care, to home buying, to banking, to education, to his new and improved government giveaways in this very speech, this president and his administration consistently tell us they have got us covered.
Mr. President, let me offer a little suggestion. Just listen to your own speech, to your own words, and to your own examples. Americans can take care of themselves, their neighbors, and their communities. The best that you can do for this country is to stop the social-engineering, stop the class-baiting, stop the gamesmanship, and stop the spending. Just stop, and get out of the way. Let Americans start making America better.
Jon Edney is a former El Centro city councilman.