On Monday, November 30, 2013, Obama gave a talk about what he called the growing inequality and lack of opportunity in America. He said this would be his focus the rest or his term. This is how he phrased it.
“…. and that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President. It was at the center of last year’s campaign. It drives everything I do in this office. And I know I’ve raised this issue before, and some will ask why I raise the issue again right now. I do it because the outcomes of the debates we’re having right now — whether it’s health care, or the budget, or reforming our housing and financial systems — all these things will have real, practical implications for every American. And I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.”
We must never forget, this same Obama, head of the regime and leader of the Marxist/Progressives promised the United States five days before the election in 2008 that he would fundamentally transform the United States. He did not say from what to what, but every indication says this is the same transformation outlined by Karl Marx. Therefore, to complete Obama’s promise it would read that the United States would be transformed from a free capitalist society to a socially just classless society (Marxist society). Obama gives even more reason to believe this is what he meant in this talk. Let us look.
Obama stated; “And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.”
Obama said the unlimited opportunity that began in Jamestown in 1607 is under threat. He is absolutely right; that concept of hard work opens opportunities is severely threatened. It is threatened not because of capitalism, as he would have us believe, but because of the very thing he claimed will solve these very problems, government. Here is an example that outlines the fallacy of Obama’s claim and his solution of government.
Eleven year old Madison was with her father at the time next to the Skidmore Fountain in downtown Portland, where the city holds a weekly market. She was selling mistletoe to raise money for braces. A security guard told her that she had to stop selling due to a city ordinance that bans such activity in a park “except as expressly permitted under the terms of a lease, concession or permit,” it was reported.
The guard then told Madison that she could sell her mistletoe outside the boundaries of the park where the fountain and the market are located, away from the crowds, or she could simply ask for donations to cover the cost of her braces.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” this true American replied. Unfortunately this idea of government controlling our actions for our protection, which Obama claims is necessary, is what thwarts opportunity throughout the total economy, not just a park in Oregon.
Obama continued; “And I know I’ve raised this issue before, and some will ask why I raise the issue again right now. I do it because the outcomes of the debates we’re having right now — whether it’s health care, or the budget, or reforming our housing and financial systems — all these things will have real, practical implications for every American. And I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.”
Again, Obama is correct; these decisions will have a dramatic effect on the America in which our Children and Grandchildren will live. Major decisions on these topics have already been made by Obama and the Marxist/Progressives; healthcare – Obamacare, budget-higher taxes and more spending, housing and financial systems – Dodd-Frank. Each and every one of his solutions is to centralize these aspects of the economy in the federal government. Marx said it is necessary to centralize all aspects of commerce in the government for you cannot allow the competitive forces of the marketplace to determine the solutions. If you do it will result in greater exploitation of the many by the few, so claim Marx and Obama.
Obama continues; “Now, the premise that we’re all created equal is the opening line in the American story. And while we don’t promise equal outcomes, we have strives to deliver equal opportunity — the idea that success doesn’t depend on being born into wealth or privilege, it depends on effort and merit. And with every chapter we’ve added to that story, we’ve worked hard to put those words into practice.”
This is a false claim by Obama. He and the Marxist/Progressives have worked hard to limit opportunity. Opportunity is attitude as expressed by Madison from Oregon. Remember, she said I don’t want a handout; I want to work for what I get. This is the spirit on which America was built. The Marxist/Progressives have the belief opportunity is the government giving handouts. This builds an attitude of entitlement and thwarts independence, self-reliance and opportunity on all levels. It does create a loyal voter base for the Marxist/Progressives.
Obama continues; “Together, we forged a New Deal, declared a War on Poverty in a great society. We built a ladder of opportunity to climb, and stretched out a safety net beneath so that if we fell, it wouldn’t be too far, and we could bounce back. And as a result, America built the largest middle class the world has ever known.”
