It is with dismay that I read of the passing of the "Stimulus Bill". The reliance on the federal government to provide "bailouts" when the economy hits a trough is taken to obscene extremes with the unimaginably huge debt that is levied on the current and future generations of productive citizens. The lack of leadership of both the former and current president in this time of economic uncertainty is distressing. The cries of both Bush and Obama will linger in the hall of shame for years to come. What happened to leaders who espouse principles such as "The only thing to fear is fear itself" or "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country" or "I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves"? Instead, we hear fear-mongering from our presidents. We hear calls for personal responsibility, but instead see the irresponsible rewarded with other's tax dollars.
Those who caused this economic crisis are crying for help because they made ill-advised and greedy, selfish decisions. I'm not just referring to the dishonest bankers who invented investment strategies so "sophisticated" that no one really knows what they are worth or Detroit car companies who seem to lack the most basic understanding of what American consumers want and need. I'm also referring to the millions of Americans who revel in credit card debt and purchase houses larger than they can afford. And we can't forget Clinton and his cronies in the Congress who pushed lenders to provide mortgage loans to those who could not afford them. Lack of accountability, at the corporate, government, AND the personal level, caused this crisis. Unfortunately, those who live within their means and practice prudence in their financial dealings have also been sucked into the black hole.
We are reeling from 8 years of a president who thought that stubbornness equaled principle and who was manipulated by his senior advisers. Now we are embarking on a journey with a president who speaks with a golden tongue but has little or no idea on how to solve the pressing problems that face this country. Change is coming, alright. It will be a change brought about by the lack of will of the American people to sacrifice for a cause greater than self. It will be change that comes at the cost of liberty - first the loss of economic liberty, which leads to the loss of personal liberty, which will, in the end, lead to a weak, rudderless nation.
Here's a few tips, Mr. President: Let the automobile manufacturers go bankrupt; let the state and local governments realize that taxpayer money is not an endless stream of gold; let individuals who are mired in debt because of their own poor decisions reap the consequences. If we do that, we'll have pain, but we'll emerge as a stronger and vital people who have a clear vision to a bright future. If we continue down the "bailout" path, we'll be a fractured, miserable socialist state.
It's time to start thinking about who to vote for in 2012. Mitt Romney anyone ...