The President Only Concerned with Key Constituencies

With so much time being spent golfing, campaigning and fundraising, President Obama has had little time to actually try and affect Congress. When he does, he usually pics a small issue that will have a minimal positive impact but will result in more spending and debt. The issues he chooses to advocate are not random, he picks those issues that will directly benefit a key constituency.

For example, a couple months ago, President Obama was admonishing Congress for potentially allowing student loan interest rates to double. Of course, he did not tell the American people that the reason the rates were going to double was because Democrats had arbitrarily and artificially cut them in half several years ago. The resulting terrible legislation – which was coupled with the transportation bill and a flood insurance bill – cost taxpayers $6 billion (not counting what the transportation and flood insurance parts cost) and only helped a small percentage of Americans.

The President crossed the country making it sound as though any student paying student loans would be able to save tons of money with this bill. The truth is that none of the students who voted for President Obama in 2008 would qualify, as it only applies to new applicants. What’s more, those who do qualify will only save about $7 dollars a month four years from now. But the President didn’t let them know that. He wanted the youth vote, and that’s why he chose this issue.

But it wasn’t the only issue he latched onto. Part of that boondoggle included the transportation bill, which will bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and continue to waste money. But infrastructure spending benefits the President’s favorite constituency: unions. So the President crossed the country saying we need to pass the transportation bill to build roads and bridges, even though those projects won’t be approved or started for many years.

He has also tried to court the women’s vote by requiring employers to provide health insurance that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs without a copay. He made it sound as if he was breaking barriers and giving women more access to contraceptives, even though they can be bought at some stores for just $9 a month.

It doesn’t matter that what he was advocating for would have a minimal affect on anyone’s lives. All he needed was to look like he was doing something great for his key constituencies.

Which made the farm bill debate interesting. While the bill was clearly stalling in Congress, we heard nothing from the President. No grand speeches about how Congress should “pass this bill” to help farmers. Did he not think farmers would vote for him? Did he not see them as worthy constituents?

Of course, that too changed. Last week the President traveled to Iowa and, low and behold, the day before he leaves for this campaign tour, he calls on Congress to pass the bill. When it suits him and his bid for re-election, he’ll support it apparently.

This is all indicative of a man with no real plan to heal this economy. He picks minor issues that most Americans don’t pay attention to, issues that only his core constituencies pay attention to, and fights for them. These issues will do nothing to put people back to work or reduce the deficit, but will raise costs on those who don’t directly benefit, as they are the ones paying the tab.

No budget, no plan, and no ideas. These minor issues only serve as distractions from what really matters to the American people: jobs and the economy. But the President doesn’t want to talk about that since it is a losing issue for him.

 

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