- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2012


President Obama stated recently that “we tried our plan and it worked.” He is correct — according to his design and vision for America.

Former President Bill Clinton, when running for his second term, said that the era of big government was over. With the assistance of a Republican-controlled Congress, government was reduced and welfare was reformed, including adding a work requirement for applicants, and the U.S. government budget was balanced for four years. Americans benefited from those actions.

In contrast, Mr. Obama has pushed policies that have grown government by 130,000 jobs, increased the debt to nearly $16 trillion and climbing, and borrowed $5.2 trillion in 31/2 years, more than all prior presidents combined. He also removed the welfare work requirement, a move that probably will increase dependency and the welfare rolls. Furthermore, there are now 49 million people on food stamps — more than ever — unemployment is stuck at 8.2 percent with 23 million out of work or underemployed, and Obamacare is designed to take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

When Mr. Obama stated he was going to fundamentally transform America, he must have meant moving America from a free-market system to a big government system that he believes can and must do everything for everybody. We cannot afford to continue down the path set by Mr. Obama if America is to survive and rise to greatness again.


Mount Vernon, Va.

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