I don’t know about y’all, but I’m “debated out.” The debates of the new American socialist party are about the same ol’ thing: everyone’s a victim and needs government to give them stuff. The GOP debates are devolving into a 3rd grade recess period full of invectives and relatively free of policy substance.
All this is occurring at a time when we need to hear focused policy visions. I’m not asking anyone to stand up there and pontificate for two hours to make audience eyes roll back into their heads. It’s about connecting and being able to simply express a strategic plan.
I’d offer it would be best right now to replace the debate shows with one-on-ones with the candidates. We need a moderator who would press on the issues, and not allow grandstanding or escapism. No more personal attacks; rather, talking about “how.”
And why is that important?
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon:
The U.S economy slowed in the fourth quarter of 2015 as real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at an annual rate of 1 percent, according to a revised estimate released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and represents “the value of the production of goods and services in the economy,” according to the bureau. Wall Street Journal economists forecasted a lower rate of growth, predicting GDP would grow at a rate of 0.4 percent.
The second estimate of 1 percent growth was based on more complete source data and was revised upward from the previously reported rate of 0.7 percent in January.
The fourth quarter real GDP of 1 percent, which includes performance from October, November, and December of 2015, was lower than the third quarter real GDP estimate of 2 percent, which encompassed the months of July, August and September. It was also lower than the second quarter estimate of 3.9 percent.
The time for antics must end; we’re in a very dire economic situation in America. When you consider our debt has eclipsed $19T and our GDP is going the opposite direction, we’re entering a very dangerous red line on our economic RPM display. Here we are almost seven and a half years into the Obama presidency and we still have a faltering and anemic economy. The annualized GDP growth during Obama’s tenure is south of 3% — heck, maybe even south of 2.5%.
Compared with the explosion of our debt under the Obama tenure, it’s extremely disconcerting. Matter of fact, if you want to talk about an extremist, Barack Obama has to be at the top of the list when it comes to insurgent-like warfare against the American economy. I once referred to the tax code in Obama’s hands as a WMD (weapon of mass destruction).
The simple statement by Barack Obama back in July 13, 2012 that, “if you own a business, you didn’t build that,” is reflective of an ideology not interested in real economic growth.
This is not about the tax, fiscal, government spending, regulatory and monetary policies that lead to economic recovery. Obama’s economy has never been about private sector — especially small business — expansion and growth. The policies of Barack Obama have always been about wealth redistribution and expansion of the welfare nanny-state — that’s evident and not debatable. Just do a review and ponder the Stimulus’ shovel-ready jobs, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, and you understand the adverse effects these major domestic policies have had on our economy.
But what I don’t want to see is that we become like the TV commercial called “The Settlers.” We can’t settle and believe that a 1% quarterly GDP growth is the new normal. We cannot make ourselves believe that here in America, we can do no better. And we need leaders that talk about what’s better and present viable policies that get us back on track.
We need to move towards a flat tax and away from the onerous progressive tax system that punishes economic success. Everyone has to be a part of the economy and take up an oar. We must reform our corporate tax system to a flat one, but we can also permit a one-time repatriation of the trillions of dollars of capital off shore in order to spur on a new generation of American economic growth in production and manufacturing. We need smart regulations, not the tyrannical regulatory state we’re enduring. Bring back Glass-Stegall and keep that separation between commercial and investment banking — and then get rid of Dodd-Frank, which is killing our small community banks. Dump the unAffordable Care Act, which is nothing but a wealth transfer scheme of the Obama administration — twenty new taxes?
We must provide predictability to our small businesses so they can grow and hire Americans. Instead, we have some 94 million Americans who are not just not working; they’re not even in the workforce. The unemployment rate for America is not 4.9%. However, we don’t have the economic policies to get them back on the full-time employment rolls; Obama prefers dependence.
So enough, no more antics, I’m looking for a grown-up to be our next president, someone who’s serious. I’ve not even talked about the external threats from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, as well as the growing global Islamic jihad. Now’s not the time to talk about tweets, drinking water, makeup and more disparaging personal attacks. Now’s the time for tough leadership and solutions. Now’s the time to recognize we’re on the verge of perhaps losing the greatest nation the world has ever known. Back in 2008, we fell for a gimmick and a great number in this country fell for a show, an historic moment.
In 2012, this nation didn’t challenge the media and the GOP did not present a forthright opposition, and we ended up with another four years of a disaster. Yes, Reverend Wright was correct, the progressive socialist chickens have come home to roost. There is so much at stake and I am truly blessed that I get to travel this nation and see so many of you who want to pass on a better America to their children and grandchildren. It is not going to be an easy task, but as Americans, if it is worth having, it is worth the fight — for their future.
The American economy can be rebuilt, but not by government. YOU did build that, YOU always have, and YOU will into the next century!