In front of an invited crowd of unemployed Americans, the President took the stage to champion an extension to unemployment insurance benefits. Refocusing the country on this petition for the poor, and “so- called” callousness of his conservative opponents, Obama aimed at making a better photo-op for himself rather than the all too familiar “The system is down” Obamacare image the world has come to recognize as the icon for his administration.
Politico reports that “Organizing for Action”, formerly known as “Obama for America” (the DNC organization that was formed after Obama’s win in 2009), has scheduled events in 30 cities for the President to push his new agenda to rectify “income inequality” and unemployment benefits. The White House promises daily efforts to keep this story in the news through the coming elections.
The teleprompter reading Commander in Chief may cry a plea for non-partisan political unity while petitioning the country to pressure their congressmen to for an extension of unemployment benefits, but glaring throughout his speech is repeated bashing of Republicans.
Fresh off his two week Christmas Vacation to Hawaii costing taxpayers 4 million dollars according to the modest estimate of Hawaiian reports, Obama didn’t bat an eye as he bad mouthed Republicans for going home for the holidays and outright accused them of not caring for the poor.
I’m sure the snow cone slurping Commander in Chief was heart sick for the single mothers struggling to diaper and feed their children while he played another 8 rounds of golf, dined in the finest restaurants, snorkeled on a private reserve and indulged for 16 days, as even the Washington Times described, “like royals on a lavish Hawaiian holiday.”
Currently, Unemployment insurance provides support for individuals for up to 26 weeks who “through no fault of their own” (qualifications defined in each state) find themselves out of work. The President is demanding a 3 month extension of the time benefits can be drawn by those qualified with no plan or discussion for how to pay for those benefits. Republicans are asking for fiscal responsibility, and a plan for funding for the extension before approving the spending.
There appears to be no accountability from the President and Democrats in office about the still high unemployment numbers. Quick to shout out about how many jobs he feels he “created”, there is no mention of all the full time positions that were lost with the imposition of Obamacare, nor how the regulations of the heavy weight bill is the culprit for small businesses not being able to have full time employees and only hire a limited about of employees due to its overwhelming new mandated health care costs to employers.
How much more weight can we lay on top of a bulging sack of debt and overly taxed workers before a total breakdown of the economic system in America?
How can this president CUT Veteran benefits… and in the same month take from the taxpayers yet another extravagant vacation for his family? Has this president forgotten that he was here to SERVE? Or is service only for the peasants that protect this serve this country? Shall we fight for an extension of benefits for people not working, who yes, are struggling in this difficult economic situation, yet CUT the benefits of those who have put their very lives on the line over, and over again in service to this country? These men and women are owed a far greater debt by this country than the already petty compensation promised for their service.
It is disgraceful, at a minimum, that this President has the utter audacity to then point his finger at any other statesman and accuse them of being “cruel” and “abandoning their fellow Americans when times get tough.”
Times have been tough for quite some time, Mr. President!
Perhaps, not unlike Marie Antoinette, who in losing touch with reality in the plight of her people proclaimed, “Let them eat cake!” Obama’s callousness is largely in part to his self-imposed, indulgent ignorance and misplaced political loyalties. However, we don't have time to slurp snow-cones, Mr. President. Its another freezing day in most of America, and some of us have to tend to the hard, unglamorous work that needs to get done.