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President Obama had a strong speech as well, but one which offered little meaning. Charles Krauthammer of Fox News described it as “one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage.” Obama kept telling the viewers that they had a definitive choice as to who they should pick to be President for the next four years, but he didn’t give much reason for the viewers to choose him.
He stated, “Now, I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth.” Nearly four years ago, Barack Obama said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office. He said if he didn’t have the economy fixed in three years, he’d be a one-term President. He said that people elected him to tell the truth, but when he used the words “I never have,” he wasn’t quite telling the truth.
He said, “We can give more tax breaks to corporations that shift jobs overseas or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here…” With this too, he was fooling the public. The tax breaks that he’s talking about are to entice companies to come back to America. Apple, Cisco, Pfizer and others all said that they would repatriate at least $1 trillion of corporate profits sitting overseas, if Obama would only cut the corporate tax rate. His answer to them was that he would raise taxes on them, not cut them.
His harsh words against oil companies were also disturbing. He stated, “Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan or endanger our coastlines or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers.” Meanwhile, he was willing to pay Brazil and Mexico with our taxpayer money to drill off our shores, and then make the double-payment to them to sell us the fuel that we could have retrieved ourselves. His idea of a stimulus plan is to stimulate other nations’ economies.
Furthermore, he said he would use the money that America is no longer spending on war in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring down the debt. This, while the money he’s talking about was borrowed to pay for those wars. What he’s saying is that he’s going to pay down the debt with more debt.
Maybe Obama shouldn’t have given voters so many choices with the upcoming election, because with all of the hope and change that he offered the country, Americans may wind up seeing it all for what it really is: empty promises. They may wind up “moving forward” indeed — and choosing someone else.
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