A Facebook friend alerted me to another, more detailed video analysis of the forged birth certificate.
Not having the latest and greatest software, I am forced to make do with what I have. I opened the pdf with Adobe Professional 7 and, using the Advanced Menu, exported “all images”.
The first image I examined is the (presumably rubber stamped) certification which appears at the bottom of the image in the pdf.
The second image shows part of the form, including one partial signature. Click it to view the full sized image.
Notice that Mrs. Obama’s signature is incomplete and that the other signatures are absent from this image.
Lets take a closer view of the signature block.
I outlined Stanley Ann’s signature with a red rectangle for clarity. Note that only the D shows in her maiden name, but the other letters appear as white ghosts. If you have a plausible explanation for one signature on a form to be composed from two overlaid layers, please post it in the comments, I want to see it!
Take another look; the flying K from Kansas appears in the box just above the signature. ansas is in the other layer. Why? Why is part of the local registrar’s signature on on layer and the rest on another?
At World Net Daily, Jerome Corsi published images of the birth certificates of twin girls born the day after Obama’s claimed birth. Those images are negatives, probably taken from a microfiche or produced with contact print technology. I copied them and used Irfanview to convert them to positives.
Legibility is poor, but it is obvious that the certified place of birth is the same and the dates are one day apart. Now the fun begins.
Obama was born first, so he should have a lower serial number. Does he? Lets examine the certificates more closely.
The first born twin has the lowest serial number, her sister one t higher and Obama, supposedly born one day earlier, is three higher. Something is not Kosher!
Take another look at the first two layers of Obama’s “certificate”. 61 4064 appears on one layer and the trailing one on the other. If a genuine certificate was scanned, the entire number would be in one image.
Lets take a closer look at box 20, the date of acceptance by the Registrar.
note that the first three digits of the year are light and outlined in white. The last digit is bolder and appears on top of the security pattern. Here is how this box appears in the top layer.
Only the last numeral 1 is visible. Now examine the bottom layer.
Nothing there! The month day and 196 must be in another layer inaccessible to my software. If Obama was honest, he’d have his factotums scan a certified copy of his long form birth certificate, unmodified, and upload it. Instead, he had them edit and reassemble it to conceal something. The question now is: what is Obama concealing and why does he want to hide it from us?
Could it be that box 23 contained something he does not want us to see, such as a foreign birthplace?? Why else would they go to the work of forging that document? Why did they leave the layers in the pdf? Why did they fail to password protect it? They could easily prevent us from disassembling and analyzing their forgery.
Regular readers of my posts will anticipate skepticism, and with good reason. I confess that I never believe Obama; I do not trust him or any other power hungry left winger.
The certificate is presented in the form of a large piece of security paper with the certificate, printed on security paper, superimposed upon it. The fun part: the patters match, indicating that both were printed on the same printer. That aroused my suspicion.
On close examination, I noticed one principal anomaly: white rectangles around the text and signatures; not only the typescript but even the printed form headings have white perimeter shadows.
Was the document pieced together from text printed on plain paper or were the shadows artifacts of the scanning process? To find out, I cropped part of the blank security paper from the top of the image and printed it. I then wrote and printed on the copy and scanned it at 300 dpi resolution.
Surprise! No shadows. Perhaps resolution was a factor, so I tried scanning it at 100 and 600 dpi. The only change was the size of the scanned image. There were no white shadows at any resolution.
The next anomaly I noticed was a flying capital in the birth place of Obama’s mother. The K in Kansas is printed above the base line, only the lower half is present and the character is less bold than the rest of the word. I found five more capital Ks in the document, all of them printed correctly. Were they all printed with the same typewriter at the same time?
In 18a & 19a, the signatures of the mother and physician are remarkably similar, having the same slant, the first was signed with a bolder pen. Were they written by the same hand switching pens?
At the bottom of the image, the following text appears, apparently rubber stamped: “I certify this is a true copy or abstract of the record on file in the Hawaii State Department of Health. ”
On further examination, I discovered an anomaly in the form’s block 5a. In the screenshot, there is a red oval around the area of interest. Note the vertical line separating 5a from 5b. Notice that it is much thinner and lighter than the vertical separator between 6a & 6b appearing below. Note the bottom line of the box near the junction, its thickness and vertical position deviate, a sure sign of a form made by hand with Photo Shop or similar software, not a genuine form printed by professionals.
If it is a true copy, why does it lack the embossed seal of the registrar? If it is an abstract, why was an attempt made to give it the appearance of an original printed form, which it probably is not?
If this form was the genuine article, why spend $1,000,000 in court to avoid displaying it to a Judge? Why not show it and save the million?
Was it really about resurrection, salvation & prayer, or was it about cronyism, politics and image making?
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Please, please have a seat.
Well, it is absolutely wonderful to be here with all of you today. I see so many good friends all around the room.
