Have Americans lost all confidence in our own ability to make a good life for ourselves? Do we believe we’re doomed to a lifetime of minimum wage under the thumb of callous employers? Are we too irresponsible to wait to have children until we can care for them ourselves? Have we completely lost our work ethic and independent spirit? Is the American Dream so dead that we need to be rescued from America itself?
If so, Obama is here to save you. I’m sure it won’t be long until he sends surrogates to tuck you in every night.
Me? I hope we’re stronger, smarter, and too independent to buy what Obama is selling. I hope we tell Obama on November 4th, “Thanks, but no thanks, I’ll build my own life.”
He plans to have the IRS provide a pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Why bother? Taxes will be simpler anyway – If you have it, he’ll want it.
Instead of telling people that you should read the fine print before you make what is probably the biggest investment of your life, “Obama and Biden will create a Homeowner Obligation Made Explicit (HOME) score…” And it won’t stop with mortgages, they plan to “establish a five-star rating system so that every consumer knows the risk involved in every credit card.” What would we do without these two? Those evil bankers expect us to read and understand our paperwork! Shame on them!
Your rent is due tomorrow, you don’t get paid for 3 days, and the late fee is $50. You would gladly pay ten dollars to borrow enough to pay your rent. But don’t worry, you’re protected. “Obama and Biden will extend a 36 percent interest cap to all Americans.” But since your credit is down the tubes, there won’t be anyone one to lend you money, not even at 36%. Guess you’re stuck with the late fee. I’m no proponent of using payday loans, but if you are really stuck, it should be your choice. But maybe they’ll succeed in strong-arming the local banks and credit unions “to provide affordable short-term and small-dollar loans.” Why not? I guess we own them now.
Obama and Biden will expand the Family And Medical Leave Act to cover businesses with 25 or more employees, to include elder care, participate in school actitivies and for employees to address domestic violence. They also support guaranteeing workers seven paid sick days per year. You need to be protected from those mean bosses who never give you time off when you need it. We can’t let business owners and employees decide for themselves what is fair.
The Advanced Manufacturing Fund Obama proposes is “based on the Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund, a state-level initiative that has awarded over $125 million to Michigan businesses …” Yeah, how’s that going for you, Michiganders? Economy thriving? Jobs aplenty? Or did your state government piss away over $125 million dollars? I saw those commercials with Jeff Daniels. I guess that was cool. But I’ll still pass on moving there.
They want to increase the Child and Dependent Care tax credit. That’s nice in theory, but we should have learned our lesson with the expenses of higher education. The more government subsidized it, the faster costs have escalated.
Obama and Biden will also create a prison-to-work incentive program and reduce barriers to employment. Yay!
They want to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an Hour by 2011. I have a four letter word for Joe Biden. J-O-B-S. This’ll kill ’em.
And it won’t even stop at the border. Obama wants to “use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world”. Hey, Superman, you’ve got enough on your hands coddling the American people.
I have always felt privileged to live in the greatest nation on earth. I always thought this was a land of opportunity. I always felt that the number of people who couldn’t have a successful and rewarding life without government assistance was very limited. Was I wrong?