By Don Ray
This morning, (April 21) as I read our local newspaper, I read a short editorial on the opinion page hammering about economic imbalance in America.
I know this particular article was on the opinion page, but as one listens to the liberal news media, or reads articles written by many of the liberal news media outlets, this same theme is coming forth as reported news.
Our nation has always had diverse groups — people are unique in their own way. Many differences exist because of one’s reading level, athletic ability, cultural background, ethic group, their personalities, religious beliefs and the list goes on. People are different. Some strive to get ahead, to get an education, to improve themselves. Then we have some who could care less about getting an education, or moving ahead in the work force. The opportunities are there, but many fail to grasp them, or they desire not to. For many it is a choice.
But for this President, his administration and his fellow Democrats (along with the help of the liberal news media) to regularly target and wage class warfare, as they have been doing, is wrong. Did this president not campaign on bringing unity? His current mode of campaigning is doing nothing but bringing about division. It seems in my opinion they want division.
We now have “the war on women” issues with the Catholic church and its stance on their beliefs. We have seen personal attacks on Obama’s opponent and his wealth, telling us we are apparently supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what he (Obama) does with ours.
And there have been attacks on Obama’s opponents religious beliefs. The president continues to push for a tax increase on millionaires that in reality will yield only 4 percent of revenue (or roughly 1.5 days worth of deficit spending). This, of course, is never reported by the liberal news media. And, of course, the president is still attacking the Bush administration for all our nation’s problems.
This president has not taken any responsibility for the current condition of our country. Gas prices are more then double what they were when he took office. Unemployment is higher and, of course, our national debt is greater.
When G.W. Bush took office our national debt was $5.768 trillion. Eight years later when he left office, it was $10.626 trillion, an increase in 8 years of $4.858 trillion. In Obama’s 2008 campaign, he said this was “unpatriotic” and also “irresponsible” to saddle future generations with this debt.
Obama has been in office just over three years, and our nation’s debt today is roughly $15.580 trillion — an increase of $4.954 trillion in just three years — more than the total of the eight years Bush was in office. Yet this president has taken no responsibility for that, and the sad thing is the liberal news media has been giving him a continued pass on it.
We have seen a lot of rhetoric from the president, Democrats and the liberal news media about the budgets passed by the Republican Congress these past two years since they took control of the House (they are commonly called the “Ryan budgets”). They have vilified and degraded them. However, they have failed to report that the two budgets that Obama himself submitted for fiscal year 2012 and 2013 both failed without one single favorable vote. That’s right, not a single Democrat voted for either of these budgets. They were evidently that bad. We also hear little in the liberal news media about the fact that the Democratic-controlled Senate has not submitted a single budget in three years. Now talk about something unpatriotic and irresponsible; not only on the part of the Senate Democrats, but on the part of the liberal news media.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, during the presidential campaign, the candidates and the mainstream news media would stick to the real issues at hand, such as jobs, our economy, gas prices and our nation’s debt? Instead, this newspaper as well as the rest of the liberal news media and the president allow it to take a back seat.
Many of us already know that this president now has a record to run on, and it’s not a good record at all. It’s time this president and the liberal news media became responsible. It’s time to stick with the real issues troubling our nation and for the liberal media to report the whole story — not be biased and report what they deem favorable to this president and the Democrats, which they tend to do. It would be the right thing to do.
Don Ray lives in Joplin