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Barack Obama declared the other evening that, “It’s time for America to chart a new course.” (Quite possibly the scariest words in American politics.) And who wouldn’t buy what this guy is selling???
Obama promised affordable education and declared that a college education should be a birthright for every American! Obama promised affordable healthcare for every American and that all of us will have the same top-of-the-line healthcare as members of Congress in four years! Obama promised to take the record profits of big oil and “make” them reinvest in alternative energy sources and pay for pollution! Obama promised good paying jobs for the jobless! And for such a young man with little experience, Obama has done very well for himself in finding enough people to buy into the hype with their votes.
First, Obama does not seem to appreciate that education, especially higher education is something that should be earned through hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice. What kind of a birthright is Obama talking about? What kind of message does that send to slackers in high schools across America if the government will ensure that you get a college degree whether you’ve earned it or not? How many excellent future graduates will then have their degrees discounted because the market is flooded and employers can’t determine whether these degrees represent any significant achievement? Obama doesn’t understand that promising government-backed college education does not raise the bar, it lowers the bar for everyone. Obama doesn’t understand that information, i.e. education, is a commodity that students buy and that college education is an investment in yourself that shouldn’t be passed out to people who haven’t earned the privilege.
Second, Obama doesn’t appreciate the fact that compared to private sector compensation, full-time civil servants and elected officials in the Federal government typically make far less money in public service. One of the incentives to retain well-trained and competent employees and leaders is to provide an excellent healthcare incentive package. The idea that EVERY American should be entitled to the same government healthcare benefits package is simply pandering for votes. So, why work for the government anymore? And more importantly, Obama’s plan cannot work well simply because healthcare services are limited and finite. Anyone who has visited an emergency room lately already knows this. If the government begins footing the medical bills of every American and disregarding the limited resources available and increasing the demand on our skilled medical professionals, we will be begging for the days of the 3 1/2 hour emergency room waiting experience. Further, individuals will have less incentive to be proactive in maintaining their own health (quitting smoking for example) because medical bills will be a thing of the past. (Well, not exactly, but I’ll get to that.)
Third, the evil “big oil” corporations. Since when is actually making money such a problem in America? I really don’t understand how people in cafes can complain about $3.75 per gallon gas while simultaneously paying $64.00 per gallon for their lattes with tipping to boot. Think about it. We hear a lot about big, bad, American oil corporations and their outrageous profits, but Starbucks is making out like a bandit! And Obama needs to brush up on corporate formation. Last time I checked, it’s the shareholders, i.e. regular Americans, who actually own these companies and invest in them! Obama promises to punish these oil companies for excessive profits, force them to reinvest in other energy sources and make them pay for global pollution. So Obama’s policies will actually punish the investors, i.e. you and me! So what’s the point in investing in stocks or mutual funds of American companies if the government is going to limit your opportutnities to amass wealth or save for retirement? IT IS OUTRAGEOUS that Obama is going to take profits from hard-working, investing Americans and claim that he will help us and the economy by doing so. The government already rakes in billions of dollars with a “B” through corporate taxes and fuel taxes. If you wish to revive the American economy, the answer cannot be found in punishing with EVEN MORE TAXES the very industries driving the economy in the first place. Furthermore, Obama doesn’t explain why American oil companies should have to pay for global pollution but not other countries such as Mexico, India, and China.
Finally, Obama promises good paying jobs (not good jobs) for the jobless–all 5% of them. This can only mean one thing: raising the minimum wage. If you haven’t already figured this out, artificially raising wages decreases the overall standard of living because prices rise as well. You have “more” money, it just has less value. So rather than raise the bar for everyone and strengthen the economy, minimum wages discount everyone’s dollar–all 100% of us. Thanks, Barack! So while a jobless person may find a new job, it won’t necessarily be worth it. The taxes taken out of their pay check to fund American college educations, universal health insurance, global warming initiatives, and massive job programs won’t leave much after the bills are paid. And any money left over won’t be worth investing in companies since profits are evil. So Obama’s policies won’t be free at all. All of us will pay much higher taxes, have much greater dependence on government and have less money and fewer opportunities for ourselves and our families.
So Obama really knows how to work a crowd and get people excited about “change” even though no one really seems to understand that change can be very, very, bad. He appears to many as a political saviour, yet his policies only represent the tired old liberal ideas that have never worked. Obama has the least experience of any Presidential candidate in modern times. I ask you, “How is that change we can believe in?”
Vote for Obama! It’s easier than thinking!
In April 2003, we Americans gave President Bush a 76% approval rating in his handling of the War in Iraq. But now as tensions continue to rise and insurgents continue to kill men, women, children, and troops, about 39% of us think we have the right to change our minds, elect a new Congress, pull out of Iraq, and forget the whole thing ever happened. And granted, we do have that right.
But whatever happened to doing the right thing no matter the cost, and taking responsibility for one’s actions?
We can’t blame Bush for this war; 76% of us gave the President and Congress our blessing! We need to grab a mirror and blame ourselves. We supported our leaders in the decision to go to war. So here we are. And it’s too late to talk about how or why we got here, we just need to tread very carefully now so we don’t make it worse. We need to suck it up and be willing to take responsibility. The 39% of us who have since changed our minds simply don’t deserve that luxury.
Iraq obviously needs America’s military help. The Iraqi people risk life and limb every day at the whimsy of fanatic jihadists who wish to establish a violent Islamic Theocracy that would send human rights (especially women’s rights) straight to the Dark Ages. Premature withdrawal of American troops could have devastating consequences for the Middle East region. Jihadists likely would bring the fight to American soil and increase hostilities against our allies abroad. If Iraq can’t be helped now, it won’t be helped ever.
How soon we forget history. Iraq mostly conjures up the ghosts of Vietnam. But what about Japan? In WWII Japan was bombed to oblivion by the U.S., yet Japan became a major industrialized democracy a mere 40 years later thanks to us—her former American enemy.
If you think we’ve been in Iraq too long—think again. Japan required military occupation by the U.S. for 7 years (without the Japanese carbombing utilities, city markets, police stations, or weddings every other day). We have been in Iraq only four years and our government is seriously considering a pull-out thanks to the 39% of us who simply changed our minds!
Maybe we have really just lost our minds.
Where’s our resolve? Where’s our idealism? We must make the the WWII generation sick. Why can’t we see beyond the current violence and gas prices and envision a peaceful and stable Iraq 40 years from now? Other countries in the region are stable. The good people of Iraq are counting on us to help them fight for freedom from the jihadists. Or at least they were counting on us.
WE ARE AT WAR FOLKS. Wake up. Some of us need to grow up. It’s not pretty. It’s not easy. And it’s definitely not our choice! Unlike the Japanese, the jihadists have not surrendered! We can’t stop fighting yet. We have an important mission in Iraq.
And don’t mistake me for a warmonger. I believe we should always seek peace and pursue it. I can’t help but get an enormous knot in my throat as I hold back the tears when reading or hearing about the death of another young American soldier or when I think about my own two family members who are serving in the U.S. military. One leaves next month for his second tour of duty in Iraq.
All the men and women who serve or have served in our military are courageous.
But so are the innocent Iraqi men, women, and children who must deal with jihadist terror and sectarian violence every day. Let’s take responsibility for what is happening in Iraq by staying, fighting, strengthening, and stablizing the infant Iraqi government until she is ready to release us. And continue to pray for strength and wisdom for our leaders, military commanders, and troops in resolving this War. Pray for Iraq. May our ultimate decision honor our sacrifice and the good people of Iraq.