My family and I spent last week at the beach in North Carolina for our family vacation. I tried to stay unplugged for the week; however, with everything going on it was hard to not look at my news updates or even when we did turn on the television to ignore the Obama ads that were on shown. There are three big things that I noticed and will discuss below.
First, Obama has a television ad where he is reading his teleprompter and talking about his plan vs. Romney’s plan. In this ad he tells us that Mitt’s tax plan will increase taxes for the middle class and the top down approach does not work. He states that we need his plan for middle class expansion and need to continue to invest in home grown energy to move this country “forward”. Now let’s examine these two points more closely.
- How do we expand the middle class? This is a broad statement that Obama is making to create class warfare. He is trying to pin us against them. However, it takes everyone working together in order to expand our economy or improving our country. Instead of focusing on expanding a class, we should be working on plans to help companies operate that will enable them to hire more people. It was announced last week that unemployment went up to 8.3%, thus, it does not look like his expansion plan is working. None of this will work because of the uncertainties he has created because of Obamacare. This also will not work by trying to expand the government to create jobs. The more we expand the more taxes we need to pay these employees. In the end, the more we tax individuals and businesses the harder it will be for companies in the private sector to hire new employees. I’m not sure how he defines the “Top down” approach but we can easily say that started with President Clinton when he deregulated banks which allowed them to go into subprime lending and aided in the economic meltdown.
- The second point he makes in the ad is about home grown energy. Obama has spent 3.5 years investing in home grown energy and we don’t have anything to show for it but $36 billion spent and 20 plus companies in bankruptcy that will not be able to pay back the government loans. These companies also outsourced many jobs overseas.
- Finally, he says we need to reelect him in order continue to move this country forward. I haven’t seen anything in the last 3.5 years that would move us forward. Unemployment has continued to climb and he has spent more money on policies than all other presidents combined. He has crippled the economy because of Obamacare. Finally, now he has resorted to class warfare and name calling because he has nothing positive to run on for a second term.
The second item worth noting from last week is the budget cuts that the Department of Defense is facing. This is a result of Congress not being able to agree to a budget and automatic cuts across the board. An estimated $110 billion is scheduled to be slashed starting January 2, 2013, half of which would be to defense. They have warned that this will result in the Navy’s inability to purchase more ships and soldiers going into combat would receive less training. Instead of focusing on this issue, our president is too busy campaigning or actually mudslinging to try to help fix this problem which in part was caused by his special interest spending. These cuts are going to directly impact several Defense contracting companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. These companies have already gone through several rounds of layoffs but will face more because of it. Lockheed has already sent out 100,000 WARN Act letters to employees stating that their job is not safe. However, last week the Department of Labor instructed these companies that they did not have to send these letters. This is interesting timing because the letters are required by the WARN Act and are to be received by the employees at least 60 days prior to the layoffs. This would make them due by the beginning of November. Hmmm, what else is happening in the beginning of November? Let me think, that’s right, the election. To be perfectly clear, if these letters are sent they will be received right before the election and would most likely have an impact on these individuals voting decisions. One can only conclude that the Dept. of Labor made their statements to protect the current administration which makes this completely irresponsibly because these letters are legally required. If these companies listen, they would be setting them up for lawsuits later on. I wonder if the Dept. of Labor would protect them then. Personally, it scares me to even think about cutting the defense budget with all of the unrest in the world.
Finally, President Obama announced last week that the Dept. of Justice will now sue Ohio over voter laws. Ohio has extended early voting for military men and women to the Monday before the election instead of three days prior. They have stated that it is discrimination to give certain groups more time to vote than others. These individuals are most likely deployed overseas or elsewhere in the country and need the extra time. These individuals also spend months, if not a year, away from their families. To say that they do not deserve extra time is ridiculous. David Axelrod stated on Sunday that the Republicans are continually trying to contract the voting population. I think they are trying to ensure all legal individuals get a chance to vote. This is actually funny coming from Axelrod considering the Democrats are trying to dilute the population but allowing the possibility of illegal immigrants to vote. I have never seen an administration sue 3 states during an election over voter laws. It is interesting that they are preventing Florida from cleaning voter rolls, Texas from enforcing ID cards to vote and now Ohio to give military men and women a chance to vote.
These are just a few of the many things that occurred last week. I find Obama’s ad laughable at this point however, the other two topics are scary. The election is 3 months from today. Hopefully this tyranny will be coming to an end soon.