- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All we see and hear lately is President Obama running around the country telling all who will listen that he wants to reduce the national debt, is concerned about jobs, wants to raise taxes on the rich and that the only thing preventing his achievement of these goals is the Tea Party and those nasty Republicans.

Anyone looking at the facts of the past three years through a lens not blurred by ideology would find Mr. Obama disingenuous at best and an outright fabricator at worst.

The facts are that during the president’s first two years in office, his party had majority control of the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof Senate. During these two years with a majority in Congress, the national debt increased more than $3 trillion, yet reckless spending went on unfettered, unemployment increased from 7 percent to more than 9 percent, yet no jobs bills were presented and no effort was made by the president or his party to increase taxes on the rich or repeal the Bush tax cuts.

Even worse, while in control of Congress, Democrats failed for two years to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to pass a budget. Interestingly enough, those “do-nothing” Republicans did pass a budget in the House this year (not the $3.7 trillion, debt-laden budget the president proposed), which the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to even debate.

From this perspective, we can fairly conclude that our president is only serious about campaigning for re-election so that he may continue his transformation of America with more income redistribution policies like Obamacare.

MICHAEL FERREER

Ponte Vedra, Fla.