As the 2016 presidential election begins, once again we will be hearing almost on a daily basis, concerns about the federal debt and deficits.
Eight years ago one of the candidates named Barack Obama made a big deal about the size of deficits made by our government. This candidate also made a big deal about how much of the debt was being added onto my hours then current president George W. Bush. It was about $4 trillion. Over eight years, that brought the national debt up to about $10 trillion. We all know what happened as a result the 2000 election.
Barack Obama proposed and administered the piling on of debt of 8 trillion additional dollars. The federal deficit had quadrupled from what you once regarded as a bad year end top well over $1 trillion annually. This was more debt than the first 39 presidents altogether. Now that annual deficits are back around $400 billion annually, the administration is taking credit for such great numbers.
Even if you blame George Bush for most of the debt during the Obama administration, this administration will roughly double the national debt again. What we once thought was unsustainable, is now commonplace. What was once proclaimed as unsustainable as now become the norm.
So why do we have taxation in this country? The only reason is to redistribute income. If we can easily add trillions of dollars annually to the federal debt, why should anyone be concerned? We could just print money, give it out to everybody, and we have the best country on earth, right? President Obama wants to increase annual spending 7% above inflation for the upcoming fiscal year. How can anyone think otherwise that president Obama's goal is to have more people dependent on the government for their day-to-day survival? During his presidency, food stamp recipients went up about 50%. The number of families in poverty went up 5%. Middle-class income went down by $5000. What progress are we making?
It's time to loosely quote president Obama: when you have a policy for 50 years that isn't working, it's time to do something new. Not Cuba, I'm referring to the war on poverty.
It seems like about three times a week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is to run a front-page story, above the fold, toting what a great plan a new basketball arena is going to be. The billionaire owners are soliciting millionaire citizens of the community to stake their interest in the team and forcing local governments to secure public financing so that millionaire athletes have a place to play.
The community leaders have one single-minded goal: to raise taxes on the citizens of the city, County, and South East part of the state to secure funding so that it does not cost them any money. Hedge fund managers is to be regarded as the most vile and selfish members of the community. But when it comes to owning sports teams, they're darn near gods.
In the biased opinionated stories that are being published by the paper, they are almost trying to make you think that this is the only taxes to be raised for the rest of your life. And it's only going to cost you one penny for every $10 that is not a necessity spend. While! That's practically nothing.
The jock tax is a joke. Why can't all taxpayers decide that they are generous gifts should be earmarked for their pet government projects. The rest of us end up paying for stuff that we don't like. If we're lucky, the governor's plan will somehow bring in enough money from TV revenue. And again, satellite and cable TV subscribers will be paying for that. Let's call that a tax.
Having a good memory can sometimes be a curse. Sure, it comes in handy while watching Jeopardy, but at other times they can cause a lot of frustration. For instance, remembering what campaigns are about after the election results come in.
Thinking back to 2008, I remember watching all kinds of my current debates in which Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards all got together on the stage and try to outdo each other on how well they are going to be working with people of the other party to bring America together and watch great things happen. America was at its most divisive in recent memory and we needed to come together. Candidates of both sides pledged the coming together. The Democrats won. America became even more divided.
After the midterm elections in 2010, the administration again pledged to work with the opposing party. We know how well that went. The president looks for a photo op saying that he wants to work with Republicans and then goes on the campaign trail proclaiming how ignorant, evil, selfish, you name it the Republicans are. And then he expects them to come over to his way of thinking?
Enter 2012. Again we had candidates claiming to work with the other party. Or at least wanting to. Again, the Democrats won and went right back out on the campaign trail proclaiming how ignorant, selfish, evil, you name it, the Republicans still are. And again, compromise only is achieved when the Republicans you be there principles and accept the Democrats'.
The 2014 election and the president on the campaign trail saying that all his policies are on the ballot even though his name is not. And he wanted America to vote accordingly. They did. While the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress increased, the president again said he is looking forward to working with Republicans, and then went on to pledge a veto to everything that comes out of Congress. That's how Democrats cooperate.
Now as national security and terror threats become a priority again, the president is once again on the campaign trail with his State of the Union address trying to rally support for things such as free community college. And I'm sure he's trying to find any way he can to make community college free for all Democratic voters and ignore any and all input from the other side. What has America come to?
Until the Journal Sentinel cut back drastically on the number of letters it publishes from readers, about once a week there was always some nut that would be writing in pleading for all the commenters to beg their legislators to raise their taxes on all utilities in the name of stopping global warming. This makes one want to ask, exactly who is doing the goose-stepping?
Where are the liberals?
The recent sale of the Milwaukee Bucks has all the earmarks of what liberals believe to be wrong with America. First, they've been bought by hedge fund managers from Wall Street. Hedge fund managers are generally the most hated members of society. These new owners are greedy. They have earned fortunes of $1 billion each in their lifetimes. The only way they could've done that is by cheating every person that they have run into, according to liberal doctrine. They are from out of town. How could two guys from New York City, Wall Street even, they hailed his new heroes and saviors of the city? Why aren't they regarded as file capitalists? I can't figure it out.