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11/2/2012 6:44:00 AM
Hold the president accountable for his actions

To the Editor:

There was a time when American presidents held themselves accountable. Nearly four years into his presidency, President Obama is still blaming President George W. Bush for the mess he “inherited.

The time has come to hold President Obama accountable for his actions as president.

Barack Obama made a lot of promises to get elected in 2008. Unlike 2008, Barack Obama now has a public record we can examine.

Vice President Biden says he and President Obama want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Earnst & Young found that President Obama’s economic plan will shrink the economy by 1.3 percent, resulting in a loss of 710,000 jobs. The CBO estimates Obama’s plan will reduce GDP by 3.9 percent next year, and plunge the country back into recession.

When President Obama proposed his “stimulus plan” he promised it would keep unemployment below 8 percent and would create 3,675,000 jobs.

When President Obama signed his stimulus into law, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. The unemployment rate has been above 8 percent ever since. It’s taken until September 2012 for the official U3 unemployment rate to go down to 7.8 percent. The U6 unemployment rate, which counts not only people seeking full-time employment, but also counts “marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons,” stood at 14.7 percent in September.

President Obama claims his policies have created 5.3 million jobs. According to the BLS, there are 61,000 fewer jobs available in America today than there were when he was inaugurated.

President Obama’s economic policies have produced real GDP annual growth of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012, down from 2 percent GDP growth in the first quarter, down from 2.8 percent growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2011. The economy is slowing, and many experts now predict we’re headed for another recession.

According to President Obama, “The private sector is doing fine.”

In 2008, candidate Obama called President Bush “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” for increasing the national debt by $4.9 trillion in eight years. Yet President Obama has increased our national debt by $5.5 trillion in less than 4 years.

I guess that means President Obama is even more “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.”

In 2008, Barack Obama decried high gas prices under President Bush. When Barack Obama was sworn in, average gas prices stood at $1.898 per gallon. As of Oct. 15, that average price stood at $3.819/gallon.

Barack Obama said, “Under my plan … electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.” He doesn’t like fossil fuels. He wants to force us all to utilize more expensive forms of energy.

New carbon emissions rules proposed on March 27, 2012, by President Obama’s EPA won’t prevent new coal-fired power plants from being built. But anyone who tries will go bankrupt in the process. Coal mines in the U.S. continue to close, putting people out of work.

It’s rather ironic that most of the energy used to produce and power electric cars comes from coal-fired power plants.

Mitt Romney says the U.S. can be energy independent by 2020, if we pursue an all-of-the-above strategy for energy production. He would allow for more energy production on public lands, allow states to control the permitting process within their borders, encourage the private (not public) sector to explore new energy technologies, and reform regulations to allow for environmentally-safe energy exploration and production.

Remember during the Obamacare debate when Nancy Pelosi told us “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” We told our representatives to read the bill before they voted on it.

Sadly, they didn’t.

If they had, they might have noticed where it says over and over again how decisions shall be determined by an unelected, unaccountable board of 15 politically-appointed government bureaucrats.

When they were debating Obamacare, Democrats kept telling us the individual mandate was not a tax. Yet, when arguing before the Supreme Court, President Obama’s Solicitor General told the Court “Not only is it fair to read this as an exercise to the tax power, but this Court has got an obligation to construe it as an exercise of the tax power if it can be upheld on that basis.”

Chief Justice Roberts ruled that Obamacare is Constitutional only because it is a tax.

We’ve also discovered that Obamacare contains at least 21 new taxes. CBO estimates that 4 million people will have to pay the tax for not having the proper medical insurance, and 75 percent of those people will have an annual income less than $120,000.

So much for candidate Obama’s 2008 campaign promise: “Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Obamacare also cut $716 billion from Medicare so that Barack Obama could claim the program was “revenue neutral.” We’ve seen the initial cost balloon from $900 billion to over $2.6 trillion, blowing a huge hole in any claims of “revenue neutrality.”

In his inaugural address, President Obama said “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.”

Sadly, it doesn’t.

On Oct. 2, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden said that under President Obama’s administration “the middle-class has been buried.”

The presidency of Barrack Obama has been an expensive experiment in liberal theology, an experiment that has failed to deliver as promised.

The honest government, the transparency, the “Hope & Change” promised by candidate Obama has vanished.

The time has come to end this experiment.

The question now facing every American is this: Will you hold President Barack Obama accountable for his actions?

Kerry Thomas
Sayner




Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Kerry Thomas

All the facts and figures I cite are fully cross-referenced at http://kerrythomas.com/Archives/Unaccountable.htm



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