Obama Squeals Like a Pig

Hopefully, we’re getting back to discussing real issues, because it’s time to sort out the garbage the candidates are shoveling, and take a good look at what’s left.

Barack Obama says he’s all about regular people, and he claims to have all the answers to our financial woes. He gets very specific on his website about income tax reform. First, he says he’s going to make sure it doesn’t take middle class America more than 5 minutes to complete their tax returns (wow, this is really a priority) by laying the burden of compilation on the IRS (whose salaries we also pay) and he says this will save Americans up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees. Anyone with half a brain knows it will also create complete and utter chaos on the IRSs data bases, resulting in higher government payrolls to pay tons more IRS man hours – but maybe they can hire the former employees at H&R Block to fix it after Obama puts those budget busting scoundrels out of business. And thats not all, folks. Hes going to create a new “making work pay” tax credit (what the devil does “making work pay” mean?) that will “completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans”. Well, holy cow, can I be one of those?!

But I notice he doesn’t mention where he’s going to get the money for the pork he wants while he’s eliminating all those income taxes. Oh yes, he’s planning on spending a lot of our money. The problem is his priorities don’t seem to be in order on any of his spending, either. In fact, Obama’s list of pet projects is mostly rhetoric and doublespeak, but they’re going to expensive. He says on his website that he will “double federal funding for basic research (what are we “basically researching”?) and make the “research and development tax credit” permanent (I haven’t seen that on my tax return, have you?). He says he’ll increase funding for federal workforce training, along with creating “an energy-focused youth jobs program to invest in disconnected and disadvantaged youth”. Now those are pretty words -what’s the difference in disconnected youth and disadvantaged youth, and isn’t it a disadvantage to be disconnected? And who’s supposed to invest in the youth that are neither, and how much is this going to cost? About the same as a new bridge in Alaska to service about the same amount of people?

What in the world is his commitment to deploy “next generation Broadband” and protect the “openness of the internet”?? He is ready to “fight”, he says, to expand high-speed internet access to rural areas, and I know this is important to him because he places it very near the top of his website list of economic priorities. Well, honey, I live in an area that’s as rural as it gets, and I’ve had high speed internet for years, so what’s up with that? Does he owe a few favors to a broadband company or what?

His proposed “investment” in rural areas is to “improve rural schools and attract more doctors to rural areas” – well now, that’s campaign rhetoric right out the 60s if I’ve ever heard it. What’s he going to do- invest means spend – is he going to start pay rolling private physicians? He says he’ll invest in rural small businesses. Well, I hope he means he’ll write us a check because he doesn’t seem to know that you can’t say you support small business while at the same time promise to “ensure freedom to unionize”, cut the SMLA from a 50 employee minimum to 25, adopt paid leave laws, and expand “flexible work arrangements” – all of which subtract from the liquidity of small business.

Obama says interest rates on payday loans should be allowed up to 36%. Common sense says 36% payday loans should be called what they are – loan sharking – and abolished altogether! Payday loans trap low income individuals daily, and you cannot promise consumers hard nosed tactics on credit card and mortgage banks on one hand while allowing payday loans to continue to exist on the other hand. This sets a double standard for lenders, shows a total lack of common sense, and is another signal that Obama is not in touch with the problems of the sectors he claims to champion.

And while this country really does need some good comprehensive health care reform, I find Obama’s plan to be a sweet piece of expensive crap in so many ways it would take a shovel to dish it all out and debate it here.

Last June Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It reportedly comprised more than $300 million in pet projects for Illinois, including tens of millions for Emil Jones’s Senate district. Senator Jones takes credit for jump starting Obama’s political career, via passing him the sponsorship of many pieces of high profile legislation in the twelfth hour, allowing Obama to push them through and build a reputation on them. Sounds like he’s paying him back, doesn’t it – at our expense. But then Senator Jones told a reporter he didn’t call it pork, he called it steak.

Wikipedia defines the word doublespeak as “language constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a communication bypass”.  Barack Obama is the very definition of doublespeak. So, who cares what his religion is, or who he pals around with? Those factors only become pertinent if he can first show he has the ability to make intelligent and comprehensive decisions concerning the nation’s economy and security – and he can’t.  All he shows me is he can talk a lot about spending more money on his pet projects, but if you’ll notice he doesn’t have a lot to say about current pork barrel spending because – hello – he’s a pig.

