Shared Sacrifice, Shared Responsibility

“Shared sacrifice, shared responsibility” is President Barack H. Obama’s (PBO) latest theme and mantra, now that he has discovered that fiscal responsibility resonates with the American people.  In a talk today at the Annandale, VA Campus of NOVA el presdente admitted we need to cut our budget deficit to the tune of $4Trillion in spending over the next few years.  He even endorsed the notion that America must begin living within its means.  Trouble is, PBO’s definition of what constitutes “our means” is different than what most Americans might perceive.

Obama is calling for major reductions in defense and for raising taxes on wealthier Americans.  These were the two primary areas for balancing the budget in his speech.  Here’s what he isn’t willing to cut– healthcare spending (including entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and his very own Obamacare); education (in fact, he’s planning to spend even more in this category); Social Security (he guaranteed it’ll be there when everyone retires);  infrastructure (highways, bridges and high speed rail); and Clean Energy initiatives.   Wow!  He must really be a miracle worker if he is able to cut $4Trillion and not cut in any of those areas, even increasing funding in some of them.

One astute student challenged Obama with his plan not to alllow more traditional energy development and instead investing in more speculative clean energy initatives with gas prices where they are.  Obama argued back that our domestic oil was a finite resource and not worthy of pursuing, that natural gas was too hard to extract, and that gas prices are spiked only temporarily.  He then stumped for biofuels and electric cars, completely side-stepping the point of the question.  (Isn’t that what liberals always do?)

Obama made the point that Defense Secretary Gates has already cut defense spending by $400Billion, and that he’s working hard to gut the DoD even more.  Isn’t that comforting?  He even argued that the chief target for more savings in defense will be weapons systems cuts.  Yeah, that’s really reassuring to our active and reserve forces.  I can only imagine how motivated I would be to commit my career and life to an organization that wants me to be less well equipped.  And all of that, right in the wake of a decade of tiring wars in the Middle East. 

Obama also wants to end the Bush tax cuts, which he claims will generate hundreds of billions of dollars for federal spending, thus helping balance the budget.  What he’s forgotten is that those “wealthiest Americans” are the job creators, as opposed to the federal government.  By taking more from them, and spending it on wasteful government programs, he is hurting the country and its poor employment picture, not helping it.   

His town hall presentation today only reaffirms PBO must go in 2012.  He isn’t clued into what makes America strong.  Instead, he is wedded to the notion we must dismantle the institutions that keep us strong and committed to making us even more dependent on the federal government, further socializing our culture.

You know, I like Obama’s mantra, “shared sacrifice, shared responsibility.”  Here’s how I would apply it– In 2012, let PBO “share responsibility” for his misguided adventures as our president.  Let’s vote PBO into the ranks of the unemployed, so he can “share in that sacrifice” with the millions of Americans who are out of work or underemployed.  



About James Madison

I was the fourth president of these United States. My wife Dolley and I are greatly disturbed with the erosion of your liberties and the encroachment of the present federal, state, and local governments. I was an original member of the Democratic-Republican Party in this country and I would welcome a return to the conservative values that united Democrats and Republicans in my day. Let's start with putting God back in our lives and our government so He will richly bless our endeavors in Lee County. Let's force our elected officials be more transparent and accountable to the electorate in fiscal and social matters. I look forward to hearing your ideas about these matters and others that are on your hearts and minds. Thank You for participating!
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4 Responses to Shared Sacrifice, Shared Responsibility

  1. Norman Thomas says:

    Good luck, Madison. This socialist is reminded of 2004, when the United States Democratic Party couldn’t muster a passable presidential candidate to save its life. Barbour? Trump? Pawlenty? Romney? Better for you to focus on 2016. Or even better yet, focus on Lee County. Which, after all, is what you were actually been elected to help govern.

    • Norman Thomas says:

      1) Obama was not a senator at the time of his 2004 keynote address to the Democratic Convention. He had not yet been elected, although by that point it was all but assured, given his opponent was perennial comic relief/helium party candidate Alan Keyes.

      Further, as a side note, I will point out that I made no assessment of Mr. Obama’s leadership abilities. I spoke merely from a political perspective, in the truest sense of the word (honestly, this socialist isn’t too happy with the president, either, but would certainly cast a vote for him over the loons currently gunning for the chance to replace him). The GOP candidates who stand a chance against the president next year are far too moderate to escape a GOP primary, given the rise of the tea party. I don’t doubt that your caucus is motivated, but I also understand your caucus is divided and undergoing something of an identity crisis, to say the least. That’s usually a poor recipe for success.

      2) Perhaps you failed to glean that I am posting under an alias here, and given the vanilla nature of my name, I can’t say I blame you for that, but I was merely trying to play by the rules. In any case, a wikipedia search for Norman Thomas will get you up to speed on whether this socialist needs anyone to witness faith and belief in divine providence to him. He pretty much had that covered.

    • Norman; I didn’t fail to glean your blogging under an alias. Thanks for the correction on then senatorial candidate Obama. My recollection was a couple of years off. But I certainly remember that speech!

      I do truly believe in Divine Providence and I pray that you will someday believe in Him too.

  2. Patrick Henry says:

    I beg to differ, Publius.

    Obama was elected as the President. Anybody apparently can be a president. It takes someone of great character and integrity to be a leader. Obama is no leader.


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