GrassTopsUSA Exclusive CommentaryBy Don Feder 10-21-10
When you step into the voting booth on November 2, you will make the most important decision of your life. Youâ€™ll literally be voting on your future â€“ or, more precisely, whether or not you and your country will have one.
Would you like to live in Cuba, own a business in Venezuela or have the civil liberties of an Iranian? Without a radical reversal of course, those happy fates could be yours.
Think of the watershed elections of our lifetime â€“ Nixon-McGovern (1972), Reagan-Carter (1980), The Contract With America (1994), and Bush-Gore (2000). None even comes close to the importance of what will happen in less than two weeks.
You wonâ€™t just be voting for a House member and, in some cases, a Senator. You wonâ€™t just be voting on whether Nancy Pelosi (â€œWe have to pass the bill so you can find out whatâ€™s in itâ€) remains Speaker of the House, or whether Harry Reid (town meeting protestors are â€œevil-mongersâ€) is still the Senate Majority Leader.
You will be voting on whether Obama will still have a rubber-stamp Congress on January 3, 2011 â€“ where a Democratic majority (liberal pod people) vote robotically for whatever economy-annihilating measures the administration dreams up.
If you want a snapshot of Obamaâ€™s vision of America (a Kodak moment from Hell), consider the political mutants who descended on our nationâ€™s capital on October 2 to push his agenda.
Along with the usual assortment of labor hacks, educrats and racial guilt-mongers, One Nation Working Together included the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, the American Muslim Association (People for the Jihad Way), the U.S. Campaign to End the (alleged) Israeli Occupation, and the National Council of La Raza (The Race).
If these are the people you want to chart our national destiny, then, by all means, vote Democratic this year. Then put a bullet in your brain â€“ so you wonâ€™t have to live in their America.
On the other hand, if you have an ounce of survival instinct, youâ€™ll vote Republican. Not that some Republicans donâ€™t want to make you tear your hair out.
But, basically, it comes down to this: With Republicans, thereâ€™s a chance of saving America. With Democrats â€“ no chance. Compared to America with Obama and a Democratic Congress in charge, a snowball in Hell is the odds-on favorite.
Instead of a chicken in every pot, the Democratsâ€™ slogan should be â€œA mosque on every block and an unemployment insurance office just down the street.â€
With an unemployment rate of 9.6%, we lost another 95,000 jobs in October. The unemployment rate has been above 9% for 16 consecutive months. If you include those who work part-time because they canâ€™t find full-time jobs and people whoâ€™ve given up looking for work, the real unemployment rate is 17.1%.
In 2007, before a Democrat-controlled Congress crafted the current recession, the economy was growing at 3% a year, 1.33 million new jobs were created, and unemployment was 4.6%. (Obama calls this the â€œmessâ€ he inherited from his predecessor.) Iâ€™m hard at work on my latest opus, â€œEconomics for Clueless Community Organizers.â€
And thereâ€™s worse in store. As Wednesday Addams says in â€œAddams Family Valuesâ€: â€œBe afraid. Be very afraid.â€
With support from a compliant Congress, the Obama administration has become the NASA of national debt â€“ taking it from the stratosphere into orbit. In FY 2009 and 2010, Obama posted the two largest deficits in U.S. history â€“ $1.416 trillion and $1.294 trillion.
In his first 19 months in office, Obama ran up more cumulative debt than every U.S. President from George Washington to George H.W. Bush combined.
No slouch himself when it came to deficit spending, George W. Bush added just under $4 trillion to the National Debt in 8 years. Obama has added around $2.7 trillion in just 2. â€œYes we canâ€ â€“ bankrupt America, in the blink of an eye.
That mountain of debt towers over a shrinking economy. If this continues much longer, your children and grandchildren will inherit an America that looks like Lower Slobbovia.
Get set for the largest tax hike in U.S. history â€“ and Congress wonâ€™t even have to vote on it. Unless Washington acts pronto, the Bush-era income tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 will fade into the mists of time.
Taxes will rise for every bracket. Taxpayers presently paying 10% of their income will pay 15%. Those paying 25% will pay 28%. Other brackets will go from 28% to 31%, 31% to 36% and the top tax bracket will rise from 35% to 39.6%. The marriage tax penalty will come back, and the standard deduction for dependent children will be cut in half.
