Dudes and dudettes…do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them throughout the year? If so, please state what they are this year and why. – The best of a Happy New Year to all of you.
Here are some suggestions for our fearless Dear Leader, see what you think about each of them. – This is via Forbes. – You might want to click this link provided to go to other links for more information if you’re curious:
Dear President Obama,
Face it — 2013 was terrible for you. If it were a baseball game, you’re like the starter who is getting shelled, alternating between wild pitches and ones that get belted out of the park – and yet you keep throwing the same old stuff. That won’t work.
I suggest some major changes, and this would be a good time to make them as New Year’s Resolutions. Half are to stop doing things that are bad habits, and half are ideas for new behaviors. Ready?
First, stop saying nasty things about other Americans who happen to disagree with you. Throughout your presidency, you have repeatedly impugned the motives of your opponents, for example insinuating that anyone who disagrees with your gun control ideas must be in favor of letting dangerous people have access to guns. And the rhetoric of your associates often goes far into uncivil territory. You should ask them to stop, say, comparing Republicans to terrorists.
Second, stop making empty, windy speeches. If you have anything new to say, by all means say it, but spare the nation those speeches that merely regurgitate statist tropes we’ve heard over and over. Of course, many of those speeches are aimed at the faithful at party fundraising events, but you should stop spending your time on those.
Third, stop making promises you cannot keep. Early on, you promised that if Congress let you have your “stimulus” package, unemployment would rapidly fall as people took lots of those “shovel-ready jobs.” That didn’t happen. The so-called “stimulus” showered money on a bunch of your cronies, while millions of ordinary Americans gave up even looking for work. And nobody needs to remind you about the promises you made regarding your “Affordable Care Act” and the ability of people to keep their plans and doctors.
Fourth, stop blaming others for your own mistakes. You have worn out your welcome with many Americans because you invariably point a finger at someone else: George W. Bush, Republican obstructionists, greedy businessmen, and so on. No one really respects a person who won’t take criticism and own up to his failures.
Fifth, stop thinking only about the next election. Your first term was just one endless campaign to win re-election and now all you’re apparently interested in is helping Democrats win in 2014. Instead, think about how much worse off the nation will be in ten, twenty, fifty years if we continue on the path of politicizing just about everything. You might, for example consider the long-run, unintended, harmful effects of the “Affordable Care Act.” Do you really want people decades from now linking your name to a disastrously ill-conceived law, our own “Great Leap Forward”?
Okay, now for some positive resolutions.
First, start to take your Oath of Office seriously. The president’s constitutional duty, in Article II, Section 3, is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Lots of Americans now know that you’ve been ignoring that obligation. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley recently stated that you have “crossed the constitutional line between discretionary enforcement and defiance of federal law.” Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon pointed out many instances where you’ve trampled on your oath with regard to Obamacare. Legal scholars have been compiling lists of your violations of the Constitution for years. We’re supposed to be a nation of laws, but you’ve been turning it into something like the one-man rule we fought to get rid of.
(Apropos of that, you could really use a refresher on the Constitution. A great place to start would be with this course offered by Hillsdale College.)
Second, start trying to understand your opponents. You will discover that there are very good reasons why we don’t want any of your government-expanding, liberty-shrinking policies. I’d suggest that you begin by reading a few books, such as Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, The Joy of Freedom by David Henderson, and Simple Rules for a Complex World by your former Chicago colleague Richard Epstein. Consider hosting a “beer summit” with some of your intellectual critics.
Third, do all you can to rein in the excessive use of force by federal authorities. When you were first elected, I thought you might have a civil liberties streak in you that would cause you to tell those in charge of federal agencies to cool it with the SWAT teams and hyper-aggressive prosecution of American citizens for the tiniest of regulatory missteps. If you don’t know what I’m talking about (that would astound me, but then you claim not to know about lots of other bad stuff), I suggest reading Radley Balko’s book The Rise of the Warrior Cop. Peaceful citizens now have a lot to fear from their government. You should try to reverse that.
Fourth, resolve to get some bad laws repealed. Politicians almost never talk about the damage that bad laws do, but the amount is enormous. I’m not suggesting that you tell Congress that you’re ready to admit that Obamacare was a bad idea and want it repealed (although that would be a glorious, Profiles in Courage sort of thing to do), but just start with some egregious cases of special interest legislation that benefits a few at the expense of everyone else, such as the Davis-Bacon Act.
Fifth, resolve to start eliminating wasteful federal spending. Bearing in mind that Oath of Office thingy, you can’t unilaterally ax everything that’s a waste of taxpayer money, but you can suggest to Congress that it cut out billions that are blown every year on silly projects. A good place to start looking for targets would be in Senator Coburn’s latest Wastebook. You could follow the example of President Coolidge, under whose administration federal spending fell in actual dollars and the government’s debt went down. How about at least trying to keep it from going up every minute?
If you would follow those resolutions, Mr. President, we might all have a happier new year.
What say you? – Fire Away…Inquiring Minds Want to Know!