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President Obama gave a speech yesterday attacking Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget plan, which has passed the House. He termed Ryan's plan (which has been endorsed by Romney), "social darwinism", and a "trojan horse". Obama's speech was designed to frighten the dickens out of the American people. It was so full of hysterical accusations and scare tactics that it read like parody. After reading Obama's speech, I was going to expose all Obama's divisive deceptions and straw man tactics, but then I read Ryan's short rebuttal to Obama's speech:
“History will not be kind to a President who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run. The President refuses to take responsibility for the economy and refuses to offer a credible plan to address the most predictable economic crisis in our history. Instead, he has chosen tired and cynical political attacks as he focuses on his own re-election.
“The President has offered four budgets during his four years in the White House – each committed to funding ever-higher government spending by taking more from hardworking Americans and adding to a crushing burden of debt. His failed agenda is stifling opportunity and hope for the next generation.
“Like his reckless budgets, today’s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record. His empty promises are quickly becoming broken promises – and the American people will hold him accountable for this violation of their trust.”
With these few words, Ryan has completely unmasked this President. Obama can complain about GOP solutions until he's blue in the face, but at least the GOP is offering solutions, whereas Obama has offered NONE. Obama has offered no plan to balance the budget. Obama has offered no plan to fix Social Security. Obama has offered no plan to make Medicare sustainable going forward. Obama has offered no solutions to our biggest fiscal problems. He has offered no leadership. He has instead, exactly as Ryan stated, chosen to "duck and run" and engage in "cynical political attacks". Obama is like a monday morning quarterback who sits back and criticizes the players on the field. The problem with that is, Obama is THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. If he doesn't offer leadership, we have a big problem, and it's time to get a new President, someone who will take on our problems and lead.
All you have to do is look at Obama's 2013 budget plan to see his complete lack of leadership on today's biggest issues. The following chart comes from the White House, and forecasts future debt under the Obama budget:
This is Obama's "leadership", to let the debt continue to spiral out of control. Thanks for nothing, Barack.
Now contrast this with Ryan's Path To Prosperity plan, which balances the budget and begins addressing the debt:
Obama and the Democrats call the Ryan plan "radical", but which of the two above scenarios is really the radical one ? It's clearly Obama's leaderless non-solution of a non-plan. An unsustainable America drowning in debt is about as radical a future as I can imagine. Obama talks about how Ryan's plan "slashes and burns" it's way to spending cuts. What Obama doesn't bother to mention is, in his budget, Obama increases taxes by $2 trillion and STILL adds $11 trillion in new debt over a decade. That's not leadership, folks. Obama's way is the absence of leadership, and even his fellow Democrats know it. That's why the Democrats voted unanimously against Obama's last two budgets. If the President can't even get ANY support from his own party for his budget plan, what does that tell you ?
Let's turn to another Obama quote from last year, when he said the following, ""By 2025, the amount of taxes we currently pay will only be enough to finance our health care programs, Social Security, and the interest we owe on our debt. That’s it."
That's right, Mr. President...so WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ? YOU'RE THE FLIPPING PRESIDENT !!!
But I guess I ask to much when I expect our leader to, you know, lead. He'd rather play partisan political games instead, which is why we have a Democrat-led Senate that hasn't passed a budget in over three years. Lack of leadership is contagious. The ONLY party passing budget solutions to our problems is the Republican party. That's not just my opinion, them's the stone cold facts.
My purpose here is not even to support the Ryan plan. It's just to point out that at least he has one, unlike Obama. Until Obama can step up and lead, nobody should support him. Nobody. Obama's flowery rhetoric can't conceal the fact that he has no solutions. America faces some hard choices. Regardless of your political beliefs, there are only a few basic options available to us. We have to make huge spending cuts, or we have to enact enormous tax increases (far beyond any of the almost trivial tax increase proposals Obama has made so far. For example, the "Buffet Rule" would bring in about $30 billion over ten years, a drop in the bucket compared to our trillion plus dollar annual deficits and $15.3 trillion debt). Perhaps we can do some combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but we HAVE to do something major. Sitting back and playing cynical partisan games, as Obama is doing, is an enormous disservice to this country. We deserve much better than him.
We need a leader, and our President is missing in action.