Media completely ignored a gaffe by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during a 2008 presidential “debate.” McCain addressed then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as “Senator Government.” Technically a slip, but truer words were never spoken.
There is nothing about federal power this president doesn’t love. Through his direct or indirect actions and initiatives, the federal government now controls all aspects of healthcare, banking at all levels, student loans, energy, natural resources, and any other realm where federal power can intrude.
In my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d live to see Americans support a president who dictated everyone in the country purchase health insurance from designated corporations or pay a sizable tax.
Now Obama has a new idea—mandatory voting.
CNN reported on the president’s recent visit to Cleveland:
“Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it’s time to make voting a requirement.
‘Other countries have mandatory voting,’ Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about the importance of middle class economics, and was asked about the issue during a town hall.
It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,’ he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly.”
The president is smarting from the sting of recent election results in Israel, but he appears to still be chafed at the results of the 2014 midterm elections in the US as well. Obama snarked passively at his opposition: “The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups…There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.”
The only “folks” I’ve noticed attempting to deter people away from the polls were the New Black Panthers who wielded weapons and taunted white voters in 2008 when voters were trying to do what Obama wants to make mandatory.
Ideally, people should vote. In America, we leave that up to the voter and that is how it should stay in any free country. Democrats simply refuse to draw a line on power over the individual. That is the most troubling thing about the current heavy hand of so-called “progressive” policy.
‘President Government’ has had his way with both parties in Congress, getting whatever he wanted despite the fact his policies have harmed some of the very blocs whose loyalty to the Democrats’ party is a given.
And by the way, ‘middle class economics’ is a term no economist would ever use in a serious discussion. Who, exactly, is middle class?
‘Middle Class’ is a term politicians use purely to pry a vote out of your hand so said politician can pocket it and immediately forget you exist.
Finally, Obama’s signature bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care tax bill commonly called Obamacare, will deliver a blow to the middle class. Even The Economist, no reservoir of rightwing ranting, acknowledged that via a study from a left of center think tank looking at the decline of income under President Government: “The biggest percentage declines come from the middle class, rather than the very rich…”
The president is leader of his party. Voters should remember what his party has done to the middle class come November, 2016.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 19, 2016)
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