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Bus tour covers up incompetent leadership

Right AnglesJames D. KelloggGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
James D. Kellogg

Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating and sent President Obama’s re-election chances plummeting as fast as the nation’s hopes for economic recovery. The loss of our AAA credit rating is a scathing indictment of the Obama administration’s assault on liberty and free enterprise. An unprecedented expansion of government control and increased spending have saddled Americans with a stagnant economy, high unemployment, low consumer confidence and a decline in prosperity. Despite the dismal results of his far left policies, the president steadfastly refuses to adopt a more centrist agenda. Instead, he’s on a bus tour of the Midwest talking about jobs and deficits. Independent voters in the Heartland have abandoned him. The White House hopes a few canned speeches full of platitudes will convince voters that Obama is a man of the people. Slim chance. The rock star appeal of candidate Obama, a man who ran as a Washington D.C. outsider, is long gone.President Obama has a political record hanging around his neck like an albatross: the stimulus, continuation of TARP, auto industry bailouts, cash for clunkers, quantitative easing (i.e., printing money), tripling the federal deficit, adding $4 trillion to the national debt, Obamacare. Americans were subjected to all this in less than two years despite vigorous opposition from the majority of voters. Modifying a famous line from Rev. Wright, the president’s long-time pastor, “Mr. Obama’s chickens have come home to roost!”America’s credit downgrade is the sum total of incompetent leadership and fiscal irresponsibility on the part of the Obama administration and Congress. It’s really that simple. The Democrat Congress neglected to pass a federal budget for fiscal year 2011. Just as ludicrous, the president never demanded a budget! The federal government simply froze spending at the previous year’s insane level.With the house of cards on the verge of collapse, the White House is engaged in a campaign of denial. New talking points assert that the S&P downgrade had nothing to do with America’s accumulation of debt. They claim it happened because conservatives balked at unconditionally raising the federal debt ceiling, essentially refusing to write Obama a blank check. That’s right. We’re supposed to believe the tea party ruined our credit rating by insisting that government stop borrowing and spending.Are Americans stupid enough to swallow such lies? Not a chance. That’s why President Obama’s political stock is tanking. Mr. Obama hit an all-time low of 40 percent approval in the Gallup tracking poll in late July. Voters are fed up with the litany of excuses for economic shambles that range from the tsunami in Japan to George W. Bush. A bus tour is one of the last cards Obama has left to play.The president is riding around “fly-over country,” hearing from real Americans about what Washington should do to enhance job creation. This is a classic example of “leadership from behind.” It’s just a show that accomplishes nothing of substance. And we all know it’s not his first day on the job.President Obama can stump all he wants at bus tour stops, insisting he is a champion of the middle class, battling the unsavory elements of Washington politics. It won’t work. Obama is synonymous with Washington. In fact, he reveled in his top dog status in the Capitol until his internal pollsters started imploring him to “run against Washington.”A vibrant economy is critical to the future of America. It can only be invigorated with drastic cuts in government spending, lower business tax rates, and removal of excessive regulation. All this will take leadership and resolve. A bus tour just requires an extension cord for the teleprompter.James D. Kellogg of New Castle is a professional engineer, the author of the novel E-Force, and the founder of LiberTEAWatch. com . Contact him at jamesdkellogg@yahoo.com.

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