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.