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On several occasions you've referred to the White House as "my house". I just wanted to remind you that it isn't your house, it's the people's house. You are just a temporary tenant and employee of the citizen's of the United States. I think many people agree with me that it's inappropriate for you to refer to the White House that way. Please try to remember that you work for us and the White House is just a perk of the job.
Thank you for your time and attention.
The economic turmoil we're currently enduring, the sub-prime mortgage problems, the widespread foreclosures, etc. were caused by the government. It was the 'Community Reinvestment Act' that encouraged the banks to give artificially low rates to people that couldn't possibly repay their loans. It was Congressman Barney Frank that blocked attempts by Senator McCain and President Bush to reign in Fannie and Freddie. It was interference by the Federal Government, all in the name of "fairness", that brought us to where we were last year.
Then the Federal Government, led by George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson, decided they would fix the problem that the government created in the first place, by using our tax dollars to bailout banks and supposedly the people that never should have been given loans in the first place. We were told the sky was falling. We were told that if we did nothing things would get far worse.
To the credit of the public, we knew this was a bad idea and we spoke out loudly. We said "NO". Initially, the House of Representatives didn't pass the first TARP, but under political pressure they did pass an even bigger TARP the second time around. They defied the people they work for. But despite the TARP, foreclosures continued and the government got into the banking business.
Next came bailouts for the auto industry. Again, the public said "NO". We knew that picking winners and losers isn't the job of the Federal Government, in fact it's unconstitutional. If in a free market society a company fails, then it files for Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. But again, the President, the Treasury Secretary and the Congress ignored us and did what they wanted. The result? GM and Chrysler not only went into bankruptcy (after tens of billions of taxpayer money went down the drain), but the UAW and the Federal Government became the major owners of the company. Oh and in the process, the President of the United States intimidated the secured bond holders of Chrysler into taking pennies on the dollar and made them the bad guys in the media and court of public opinion. When did it become wrong in this country to expect contracts to be honored and for investors to want to make a profit?
After Obama's inauguration he called for more TARP money and a $787 billion "stimulus" package. Despite continued opposition from the public the TARP 2 was passed and the largest spending bill in our nation's history was passed, without a single member of Congress reading it. In addition, the bill was mostly pet projects, pork barrel spending and very little to actually stimulate the private sector. The so-called stimulus has only stimulated the growth of the Federal Government and a rise in the unemployment rate. In fact the President said that without the stimulus the unemployment rate would go over 8%. Well guess what? With the "stimulus" the unemployment rate is at 9.4%. The only place that unemployment is down is in Washington, DC.
I keep hearing the President telling us that the problem is the unscrupulous bankers, the evil bond holders, the CEO's of the automakers, etc. No mention of labor unions that demanded unsustainable benefits for current and retired employees. This president vilifies anyone in the private sector that is in the way of his agenda. His agenda unfortunately is to grow the Federal Government and give it powers that the Constitution does NOT grant it.
It is not intelligent or logical to conclude that the incompetent, bureaucratic and politically motivated people that got us into this mess are going get us out of it. In fact it's foolish to think that's even their intention. All signs are that what the President and his liberal allies in the House and Senate want, is to take and keep tremendous and unprecedented power for the government and themselves. They can't really believe that spending trillions of dollars, that they're borrowing since we don't have it, is going to get us out of this recession, can they? Apparently they do believe that the public is stupid enough to buy that idea though.
The bottom line is the very people that got this nation into this economic trouble are only making it worse and are ignoring, no defying the people they're supposed to represent. The good news is we don't have to take it. Despite what they seem to think, they work for US! We can take back the US House and Senate, one seat at a time. From the grassroots, we the people can select the candidates that will represent us. We need to throw the bums out. There are a select few currently serving in Congress that understand that the people are the bosses and the members of Congress are our employees. People like Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Rep. Michele Bachmann are standing up for us. But they are sorely outnumbered. They need us to send reinforcements.
