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The president’s priorities:
talking gun control, not controlling federal spending

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:30 pm - April 12, 2013.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Democratic demagoguery

Look up at CNN any time you are working out at your gym or waiting to catch a flight at the airport and you will see Piers Morgan or Anderson Cooper droning out about guns, as if that were the biggest issue on Americans’ minds.

Listen to the president who travels around the country, returning on more than one occasion to Connecticut, to lecture us about the need to act quickly on gun control legislation.  Perhaps, if you watched CNN and listened to the president, until your bills come due, you might forget that personal income is down, gas prices are up and many of your friends are having trouble finding a job commensurate with their abilities and experience.

Seems the president would rather focus on guns than address the real problems facing the American middle class and the fiscal crisis facing the federal government.  The man who, as a candidate warned us that we were “living beyond our means” (with high federal spending) and claimed that adding $4 trillion to the federal debt was “unpatriotic“, has released, as president, a budget that does nothing to address those problems.  According to the Wall Street Journal:

President Obama is pitching his new budget proposal as a fiscal peace offering to Republicans, but the details suggest everyone should expect more conflict. The fiscal 2014 plan he released Wednesday is a very slightly modified version of his previous budgets that reduces the deficit by raising taxes and trading defense cuts for more domestic spending.

The real news is that his budget ratifies much of the spending increase of the first term and tries to lock it in. He wants the feds to spend $3.78 trillion next year ($11,944 per American), which would still be 22.2% of national output nearly four years into an economic recovery. Before the financial panic in 2008, the government was spending about $1 trillion less, or closer to $2.7 trillion a year and an average of 20% of GDP—and President Bush was no slouch as a spender himself.

The editors titled this opinion piece, “The President’s Priorities.”  From his actions these past few months, seems his priorities are speaking about gun control rather than controlling federal spending — or addressing economic insecurity.

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7 Comments

  1. It’s all about control. For Obama, there is no such thing as too much government. Like all would-be tyrants, the philosophy, despute disproven time and time again in history in reality, is only seen as not working to Obama and his ilk because THEY aren’t in charge.

    Gun control is another way to silence opposition. A disarmed populace, especially one dependent on the government for thier lives (healthcare, food stamps, Obamaphones) is ideal. They won’t dare rise up, and, if disarmed, CAN’T rise up.

    They never learn. They just crawl under a rock for a generation or two and then come back out, as if their ideas are suddenly new again.

    Thanks for posting!

    Comment by acethepug — April 12, 2013 @ 1:13 pm - April 12, 2013

  2. From the Roman poet and satirist Juvenal:

    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses”

    Comment by Blair Ivey — April 12, 2013 @ 1:57 pm - April 12, 2013

  3. Well, he certainly cannot talk about the economy, spending, jobs, inflation. If this gun control grab wasn’t so serious it would just be another Obama and media “look squirrel” moment brought to you by TOTUS and O, the letter of the day. These people are so unserious.

    Comment by Texann — April 12, 2013 @ 2:10 pm - April 12, 2013

  4. ” seems his priorities are speaking about gun control rather than controlling federal spending — or addressing economic insecurity.”

    Yup I’d say that’s about right. The question, then, is why?

    Re the focus on gun control, I think there are two reasons: One is that now that he’s safely in his inherent far left ideology is coming out (and thus his lies about who he is exposed). Second is that now that it’s all come down to universal background checks he believes it’s a political winner for his party.

    Re the budget/economy, I don’t think he really cares. His primary objective is to make the the “Life of Julia” as a permanent fixture of our society/government, not to improve the economy. In fact, as long as there is a big welfare state with long term unemployment insurance, a bad economy doesn’t really even hurt him, so why should he care?

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — April 12, 2013 @ 9:11 pm - April 12, 2013

  5. With all the horrors and dangers facing the financial and existential future of the Republic—the Economy, the lack of better jobs, the North Koreans and the Iranians—Obama’s making THIS priority-one? If those children in CT had died in a horrible school bus accident, would we even know about it…no-less care about it? Not really. Obama has been an elected official from Chicago for nearly 15-years, the Murder Capital of America…and did NOTHING.

    It’s just the Politics of Distraction.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — April 13, 2013 @ 9:34 am - April 13, 2013

  6. Not wanting to let a crisis go to waste, gun control is not only the perfect distraction, but plays into Obama´s hands for more control of the masses. He really doesn´t want to talk about the deficit, unless it is to demand another tax increase for expanding social programs. That man has one goal in mind, to make the Constitution as irrelevant as possible.

    The Founding Fathers saw firearms possession as an inalienable right. They were probably inspired by Marus Tullius Cicero who said over two thousand years ago:
    There exist a law not written down but inborn in our hearts . . . if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers orenemies, anyu and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.

    Michael Bloomberg, Senators Schumer, Finestein, and the 16 Republican traitors, read, learn, mark well, and inwardly digest this. Cicero also doesn´t have a high opinion of the political or bureaucrtic class either.

    Comment by Roberto — April 13, 2013 @ 1:11 pm - April 13, 2013

  7. I agree, mostly, with Texann.

    Obama knows that most of his party, in 2013, wants no guns in the USA, or next to none, so He’ll run with this fake enemy, the lie of the Scary Gun Owner.

    He only does it to look like “The Big Hero”.

    If he really cared about The American people, he would:

    Lower taxes to help make new factories,

    Lower taxes to help make new stores,

    And lower taxes to help make new jobs.

    He’s a poser, and a man who can’t do the job of The U.S. President.

    Comment by TR — April 13, 2013 @ 4:38 pm - April 13, 2013

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