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3/8/2013 9:46:00 AM
President Obama's actions are finally making sense

To the Editor:

During President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, with Congress under Democratic control, he could do what he wanted. He forced through Obamacare and the massive Stimulus Plan with almost no Republican input or support. It seemed inadvisable, considering the significance of the legislation, but he pressed forward.

When the GOP took the House of Representatives in 2010, because of Obama’s “my way or the highway” approach to Obamacare, it appeared that critical issues like exploding deficits, slow economic growth, chronically high unemployment and financially doomed entitlement programs would require bipartisan leadership. But Obama continued in an adversarial campaign mode.

He turned his back on spending cuts and tax reform measures recommended by his own Simpson-Bowles Commission and last summer abandoned a “Grand Bargain” with the House leader, John Boehner, designed to reduce long-term debt and reform entitlement. These actions seemed strange; why would the nation’s leader walk away from exceptional opportunities to solve our country’s biggest problems?

Even after winning a second term, he continues to turn his back on bipartisanship. His Inaugural and State of the Union addresses were declarations of war, not invitations to cooperate.

Recently, after announcing immigration reform was a top priority – and having been told that bipartisan efforts were under way in both the Senate and House to address the issue – he did exactly what he was asked not to do. Both Democrats and Republicans working on this difficult issue warned Obama that his premature involvement could poison the process. But the White House leaked an Obama plan with predictable negative reaction.

Obama has gone out of his way to pick a fight with his political opponents. Attempting to postpone last summer’s debt ceiling crisis, Obama proposed and signed sequestration spending reductions into law. He even threatened to veto efforts to “get rid of those automatic spending cuts.” These cuts were effective Friday, March 1. 

The GOP put two alternate plans on the table that Obama rejected. Instead of offering his own cuts, he proposed even more tax increases. He then hypocritically and aggressively attacked Republicans, claiming that they will somehow be responsible for an endless list of reduced government service horrors caused by the plan he designed.

If the president’s goal is making progress on critical issues, he wouldn’t do what he does: lash out at the partners he needs to make progress.

President Obama’s repeated sabotage of cooperation has been a mystery. But his actions are finally starting to make sense. In truth, Obama really doesn’t want to govern. He doesn’t want to compromise to find solutions. The former community organizer wants a constant fight.

Making concessions to develop bipartisan solutions would force Obama off his soap box. It would eliminate his ability to constantly rail against the injustices of his political villains. Solutions would remove the oratorical advantage of scapegoats and straw men. Solutions would force confrontation with reality. Solutions would require governing to build political coalitions. Ultimately, solutions would make Obama accountable for consequences.

Blessed with tremendous communication skills and the support of an efficient political machine, this non-governing approach appears to be working for Obama. Even though he has accomplished almost nothing, he has convinced large numbers of Americans they are victims and that he is constantly fighting for them.

Obama, the perpetual outsider, is free to blame others for the nation’s ills because he hasn’t taken ownership of any solutions. He is aided and abetted by a lapdog media who refuse to apply the scrutiny they would to a Republican president.

It appears President Obama plans to continue his confrontational do-nothing strategy. He is hoping his never-ending campaign will help Democrats retake the House in 2014 and give him cart blanche to enact his core agenda of income redistribution, entitlement expansion and intrusive regulation.

In the meantime, our most challenging national problems are ignored. This is a dangerous gamble by Obama. The problems he is failing to face seriously threaten our economic future.

Mark Miller
Minocqua




Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Chris: With respect, it's difficult to read what you think about Obama and truly think you believe it. There are literally volumes of history on this fraud. Read for a while, discount 90% just for fun and come back and tell us again what a great guy he is for our country. NO NO, Chris, you have to read before you respond.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Hansen

It's absolutely hilarious to listen to these guys speak. Their fear of the bogeyman Obama has no merit. Mr. Neumann says that Obama is seeking to destroy the country, and is unfunding the military. Conservatives and their military spending habits are just as bad as Democrats and their social program spending habits. Neither wants to see them cut, to the detriment of us all. If you listened to Mr. Fadrowski you would think that Obama is solely responsible for our national debt. No other President before him had anything to do with it? This kind of explanation feeds Mr. Neumann who then states "he hates the United States." Except he used all capital letters so we would not be mistaken that Obama really does hate the United States. Never in our history has a President's patriotism ever been questioned, until now. Why is that? Are your fellow Americans who voted for him unpatriotic as well? They must be in your eyes. So who is doing the dividing?

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: C. Martenson

My Tea Party Friends

I'm more concerned about the debt our WI Senator is creating.

Talk about a do-nothing politician, how about Sen. Ron Johnson. What an awesome job he holds. He's got his $175k/year salary, but hasn't done a damned thing, because he's "anti-government" therefore, make your point by collecting your extravagent salary, while doing exactly nothing I'm the Tea Party, I hate government, and think they should do nothing, therefore as a US Senator, I'll collect my salary, and do absolutely nothing. Thanks!


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Fadrowski

Great Article Mark. You are 100% correct. Even though I am extremely concerned about the debt our nation has and obama's willingness to keep spending, i worry about our future generations that will have to pay this all back. Its about their economic freedom. It's about our kids and their kids. Obama will be long gone by then living the life of luxury in Hawaii, while our kids pay 80% of their paychecks to the Fed because of his actions. I am also very worried that so many Americans don't see this. Some would like to vote just on social issues which they are being taught in school with no regard for the trillions in debt we are. They fail to see the issues that will affect them much more. This money has to be paid back and they don't realize what its doing to our economy. Its a shame.

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Neumann

I support mark millers stance towards obama. He is seeking to destroy this country...look at the influence he has. He wants to unfund the military...decrease spending on anything that would benefit the people. He only wants to spend money on things that the government would benefit from. HE HATES THE UNITED STATES!




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