Debt Fiasco Reveals Pretend President

Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 09:31 AM

By Ronald Kessler

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Having massively increased the country’s debt, President Barack Obama now has no plan to offer Congress to fix the crisis.

Instead, he has been pointing fingers of blame at Republicans and the wealthy, who already pay nearly half the country’s taxes.

This is perfectly consistent with Obama’s presidency. When he was White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel kept referring in an ABC interview to the goals of getting healthcare costs under control and creating an energy policy that frees America from dependence on foreign oil.

However, when pressed for details on implementing these goals, Emanuel repeated, “We set the goals,” as if that were an end unto itself.

Early on, we saw Obama’s approach when he announced that he would close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year. He then began to look into where the prisoners should go.

In pushing for a stimulus bill, Obama announced how much he wanted to spend and how many new jobs he wanted to create. Then he left it to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to decide how the money should be spent.

Obama took the same approach with the healthcare bill, letting Democrats in Congress come up with a plan that is already increasing healthcare costs and will increase the wait to see a doctor.

While engaging in a spending spree of trillions of dollars, he claimed his budgets move America “from an era of borrow and spend” to “save and invest.” Yet under Obama, the federal debt has risen from 53 percent of GDP in 2009 to 72 percent this year.

Obama proclaimed his desire to end divisiveness and to govern in a bipartisan manner. After listening to Republican approaches to stimulating the economy, he ignored almost all of them.

Instead, he revived the divisiveness of the past by constantly bashing the Bush administration and releasing memos about enhanced interrogation, redacting the details of the plots that were successfully rolled up as a result of those techniques.

We see the same pattern with Obama’s approach to foreign affairs. Obama called for “a world without nuclear weapons” without demonstrating that he has any inkling of how that might be achieved.

Obama’s lack of follow-through is why only one of the measures he sponsored as a U.S. senator was enacted: a bill to “promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Obama's penchant for blaming the country’s problems on the wealthy mirrors the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his former minister and self-described mentor.

The president is often referred to as the chief executive officer, meaning he devises and implements policies. Obama has abdicated that responsibility, making him a pretend president.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. He is a New York Times best-selling author of books on the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. His latest, "The Secrets of the FBI," is to be released on Aug. 2. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via email. Go Here Now.









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