It is time the television networks and the Congress stopped accommodating the President’s requests for more television exposure. If he wants to give a political speech to the nation, he should pay for the air time.
After countless other speeches to the American people, millions of Americans are obviously tuning out Mr. Obama. In fact, last night, during the President’s speech on all of the major news channels, the ratings for the Home Shopping Network and the History Channel must have been spectacular.
The American people don’t have any faith in his proposals, because his agenda has been an abysmal failure. They have seen this stale movie before and know the ending.
If there is anyone who really believes his promises, I have some beautiful Louisiana swamp land to sell you. This is the same man who promised “shovel ready jobs” in the first stimulus bill, which added to the debt and provided no boost to employment. In fact, the stimulus bill helped boost unemployment to its current level of 9.1 percent.
At $447 billion, the President’s “jobs” bill is roughly half the size of the first stimulus. In reality, it is the illegitimate “son” of the stimulus.
According to the Associated Press, the plan will add to the deficit and is “an IOU from a president and lawmakers who may not even be in office down the road when the bills come due.” The AP fact check report also notes that Obama’s plan offers “no guarantee that programs that clearly will increase annual deficits in the near term will be paid for in the long term.”
The centerpiece of President Obama’s address was a payroll tax cut, which is a good idea. Any type of tax cut in this horrible economy is helpful. However, the President coupled his good idea with a horrible payment plan. Once again, he proposed higher taxes on the “rich” making over $200,000 per year. Many of these “rich” people are struggling small business owners who cannot afford to pay one more dollar of taxes.
A better approach would be overall tax reform, including a lowering of rates for all Americans, coupled with an aggressive approach of cutting the size of the out-of-control federal government. It is also time for significant cuts to the country’s corporate tax rate, which is the second highest in the world. This exorbitant level of taxation contributes to the exodus of jobs to countries with better economic climates.
Today, the President is back on the campaign trail giving more speeches promoting his plan. More talk from a person who loves giving speeches in front of the TV cameras, especially if his handy teleprompter is with him.
Now that the weekend is here, President Obama will probably enjoy his other great passion in life, golf.
If given a choice, the American people would not mind if he spent even more time on the links, especially if he gives television viewers a well deserved break.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].
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