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November 5, 2008
Will the Real
Barack Obama Please Stand Up?
Like the decades-old
television game show, To Tell The Truth, it’s time for Barack
Obama to stand up and tell us exactly who he is and what he intends to
do as president now the election is over. Is he a centrist who can reach
across the aisle to Republicans, a pseudo-conservative tax cutter or a
socialist who wants to redistribute wealth?
The last few weeks of
the campaign have been revealing. Obama professes that he will cut taxes
for “95 percent” of all Americans, yet only about 60 percent of
Americans pay federal income taxes. He says anyone making under $250,000
will definitely receive a tax cut; or is it $200,000 like he said in his
infomercial? That figure may even deteriorate down to $150,000 as Joe
Biden has said. Which is it? Either way, the math doesn’t add up. When
Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, your taxes will go up for
sure, assuming you pay income taxes.
And, when confronted
with an innocent question by “Joe the Plumber,” Obama was most candid.
With his off-the-cuff remark about “spreading the wealth around,” Joe
successfully unmasked the covert socialistic candidate for what he
really is. In Obama’s mind, when you pay no federal income taxes but
receive a check from the IRS, that’s somehow a “tax cut.” In my mind,
it’s welfare under the guise of spreading the wealth.
If you voted for Obama,
then I’m sure you’ll like his picks to replace the two most liberal
Supreme Court Justices who are expected to retire soon. Why not expand
the number of Justices on the Court and fill them with his cronies? The
Constitution doesn’t mandate a certain number. Because liberal Democrats
control both houses of Congress, what will stop them?
Obama also said that
he wants to create a “Civilian National Security Force.” At a campaign
rally he said, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order
to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to
have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as
strong, just as well funded.” Can anyone explain to me what that is? He
wants this new bureaucracy to have the same funding as the Pentagon.
That’s another $400-plus billion right there. But wait! He wants to cut
the Pentagon’s budget, so maybe it will only be $300 billion more after
he cuts the Department of Defense 25 percent as Rep. Barney Frank says
will happen with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.
Either way, the
concept is scary and reminds me of a secret police force that will take
conservatives to a re-education camp for compulsory lessons on sharing,
tolerance and why abortion is a good thing.
On the energy
independence front, Obama said that the coal industry will be bankrupted
because of his policy of capping greenhouse emissions, and this would
“necessarily” raise energy costs. So you can count on higher electricity
costs as well as higher taxes, because he will not expand domestic oil
The American system
allows the opportunity for an extreme liberal, closet socialist, who has
American haters and domestic terrorists as friends, and advocates higher
taxes, a weaker national defense, direct talks with dictators, and has
the middle name of “Hussein” to be president. What a country.
At least I will have
four years of material to write about.
Gregory D. Lee is a
nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group. He can be
reached through his website: www.gregorydlee.com.
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