January 21, 2012
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
According to some polls at the beginning of 2012, just three years into the Obama presidency, 70 percent of Americans believe the country is now on the 'wrong track.' Many people who hoped that the “hope and change” of his presidency would mean less partisanship in government, better racial relations and an improved economy, have been bitterly disappointed.
According to US News "In our New Year's poll, when asked what news event they fear most about 2012, Americans by a margin of two-to-one said
"Obama's reelection." Why would so many people be disappointed in his presidency? I believe it is because he was not properly vetted by the media and politicians. Because of this, the people didn't see what he actually believes and the patterns of his behavior. Almost no-one looked at these ahead of the election and his opponent was, in my opinion, weak. If anyone would take the time and make the effort to look at what we know of his background and his behavior, his behavior as president is completely in keeping with the pattern.
At the moment, the greatest danger is our country's debt. Our debt actually exceeds the GDP of the country! In his three years as president, Obama hasn't done anything to address the primary cause of our debt increases – unsustainable increases in entitlement spending. In fact, he has worsened the deficit with an $800 billion stimulus bill and a new $1 trillion health care entitlement.
The president's own debt commission recommended changes in entitlement programs, and in June 2011, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) called for “...large and rapid policy changes to put the nation on a sustainable fiscal course.” But nothing has changed. We have been regaled with repeated fights about raising the debt ceiling and another fight about it is coming shortly. In less than one term, President Obama has presided over an increase in our national debt that is greater than the total debt under the first 43 presidents over a 219 year interval! An increase of over
$6.5 trillion and growing by the minute. We continue to race full speed down the road towards bankruptcy.
President Obama has repeatedly stated that he is focused on jobs. He appointed Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co., as jobs czar. GE is planning to invest $2 billion and create 1000 jobs – in China. Too bad Obama didn't tell him the jobs need to be in America! And what about those “shovel ready jobs” promised by the stimulus? Well, as Obama laughingly
admitted, shovel ready jobs weren't really shovel ready and didn't happen. However, some infrastructure projects have happened because of the stimulus. That fact used to please me until I saw an
ABC News report showing that several infrastructure jobs around the country have been awarded to companies owned by the Chinese government employing Chinese nationals here.
The president says he is “focused on jobs for Americans”.
How does he justify rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline project? As the Wall Street Journal states,
“The central conflict of the Obama Presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the President's hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions. The tragedy is that the economic recovery has been so lackluster because the second impulse keeps winning. Yesterday came proof positive with the White House's repudiation of the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada's $7 billion shovel-ready project that would support tens of thousands of jobs if only it could get the requisite U.S. permits. Those jobs, apparently, can wait.” … “Unless the President objected, December's payroll tax deal gave Trans-Canada the go-ahead in February to start building the
The White house claimed the “rushed and arbitrary deadline” (which had huge bipartisan support in Congress) was too tight "for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest." As the WSJ article stated, “This is, to put it politely, a crock.” There were
three years of exhaustive studies determining there would be no significant environmental impact and the “pristine Nebraska sand hills” already have 25,000 miles of pipeline.
Environmental activists are dreaming (Forgive me if I call it a pipe
dream) if they think denying the pipeline here will prevent the Canadian oil sands from being
This rejection of the pipeline is even ignoring his own Jobs Council's advice. This group of 27 people, hand picked by Obama himself, recently released a report that endorsed an "all-in approach" on energy, including the "profound new opportunities in shale gas and unconventional
oil" and recommended he support "policies that facilitate the safe, thoughtful and timely development of pipeline, transmission and distribution
projects". They warned that not doing this "would stall the engine that could become a prime driver of U.S. jobs and growth in the decades ahead." The Keystone XL project was one of those “new opportunities”.
Jobs are created by the private sector, not by governments. This means jobs are created by the entrepreneurs and companies in our country. The way to create jobs is for government to get out of their way. As I have written about before, massive government regulations not only cost us money, they prevent new businesses from starting up, and handicap existing businesses.
In other words, they hamper businesses from growing and creating jobs.
Amazingly, Obama says our problems are caused by “weak regulation”. How can he possibly say this with a straight face? When President Obama took office there were 64,400 pages of federal regulations, now there are over 78,000 pages and more are being added all the time. (Rules and regulations
are written by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats that take the vaguely worded laws passed by Congress and write the rules according to their own agenda, an all to often liberal agenda.)
Why can't he see the real problems and how what he has been doing make the problems worse? Is it that he believes his progressive view so strongly that he can't see what is happening, like the cancer victim that denies he has terminal cancer? Is it that he is simply incapable of seeing the problems and the path we are on? Or, does he really not care about fixing America's problems? Is the financial destruction of America just a way to accomplish the destruction of capitalism and the creation of a socialist nation?