- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2012


President Obama has quite a magician’s skill for illusion. He launched a scathing attack on the House Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, saying it would lead to violent crime, starving children, plane crashes, killing grandparents and cancer. All of this is to distract the public from his own plan for America in a second term, which not even a single House Democrat voted for.

To avoid the same embarrassing fate in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, refuses to bring the budget up, despite the Senate Parliamentarian’s finding last week that the law requires it. The White House agenda lays out an alternative future for America that has never looked so bleak.

Mr. Obama has never worked at a job where the goal was to make a profit. Community organizations and government institutions drain resources earned by others. So it’s no surprise that he’s not concerned with inking the nation’s ledgers in black. The public debt was $10.6 trillion last Inauguration Day. If re-elected, Mr. Obama and his proposal would double that figure to $20 trillion by term’s end. That’s quite a legacy.

Mr. Obama got rich from a best-selling book that mirrored his campaign’s political goals. Thus, he views the success of others not as hard work, but as the same luck he enjoyed. He thinks he’s entitled to $1.9 trillion tax hikes that he can spread around as he sees fit. He’ll use the cash to fund ever-bigger government that will spend $45.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

The president’s dislike and distrust for capitalism is obvious from his plan to hike taxes to almost 40 percent on small businesses with profits over $200,000. American companies now suffer the highest taxes in the developed world, which is sending jobs overseas. Only firms that make unpopular and unprofitable things like the Chevy Volt, windmills and solar panels will benefit. Mr. Obama’s worldview directs him to use taxpayer dollars to run companies, instead of letting people decide what the market should provide.

Medicare’s trustees say the program has eight years left before it goes belly-up and seniors see their benefits slashed. Mr. Obama opts to use Mediscare tactics to divert attention from his own inaction. His budget actually hastens the end of the health care program by doubling the cost over the next 10 years and raiding the funds to pay for the unpopular $2.6 trillion Obamacare.

During his second term, seniors’ medical bills would be paid in full, but anyone planning on living beyond 2020 will see benefits drastically slashed. The Ryan budget would give those under 55 the option of premium-supported private plans that would keep Medicare solvent and give seniors more doctors and better care.

Americans look to their president to inspire and uplift, especially in tough times. Mr. Obama’s nasty and underhanded attacks on Republicans, who have worked hard to plan a responsible budget for the future, will backfire as the public looks for real hope.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.

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