ANXIETY IN AMERICA: CITIZENS PONDER THEIR FATE
July 7, 2008
In a New York Times June 29th op-ed, “Anxious in America”, Thomas Friedman mulled over America’s accelerating dilemmas in Iraq, national debt and who might become the next president.
Either choice scares the daylights out of Americans on both sides. Neither candidate understands average citizens’ dilemmas in their jobs, communities or schools. Neither addresses what happens in the trenches of America.
Thus, most Americans vote against the other guy instead of ‘for’ a presidential candidate. In the case of McCain, he represents past paradigms, unending support for an endless Iraq War, old thinking and non-action or in-action.
Obama scares most folks as to his lack of experience, his association with “God D*** America” spewing Pastor Wright, shady-hoodlum Rezko in Chicago and his wife’s racial bias writings at Harvard against white America.
Both Obama and McCain voted to give amnesty to 20-30 million illegal aliens in 2007—without any understanding of the $3 trillion price tag or demographic impact. Both men did nothing and do nothing to stop illegal alien migration at over one million annually. In fact, McCain signed the 1986 amnesty giving 4.3 million illegal aliens a free pass, but never followed up on his promise to secure our borders. Both men voted to double current annual immigration at 1.2 million people to 2.4 million in the amnesty bill in June of 2007—thus causing a catastrophic population overload within the USA. Based on mathematics alone, this kind of short sightedness bodes poorly for a national leader.
Neither man supports any kind of a plan to secure our nation’s borders. Both men continued voting for insourcing, outsourcing and offshoring of American manufacturing jobs. Both crippled Americans with their votes in the U.S. Senate as to our national debt, $700 billion annual trade deficit, and no action on 400,000 annual anchor babies gaining immediate citizenship and welfare. Both men continued the taxpayer burden of educating millions of illegal alien children along with billions for health care. Neither man spoke up for American citizens as to jobs being stolen or wages degraded.
“Come August, I predict both men will be looking for a financial wizard as their running mates to help them steer America out of what could become a serious economic tailspin,” Friedman said. “I do not believe nation-building in Iraq is going to be the issue come November — whether things get better there or worse. If they get better, we'll ignore Iraq more; if they get worse, the next president will be under pressure to get out quicker.”
Friedman added, “I think nation-building in America is going to be THE issue.”
If you look around you, most Americans feel a sinister anxiety heretofore unheard of in this country. Gas prices hogtie, hamstring and paralyze the engines of commerce. Truckers fail by the thousands. Car manufacturing jobs vanish overnight!
“Up to now, the economic crisis we've been in has been largely a credit crisis in the capital markets, while consumer spending has kept reasonably steady, as have manufacturing and exports,” Friedman said. ”But with banks still reluctant to lend even to healthy businesses, fuel and food prices soaring and home prices declining, this is starting to affect consumers, shrinking their wallets and crimping spending.”
For Americans holding the bag with an SUV or other large vehicle, financial bloodletting awaits at every fill-up at the gas station. That funeral dirge continues at the grocery store where everything costs more money--from $5.00 a gallon diesel transportation costs.
Mortgage felony crimes extensive and numerous: our banks and other lenders gave away fraudulent loans to millions of illegal aliens. American taxpayers make up the losses. Remember the S & L scandals? Who paid? You paid!
“Two weeks ago, Goldman Sachs analysts said that U.S. banks may need another $65 billion to cover more write-downs of bad mortgage-related instruments and potential new losses if consumer loans start to buckle,” Friedman said. “Since President Bush came to office, our national savings have gone from six percent of gross domestic product to one percent, and consumer debt has climbed from $8 trillion to $14 trillion.”
Instead of spending $12 billion a month building Iraq and Afghanistan, isn’t it time to rebuild America? How about our families, our communities, our roads, our infrastructure, our jobs and our citizens?
Both Obama and McCain don’t hold a clue as to what to do about Iraq or Afghanistan. Both avoid any withdrawal plan, which means unending years at $12 billion a month on a national debt--beyond comprehension at $9.4 trillion.
What does that mean to anxious Americans? Simple answer: our politicians do not work for us, do not serve us, do not represent us and they stand totally out of touch with us.
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Our political leaders fail us at every juncture. They fail to enforce our laws. They fail to create a strategic energy plan. They fail to pursue alternative energy. They fail to enforce our immigration laws. They fail themselves, our citizens and our civilization.
The next president of the United States may well be the President Hoover of the 21st century.
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