Write your US Senators and member of the House. Write to the President. Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers too. Let them all know, we've had enough. We want the out of control spending and unprecedented government growth to stop, now. We want them to listen to their bosses, or we will fire them. This isn't about parties, since both parties are guilty of ignoring us. This is about right and wrong. This about the Constitution.
All through the campaign Obama was able to deflect any scrutiny that was leveled at him. He was able, with the help of the media, to shrug off his radical associations (Ayers, Wright, Flagel). He was able to say he was going to "spread the wealth around", without people being concerned. But campaigning is very different from leading. He has never run anything or led anyone and even now he's still campaigning to sell his radical policies. The state senator that voted "present" most of the time and never introduced a major piece of legislation, became a US Senator that never introduced a major piece of legislation and then a President with an agenda but no substance. His Vice-President and Secretary of State, while they were his primary opponents, said he wasn't qualified to lead and lacked executive experience and they were right. In fact despite the brutal attacks she endured, Governor Palin had more executive experience than Obama, Biden and even McCain COMBINED.
He's still not leading, he's still on the road campaigning. He's introducing broad policies and asking his liberal allies in Congress to come up with the details. When he's asked for details, he stammers and fumbles for answers, appearing weak and unsure of himself. The people have begun to realize that he's not telling them the truth now, because they're learning details for themselves, without the filter of Obama and his teleprompter. The public knows more about what's in the legislation he's trying to push on them than he does and they don't like what they see.
The post-racial candidate has been replaced by a president that accuses a police officer of racial profiling and acting "stupidly". He injects himself and race into a case that he admits he doesn't have all the facts about. He is absolutely at a loss to understand why people are angry at him, not realizing that he's the one that has behaved stupidly and in a racist manner. He assumes that the police have been racist, because his friend a black professor was arrested, never considering the possibility that Professor Gates might have been the one who acted "stupidly" and brought race into the situation. Had he taken five minutes to read the police reports (which I did online), he might have learned that his friend accused a police sergeant, who had been hand picked by his superior (who happened to be black) to teach a course on avoiding racial profiling at the police academy, of wanting to see his I.D. because he's "a black man in America". In fact Sergeant Crowley was there to protect the home of the same black man that was accusing him of being a racist cop. Had he not responded, the officer would have been accused of not caring about protecting a black man's home. Again, had the President investigated, he would have found that there had been a previous break in at that home.
In the very same speech, where the president insulted police officers, he accused doctors of taking children's tonsils out to make more money, turning doctors, who were already skeptical of his plan, against him even further.
The arrogance remains, but the veneer of invincibility is gone. He still believes that he can push his radical agenda on the American people, even though members of his own party are unwilling to risk their political futures to vote for it. But when congressmen go home to their districts and are laughed at for trying to convince their constituents that spending a trillion dollars on a government run healthcare system will save money and his HHS secretary goes to a town hall meeting and is told "it will be a cold day in hell before he (Obama) socializes my healthcare", their is no doubt that things are changing. That's change we can believe in.
It took more than two years, but people are starting to see him and his agenda for what they really are, an unprecedented growth of government, spending and intrusiveness. While there are those that want what he's peddling, they are far from the majority. Independents aren't left-wing or socialists. They don't want to be taxed to death. They don't want to give the government unprecedented power to control their healthcare. They don't want healthcare policies that have failed in Norway, England, Canada, Massachusetts and even his birthplace Hawaii, imposed upon them. Nor do they want the Federal Government to impose failed policies like California's environmental standards on the nation, further increasing unemployment and damaging our economy by driving industry and jobs overseas.
The administration that was going to be the "most transparent" ever, is now being seen to be so secretive that it won't release his full medical records, his college transcripts or his ever elusive long-form birth certificate. Even people like Lou Dobbs that were once skeptical and thought that the so-called "birthers" were fringe, nut jobs are starting to ask questions of the untouchable president. Only the most far-left members of the media are still not asking questions. Not only is the honeymoon over, there is trouble in paradise.