“Barack needs you, right now.” They all convey a sense of urgency. Here’s the gist of the pitch her copywriting geniuses have come up with. “There’s a lot of noise and talk back-and-forth going on in Washington, but hardly any of it seems to be about the struggles that middle-class families face.” First of all, for someone shilling for a Democratic president and the Democratic Party, which controls the White House and Senate, this seems like a strange statement. But the Obamas continue, after five years in power, to pretend to be outsiders in Washington. Here’s what we call in the news business the real “nut paragraph.” “When I was growing up, a family like mine – living on my hard-working father’s salary at a city water plant – could build a solid life without much debt and without relying on any form of public assistance.
First of all, that’s an odd statement from someone who said she had never been proud of America until her husband won the Democratic presidential nomination. It sounds like life was pretty good for Michelle Obama in the 1970s. It was pretty good for middle-class families across the board, \.
“Whom does Michelle Obama blame for this deterioration in the standard of living of so many Americans?” She goes on to say: “Barack is working to fix that, to give all families a fair shot. And he needs solid Democrats in Congress to help him.” It was the Democratic Party that championed the notion that having both spouses working would raise the standard of living for families. Children could and probably should be raised by others more economically and properly. For their own good, women should get out into the workplace and stay there. But there were consequences to this utopian ideal. Divorce skyrocketed, especially in the 1970s, Michelle Obama’s formative years. There’s probably no stronger link with poverty in America today than single motherhood.
The notion that two-income working families would propel Americans to new levels of prosperity was also a lie. It simply resulted in inflation and less free time for family time. The Democratic Party that championed, beginning in earnest with Franklin D. Roosevelt and later, on steroids, with Lyndon Baines Johnson, entitlement programs. The promise was that a war on poverty. It resulted in more dependence on government and more poverty – despite ever-increasing taxpayer support for the expansion of those programs. Democrats also championed higher taxes and more government regulations on businesses, driving many of them overseas or out of business.
Statistics from the inflation calculator:
An item that cost $20 in 1965 would cost $471.73 today. Ouch! An item that cost $100 in 1975, when Michelle Obama was 10 years old, would cost $434.02 today, according to the calculator. No wonder her family could get along on one salary! An item that cost $500 in 1985 would cost $1,085.06 today. An item that cost $1,000 in 1995 would cost $1,531.18 today. That’s how inflation eats away at your buying power.
Michelle’s husband, who opposed raising the debt limit on government borrowing as a U.S. senator, now says it is unthinkable that government should be bound by any limit. And this is one campaign promise he has kept. He has prevented drilling in every way he can – even while squandering billions on pet projects by his campaign donors for alternative energy businesses that have not produced a single kilowatt of electricity.
The national debt now stands at an incomprehensible $17 trillion. If you didn’t increase the debt at all and paid down the debt $1 million a day, it would take 1,000 years to reduce it to zero. What’s Obama’s answer? Keep borrowing more than a trillion dollars a year.
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