Didnâ€™t the champion of the middle class promise no tax hikes for those earning less than $250,000 a year? But theyâ€™re not tax increases, President Orwell and his Congressional servitors insist. Weâ€™re not passing new taxes, just letting old tax-cuts expire.
Here are a few examples of the way Nancy, Moe and Curlyâ€™s tax hikes that arenâ€™t tax hikes will work.
Stephen Moore writes in The Wall Street Journal that a family of four with an annual net income of $45,000 will pay $2,083 more in taxes. A single mother earning $40,000 will shell out an extra $1,607 per year. But Democrats love the middle class â€“ as long as theyâ€™re transgendered Islamicists in the country illegally with mortgages they canâ€™t afford.
The so-called super-rich will pay more too â€“ which will keep them from investing in business expansion and new jobs â€“ another way to help â€œthe folks from the bottom,â€ as the president condescendingly calls them.
On the campaign trail in 2008, the president explained his economic philosophy to Joe the Plumber: â€œI think when you spread the wealth around, itâ€™s good for everybody.â€ Notice he didnâ€™t say create more wealth (Heaven forbid!), but redistribute that which already exists.
Okay, according to the White Houseâ€™s resident Alinskyite, itâ€™s good for the super-rich (which, BTW, includes many small business owners) not to have the funds to invest in economic growth and job creation. Funny he didnâ€™t get a Nobel Prize in economics.
But that family of four with a net income of $45,000 per, where does their â€œwealthâ€ get spread around â€“ to the welfare mooch-ocracy, to illegal immigrants to Michelle Obamaâ€™s travel agent? The U.S. tax dollars in Spain fall mainly in Costa del Sol.
But income tax hikes are only part of the grim picture. Unless itâ€™s repealed, over the next 10 years, Obama Care will cost an estimated $500 million in direct levies. Thatâ€™s why one provision of the 2,000-plus page law (the one that Pelosi said had to pass before we could find out what was in it) provides for hiring an additional 16,500 IRS agents.
Payment for Obama Care â€“ designed to destroy private health insurance â€“ wonâ€™t be denominated in dollars alone. Youâ€™ll be forced to pay for abortions. But insurers wonâ€™t be able to provide the life-saving equipment and procedures which will never be developed, because Washington doesnâ€™t think youâ€™re worth the investment.
Weâ€™ll also pay in blood, through rationing, or (as the president put it in a 2009 speech) there will be â€œincentivesâ€ for physicians to â€œavoid unnecessary hospital stays, treatments and tests that drive up costs.â€
Say goodbye to Grandma who needs a pacemaker and to your disabled child whoâ€™s considered not worth the cost of an expensive operation.
Obama is also working to euthanize our domestic oil industry. Two-thirds of the oil the U.S. consumes is imported â€“ much of it from his Muslim friends in the Middle East and his Marxist friends in Latin America.
In terms of increasing our dependence on foreign oil, the president thinks we can do better. It drives him nuts that we consume 20% of the worldâ€™s oil. Maybe he should apologize for that the next time heâ€™s in Saudi Arabia.
One of his first acts as president was to cancel domestic drilling leases. The enviro lobby, which has more clout with Congress than Planned Parenthood and the ACLU combined, has successfully pushed to put more and more federal land off limits for domestic exploration.
After the Gulf spill (courtesy of BP, an Obama campaign contributor, but aided by the presidentâ€™s own ineptitude in handling the disaster), the administration put a six-month ban on deep-water drilling. Since fighting alleged global warming is another of Obamaâ€™s passions, $7-a-gallon gas (plus commensurately higher food prices) would suit his administration just fine.
One thing which will never be in short supply â€“ thanks to the One whose birth certificate is still AWOL and a feckless Congress â€“ is illegal immigrants, currently 11 million to 18 million. In June, Sen. John Kyl disclosed that the president told him he was holding border-security hostage for GOP support for another amnesty. Kyle: â€œThe problem is, he (Obama) said, if we secure the border, then you all wonâ€™t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.â€ The White House claims the conversation never took place.
