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A Spending Orgy, Of Biblical Proportion

by Amo (writer), New York, March 02, 2009

A day doesn’t go by without another 100-billion dollars being confiscated from the American taxpayer, and there seems to be no end in sight.

If anyone has any doubt as to the agenda of this administration, simply take a look at where this $3.6 trillion dollar spending orgy has been earmarked, and you’ll begin to realize that this is no longer a stimulus package that addresses an immediate economic crises but rather an unrestricted spending orgy of pork barrel spending, and the restructuring of government, through intimidation, payoffs, and in some cases forced government intrusion, of biblical proportion.  

In less then a month, this administration has changed the tenor and the principles of what our forefathers had envisioned…an open and free society, where individualism and self reliance are a part of the American experience, and the freedom to be successful or for that matter, to fail.

Perhaps I’m a bit squeamish, when I see governments taking control of private industry, and warning CEO’s and businesses to toe-the-line, or else, and set restrictions on what they can or cannot do. Obviously it plays well on TV, and I suspect with most shell-shocked Americans, who’ve been hearing from their president a continues drumbeat of a “dooms day” scenario.

However as I said, I’m a bit squeamish watching this forceful display of government take over of private industries, it reminds me of my immigrant dad escaping to America and telling me stories of another charismatic leader, who was affectionately addressed by his followers as “Il Duce”, “The Leader”…sounds familiar right?

 Astoundingly, there’s a substantial segment of the population in this country including the mainstream media that seems oblivious to the parallels of what took place in the early 1900’s in Italy, and what is currently taking place today…the systematic take over of private industries and the new social order that now seems to have taken hold is worrisome, as is the massive government programs, and the planned redistribution of wealth, that this president is currently engaged in.

Benito Mussolini came to power in the midst of economic turmoil in Italy, and along with other like-minded leaders formed the National Fascist Party. The party grew in popularity among the people, who quickly became disenchanted with the economic chaos that gripped Italy, and Mussolini seemed to be the only leader addressing the crises, and he promised, if elected he would bring economic prosperity and social order back to Italy.

His first act was to end the massive strikes that had gripped the country and nationalized thousands of privately owned businesses and took power of all government entities, and in a short period of time, he was successful in stabilizing the economy.

  

Let me be clear, Italy had a much different form of government then the United States, and I’m not suggesting that Mussolini and Obama have similar objectives, of world dominance indeed they don’t, however I truly believe that President Obama’s agenda is to transform our government through massive entitlement programs, into a hybrid form socialism, similar to what we see today in Italy, France and Sweden, and to that end I believe he’s willing to gamble with our economy and risk driving us into a deeper recession. Why else would he choose this risky course of stimulating the economy and reject what has worked in the past? It simply doesn’t make economic sense.

Obviously, Obama considers himself a visionary, someone who can change the core principles of America to what he believes it should be, and he has already redefined forever the role of government as a principle driving force within the private sector, by nationalizing to an extent financial institutions and infusing hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up both failing industries and unions across this country. 

However, what troubles me most, is the shameless “class warfare” that is currently being waged by this administration against the most productive segment of our society, the entrepreneurs and small business owners across this incredible land. His punitive taxes on wage earners and families with a combined income of $250,000 will inevitably stifle those small business owners that make up roughly 60-80% of this earning group and provide almost 80% of the total jobs created in this country and keep our economy moving.  

Of course the “class-warfare” game, pitting one group of Americans against another has been used as a political tool by the left, for generations,  so it comes as no surprise that this administration would engage in this shameless tactic, irregardless of the fact that the top 2-5% of  wage earners pay anywhere from 60-75% of all taxes, in this country.

Astoundingly President Obama and company want to now eliminate many of the mortgage and charitable deductions on those wage earners that he considers to be “wealthy Americans”. What’s even more striking is the harshness in words and deeds coming out of this president, a far cry from candidate Obama’s inspirational “trust me”, message of hope and change.

As an American citizen, I’m personally offended that any president, irregardless of political ideology would single out any one group of citizens and treat them differently, is simply wrong, and speaks volumes of this president.  Yet this administration has no problem in penalizing those hard working American’s, while subsidizing illegal aliens, through massive entitlement programs that have been quietly kept from the American people, and I believe we have a right to know, how many of those 45 million “Americans” currently without healthcare are legal citizens of this country.

Astoundingly this president goes before congress and the nation and with a jaw dropping statement, announces that this massive spending orgy, is free of pork barrel spending, and that he will not raise “one dime” in taxes on 95% of wage earners, and then announces that each working wage earner will get a whopping $13 dollars a week extra in their paychecks…while he quietly scraps the Bush tax cuts, that in actuality averaged $27 dollars a week for every wage earner…way to go “Mr. O”.

