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Obama Shows He Is Out of Touch With Americans

Friday, 27 Mar 2009 07:43 AM

By Ronald Kessler

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President Barack Obama’s press conference this week demonstrated how out of touch he is with most Americans.

As a result of the financial turmoil and plunging stock market, most Americans have learned how pernicious debt can be and how important it is to cut costs and save.

Not Barack Obama.

At his press conference, the president defended adding another $9.3 trillion to the national debt, doubling the amount in six years and nearly tripling the debt in 10 years, according to figures from the Congressional Budget Office. As Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., has said, “The practical implications of this is bankruptcy for the United States.”

Most Americans abhor making excuses and pointing the finger of blame at others.

Not Barack Obama.

At the press conference, Chip Reid of CBS referred to Obama’s statement during the campaign that he wasn’t running for president to pass on problems to the next generation. Citing the $9.3 trillion increase in debt proposed by Obama over the next 10 years, Reid said, “Isn’t that kind of debt exactly what you were talking about when you said ‘passing on our problems to the next generation’?”

Obama began by saying, as he often does, that he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit from the Republicans. When Ed Henry of CNN asked whether he worries about passing an even bigger fiscal mess on to his daughters, he again referred to what he inherited.

Yet when Obama took office, the deficit was $569 billion. He wants to add another $1.276 trillion to the deficit this year alone. Moreover, the deficit Obama inherited was a result of budgets passed by a Congress that was controlled during the last two years of the Bush administration by Democrats.

Most Americans have learned that this is a time to sit tight and not plan any vast new spending.

Not Barack Obama.

He spoke of plans to pour massive new sums into healthcare, education, and environmental programs. Yet Obama’s plans are vague, and the savings Obama projects are largely illusory. Obama has claimed that computerizing medical records would save $80 billion a year. But that is based on a Rand study financed in part by companies that stand to gain by obtaining contracts to deploy such a system.

The Rand study based its projections on the idea that a computerized system would point doctors to ways to deliver higher-quality care, thus diminishing the burden on the healthcare system. But a study published in Circulation, a top cardiology journal, and another study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that computerized systems make no difference in quality of healthcare.

Most Americans recognize that the 100 percent tax deduction currently permitted for charitable donations is a chief reason people give such gifts.

Not Barack Obama.

He suggested that capping deductions for Americans in the highest tax bracket will not affect giving. “Now, if it's really a charitable contribution, I'm assuming that that shouldn't be the determining factor as to whether you're giving that $100 to the homeless shelter down the street,” he said.

Obama is so out of touch with Americans that he seems to think he can get away with claiming, as he did in his press conference, that his budget moves America “from an era of borrow and spend” to “save and invest.”

Certainly Obama’s comment during the campaign about “bitter” small-town voters who “cling” to their faith, along with their guns and their “antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” suggests disdain for a large segment of Americans.

“You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time,” Abraham Lincoln said.

Obama’s sinking poll numbers suggest Americans are catching on.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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