Before I begin, I want to acknowledge one particular member of my administration who I’m extraordinarily proud of and does not get much credit, and that is USAID Administrator, Dr. Raj Shah, who is doing great work with faith leaders. (Applause.) Where’s Raj? Where is he? There he is right there. Raj is doing great work with faith leaders on our Feed the Future global hunger program, as well as on a host of other issues. We could not be prouder of the work that he’s doing. I also want to acknowledge Congressman Mike McIntyre and his wife, Dee. (Applause.) Mike — as some of you know, obviously, North Carolina was ravaged by storms this past weekend, and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have been affected down there. I know that Mike will be helping those communities rebuild after the devastation.
To all the faith leaders and the distinguished guests that are here today, welcome to our second annual — I’m going to make it annual, why not? (Laughter and applause.) Our second Easter Prayer Breakfast. The Easter Egg Roll, that’s well established. (Laughter.) The Prayer Breakfast we started last year, in part because it gave me a good excuse to bring together people who have been such extraordinary influences in my life and such great friends. And it gives me a chance to meet and make some new friends here in the White House.
I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason -– because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.
We all live in the hustle and bustle of our work. And everybody in this room has weighty responsibilities, from leading churches and denominations, to helping to administer important government programs, to shaping our culture in various ways. And I admit that my plate has been full as well. (Laughter.) The inbox keeps on accumulating. (Laughter.)
But then comes Holy Week. The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.
And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.
In the words of the book Isaiah: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.
And that’s why we have this breakfast. Because in the middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives, we must always make sure that we are keeping things in perspective. Children help do that. (Laughter.) A strong spouse helps do that. But nothing beats scripture and the reminder of the eternal.
So I’m honored that all of you have come here this Holy Week to join me in a spirit of prayer, and I pray that our time here this morning will strengthen us, both individually as believers and as Americans. And with that, let me introduce my good friend, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, for our opening prayer.
Dr. Raj Shah
Why did the President make a big deal of introducing one of his appointees at a prayer breakfast celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Why introduce unrelated issues to a spiritually oriented function? Perhaps it fits into the pattern of the Passover statement, with its polemical concluding paragraph. Could it be that he had a similar screed ready for delivery at the prayer breakfast but omitted it for some reason?
That is the sort of throw away phrase that appears incongruous in a situation of this nature. A celebration of the most profound act of deity is hardly to be considered as an excuse. If he wanted to have a party to reward old friends and make new ones, he could do it privately, without publicity and finance it from his own funds rather than having us pay for it.
something about the resurrection
When I heard Rush Limbaugh read those words on his radio show, I immediately recalled the title of a certain movie which featured a girl with a sticky substance in her hair, which formned a cowlick. That is hardly the sort of association proper to be made with the event being celebrated.
How, exactly, does the passion, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ put current political affairs in perspective? Perhaps it shows us the truly small and petty nature of the man who used the phrase.
puts everything else in perspective
Perhaps it puts the Jewish Temple sacrifice rituals into perspective, but it does nothing for temporal issues of rule & ruin imposed by dictators & demagogues.
grace and salvation
God manifested himself in human form, to be able to share humanity and communicate directly with mankind on our level. He sacrificed his human life and restore it to himself to demonstrate his power over death.
the gift of our son
Our son? In the next phrase, he uses the correct terms. I wonder whether the expression was an error or was intended to send some sort of perverse theological message.
Why is it that there was no proclamation of Good Friday or Easter? Freedomeden has the details of inconsistency,. Thee is another question: of sincerity. Two quotes from one of his biographies raise doubt.
Was the Easter Prayer breakfast founded in sincerity or was it a political charade? If it was purely spiritual, why was it followed by briefings with administration officials in which policy matters were discussed?
The concluding paragraph of Obamination’s Passover message contains drek which must not go uncontested. The message is reproduced in full, with a link to the pdf. My flamer follows.
festival of Passover.
On Monday evening, Jewish families and their friends in America,
Israel, and around the world will gather around the Seder table and retell the story of the
Exodus, one of the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in history,
The story of Passover-which recalls the passage of the children of Israel from
bondage and repression to freedom and liberty-inspires hope that those
oppressed and enslaved can become free. The Seder, with its rich traditions and
rituals, instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the
beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails.
This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see
modem stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle
East and North Africa, Against the backdrop of change, we continue to pray for
peace between Israel and her neighbors, while reaffirming our enduring
commitment to Israel’s security.
As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be
thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate
the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free. Chag
celebration of freedom
Jewish families gather to celebrate the miracle of deliverance from enslavement in Egypt. The Lord parted the Red Sea so that they could pass over and closed it on their pursuers. They did not cross over to freedom as we know it, they crossed over from foreign enslavement.
gifts that have been bestowed upon us
Obamination slithers from a religious and cultural celebration of deliverance from foreign domination to economic prosperity, a ‘gift’ he is feverishly working to destroy and deprive us of. In essence, Obanimantion profanes the Passover with politics.