With the Tea Parties breathing down his neck, Obama is desperate for new voters â€“ voters who canâ€™t speak English, voters who have no stake in this countryâ€™s future, newly minted â€œcitizensâ€ whoâ€™ll vote the way LULAC and the National Council of The Race tell them.
This summer, rumors were flying that El Presidente would try an end-run around Congress, by amnestying millions of illegals by executive order. Eight GOP Senators gave enough credence to these reports to sign a letter to the president asking him to repudiate the strategy. A cabinet officer said they were merely discussing the best options.
But open borders and increasing our dependence on foreign oil are only two of the ways the administration and its congressional lackeys are working overtime to make you and your family less safe.
With Obama in the White House, the only thing more dangerous than being an Irish nun at an airport security checkpoint is being a U.S. ally.
Barack Husseinâ€™s scandalous treatment of Israel (our ally of 62 years, based on shared values) and Iran (our sworn enemy, based on its demented ideology) is the most glaring example.
While he bashes Israel for building Jewish homes in Jewish Jerusalem and drives it toward establishing a terrorist strip mall on the West Bank and Gaza (â€œIâ€™m Crazy Mahmoud. Come on down!â€) he practices diplomatic soft love with Iranâ€™s lunatic President Ahmadinejad to get him to abandon his quest for nuclear weapons.
Obama has won the war on terrorism by declaring that terrorism doesnâ€™t exist. When Americans go into combat abroad, they're not fighting terrorism; they're engaged in "overseas contingency operations."
The chief of his Keystone Kops, Homeland Security Director Janet (illegal immigration isnâ€™t a crime) Napolitano, prefers â€œman-caused disastersâ€ to describe incidents like the Fort Hood massacre, where Major Nidal Malik Hassan murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers while shouting â€œAllah is Great.â€ Obamaâ€™s Department of Defense refused to use the words Islamic terrorism in its report on the murders.
The president is engaged in a relentless drive to remake America.
The long march through the culture is accelerating. B. Hussein says: â€œI consider it part of my responsibility as president to fight negative stereotypes of Islam.â€ (Try finding that in the oath of office.) He doesnâ€™t feel a responsibility to defend Catholicism â€“ which gets smeared on a daily basis â€“ or Judaism, or evangelical Christianity (let alone to speak out against the persecution of Christians and Jews in the Muslim world) only stand up for Islam.
Unlike his predecessors, this president passed on a White House National Day of Prayer event, for the past two years. He couldnâ€™t find the time to visit Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day, but hosted Iftar dinners (to mark the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan) in 2009 and 2010. At this yearâ€™s shindig, he announced his support for the obscene Ground Zero Mosque.
America isnâ€™t a Christian nation, or is no longer a Christian nation, the president proclaims. In a recent speech to an Hispanic audience, he even edited the Declaration of Independence to make our founding document more politically correct, by taking out the reference to rights â€œendowed by their Creator.â€
Give him a Democratic Congress for two more years, and you wonâ€™t recognize America by 2012.
The Constitution is also on the line. The Supreme Court is currently split down the middle â€“ with four conservatives, four liberals and Anthony Kennedy as the swing vote. Kennedy is 74, as is constitutionalist Antonin Scalia. If something happens to either, without a Republican Senate to filibuster his worst choices (Sotomayor on steroids, Kagan on crack), Obama will have a Supreme Court which will take the Constitution and drop-kick it into the Potomac.
Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s at stake this year. If Obama has a Democratic Congress in 2011, itâ€™s Armageddon, Ebola, â€œThe Day After Tomorrowâ€ and â€œ2012â€ all rolled into one.
In case youâ€™re one of those who thinks thereâ€™s not a dimeâ€™s worth of difference between the parties, think again.
Based on ratings compiled by the American Conservative Union, in the current Congress, Republican Senators voted for fiscal responsibility, national security and traditional values 82% of the time, compared to 15% for Democrats. In the House of Representatives, it was 89% of Republicans on the side of sanity, versus 12% of Democrats.
One thing more: Not a single Republican in the House or the Senate voted for Obamaâ€™s socialized-medicine in stages â€“ not one.
If thereâ€™s no check on the last two years of the Obama presidency, you can kiss your country goodbye and assume the position for a forced landing in the People's Republic of Bill Ayers. Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.