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Obama: Now Panderer-in-ChiefDaniel Johnson Salem-News.com
I think it comes down to politics with President Obama. He would rather get re-elected in 2012, than do the right thing now and tell it like it is.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - He had to do some pandering to get elected. But he doesn’t have to pander to stay elected.
Obama inherited problems on a scale that no other president has ever seen: trillion dollar problems—wars, bailouts, health care reform and deficits.
His popularity is now sliding because he hasn’t been able, in his first 200 days, to fix everything.
But the biggest issue he faces is: Who’s going to pay for it all? Two main sources—borrow more from the Chinese or increase taxes.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”
That’s the problem today. Americans, as a whole, want civilization, but they resist paying for it. California is a prime example.
My point on Obama is that he is reiterating his promise to not raise taxes on the middle-class, those making less than $250,000/year. Give me a break.
Below I reproduce a chart from my recent article on money. (see: Money's Only Something You Need in Case You Don't Die Tomorrow. (Carl Fox) - Daniel Johnson Salem-News.com)
The numbers don’t lie. More than half of families (52.3%) have incomes between 30 and 100 thousand/year.
This is the middle class!
Those making more than $100k/year should see an increase in taxes because they are the ones who have benefited most from civilization.
It should be a graduated increase, but an increase nonetheless.
I see it as a matter of fairness. President Obama inherited these problems. They were not created by him or his party.
He has to say the T word and Americans need to cut him some slack, so he can do the real work.
But to President Obama I think it comes down to politics. He would rather get re-elected in 2012, than do the right thing now and tell it like it is.
I don’t know if there has ever been a great one term president.
But with the American election cycles being what they are, politicians have far too little time to actually do anything before they have to start positioning themselves for the next election.
Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which explains why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class—a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue, although a lot of his views could be described as left-wing. He understands that who he is, is largely defined by where he came from. The focus for Daniel’s writing came in 1972. After a trip to Europe he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Alberta, and Calgary in particular, was extremely conservative Bible Belt country, more like Houston than any other Canadian city (a direct influence of the oil industry). Two successive Premiers of the province, from 1935 to 1971, had been Baptist evangelicals with their own weekly Sunday radio program—Back to the Bible Hour, while in office. In Alberta everything was distorted by religion.
Although he had published a few pieces (unpaid) in the local daily, the Calgary Herald, it was not until 1975 that he could actually make a living from journalism when, from 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman (1979-1993), Canada’s top business writer (notably a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting with the CBC. You can write to Daniel at: Salem-News@gravityshadow.com
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