  • Dreadsen

    Babs

    With 12 billion dollars a day being spent in Iraq i REALLY wonder where he plans on getting the money from.

    BUT! I believe in the last debate he did mention that if the big spending our country is doing now for the war continues that we will end up being right back 4 years from now Debating the same thing.

    What someone should ask Obama is. IF we can’t get out Iraq as HE plans then how does he plan on keeping all of those other spending promises? Borrow more money from the same sources that are loaning is money to help fund the war?

  • Babs

    Excellent question Dreadsen, and add to that if he does shut down the war in Iraq, how many more 9/11’s can we fit into the budget and still pay for his projects? Maybe he thinks he’ll have plenty left over when he fulfills that old campaign promise to stop producing nuclear weapons because he’s sure he can talk Russia into stopping as well. *LOL*

  • Whobody

    This is just an angry rant. There are no solutions mentioned here. -No other options? I hear nothing of what a candidate (any candidate) can do for me. Anyone can shoot at a target. There are flaws, loopholes, and mistakes with all these candidates and all people for that matter. Without solutions to these problems you’ve mentioned, we’ve only created more problems.

    Are these problems with “rural” America not worth the discussion? Should we not set goals and try to reach them? I know plenty of rural areas where high speed internet is not available and would be a great service to our nation as a whole. Just because it doesn’t effect you doesn’t mean it’s not an issue for someone else.

    The comment about more 9/11’s seems really inappropriate. It is very disrespectful to use that as ammunition in your assault on an American presidential candidate. How are our politicians to rise above the politics of fear if we as a people cannot?

  • Michael Anichini

    Keeping it short: Agree completely with Whobody.
    Furthermore, putting something in quotes, like “this”, is a cheap and ineffective way to draw attention to the legitamcy of a given topic or “issue”, which is what the quoted items tended to be. The issues are all real, relevant, have been the focus of his campaign. All candidates have the right to analyze and experiment with propositions. How can anyone start worrying about Obama’s economy with the one we have now? Seriously, common sense. And his commitment to transparency in gov. spending will ensure we all are privy to seeing what he’s doing, what’s working, and how any of Babs concerns will be paid for.

  • Babs

    Whobody – Since I’m not angry with Obama, this can’t be an angry rant. I fear you’re taking my calling of Obama a pig literally, and that’s not the case. I call him a pig because he’s, in my opinion, guilty of being a pork barrel spender, thus that makes him a pig. The fact that you notice there’s no solutions here is exactly my point and thank you for helping me make it – Obama’s stand on these issues offer no real solutions for Americans. Problems with rural America are certainly worth discussing, but they begin at the level of our local governments – that’s why we elect Mayors, town councils, Representatives, and Congressmen – I’m questioning Obama’s priorities here as a Presidential candidate, not belittling any of these issues. The comment on the cost of 9/11 is extremely appropriate, and not meant to instill fear in anyone. If you weren’t afraid after 9/11, you probably never will be. This is not used as ammunition against anyone, it’s just a fact.

    Michael Anichini – Putting something in quotation marks denotes Obama’s exact words, not mine. It’s as simple as that. The fact that all of these issues are real, relevant, and the focus of his campaign is exactly why they were brought up. Questioning them goes to the very crux of how we as voters begin the process of weeding out and choosing the candidate we’ll vote for in this election. Thus far, the debate with Obama has been pigeon holed – if it’s not his race, religon, or choice of friends, it hasn’t been dissected and discussed. The media may be right about Obama, if we question ANYTHING about him, we’ll be labeled.

    His commitment to transparency in government spending is another good debate, and we should have that one sometime. We should have it, in fact, about all of the candidates. That’s what making an informed decision about a candidate means, and commentaries are meant to simply spark debate over the issues.

    So, exactly how much help to you as an individual is it to be able to complete your 1040 in 5 minutes? And exactly how much will it relieve your personal household budget to skip an accountant’s fee once a year? Important enough to make it the top issue on a presidential candidate’s website for answers on the economy? Important enough to lock your vote in for Obama? You decide. =)

  • Whobody

    I don’t think your “pig” statement was not misunderstood by anyone.  It’s not that clever of a metaphor, and it’s not the first time it’s been used by political mudslingers.

