Even if you are not a fan of the president's ability to manage and lead the nation, you have to admire his political chutzpah. Even in the face of socioeconomic disaster and sagging numbers in the polls, he has the uncanny ability to make people believe in his convoluted vision of America. Now that the 2012 U.S. elections are just thirteen months away, he has crafted a diabolical strategy whereby he has repackaged his failed ideas into new proposals even when the Republicans admonish him, "The Emperor has no clothes!"
It began last November following the midterm elections when the conservative Republicans swept into the House of Representatives. Suddenly, he divorced himself from the "liberal" moniker and painted himself as a mainstream moderate, thereby making his politics appear more palatable to the masses. As it became apparent the "stimulus" and "bailout" programs lacked effectiveness, even appearing to make the economy worse, he eliminated such words from his vocabulary. Then, during the Debt Ceiling debate this summer, he learned Congress would no longer tolerate his spending spree which even his own "Moment of Truth" Commission told him would have to be cut.
As his popularity plummeted in the polls, the president defied conventional wisdom and threw one last "Hail Mary" pass entitled the "American Jobs Act," which is more of an act of desperation than a legitimate jobs bill. What he hopes to do is paint a new image of himself, "Obama v2.0," representing the voice of reason and the last champion of the downtrodden. Realizing he can no longer win in Congress, he has drawn a line in the sand and is rallying the proletariat to fight the bourgeoisie, a class struggle no matter how you look at it.
The president's version of the American Jobs Act is just a "stimulus" package in sheep's clothing. Time and again he calls upon the rich to pay their "fair share" of taxes. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, millionaires are already paying taxes at a much higher rate than middle-class families (by almost twice the amount, 29.1% to 15%). So what does the president really mean by "fair share"? Does he truly believe the rich are not paying their fair and equitable portion or is he trying to cultivate a naive perception that the rich are greedy and evil? The more I hear him wail for "fair share," the more I believe he is an anti-capitalist bent on redistributing the wealth of the country, aka Socialism. Consider this, even if the rich doubled the amount of taxes they currently pay, it would not come close to solving our debt crisis. More likely though, they would probably pick up their marbles and move it off shore, along with their businesses.
Although he denies it, the president is relying on class warfare to remain in office. He will say and do just about anything to whip his supporters into a frenzy. He will deny that his poll numbers are down, he will choose his words carefully and insist his policies and positions are mainstream; he will do whatever is necessary regardless of the cost. If anyone has the audacity to challenge him, they will be placed on his enemy's list called "AttackWatch" and dealt with accordingly.
Regardless if Obama wins or loses in 2012, he will have fractured the country. The divisiveness of the American people is perhaps more pronounced than what we experienced before the Civil War, and we all know what happened there, right?
Mr. President, regardless of how you elect to conduct your final campaign, don't piss down my back and tell me its raining. I just don't buy it.
Keep the Faith!
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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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