Ideology, Arrogance and Legacy

by Richard H. Frank

President Obama and his administration will celebrate their first anniversary in office on January 20, 2010.  The President’s stated agenda “to fundamentally change America,” is being received by he electorate as not being the change they voted for in 2008.  Aided by a Democratic majority in both Houses of Congress, he has ramrodded a $700 billion stimulus spending bill into law by telling citizens this action would keep unemployment below 8.5%.  The administration’s philosophy of “too big to fail” has produced sudo-nationalization of America’s banking system,  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and a 60% ownership in GM (Government Motors).  All of these actions are financed through taxpayer dollars with no specific authority that can be found in our Constitution.  Simply stated, the current ideology seems to be, “Big Government is the solution to all of our problems.”

As time passes support for the Obama agenda is rapidly dwindling.  Today, over 60% of Americans oppose government-controlled health care legislation.  And yet Obama, Pelosi and Reid arrogantly stand before the country and proclaim the wonders of this bill and how America is demanding a change in the status quo.  They look us in the eye and declare that the bill is paid for and will not add a single dime to our nation’s deficit. I guess they think Americans are stupid!

Universal health care was a major plank in Obama’s campaign for President.  It was viewed by him as the one achievement upon which his “legacy” would be built.  He and the Democratic congress are now poised to pass anything no matter how bad it is in order to provide the President his legacy.

There is something fundamentally wrong in Washington when our leaders are more concerned about their legacy than in serving those that elected them to office.

Unless Obama and Congress see the folly of their actions and change course, I predict the next three years will produce a stagnant economy, inflation, rising interest rates and negative growth in our GNP.  The Obama legacy and that of the 111th Congress will go down in history as a failure! So much for legacy.

Americans may suffer just so much abuse by this Government before they revolt at their polling places.  We have 3 years to hire a new Captain and Crew capable of turning this massive ship of state called America and returning us to prosperity and freedom as individuals.