by Daniel Gardner
Why has President Obama begun campaigning for a second term? He has no opponent in his own party. Potential candidates in the GOP are still milling around with no front-runner in sight. And yet, President Obama has mounted his campaign to raise $1 Billion and is in full campaign mode making partisan campaign speeches almost daily.
We have real problems in our nation's capital. While deficits continue to skyrocket driving our monstrous debt beyond our ability to repay, Progressives are turning blind eyes to the problem and stoking the fires of their worn out ideological arguments about "saving the poor."
Here's a memo: we have the same percentage of poor people today in America as we did when President Johnson launched the war on poverty. If all the programs passed over the past 50 years to rid America of poverty had worked, we would have won by now. We've thrown a lot of money at poverty and we're still not winning.
We're now throwing more money at public education per child than any other nation on earth, and yet our children continue to drop behind their peers in nations we're competing against. We've thrown a lot of money at education and we're losing ground against competing nations.
President Carter launched the Energy Department to wean Americans off foreign oil, and forty years later we're more dependent than ever. We've thrown a lot of money at energy and what do we have to show for it?
What is President Obama doing? He's campaigning for four more years! He's calling Republicans "un-American" because they proposed and passed a serious budget attacking our fiscal problems. His own budget proposal increases the debt precipitously, mocking another $1 Trillion deficit as if it were Monopoly money.
While our nation is drowning in debt that our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have to repay - plus interest - President Obama is leading his loyal Progressive followers down ideological pathways toward staying in office, staying in power, whipping up divisive and derisive partisan rhetoric, and promoting class warfare.
Under President Obama the U.S. is spending 25-percent of our GDP, the most since World War II. In the face of mounting debt and runaway deficits President Obama wants to continue trillion dollar deficits driving us ever more quickly toward insolvency. Why? Because he wants four more years in the White House and he's barely lived there for two.
When is President Obama going to step up and lead the nation against the biggest threat to our national sovereignty in 70 years - unsustainable crushing debt? Where's the leadership? Sure, he's asked sleepy-eyes Joe Biden to come up with a bi-partisan plan to address the debt issue by June. I guess that means he's forsaken his own Debt Commission's plan. That's what we need: another committee to study the problem.
Excuse me, but we elected the President to lead, not to campaign. And, that goes double for all the yahoos on Capitol Hill. We need real fiscal leadership, not more campaign speeches.