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THOMAS: Obama recycling old and failed ideas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

President Barack Obama's approach to so-called "climate change" appears to include recycling old ideas.

In his State of the Union address, the president recycled the idea of spending more on education, though we are still getting unsatisfactory results -- a fact he inadvertently acknowledged by saying we're not keeping up with other countries in science and math. He maintained there are tens of thousands of jobs available but companies can't fill them because public schools aren't teaching students what they need to know. We spend huge sums on education already, so money and achievement must not be related.

Infrastructure? We've heard that before, too. Why is nothing ever fixed with all the money that's been spent the last four years? Because it's about maintaining union jobs, not creating new jobs that produce products and services and grow small businesses.

The president mentioned the coming sequester, but Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the Senate's Committee on the Budget that he can't score the proposal to replace the sequester because he hasn't yet seen "a specific proposal." The sequester was the president's idea, though he now suggests it came from Congress. The House has proposed targeted spending cuts that protect defense. Those proposals have gone nowhere in the Senate.

The president spoke of "...the basic bargain that built this country -- the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead." Yes, and if you do you will be taxed at ever-increasing rates, labeled rich and powerful and accused of not doing your fair share.

What would be fair is for government to stop spending more than it takes in.

The president claimed his national health insurance is driving down medical costs. It's actually the reverse. ABC News reported on the conclusion of the nonpartisan Health Care Institute: "Spending on health care rose 4.6 percent in 2011 -- up $4,500 per person, on average." The network also noted a Kaiser Family Foundation report that said, "Health insurance premiums for individuals and families also climbed year-over-year, up 3 percent ($186) on average for an individual and 4 percent ($672) on average for a family."

The Washington Times reported, "President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage -- nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office..."

The president spoke of reducing America's nuclear arsenal at a time when Iran and North Korea are building theirs and threatening nuclear attack. This is part of the failed ideology he has applied to the Middle East, which says that if we will just be nice to our enemies, they will be nice to us.

The president promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, he has deepened our deficit and national debt. Jobs? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since Barack Obama took office in 2009, 8.5 million Americans have given up looking for work. Those lucky enough to find work, often receive very low pay. The president's proposed increase in the minimum wage won't help create new jobs. If it passes, which it won't in the House, it will more than likely eliminate new hires.

There are so many more recycled ideas, but not enough space here to list them all.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave one of the better and more substantive responses to a State of the Union address. Rubio sought to identify with the common man, noting his Florida home is among middle-class people. He retold his story as the son of immigrant parents and made the case for smaller government, rewarding initiative entrepreneurship and improving education through school choice.

The state of the union would be much better if government were smaller and if people were allowed to keep and spend more of their hard-earned money. President Obama takes the liberal view; Marco Rubio the conservative view. The debate in the next two elections will be between the party that wants to empower government and the party of individual empowerment; between recycling old and failed ideas and trying new ones.

Email nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/calthomas.

Comments

Cleanupguy 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, and look how wonderfully the Grand Old Party's ideas that got us into this mess have worked. Not to mention that while you're pretty good at mindless finger pointing, I don't actually see any solutions mentioned here - lame! I would suggest a refresher course on both history and how government works - oh, and how many of the failed ideas (as you put it) came from the likes of the Heritage Foundation.

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notblind 1 year, 2 months ago

YOU need the history refresher. The president that started us down this decline was LBJ with his "Great Society" and his bald faced lies concerning Vietnam. Clinton, the liberals' darling, was the president that did the most to create the housing bubble and false indications of prosperity not to mention being asleep at the wheel on Bin Laden. Bush started out great but 9-11 destroyed his brain. And now we have the great divider calling for us to work together while openly attacking the 49% that didn't vote for him. The problem with offering workable solutions is that the libs don't want to hear harsh truths on foreign trade, education, families, jobs, immigration [ legal and illegal ], crime [ and punishment ] , race relations, foreign aid, growth of government, etc.

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Sandykin 1 year, 2 months ago

Liberals suffer from media revised history. I just had a conversation with a liberal who insisted the bankruptcy this country is headed for was solely decided by the actions of the Bush (both H & W) administrations. No, the Clinton years sandwiched between and creating the housing bubble that collapsed the economy are not at fault and the spending Obama has done to deepen our debt is in no way creating a faster path to bankruptcy. The media speaks their point of view and they take it as "unbiased news reporting". They wouldn't know unbiased if it bit them in the back side.

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news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, and look how wonderfully the Grand Old Party's ideas that got us into this mess have worked.


Cleanupguy, you want to talk about lame? Isn't one of your personalities a former Republican political blowhard with a 90% success rate over 30 years or something? Can you update us all as to your part in the mythical GOP mess. Where are your solutions since you are so intimate with the details of Bush's Fault (D)?

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SickandTired 1 year, 2 months ago

i'm not buying the Desiline Victor story. Sorry, but I find it hard to believe poll workers made her "stand" in line for 6 hours. I did early voting at George Pierce Park and the poll workers there pulled a woman to the front of the line, she was about 40 years old, but she had a cast on her leg. In addition, the poll workers were walking down the line saying anyone 70 years old or over would be pulled to the front of the line. Heck, didn't a poll worker in Atlanta give Usher preferential treatment? he didn't wait in line to vote. Like I said I'm not buying it!

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news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Cleanupguy should be able to answer that question for you. He has run political campaigns as well as "worked the polls". I really don't know if that meant he was a poll worker or a pole dancer.

@Cleanupguy, can you please answer SickandTired's question?

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John5214 1 year, 2 months ago

Like I said before. Obamarama didn't have the experience to run a Radio Shack at the mall. Still he got elected. Now, people still think he is our savior. NO, he should be asking "would you like fries with that order?" He could probably handle that job.

