Key polls indicate that the American electorate is on the verge of rejecting Obamanomics and Obamacare. No wonder the President and his allies on the left are in a panic. Unfortunately, a desperate, panicking liberal politician can be very dangerous to freedom. Conservative activists would be well advised to keep a closer watch than usual on their liberal counterparts as another election season gets underway.
Obama‚??s Bait and Switch
President Obama‚??s Oval Office speech about ending the combat mission in Iraq morphed into a plea for Americans to sacrifice more economic freedom for bigger government. He really doesn‚??t get it.
In a speech that sounded at times more like a campaign address than a status update on the war in Iraq, the President tried to excuse his government spending spree‚??and, alarmingly enough, to ask for more. ‚??Our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work,‚?Ě he said. ‚??To strengthen our middle class, we must give all our children the education they deserve, and all our workers the skills that they need to compete in a global economy.‚?Ě
Uh-oh. More federal intervention in education and more of your money to train workers on the art of building a battery-powered car? That should set off alarm bells in conservative circles.
Obama rambled on about the economy and argued that ‚??we must jumpstart industries that create jobs and end our dependence on foreign oil. We must unleash the innovation that allows new products to roll off our assembly lines, and nurture the ideas that spring from our entrepreneurs. This will be difficult.‚?Ě
When the President says something will be ‚??difficult,‚?Ě he means ‚??expensive.‚?Ě When he says we must ‚??jumpstart‚?Ě and ‚??nurture,‚?Ě expect another trillion-dollar spending spree. Expect congressional liberals, desperate to keep their jobs, to come in and try to railroad through costly legislation in one last attempt to buy the support of the American people before the elections.
Repeal Obama and Obamacare
The first concrete rejection of Obamacare and the President‚??s ideas to transform America into a European-style economy (i.e., a stagnant, quasi-socialist one) may come in a few weeks. The Washington Post reports that momentum is building to repeal a provision in Obamacare that requires ‚??businesses to file 1099 tax forms reporting any purchases they make of goods or services above $600 from any individual or business, including corporations.‚?Ě This provision was scored as $17.1 billion in tax revenues over the next 10 years. The problem is that this causes paperwork headaches and huge costs on small businesses.
Sen. Mike Johanns‚?? (R.-Neb.) amendment to a bill setting up a TARP program for small businesses is scheduled for a Sept. 14 vote. It would completely repeal this provision. Liberals are upset because the amendment also reduces $11 billion to fund anti-tobacco and anti-obesity initiatives. The liberals further complain that this amendment weakens the individual mandate.
Johanns deserves three cheers from conservatives for an idea that will help small business, weaken the unconstitutional individual mandate and reduce funding for programs that dole out pork to anti-tobacco groups. This is the first shot in a battle for a complete repeal of Obamacare.
Not an average Joe
Joe Miller is the Republican nominee for Senate in Alaska. Miller, and other constitutional conservatives, will dramatically change the Senate next year if they win in the November elections. There is a new breed of politician running to impose change from the grassroots. Conservatives, of course, want House and Senate members who respect and look to the Constitution for guidance. They hope to have a new Congress full of representatives and senators who will not do anything that violates their oath to the limited government our Founding Fathers envisioned.
Filibuster the Lame Duck
After the fall elections, there is the possibility of 50 unelected members of the House and 15 unelected members of the Senate voting on the future of American tax policy and on important foreign policy initiatives. Will brave members of the House and Senate use every parliamentary maneuver to make sure that out-of-control liberals don‚??t hijack the Lame Duck session, after the fall elections, to impose one last dose of big government on a population that has rejected the President‚??s vision of a massive federal government and a weak foreign policy? Stay tuned.