Most startling about Barack Obama’s win on Tuesday was the immediate, ominous dropping of the charade he had perfected for election season. Almost immediately, his demeanor changed and the attitude shift has been quite unsettling. His campaign slogan may have been “Forward,” but his post-election motto seems to be, “I am the law!”
On Friday, three days after his reelection, Obama announced that as America voted for him, they also voted for his economic plans. At the White House, Obama stated,
“This was a central question during the election. It was debated over and over again, and on Tuesday night we found out that a majority of Americans agree with my approach.”
“Our job now is to get a majority in Congress to reflect the will of the American people. I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan. I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.”
Okay, if he’s going to jam tax hikes down our throats, I would appreciate the courtesy of not pretending like he’s doing it for our benefit. If he’s going to act like a socialist, success-punishing tyrant, he should find the guts to push his agenda without claiming that such actions are the result of a mandate handed to him by the American people.
Furthermore, I cannot stomach having Obama, of all people, posture and lecture anyone on representing the will of the American people. When Americans get to vote on amnesty instead of having it decreed by King Barack I, then maybe I will be more inclined to listen to his viewpoint on representative democracy.
Finally, I sincerely do not believe he knows what “compromise” means. President Obama has been pushing for Republicans to give him what he wants, and then they can negotiate and “compromise” on the tax cuts for the “wealthy.” Obama stated that he did not want “long negotiations or drama,” and that we should, “…extend the middle-class tax cuts right now. Let’s do that right now.”
Sure, that makes sense. Tomorrow, I will go into a Ford dealership, ask for the keys and the title to a Mustang, and then sometime in the future we can negotiate what I will pay for it. Does that sound like a fair negotiation? If you said, “No,” then you must be a hard-lining obstructionist.
The extension for the tax cuts for the so-called “wealthy” are for people making $200,000 a year or for families pulling in $250,000 a year. While that may seem like a lot of money for people like you or me, such a gross income is not out of reach for upper-middle class, including successful private-business owners that have room to expand operations. While it is quite comfortable, let’s not pretend that $250,000 for a family of four will keep that family on Park Avenue. I further reject the notion that if a family has two nickels to rub together, it is the job of the government to swoop in to take “their fair share” and punish success.
I’m not going to lie; we will have some serious work to do for the next four years. We have a radical despot who now has no reelection bid hanging over his head. We need to stay the course and prepare for 2014 when we may be able to take the Senate and increase our foothold in the House.