Monday, March 2, 2009
Broder sees the great risk Obama has incurred for this republic and his own political party
Washington Post columnist David Broder has come out with a sobering assessment of the great risk to this nation from all the plans and all the new spending President Obama has set forth in a little more than a month.
The bottom line is that this nation as we know it may not survive. You can call it a shift to socialism or whatever, but Obama has so radically changed the direction of this nation -- away from rewarding thrift, responsibility and good behavior -- to forever doom any return to prosperity in this nation as we have known it.
The size of the gamble that President Obama is taking every day is simply staggering. What came through in his speech to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience Tuesday night was a dramatic reminder of the unbelievable stakes he has placed on the table in his first month in office, putting at risk the future well-being of the country and the Democratic Party's control of Washington.
A leader cannot initiate a spending increase of a historic nature when the country is amid a historic downturn in people working and paying taxes on things purchased and property owned. With GDP numbers revised shockingly downward Friday to a negative of 6.2 percent, the numbers in Obama's budget already do not work. It was assembled on comfortable growth next year.
Obama backer Warren Buffet even threw water on the president's numbers Saturday by saying the economy would be in shambles for the rest of this year and probably well beyond.
"Shambles" is pretty hopeless and not encouraging.
We are seeing the destruction of the American way of life that my parents and their parents used to create prosperity in our family. My parents left an inheritance, these first-generation American citizens of Mexican descent. They did it with their own rugged individualism and independent spirit that demanded government get out of the way.
And now because of them and my own hard work and inherited individualism, I'll leave an even greater fortune to my heirs to pursue the American Dream.
The American Dream is not owning a home. It is being left alone with enough of your income to make decisions that dictate happiness and progress in your life and those of your family. Government, in turn, is trying to create a one size fits all model. Yet all Obama is doing is ensuring the standard of living will be less for everyone and America's predominance of this globe has ended. That's socialism.
Broder is right in calling Obama a gambler. And he is rolling the dice on our futures and the Founding Fathers' promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
May God save this great Republic.