Speaking of vote buying: kinda makes all you Democrats/liberals/progressives (DLP) proud, doesn’t she, when she refers to “ObamaPhones?” While the “ObamaPhone” program is misnamed, the cost of the program has risen from $772 million to $1.6 billion under Obama. The program, originated in 1984 under Ronald Reagan, was originally a means for low-income families to have 911 and emergency access. The program was expanded in 1996, under Clinton,and included wireless cell phones in 2008, under Bush. This web site offers two things: information on the program, as well as a good laugh. By the way, TracFone CEO F.J. Pollack is/was a big Obama donor.
So the current program is nothing like the one begun by Reagan. All you DLPs who want to say it’s Reagan’s program are only kidding yourselves.
Two other examples of vote buying can be seen in the 32 percent increase in welfare spending under Obama. The increase, in addition to increasing federal government dependency, makes welfare the largest budget item, exceeding Medicare and defense spending. And, as this chart illustrates, food stamps expenditures did not begin with Obama, but he greatly expanded expenditure increases and dependency. In fact, Obama has spent more on food stamps in four years ($290 billion) than Bush did in eight years ($237 billion).
But the most damning observation comes from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) via the chart on the cover of its report, as well as the CBO comments. Further, all you DLPs cannot (legitimately) dismiss the CBO as “some right-wing nut case” source.
This economic recovery has been a big disappointment relative to what the United States has usually experienced after a recession. Growth has been 9 percent below what was seen in past recoveries on average in its first three years. The new CBO report claims that two thirds of the underperformance of the economy over the past three years compared to a typical recovery is due to a slower rate of growth in potential GDP. Only one third, in this analysis, is due to factors related to this recession.
Why is the CBO report cited? As the CBO chart illustrates, the economic recovery is NOT as robust as in the past, meaning less job creation, meaning higher unemployment, meaning greater government dependence and greater vote buying opportunity.
In February 2009, on the NBC Today show, referring to economic recovery, Obama said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” But in September 2012, Obama claimed that he always said it would take more time to fix the economy. There is a word for what Obama did: equivocation.
So, with the economy in shambles, with Obama’s economic failure, what does he do? He Increases government dependency and buys more votes.
So, yes, DLPs, via Obama, bought enough votes to win the 2012 election. But at what cost? Families in Ohio, a swing state that Obama won, will see a reduction in food stamps benefits, starting in January 2013. It’s true that the Republican- controlled House of Representatives voted in May 2012 to reduce expenditures on food stamps, federal workers’ benefits, and other domestic programs in order to avoid reductions in defense spending due to sequestration. But I have always said that having no country or a way to defend it because of give away programs is, at best, senseless.
And we are seeing many employers, such as Papa John’s, reduce employees and employee hours due to the ObamaCare mandate, er, tax, er, mandate. But I look any day now for a Papa John’s competitor that will provide healthcare benefits to vast numbers of its employees. And I look for DLPs to found companies to fix the economy.
OK, DLPs, y’all won. Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Or is buying votes easier?
But that’s just my opinion.