The fact that more people are struggling to put gas in their cars and food on their tables than are struggling to purchase birth control from Target doesn’t seem to matter to President Obama. He’s a man so eager to correct inequalities where they don’t exist and punish prosperity when we need more of it that fostering economic growth just doesn’t seem to be on his to-do list.
April’s jobs numbers came out last week revealing many things. The economy only added 115,000 jobs (39,000 less than in March), and unemployment is still hovering high at 8.1%. You’ll notice that the unemployment rate is down from last month, but that’s due to the fact that a half-million more people dropped out of the labor force, leaving job market participation at its lowest level since 1981.
Just think: if people keep giving up looking for work, we’ll have zero unemployment!
The jobs numbers also reveal a stunning fact I think the American people should pay more attention to: Obama’s no Reagan.
At this point in Reagan’s first term, the economy had added about twice the amount of jobs as Obama’s has, and continued on creating about 300,000 new jobs each month through October.
Reagan accomplished this mainly because he focused on the recovery. He didn’t spend two years creating a humongous healthcare bureaucracy, and then the next two years running around the country like a Marxist chicken with its head cut off bemoaning successful Americans and the opposition party. He didn’t spend his extra time chatting on the phone with birth control activist drama queens.
Reagan ran on cutting taxes (even for the rich: from 70% to 50%, and down to 28% in 1986), cutting spending, controlling inflation, and deregulation. The Reagan economic expansion led to a growth rate of 6.8% in 1984 alone (the highest in 50 years), and unemployment was down to nearly 5% by 1989.
Obama would probably also do these things if he didn’t think they were so unfair and evil. This is a man who said he would raise the capital gains tax even if it would mean lower government revenue, which it would. Never mind that the purpose of taxes is to raise revenue for the government to operate; Obama is campaigning on the idiotic idea that the tax code should be used to enforce his twisted idea of “fairness.”
It doesn’t matter to him that the rich already pay a ridiculously disproportionate amount of taxes. Advertising mind-numbing proposals like the Buffett Rule gives him a populist message to tout to unsuspecting idiots, or as the rest of America knows them– college students. And unless Republicans get better at putting two sentences together, this will win him many useful votes.
As we’ve already seen, Republicans that even think of mentioning significant spending cuts or entitlement reforms are labeled baby killers and racists. Does anyone else think it’s weird that Republicans are always accused of things the Democratic party actually supports?
Also, how is it fair to continue to dance around making responsible spending cuts, leaving the next generation indebted to incomprehensively huge deficits and European style socialism, unless you’re willing to be met with a barrage of terrible accusations from the president and his party?
The administration’s burdensome regulation of business has been in the spotlight lately due to its colorful approach to getting the job done. EPA official Al Armendariz, expressed the “general philosophy” of the EPA in dealing with oil and gas companies. He said:
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
This coincides with my fantasy where everyone in this administration is boiled in hot oil, so that, you know, future administrations will think twice before spending and taxing uncontrollably.
To add insult to injury, Obama’s Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, has made it clear that the administration’s goal isn’t to lower the price of oil, explicitly stating: “No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil.”
Anyone remember his comments about gasoline in 2008? “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” where it’s not uncommon for gas to be at least twice as expensive as in the States.
But wait— we’re not done yet! Human Events reports that Democrats still aren’t warming up to yet another Keystone XL pipeline proposal. “Personally I think Keystone is a program that we’re not going, that I am not going to help in any way I can,” Senate majority leader Reid said, “The president feels that way. I do, too.”
In other news, Obama wants you to know that he’s doing everything in his power to lower gas prices.
What this country needs is a president who isn’t scared of progress. We need someone to come in, like Reagan did, and do something like remove price controls on oil and gas which increased production and lowered the price of oil by more than 50%.
We need someone who knows that it isn’t unfair to make more than your neighbor. We need someone who understands that no one was ever employed by a poor man. We need someone who understands that the pain of a family paying $4.15 a gallon for gas is not for the greater good. Don’t you agree, Mr. President?