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kRobert 1 year, 2 months ago

So all the people who voted for Mr Obama are fool? thats what your saying. Who had any experience running a country? A bussiness is different from country, so you cant compare the two. There is a lot going on you and me dont even know, so dont make such a crazy statement. Do you know what is going on with other countries around the world. They only tell you what they think is ok for us. Have you ever lived any where else? This man will go down has one of the Best president in the USA, like it or not but it is what it is. Peace and Love

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John5214 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, I have lived in Europe and South America. Yes,there are a lot of people who voted for him who are fools. They can't think for themselves and they believe that garbage that is thrown at them. Or, they vote for him because of other foolish reasons. He has proven his inexperience has hurt this country. Just look at unemployment. How long do you think it should take to turn it around? Now before you say "Bush" lets grow a pair and say 4 years is plenty of time to turn things around. Best president? Please, just another bad decision on the part of the American voters. Peace and Love back to you, we truly need more of that.

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news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

The historic part of Obama's legacy is that he had people vote for him that will never vote again. I will leave it at that ... most of them voted for uninformed, selfish reasons. He won re-election by a narrow margin with the horrible economic numbers. Informed, intelligent voters do not do that! It is unbeliveable that people think this is good for the future of the US. They are so hellbent wanting a diverse America and cheering on the mythical downfall of the rich anglos, they can't see past how they are a huge part of the destruction of this country. The World is laughing at us and is watching our downfall. Of course they love Obama, it means a decling America.

Obama is the only winner here. This man will go down has one of the Best president in the USA, like it or not but it is what it is ----- the Best of the Worst

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kmn 1 year, 2 months ago

He knows how to run a re-election campaign.

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Jan 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't read Cal Thomas. I have heard him on TV and read a couple of his bland writings in the past. Seeing 9 comments to his article, I was intrigued to find that many people that wasted their time reading his articles and did read the comments above. I was mildly surprised to find the first responder (Cleanupguy) had actually taken time to read it so he could point out the absurd arguments that Cal Thomas presents. Kudos to Cleanupguy for his attempt at correcting Cal's misinformation. Then we see the Thomas team, no fact just spewing insults and echoing incorrect information that has originated with pundits like Rush, Cain (who was just hired by FOX) and Beck. I will attempt, once again, the one of the errors in details that in the argument that Clinton caused the housing bubble. Clinton did have a rise in home ownership, which is to be expected during good economic times. Then Bush takes over, the economy declines but the housing market still increases. Home ownership went from 67.4% under Clinton to 69% under bush in 4 years. This was the bubble. Wiki puts the emphasis on the sub prime mortgage, though this wasn't the only cause. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime... This link will explain that the drastic increase in sub primes occurred from 2004-2006, didn't even overlap Clinton's administration. Please don't trust pundits to give the facts - look it up from reliable sources. This is extremely easy economics. If you can't understand this, then don't bother trying to make claims of understanding the effects of taxation changes, spending changes or changes in minimum wage.

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news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Kudos to Cleanupguy for his attempt at correcting Cal's misinformation.


What is interesting is that you give credit to Cleanupguy, known on this very website to be a pathological teller of untruths. Research his lies before giving credit to him. Since you are so obsessed with facts, take a look deep into his comments.

Next, you need to STOP listening and watching conservative entertainers. None of us (R) follow them, so you must know the content of their shows by tuning in yourself.

Finally, subprime is America's future. America is changing accoring to waht you desire, so get used to it. Most "victims" are subprime for life now. No one held a gun to these wannbe homeowner's heads or chased them down to force a subprime loan on them. There will be another cycle of where these victims cry racism, classism, etc. and they will get their high interest rate loans again. Certainly not at the level that helped to cause our recent crash, but it will happen. The US is turning into an entitled toxic wasteland.

As socialism progresses in this country, the effect is a declining America. The cause and effect should not come as a shock to you, but the irony is that you are blinded from reality. You are not part of the solution when you are huge part of the problem.

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JV 1 year, 2 months ago

It’s surprising that jobs and the economy were as resilient as they were under Bush. Critics charge the Bush tax rate cuts didn’t create jobs. But there was job growth, and in context, they may have offered vital incentive for an economy reeling from so many body blows. They certainly have as fair claim to the Obama phrase of “jobs created or saved.”

Bush was not a significant deregulator. Apart from a prow-growth tax policy, he wasn’t a fiscal conservative. Movement conservatives chafed at his big spending, big government initiatives. Importantly, though, Bush and some congressional Republicans raised concerns about the growing risk of Fan and Fred. For their trouble, they were bitterly denounced by Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and others.

If Bush wasn’t a limited government conservative, neither was he a credit balloonist. The fury hit in 2008, on Bush’s watch. He, and his party, understandably answered for it at the polls. But the disease that hit us was not mainly a symptom of the deficit spending liberals denounce Bush for. Rather, the infection flowed from bad loans, inflated portfolios, inflationary fed policy, and the moral hazard of a tax-backed safety net for bad bankers.

The stigma for our credit crisis and slow recovery now falls not on fiscal moderates like Bush, but on tea partiers, populists, and free market advocates who just want government to tax and spend less and take its boot off the economy. Meanwhile, the banker friends of Bill Clinton and now Barack Obama, the Bob Rubins, Jon Corzines, Tim Geithners, and Goldman Sachs of the world are covering for, and slapping each others’ backs, and laughing all the way to the tax-payer backed bank.

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kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

I would never expect anything different from an Obama speech. After all, Americans voted in a person who has never managed anything in his life or held a real job. Obama only runs on "fumes" from Harry Reid and Nancy P. For the record, any time I hear his voice, I change the channel!!

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Jan 1 year, 1 month ago

"...I change the channel!!" now I see why you lack any real understanding.

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