The president recently held an event in Boca Raton, Florida.

“So let me ask you: What’s the better way to make our economy stronger?  Do we give another $50,000 in tax breaks to every millionaire and billionaire in the country? Or should we make investments in education and research and health care and our veterans?”

I guess the Republicans hate the average Joe. Obviously, it’s their fault for the administration not being able to fund all the services.

I don’t see it that way.

I don’t know Mr. President, how about we ask you a different question. How about we just cut spending now and stop the demagoguery? Or how about you come up with a budget so we can actually fund the education and the social services you so pretentiously defend?

The president’s budget failed in both houses unanimously.  All the members of his party voted against his own budget. The only plan worth mentioning was the Simpson-Bowles budget which made valid points and was supported by conservative Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). It was an adequate plan, but the president ended up discarding it.

How about the Democrats in the Senate?  The Senate hasn’t passed a budget for three years.

President Obama’s Democrats are delusional. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blames Congressman Paul Ryan for the failure of Obama’s budget: “The president put forward and laid out his budget proposal, which has as its core a balanced approach. A balance that, to this day, Congressman Ryan rejects.”  The White House is scapegoating the Republicans.

Let’s set the record straight. Obama doesn’t want to come up with a budget. Why would he?  He can continue attacking Republicans in the election year and brand them as social Darwinists. Congressman Ryan was the brave one to come up with a budget, and is already getting attacked by Democrats who claim that his budget is “radical,” “irresponsible,” and “extreme.”

Obama likes to throw ideas around. He has no solid plan. This is the same President who extended the Bush tax cuts for two more years. President Obama said in December 2010 that the extension of the tax cuts was “good news for the American people.” Is the president genuine when he says that he wants the “Buffett Rule”? What is the President’s real position on taxes and the budget?  The President lacks decisiveness. The president lacks leadership.

The Government Accountability Office reported that if things keep going the way they are then “spending on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest exceeds revenues by 2030 and by 2040, 73 cents of every federal dollar spent would go to these categories.”  The “Buffett Rule” would only account for $30 to $40 billion. As fun as it may be to rattle the fat cats in Wall Street, give it a rest Mr. President. Increasing taxes on the rich is not going to help close the deficit. You’re the last person who should complain against the rich. Remember when you supported TARP?  You proposed the auto bailout, which bailed out prominent CEOs with $79.69 billion. This is far from being the friend of the middle class.

Politics is politics. The president is running for reelection. I’m not naïve.  I get it. But I am a concerned citizen. One thing that we don’t need is politics as usual. We need a leader that can look straight into people’s eyes and tell them that we need to make some tough choices.  Instead of criticizing the Republicans, how about you tell the American people what you believe in?  You even said yourself that the “Buffett Rule” won’t help to decrease the debt.

Before attacking a budget plan, propose one, Mr. President. Only then, will the American people decide whose plan is better. You should devote your time and effort to this country instead of your campaign.

Alex Uzarowicz | Knox College | Galesburg, Illinois | @AUzarowicz