Monday, January 26, 2009

Which way Obama?

Obama Takes the Clinton Way
How much will new President Obama follow the Clinton's agenda instead of his "new change" message that got him elected, from the very first it seems. Like Bill Clinton did when he first became president, Hussein Obama has decided to pay $400 million dollars to support abortions overseas, even though our country is bankrupt. The sneaky way he did it (by announcing it late Frienday when everyone has gone home for the weekend) also shows the way he will most likely do anything that could be controversial, and un-American. How a Demoquack thinks that funding the abortions of innocent children in Africa is somehow American is beyond me, and shows that they as a party are fully committed to expanding their "death agenda". Anyone who supports this kind of agenda, while we are bankrupt at home, are disillusioned and mentally misled. In a time of great economic anxiety and surging budget deficits, is forcing American taxpayers to subsidize abortion really such a high priority for the new administration or the best use of our resources? And I can't help but be perplexed and disappointed by the irony of extending rights to terrorists while committing American tax dollars to the destruction of innocent life.

Our Enemy Is Cheering
The sight of President Obama yesterday proudly signing an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility and ordering U.S. officials to end coercive interrogation tactics of suspected jihadists was infuriating. It is really hard for me to get inside the head of a president and commander-in-chief who decides in his first hours in office to make life easier, not for his fellow citizens, but for those who want to kill us. But his action should certainly be a clarifying moment for those who have deluded themselves into believing he will govern from the center. The man now in the Oval Office is a MoveOn/ACLU leftist, and we are already less safe than we were one week ago.

Remember how candidate Obama constantly bragged during the campaign that he liked to hear a lot of view points from smart people before he made his decisions? This morning we found out that he got that wise counsel. CIA Director Michael Hayden and outgoing Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell begged the president not to sign that executive order. They told him that just the fear of harsh interrogations often intimidated jihadist detainees into talking. And I’m sure they reminded him that when these thugs talk, LIVES ARE SAVED. President Obama ignored their advice. Our “community organizer” in chief apparently concluded that he knew better. And he certainly understood that he better not cross the radical Left groups, like Code Pink and ANSWER, which would have been infuriated if he had put our national security needs first.

At the signing of the executive order, President Obama admitted he didn’t know where the prisoners at GITMO would go once the facility is closed. (Shouldn’t we have figured that out first?) But maybe there is a solution after all. Marine-basher Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) urged the president to send the thugs to his western Pennsylvania district. I’m sure his constituents are thrilled. Releasing the prisoners and sending them home could be a major problem too. We learned this morning that another former GITMO prisoner, Said Ali al-Shihri, released some time ago due to pressure from the Left, has reemerged in the news. He is now the new second in command of Al Qaeda in Yemen. People will die because the American Left was more worried about his “rights” than the safety of your family. Words fail me.

House Republicans promptly introduced a bill to ban GITMO detainees from U.S. soil. “Closing Guantanamo Bay presents a clear and present danger to all Americans,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Smith pointed out that leftwing judges could very well order the prisoners released here in the U.S. You can count on it happening. American Values will do everything we can to get that legislation passed.

Stop Stimulating Big Government
Just days into his administration, President Obama suffered a major embarrassment and a blow to the centerpiece of his economic agenda. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a report that seriously called into question the rationale for the massive $825 billion “stimulus” bill. Here’s why: The CBO found that relatively little of the money would actually be spent this year. That’s the whole point of a “stimulus” bill – to get money into the economy now!

Yet, according to the CBO, most of the $350 billion targeted for “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects won’t be spent until 2011 or even later. Believe it or not, $63 billion won’t be spent until sometime between 2013 and 2019. Are you willing to wait two, four or ten years for the Obama-Reid-Pelosi plan to kick in? Even the liberal Washington Post was forced to concede that “the CBO analysis appears to confirm the complaints of many Republicans and other critics, who have long argued that spending money on … infrastructure projects is ineffective at quickly jolting a sluggish economy.”

The lesson of the Great Depression should have taught us that. Roosevelt’s New Deal did little to end the economic crisis, that started in 1929. But the party that was in control during the ten-year Depression is the same in control today, and its doing the exact same thing it did then – stimulating Big Government, rather than the economy.

Twenty-eight years ago, Ronald Reagan took office after inheriting the “Carter malaise” of double-digit inflation and interest rates. He told us in his 1981 inaugural address, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” He cut taxes on individuals and businesses and restrained government spending, and in doing so unleashed one of the greatest economic expansions in our nation’s history. We don’t need another “New Deal” Big Government spending binge. We need another Reagan Revolution!