Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hypocrisy? You decide.

Adj. 1. unpatriotic - showing lack of love for your country

Adj. 1. irresponsible not showing or done with due care for the consequences of one's actions or attitudes; reckless

Does President Obama really love our country? Is he a responsible leader? Just recently on December 12, 2011 Obama asked congress to raise the Debt Ceiling by $1.2 trillion. Now flashback to July 3, 2008, when then Senator Obama adamantly proclaimed that President Bush was both "unpatriotic" and "irresponsible" for raising the same Debt Ceiling. Wait, did Obama just really contradict himself? So why did Obama so quickly change his tune now that he occupies Bush's previous post? Maybe because at his core he is simply a hypocrite. I think it's because he will say anything to make himself look good to his liberal base. However, one could simply reason along the lines of what Ed Morrissey, columnist/blogger/political activist, states in the following quote, “if Obama can use the increase in the national debt to question Bush’s patriotism, doesn’t it follow that increasing deficit spending by 152 percent per month makes Obama 152 percent more ’unpatriotic’ than Bush?” Either way, it doesn't cast a positive light on Obama. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I believe that Obama is set on this country transitioning from a mixed economy to a commanding one. For example, consider the following; The Affordable Care Act that basically gives everyone health insurance (sound like Canada, eh?), a vary large number of current Federal Employees make up a group that currently owes over $1 billion in delinquent taxes to their employer the Federal Government (someone turning a blind eye here?), and now our Debt Ceiling is being raised once again, thereby continuing to allow our out of control government to, according to Obama's own words, act in an unpatriotic and irresponsible manner to spend more money than we collect. So now, I challenge you the reader, to decide if Obama is really as unpatriotic and irresponsible as he lambasted Bush for being in 2008 or is he simply just a hypocrite and says whatever he thinks sounds good to his adoring fans.


Smith said...

You bring up all valid points. However, I disagree with your statement about the transition from a mixed economy to a command. I believe the President (whoever it would be) in such an unprecedented economic time is trying to hold the country together at the seams. My question for you is, truthfully, if you were the President what would you do differently? You need to be able to justify your argument.

GageLane said...

The major problem in todays politcal society is that the President and the House Republicans are in a continual debate. The worst outcome for both is default on the debt, but each side holds out for a favorable deal. They will certainly go to the wire, but economists who have studied bargaining games have shown that there is always a real possibility of breakdown rather than compromise, because only by refusing to deal can each side convey the seriousness of its position. That is why labor strikes occur even though workers and managers do jointly better if they make a deal. Failure to raise the debt ceiling, however, is not akin to any old plant shutdown: it would be catastrophic.

Brayden said...

Catastrophic? Yeah, you're right. I guess if the government shut down the sun wouldn't come up tomorrow.