Obama’s First Week: Change You Can Fear

President Barack Obama’s first week in office is history. Because he is a relative unknown with a thin resume for the US presidency, there’s been a question in many minds whether he is really a centrist-pragmatist politician or an ultra-left ideologue. The early verdict is in–and the results are discouraging. Far-left ideologue fits the bill so far. Three first-week directives given by the new president bode badly for America’s safety, the struggling economy, and for the most vulnerable among us–little children.

THE WAR ON TERROR

President Obama’s first presidential oder set in motion the closing of the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison within a year. This was a promise he’d made to his radical anti-war base, and he wasted no time in fulfilling it. Essentially the Obama administration is taking us back to the pre-9-11 days where enemy combatants are treated as domestic instead of terrorists. It was the policy of the former Clinton administration that encouraged the first Trade Center bombings, the attack on the US Cole, and ultimately set the table for the devastating attacks on September 11, 2001. In closing Gitmo, the new administration has no plan where the terrorists will go–they’ve just decided to give them rights and privileges that will probably bring them to our shores and assure that some make their way back to the theaters of the world where they can kill more people. Robert Gibbs, the administration’s new press secretary, was careful in his first press conference to not use the words “war on terror.” They either think the war is over or that there is a more humane way to prosecute it. Obama is not being very FDR-like here. Franklin Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans who were even suspected of being at war with the US. President Obama is giving privileges to those who killed three thousand of our fellow countrymen.

The president also moved quickly to disband the effective interrogation tactics that the Bush administration used to prevent another attack on American soil for the past seven years. Interrogation sites in Europe will be closed, water-boarding banned, and our military will now have to ask our enemies “Please” and “Thank you” in obtaining important information that could save lives. If one of the priorities of the US president is to “protect and defend” the people of America, then President Obama’s first week was a failure. We are now more vulnerable to attack, our enemies have been emboldened, and if–God-forbid–another 9-11 comes to our nation, there will be one person who is responsible: Barack Hussein Obama.

Some willing accomplices, who should also be held in contempt, are the New York Times, Washington Post, and other liberal media outlets who have cried foul against “torture” for years. They say we need to live out our values–take the high moral ground–treat people humanely. Well, we do. We’re Americans–and we believe in human life and its special creation in the image of God. The left has co-opted the torture issue simply because no one can clearly define it. Let me give it a try: Torture is inflicting permanent or long-term physical or psychological pain to a human being for the purpose of gaining their cooperation. We can all imagine, thanks to Hollywood, what this might entail including cutting, burning or tearing the body, or afflicting the mind to the point of mental damage or long-term affects. The US does none of these. We have used strong, but humane forms of persuasion to get our enemies to divulge secrets that have saved many lives. But no more. Obama’s first acts have gutted these necessary defenses. We are now less safe.

THE WAR ON THE ECONOMY

President Obama also continues to pursue a 850 billion to 1.2 trillion “stimulus package” to try and get the American economy back on track. But the approach is wrong and will only prolong and deepen the pain that is spreading through our financial markets and businesses. Obama’s economic team–supposedly very bright people (except one who cheated on his taxes)–want the federal government to “spend us” out of the recession. But as history shows, this is the wrong path to take. To get America going again we don’t need more federal fiat dollars. We need government, banks, businesses, and individuals to correct their debt-laden ways–and we need Uncle Sam to slash taxes and regulations that are  throttling both recovery and economic growth.

I’m reading a fascinating book right now called The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy If We Let It Happen. It’s written by three economists, one of which is Dr. Arthur Laffer, the famous originator of the Laffer Curveand the brains behind supply side economics. It was Laffer’s advice to Ronald Reagan on tax cuts in the early 80s that led to an unprecedented twenty-five year boom in the American economy from 1982-2007. During those years “America, Inc. climbed in real terms from $25 trillion in 1980 to $57 trillion in 2007. More wealth was created in the United States over the past twenty-five years than in the previous two hundred years.” This low-tax engine of growth included:

  • Between 2001 and 2007  the number of Americans with a net worth of $1 million quadrupled  from 2.1 million to 8.9 million. The rich expanded their ranks.
  • In 1967 only one in 25 families earned an income of $100,000, whereas today over one in four families do. The percentage of families with an income of more than $75,000 a year has more than tripled from 9 percent in 1967 to almost 33 percent from 1967 to 2005. The middle class grew.
  • The percentage of families in income groups between $5000 and $50,000 has dropped 19% since 1967. The number of poor people is shrinking. (All figures above are adjusted for inflation.)

Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter Tanous applaud both Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Ronald Reagan for understanding the keys to economic growth. Both cut tax rates that hindered entrepreneurs and capital investment. They also take to task Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter–two Ds and two Rs–whom they call the “Four Stooges.” These presidents didn’t understand economic principles and caused America to flounder during the sixties and seventies (the last major recession). The authors say that Bill Clinton eventually got it right with the help of Newt Gingrich and Co. and George Bush did the right thing on taxes, but not on spending.

They’re greatly concerned about Barack Obama and team: “If Washington turns all the policy dials in the wrong direction, just as sure as the sun rises in the morning, the US economic growth machine will grind to a halt. That is, in fact, the central premise of this book: Economic policy matters. Incentives matter (lowering taxes). Prosperity doesn’t happen by accident, and growth is not the natural course of events; it has to be nurtured and rewarded.” Their advice to President Obama: “Lower taxes–better yet, abolish the IRS, enact a 12% flat tax and champion free trade.” As of his first week, the president is acting like the fifth Stooge. He wants to secure his political base by distributing government pork all over the countryside–increasing government and its tentacles. It’s a recipe for another Depression.

THE WAR ON CHILDREN

Probably the saddest event of President Obama’s first week was expanding the death grip of abortion in American culture. Gone from the presidential web-site was George Bush’s encouragement on the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday or any other pro-life information.  In its place was language supporting abortion rights, including this passage:

“President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration.  He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.”

Thus, one of first presidential orders signed by President Obama was allowing federal tax dollars to be used for abortions and “family planning services” around the world. Though a clear majority in this nation are opposed to abortion on demand, your tax dollars will now be used to kill unborn babies in the womb. This is something that should lead us to weep for our children. I also encourage you to write President Obama and ask him to rescind the evil order. (Click HERE to send an e-mail.) Maybe we need to start another tax revolt to let our government know that  the Declaration of Independence asserts a God-given right to life and that we refuse to let our tax monies be used without “representation.”

It’s been a bad week for America.

  • The nation’s less safe
  • The economy’s less safe
  • And the children are less safe.

Let’s pray for forgiveness, repentance, faith in God and his ways, and a change of direction. Otherwise, all we’re left holding is a change you can fear.

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