Despite all the happy talk and rainbow kisses in his second to last State of the Union address, President Obama has utterly failed middle class Americans who are making less and spending more to survive in his economy. And he has no real plan to help them.
I’m no special pleader for the super rich. They can take care of themselves, and Barack Obama has been the friend of every crony capitalist on Wall Street attending his $30,000-a-plate fundraisers. So, it’s really galling to hear this President pretend to care about the little guy.
Let’s be honest. Tinkering in the margins of the tax code isn’t going to bring lasting prosperity to America’s middle class. Our tax code needs major reform. Mr. President, if you truly seek equality in the tax code, then let’s talk about a flat tax. Let’s get rid of all the loop holes carved out by the wealthy and politically connected. Bring us together to pass sensible flat tax legislation. Every American will thank you on tax day! The only people who will hate this are those who are benefitting from the current convoluted tax code with its thousands of special interest exemptions and carve-outs. Enough of this faux-populism about taxing the rich while protecting the broken tax code that benefits them. Mr. President, if you truly care about equality and fairness, give us a sensible flat tax.
The tax code isn’t the only thing standing in the way of prosperity in America. The middle class needs good paying jobs that can sustain a family. No American should be stuck in a entry level minimum wage job for their entire life. We want Americans to climb the economic ladder, not get stuck on the first rung. To create those good paying jobs, we need to address the problems standing in the way of job creation. We need to replace job-killing legislation like Obamacare, which has failed on every level by making health care more expensive for average Americans while providing them with less choices and worse care. We need to consider the consequences of policies like the 1,200 new regulations the Obama administration rammed through last month in the 15 days right before the new year – regulations that will cost the American taxpayer $181 billion in new fees and further stymie job growth. Ask yourself, is it easier today under Barack Obama’s policies to open a business and hire people or is it harder? ‘Nuff said.
Nothing was said tonight about our staggering $18 trillion national debt, which increased by $7.5 trillion under Obama. Our debt is a ticking time bomb, but for the permanent political class in DC that ticking sound is just ambient noise to lull yourself to sleep. Some of us would like to address the debt before it blows up in our faces. That’s what responsible leaders do. They don’t glibly make promises for more free goodies they know we can’t afford to keep.
I have little hope that we’ll see honest leadership from the White House. Nothing in tonight’s speech indicates that the Obama administration will stop hurting the middle class with its failed policies. (And it was just a bit much to listen to the most polarizing partisan president of our lifetime – who rammed through his signature legislation without any input from the GOP – lecture us about working together now that the GOP controls Congress. Your actions speak so much louder than your words, Mr. President.)
We need to look for new leadership in Congress to put forward a positive agenda of prosperity for every American. Hang in there, America. Real hope for change is just around the corner in 2016.
- Sarah Palin
PS – There’s no need to comment on foreign policy tonight because President Obama essentially didn’t comment on it either. He’s so far over his head with what seems like personal confusion on who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. His foreign policy is so obviously a colossal and dangerous failure that I guess there’s no need to spell it out for everyone. Just watch the news. It’s unraveling daily.