I am not sure what Obama meant by”ladder of opportunity” or how he determined “this built the largest middle class the world has ever seen.” This sounds like a rewriting of history. We know the New Deal did nothing to bring the country out of the economic downturn in the 1930’s. What it did do is strangle our government with projects and programs that never did work, but are still in existence today. TVA is an example, as is the farm subsidy program. Social Security is a rock around the neck of the American people. Ronald Reagan pointed out in 1961 to the Orange County Press Club how Social Security is in fact a welfare program which can be curtailed anytime Congress should so decide. It has further enslaved Americans to be dependent on the whims and wishes of a big central government. The war on poverty has cost trillions of dollars and the poverty rate is in fact higher today that the day the war began.
Obama continued; “For others, it meant going to college — in some cases, maybe the first in your family to go to college. And it meant graduating without taking on loads of debt, and being able to count on advancement through a vibrant job market.”
This is as big a lie as “If you like your health plan, you can keep it, period.” People are graduating from college today with less of a chance of finding a position in their chosen field than ever before and greater debt than ever before.
Obama continued; “As values of community broke down, and competitive pressure increased, businesses lobbied Washington to weaken unions and the value of the minimum wage. As a trickle-down ideology became more prominent, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither. And for a certain period of time, we could ignore this weakening economic foundation, in part because more families were relying on two earners as women entered the workforce. We took on more debt financed by a juiced-up housing market. But when the music stopped, and the crisis hit, millions of families were stripped of whatever cushion they had left.”
How quickly they forget. Ronald Reagan reduced the stifling taxes that were strangling an economy of the makings of Jimmy Carter. Remember Carter saying America would have to reduce their expectations. Reagan said government must reduce its expectations so the people can raise theirs and we saw a robust economic recovery, unlike the government curtailed tepid recovery of today. Then the Marxist/Progressives led by Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC started to enforce the idea all Americans should own a home regardless of ability or willingness to repay, and the obvious result happened.
Obama continued; “… we need to set aside the belief that government cannot do anything about reducing inequality. It’s true that government cannot prevent all the downsides of the technological change and global competition that are out there right now, and some of those forces are also some of the things that are helping us grow. And it’s also true that some programs in the past, like welfare before it was reformed, were sometimes poorly designed, created disincentives to work.”
The belief in the inherent evil of a large enslaving central government was the very foundation of our nation. The fact that less government is better government is proven over and over. Large central government, with its waste, political demands and central controls has taken a once dynamic public educational system and is making it at best mediocre. With the advent of Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obamacare, we are seeing the most innovative and dynamic health care system in the world being destroyed due to excess regulation, fraud and costs. We are seeing all types of industries and businesses moving overseas or going out of business due to regulation and control exuberance of bureaucrats in the EPA and OSHA. The Marxist/Progressives are destroying the most dynamic economic system with their belief in centralizing all commerce as opposed to the original intent of the founders to allow the competitive forces of the market place determine winners and losers. This is the difference between the philosophy of our founders and Karl Marx, or the difference between Freedom Loving Americans and the Marxist/Progressives.
Obama continued; “Without Social Security, nearly half of seniors would be living in poverty — half. Today, fewer than 1 in 10 do. Before Medicare, only half of all seniors had some form of health insurance. Today, virtually all do. And because we’ve strengthened that safety net, and expanded pro-work and pro-family tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, a recent study found that the poverty rate has fallen by 40 percent since the 1960s. And these endeavors didn’t just make us a better country; they reaffirmed that we are a great country.”
Obama, how can you tell us that without Social Security half of seniors would be living in poverty? I could claim, as have many, if I would have personally invested the money that I and employers contributed to social security, I would be wealthy. We could claim without social security, all retired Americans would be wealthy. This would, of course go against your ideology of equality and conformity for all as called for by Karl Marx. As for Medicare, Ronald Reagan in that same speech in 1961 gave accurate numbers on health care statistics. Reagan said in 1961 more than two-thirds of American seniors already had private health insurance, and the percentage of Americans insured was growing. He went on to say that as near as can be determined less than 10 percent of seniors require aid in meeting their medical needs. Who will you believe, Obama or Reagan?
One of the few times Obama has been straight forward and honest with the American people (yes a liar can tell the truth at times) was when he said he was about to “fundamentally transform the United States.” We now know, based on his actions that this meant to transform the United States from a free capitalist society to a socially just classless society which i a Marxist Society.
Don Jans, Speaker and Author
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