    9/11 was a very scary time, and may we never forget that, but I find your comment inappropriate because you suggest we will have more if Obama is president, and you use this as a tactic against his economic budget and his candidacy as a whole.  Mentioning the cost of 9/11 may not seem inappropriate to you, but suggesting future attacks and the cost of them(in monetary value) to downgrade a presidential candidate’s appeal should.

    I hardly think your post represents Obama as a whole.  So, to say there are no solutions to these issues(at all), doesn’t accurately represent an Obama presidency(or our nation under that presidency), but your own ability to provide a complete argument for us.  If you say that Obama has no solutions, then who does?  If not these issues, and not this candidate, then what else?  -And why?  We should listen to all candidates, all people, all questions, and all answers.  If we provide one-sided viewpoints we lead ourselves and our peers into a hole with no options for escape. 

    “People grow or diminish in moral stature by the words which they speak and the messages which they choose to hear.” — Pope John Paul II

  • Babs

    Yes, Whobody, I certainly do suggest we may have more 9/11s if Obama OR Clinton is elected. I personally subscribe to McCain’s theory that if we pull out of Iraq prematurely and in an irresponsible haste – as Obama says he’ll do in 19 months – that it will cause more harm than good, and as McCain predicts, the terrorists just might follow us home. Not a pretty thought, I’ll grant you, but a possibility that must be weighed by us as voters. I dont say it to downgrade Obama’s appeal to you or anyone else, I say it to open a real discussion of the issues. If I wanted to simply mudsling on Obama, I’d jump on the Wright bandwagon, which you’ll notice, I didn’t.

    “Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Scottish author (1850 – 1894)

  • Whobody

    “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Michael Anichini

    There we have it: an admission to subscribing to the politics of fear. Who will follow us home? Suicide bombers? Scattered factions of Muslim fundamentalists, living in caves? Or perhaps you mean the well-funded and real threat known as Al-Qaeda, which resides mainly in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan but which has grown and spread terror to other nations as well while we distracted ourselves with an unjust war as the rest of the world watched in bewilderment and eventual scorn, justifiably so. Are we to believe that a decimated Iraqi citizenry will somehow solve it’s problems, unify its divisions, and invade the US? That is preposterous. If anything remotely resembling that takes place it is our fault: instead of invading Iraq, a country so decimated by poverty and sanctions since the Gulf War that even Kuwait(along with the rest of the world)laughed at Bush’s assertion that they were a threat in anyway, we should have focused on:
    1.constitutionally sound methods of enhancing our security, 2.improving our standing with other nations by agreeing to prudently wait for hard evidence(weapons of MD)
    3. sought to inform ourselves and understand why 9/11 took place instead of declaring war on some kind of vague evil enemy(and the wrong one!!!)
    4. spent any military energy finding the correct one in Afghanistan(which we still haven’t done)
    you know what, the list goes on and on.
    Lastly, is 19 months not long enough? What is then? 19 months keeps us there into 2011. I find that to be responsible enough, given the implications of withdrawal. We do have moral obligations to Iraq, but pulling out our troops does not mean we simply forget about Iraq, and I think many people confuse this. Our active military presence is creating the very problems it seeks to remedy. It’s like putting the wrong kind of cream on a burn: it would heal on its own, but will never heal by applying more burning agents. This does not mean we ignore the wound completely, though, as it heals. That too would be foolish. (Corny, I know, but useful perhaps.)

    When and why should this war end? That is my question to you.
    New surges in violences erupted over the last 48 hours. This will continue for…how long? We rarely see the Iraqi death toll in the media. It can be easily found online. Look it up. How can you sleep at night?

    I do however apologize for misunderstanding your use of quotations and the tone of my comment about them.

    Lastly I will provide a link to an insightful and sound editorial about Mccain:

    http://www.amconmag.com/2008/2008_03_24/article.html

  • Jeremy

    I find it funny that anyone talks about subscribing to the politics of fear when these are some of the real issues that face us today. What are we supposed to do? Sweep them under the carpet and hope that the problems go away? Instead of making a big post about what we should have done, please stick to what we need to do. Also, some may be a bit naive to think that without a plan of staying in Iraq or leaving prematurely without a solid plan to keep stability in Iraq there will not be a concentration of terrorism/extremeists to fill the void that we left.

  • BBaller

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.