Obviously, this president doesn’t consider the roughly 11,000 earmarks within his stimulus package, currently passing through the House and Senate, as pork barrel projects or raising taxes and tariffs on the oil industry, financial industries and the thousands of small business across this nation as a backend form of taxation, that eventually every citizen will pay for, in the form of higher prices for goods and services. Rather then dubbing themselves as the most “Transparent Administration” perhaps a more suitable tag line for this administration should be from that blockbuster movie starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason…“The Hustler”.   

As I’ve stated in pervious articles President Obama is a crafty and brilliant politician, he knows that the wealthy among us are a small minority, and an excellent group to malign among the general populace, and of course they’re not much of a voting block, and  while he shifts the blame and attacks private industries, (the mortgage lenders, bankers, and Wall Street Executives), he cleverly exempts the very politicians, who have usurped their responsibility in particular governors that have mismanaged the peoples money and have driven their state economies, to the brink of bankruptcy, and government officials that failed in their initial oversight obligations, to safeguard the institutions that they were entrusted to protect.

All one needs to do is take a look at the two most influential states in the union, California and New York, to see how “progressive” governments truly work…and this is the economic template that President Obama envisions for the rest of America.

However, I truly believe, like young adolescents who think they’re invincible, we need to once again learn the hard lessons of the past, before we once again understand the present…that this is not a battle between conservatives and liberals or between Republications and Democrats, but rather between “us” and the “politicians” on both sides of the political aisle, irregardless of ideology that have corrupted the every essence of democracy and what our founding fathers had envisioned, and signed into a declaration of independence…it’s ”we the people” and not a belligerent in-your- face government.       



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By Amo on March 03, 2009 at 08:52 pm

Hey Dean…good evening,

I’m not sure what you consider to be “poor points”, I’m not pushing either a Republican or Democratic agenda, other then the willful mismanagement of our money, by both parties and that is the main point of the entire article, that’s what I was trying to convey in my last paragraph, that we need to get away from labeling and dividing each other.

As for Mussolini, the parallels are striking, in that he came to power in the midst of an economic crisis, and the people thought of him not merely as a politician but rather as a savor, someone who could unify Italy, obviously history proved otherwise.

Obama like Mussolini believes in big government and that’s the core principles they share…I’m not interested if they’re left or right…the danger is that “we the people” lose, when the power shifts to government, that’s always dangerous. 

Cheers,

Amo  

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By Amo on March 04, 2009 at 07:03 am

Dean, with all due respect, are you suggesting that California has not been mismanaged? Again, all one needs to do is look at the numbers, “progressive” in that California (like New York), needs to bring its massive deficits down…to much wasteful spending, and not enough accountability, its impossible to defend.

Please don’t justify bad behavior and mismanagement…it has nothing to do with Republican lead or Democratic controlled budgets…and everything to do with responsibility, again, please read the last few lines of my article, everyone is at fault, from ineptness, to mismanagement, to foolish ideologies, and gamesmanship…BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE!!!!

We can perhaps debate…degree, but that’s it.

Amo   

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By PATRICK PETION on March 11, 2009 at 03:57 pm

well done very specific point, we need to undestand only free interprise can create wealth that why America is a super power and still have the best economy in the entire world.

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By Amo on March 11, 2009 at 09:13 pm

Good evening Julian, Nice hearing from you. I think my analogy of Obama and Mussolini can be misconstrued, the parallels I was referring to, was the crippling economic conditions and the emotional state of a large segment of the populace both in Italy in  1925 and the United States today.

Both economic conditions were identical and the citizens of both countries wanted a radical change of direction, so much so that in Italy they overlooked and excused Mussolini’s fierce nationalism and militarism, and of course here in the US many excused and overlooked Obama’s views of transforming America into a hybrid form of Socialism, his inexperience and his questionable judgments.

Both believe in a strong central government, both believe in the redistribution of wealth, and a large segment of the population in Italy believed that Mussolini was a transitional leader who would change the core principles of Italy and bring it back to the glory days of Rome.

Fast forward to today, a large segment of Obama supporters believe he’s a transitional leader, who has profoundly redefined the presidency…those are the parallels.

Of course there are other parallels, the charismatic leader, the intellect, the showman, the speaker, and both were affectionately addressed by their followers. Mussolini as “Il Duce” (“The Leader), Obama “The One”.

You and Dean I believe are correct President Obama isn’t an advocate or a supporter of a strong military. However, I don’t believe that President Bush was either. He took a strong military stand for 8-years, simply because we were attacked on 9/11, and we were and are at war, and of course he took an oath to “protect and defend”.

Now some may argue about the policy…however the one undisputed fact, that can’t be denied, is that after 9/11, we were never again attacked on the home front.

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