Beyond Trust

by Jayne D. Frank

As everyone has experienced, because of our deep-rooted religious upbringing, Americans are a very trusting and forgiving nation.  We forgive our families,  friends, bosses, colleagues, and our neighbors for perceived or real slights and broken promises; then we move on.  The same extends to our elected state and federal leaders and most of all to our President.  Given the very close victory and community-organizing effort that pushed a totally unqualified and inexperienced person into the highest office in the land in 2008, ALL Americans gave him the benefit of the doubt and the chance to prove many of us wrong.

The President now prepares to go before us to offer the State of the Union address after the worst attempt at management that I have ever seen in my lifetime.  None of us would have put up with all of his arrogance and incompetence in private business and he at best would have been on “probation” at his place of employment. He has spent a year blaming everything on President Bush much like our young children did when they had a brother or sister to take “the blame.”   President Obama has presided over an unimaginable debacle called our Government and a few things come to mind that I find infuriating:

  • The security of American citizens is terribly far down on his list of priorities.  Because of his lack of a  sense of urgency towards national security, an increase in attempted terrorism has occured. His delayed reactions to these events further reinforced the perception that terrorist organizations are winning the battle. He doesn’t demand accountability from those that screwed up and  is treating those terrorists as equals by bringing them to trial in our American justice system.
  • He toured the world after first getting elected to apologize for the greatness of America and indicated that he would be a more progressive advocate for being part of the one world order
  • He has done more harm to our free enterprise system by handing out billions to banks, special interest groups, and private companies.  He has promised special favors, exemptions and has hired radical progressives in his Administration.  And he has rewarded those people who were instrumental in getting him elected to office; e.g., the unions, the big environmental progressives, and his associates in the Chicago democratic machine.
  • He continues to tell Americans that he is for the middle class while his actions have resulted in just the opposite.  He has suppressed job creation in the private sector while ballooning the growth of government and consequently increased the tax burden on the middle class. His misguided belief that our economic plight will be solved through “green” technology is fundamentally flawed.
  • Obama personally has tried to completely subvert the will of the American people in trying to ram down our throats one of the most onerous and costly Government-controlled programs ever – HIS health care bill.

Although currently stalled as a result of the recent election of the 41st “no” vote for this health care bill, rest assured that he will push for enactment of some vestige or form of health care to establish his legacy.  President Obama still doesn’t get it and sits in his office with his closest advisors who are comparing the failure of the Clinton health care bill in 1994 with this current  health care failure, and all he can say is “But they didn’t have Me…”  How narcissistic!

So once again, the President will make another teleprompter speech in the State of the Union on January 27, and he will ask us to “trust” him again because his Administration has created or saved 2 million jobs and brought us back from the brink of economic disaster.  He will say that we are aggressively revamping a national security system that has been obsolete and non-cohesive for years.  However, that same system kept this Country free of attacks for the past 8 years.  Where is the flaw?  In the system or through its administration? Why were none of his top security officials consulted regarding the decision to prosecute terrorists in our Federal court system?  He will talk about the many new jobs he will produce if only we can give him more money; Government does NOT produce jobs – the private sector does!  President Obama will address how the middle class is his priority and he will do everything to make sure they not taxed and that the “less fortunate” among us are “given” everything they need to be prosperous.  The question remains how he will pay for these initiatives. He will come up with new plans to try to get his  massive health care bill through Congress, and he will undoubtedly announce new programs to stimulate our economy and create jobs by implementing freezes on spending for three years.  Does this include giving taxpayers back the $500 billion of stimulus money that is still unspent?

But here’s the bottom line, Mr. President.  We don’t trust you any longer! We are at a $14 trillion debt ceiling, we have about 17% of our country unemployed (if you count the true numbers). America has lost almost all of our manufacturing base in this country while countries like China, India and Mexico continue to grow and prosper. The little money that we do have doesn’t buy much anymore, and most of us can barely take care of our families and our children’s education.  Many Americans have lost their “dream” of owning and keeping a home because of the increasing government intrusion in all aspects of ownership and financing.  And most of, Americans are not investing and spending because they see the onslaught of taxes on their income coming down the pike from all this past year’s government spending.

But there is hope for us, Mr. President, because Congress WILL “GET IT” this November and the 112th Congress will hopefully put the brakes on your agenda.  You indicated that you would rather be a “good President for one term than a mediocre President for 2 terms. ” If you continue to ignore the will of “We the People”, your legacy will be that of a mediocre one-term President.

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