Did you realize the Democrats have been in charge of both the House of Representatives and the Senate since 2006? Did you realize that it is the House of Representatives and only the House of Representatives that can authorize federal government spending? As I have written here before, as powerful as the president of the United States is, he can’t so much as gas up Air Force 1 unless the Congress gives him money to do so.
So the next time you hear President Obama say the Republicans drove our economic car into the ditch and he and the Democrats are trying to save it, notice that he never mentions that the Democrats have been in control of both houses of Congress the last four years. If he is going to keep blaming President Bush, and people are worn out with that one, at the very least he should acknowledge a shared responsibility for the failures.
Actually, I am not one who believes that any one president can control the U.S. economy. For the most part, it has a mind of its own and there are a myriad of factors involved with it going one way or the other that have nothing to do with who the President is.
For instance, who among us really thought the housing market would continue to soar up, up and away forever? It had to end sometime. History shows we have good times and we have bad times, regardless of whether we have a Republican or a Democrat in the White House. That is not to say that the laws, policies, taxing and spending done in Washington does not have an impact of our economy, they very much do. I believe most government policies serve to make conditions more or less favorable for economic prosperity. In the case of President Obama and the Democrats, the unprecedented spending they have done the last two years – maxing out our national credit card – has led to unfavorable conditions, and the American voter is about to punish Obama and his party on Tuesday just as they punished the GOP in 2008.
Voters are impatient and not interested in excuses, valid or not.
One other reason the Democrats are about be taken to the political woodshed is due to the fact they intentionally went against the will of more than 60 percent of Americans and jammed through Obama’s health care program. I am not sure why they did so except that they must have believed it worth it even if it ended up costing Nancy Pelosi her speaker’s chair. Pelosi will get her pink slip late Tuesday night.
And about Bush …
Speaking of George Bush, it is he who is often caricatured as the not so bright fellow who occupied the Oval Office. But did you know it was Bill Clinton, considered by some to be a very smart guy, who actually lost the codes that launch America’s nuclear weapons. That’s right, he lost them.
“The codes were actually missing for months,” Gen. Huge Shelton recalls in his new book “Without Hesitation.” Shelton was chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the Clinton years.
According to CNN: “Once a month, Defense Department officials conduct an in-person verification to make sure the president has the right codes. At least twice in a row, Shelton writes, a White House aide told the Pentagon checker that the president was in a meeting but gave a verbal assurance that the codes were with him.
“Then one month around 2000, according to Shelton, when the time came to replace the codes with a new set, ‘the president’s aide said neither he nor the president had the codes – they had completely disappeared.’” Shelton went on to write: “This is a big deal – a gargantuan deal – and we dodged a silver bullet.”
What if Monica Lewinsky had been a plant from a foreign government or terrorist group? I wonder if she would have been able to get the nuclear codes card otherwise known as “the Biscuit.” It is a multilayered security protocol that is used with the nuclear “football” so no one could have launched missiles with codes alone – but still, that is not the point. Clinton was also opening himself up to blackmail. The fact that a young woman – an intern – could spend time alone in the Oval Office with the President of the United States and that this same President could lose the nuclear codes for months and not report that to the Gen. Shelton sounds unbelievable, but it actually happened.
Tuesday I am voting for Alan Nunnelee for Congress. Alan is a solid conservative and, if elected, he will be on a team that will be in the majority in the House thereby putting the brakes on the Obama/Pelosi runway spending train.
Tim Wildmon is a Baldwyn resident and writes as a community columnist. He is president of the American Family Association, but his opinions do not necessarily represent the views of AFA, unless noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.