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When a budget cut isn’t

May 9, 2009

I don’t think there can be much doubt as to whether certain “news” outlets are nothing short of propaganda organs for the Obama administration. Articles and opinion pieces appear to be carefully crafted to cast every word and deed from the President as historic or otherwise special. The spin doesn’t stop there. Indeed, his image is polished in print.

Take for example this article from msnbc’s firstread web site. It begins with the words “It’s bad enough the administration was taking heat about whether $17 billion is a big budget cur or not. Now, it appears a bunch of Congressional Demoncrats might not even agree to those cuts.”

Those words, paint the President a fiscal conservative, warring with members of his own Party about spending priorities for the next fiscal year. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

In a budget that represents a $300 billion increase over the current fiscal year’s original budget, a $17 billion “cut” in reality means that President Obama is still increasing the budget by $283 billion. That is not the stuff of a fiscal conservative!

Further, that budget deepens our national debt by over $1,000,000,000,000 in a single year. There seems to be no end in the sheer number of Federal Reserve Notes this administration is willing to create out of thin air to reduce the value of the dollar and the purchasing power of the American consumer.

That’s not saying the previous administration was a much better steward of the public trust!

The 545 people responsible for all of America’s woes are not accountable to we the people — and they know it. Were they accountable for their actions, there would be no 90+% re-election rate. To them, we function as an ATM machine, funding their every whim. And what do we get for our loyalty? A government that is bloated well beyond the intent of the Founding Fathers. A government that is now so big, states and even cities can no longer function without infusions of federal funding, financed by wealth taken from all taxpayers and redistributed on a grand scale.

The President would have us believe that the only way to get the economy working again is to make credit more readily available to businesses and consumers. The fallacy of this philosophy is that debt is not an instrument of prosperity. Debt begets debt and ultimately results in bankruptcy. Along the way, the debtor is nothing less than an economic slave, continuing to pay both principle and interest on previously purchased goods.

There is a small glimmer of hope that Americans are now becoming aware that the road to true prosperity is not paved in loan contracts. More and more Americans have taken to the forgotten path to fiscal security: saving. It’s strange that the article appeared under the “women’s business” section. Is that because men are incapable of saving money? Were I thin skinned, I’d take offense at that. Instead, I was mildly amused for a moment at the thought of a politically correct editor wrestling over which section was more appropriate to host the article.

I keep seeing polls indicating how happy Americans are with the new President. Aside from the historic symbolism — which I do not seek to diminish in any way — are you really pleased with the direction he’s taking the country? Are you convinced that you are better off than you were a year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago? Is your future looking brighter or gloomier becuase of his policies?

Until next time,
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