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Coastal Voices: Time to look under hood

Mr. Obama has a new vocabulary: “We need to invest in America,” “Time to hire and invest in America” and “Win the future.”

While I personally applaud the words, I am skeptical about the substance in these nifty new buzz words. Since 2009, our national deficit has exploded by $1.3 trillion dollars thanks to a “progressive” Democrat-controlled Congress and a willing “progressive” president. Our national debt is $14 trillion and counting.

If you had money to invest, would you seriously take investment advice from a guy who spends trillions more than he has?  Didn’t Wall Street’s Bernard Madoff, who swindled billions from investors, just get his butt thrown in jail for this same kind of misconduct?

If I were a “liberal” I would re-package myself with a euphemism like “progressive,” too. If nothing else to pull the wool over the eyes of those who casually pay attention. Many “progressive” and “moderate” Americans genuinely had a desire to dispense with the “business as usual” comedy going on in Washington.  Many have recently and understandably been disappointed by their selection of Mr. Obama.

We all remember Obama’s 2008 campaign slogans, “Change We Need” and “Yes We Can.”

What sounded energizing, as it was designed to be, was simply a campaign thoroughly devoid of substance, and as we now know severely lacking in positive results.

What started as an Obama campaign promise to create 3.5 million jobs, keep the nation’s unemployment figure below 8 percent, guarantee transparency in his administration, reach across the aisle to Republicans and provide 30 million people with affordable healthcare who couldn’t afford it. Now we know that “dog won’t hunt” and the Obama “promise tree” is fruitless. We have observed the term “create jobs” decay away to the subjective term “create or save jobs” no one can count. Unemployment just below 10 percent and only the number of government jobs has swelled, which you and I pay for through our taxes. 

Transparency is conducted behind closed “progressive” doors impenetrable even by Superman’s x-ray vision. The reach-across-the-aisle was a metaphor to slap conservative legislators whose ideas were either tabled and ignored or plagiarized by “progressives” when their agenda was rejected by last November’s mid-term elections.

As for Obamacare, it was rushed to passage and justified by then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, “…we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Obamacare passed by such a narrow margin several Democrat legislators had to be bribed, coerced and threatened by their party leadership.

Since its passage, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has granted many corporations, businesses and unions exemption status from participating in provisions of Obamacare. This leaves the rest of us to carry the financial burden.  Many states are challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.  It is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a decision.  Not a glaring recommendation, now is it?

We should demand more accountability from our elected officials. The November mid-term elections were a start and shed some light on some real issues.  It also shed the dead weight of many of those in Congress that wouldn’t see the light.

Americans need to select candidates on what they have done, what they have accomplished and less on what they say or promise to do that but have never done before.

There are those who still buy a car based on its looks and how cool it sounds. The rest of us still look under the hood, check the maintenance log, study the financial impacts and question what others say. Knowledge is more important than flash and noise.

Paul Crandall is a Klamath resident.

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