How comical that our nation’s biggest bully spearheaded an anti-bullying campaign while bulldozing Americans into swallowing White House recovery spending. While the president and Mrs. Obama warned about the long-term effects that being bullied can have on our kids, we should have asked how we allowed ourselves to be forced into funding “spend and ruin” economic policy.
Responsibility is hard to shrug off in a democracy. Voters sleep better by telling themselves that their candidates were no good, that they were choosing the lesser of two evils, or that they were lied to. Even when all three are true, Americans still have to live with their choices, including the choice we made in 2008.
Fines, taxes, fees, penalties, regulations, blame, and threats. This is how the president shows American manufacturers that he cares. When Mr. Obama discussed manufacturing jobs from a Seattle Boeing plant yesterday he wasted little time bringing up tax breaks received by companies sending jobs overseas, a threat and needless reminder of the enthusiasm with which his administration wields its anti-business stick.
When Barack Obama sold taxpayers the Recovery Act in 2009 budget deficits from recovery spending were expected to soar to nearly $800 billion.¹ The spending came with lofty ambitions, so lofty that the hype made the expense sound worthwhile:
This Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that our country can thrive in the 21st century.²
If we believe White House media releases and campaign trail promises America is on the brink, threatened with losing her edge to global competition infinitely more prepared to meet the challenges of the future.