The real gift is God’s program of salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ. It is a spiritual, neither political nor economic gift, the most precious gift received by mankind and ought not to be demeaned and discarded by our President.
suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger
Translated to the common language, this is rendered as: “let me take your wealth and income and give it to suffering Africans & Arabs who deserve it more than you do.”. The bottom line: International Socialism.
those who are not yet free
The mobs in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Jordan, Egypt & Syria do not seek freedom, they seek power. Their objective is to supplant one corrupt, self serving dictator with another who will, they hope, share his largess with them. A few of them may have a genuine interest in real liberty, but they are in the minority, they lack the organization, guns and bombs needed to prevail.
Egypt is now dominated by people who hate Israel and perceive an urgent mission to exterminate it. They are Muslims, as was the Mubarak regime. The objective has not changed, only the time frame, tactics and identity of the dictator have changed. Like Afghanistan & Iraq, they desire to remain slaves of Allah: Muslims; they do not desire freedom.
Obamination has profaned a holiday with the worst kind of politics, bringing shame upon our nation. Electing him to the land’s highest office was our worst mistake. We need to reverse it!
Obamination: Food & Fuel Inflation
The video is too large and my connection too slow,
I watched only enough to obtain a clear image of Obama’s
demeanor. That POS exudes arrogance as a cane toad exudes
I purchased 1.09# of ground beef to use in my
holiday casserole; it cost $5.09. There was no less expensive
ground beef in the supermarket. As I pedaled past the gas station on my
way home, I saw a sign which read $4.099 for unleaded gas.
Think hard; try to connect the data points.
- Slick Willy vetoed ANWAR oil production in ’95.
- Shrub and the spineless RINOs in Congress failed to reverse his
- Obama cut off new off shore leases in the next five year plan
- Obama exploited the oil rig explosion to terminate off shore
exploration & production.
- Obama is blocking production in known reserves under Federal land.
- Iran is stirring up “unrest” in the Mid East, threatening supply
and pushing up prices through psychology.
- One third of our corn crop is diverted from the food chain into
- Grain alcohol production requires more energy input than it
- The energy density of alcohol is lower than that of gasoline,
more is needed per mile.
- The failure of Russia’s wheat crop reduced supplies, raising
prices and pushing impoverished Africans into starvation, providing an
incentive to revolt, which, in turn, pushes up the price of oil.
- Diesel fuel is an important input in agricultural production
& distribution. When oil goes up, farmer’s expenses go up,
resulting in reduced supply and increased food prices.
- Everything we buy is more expensive because of suicidal
government policies. It costs more to eat, more to heat our homes
and more to drive to work.
- “Clean energy” & “alternative fuels” are false &
malicious slogans of no probative value. No alternative fuel
matches the energy density of hydrocarbons. No alternative fuel
can be produced economically in industrial quantity. There is no
economical substitute for petroleum and there never will be, certainly
not in our life times.
- Obama is investing our tax dollars in Brazil’s off shore
production. Others are tapping our offshore resources in the Gulf
while our producers are blocked.
- Obama wants this inflation, complaining only of how rapidly gas
got to $4. Forcing us to pay more and shrink our lifestyle is
part of his Socialist agenda.
the Transcript, reproduced below with superscripts linked to my
commentary. To read the comments, click the superscripts. Press your
Back Space key to return to Obamination’s spew of feces.
President Barack Obama
Weekly Address on Gas Prices
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is a time of year when
people get together with family and friends to observe Passover and to
celebrate Easter. It’s a chance to give thanks for our blessings
and reaffirm our faith, while spending time with the people we
love. We all know how important that is – especially in hard
times. And that’s what a lot of people are facing these days.1
Even though the economy is growing again and we’ve seen businesses
adding jobs over the past year, many are still looking for work. And
even if you haven’t faced a job loss, it’s still not easy out
there. Your paycheck isn’t getting bigger, while the cost of
everything from college for your kids to gas for your car keeps
rising. That’s something on a lot of people’s minds right now,
with gas prices at $4 a gallon. It’s just another burden when
things were already pretty tough.2
Now, whenever gas prices shoot up, like clockwork, you see politicians
racing to the cameras, waving three-point plans for two dollar
gas. You see people trying to grab headlines or score a few
points. The truth is, there’s no silver bullet that can bring
down gas prices right away.3
But there are a few things we can do. This includes safe and
responsible production of oil at home, which we are pursuing. In
fact, last year, American oil production reached its highest level
On Thursday, my Attorney General also launched a task force with just
one job: rooting out cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets
that might affect gas prices, including any illegal activity by traders
We’re going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the
American people for their own short-term gain.6 And
another step we need to take is to finally end the $4 billion in
taxpayer subsidies we give to the oil and gas companies each year.7 That’s $4
billion of your money going to these companies when they’re making
record profits8 and you’re paying near
record prices at the pump. It has to stop.
Instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy sources, we need to invest in
need to invest in clean, renewable energy.10 In the long term, that’s the
That’s the key to helping families at the pump and reducing our
dependence on foreign oil. We can see that promise already.
Thanks to an historic agreement we secured with all the major auto
companies, we’re raising the fuel economy of cars and trucks in
America, using hybrid technology and other advances.12 As a result, if you
buy a new car in the next few years, the better gas mileage is going to
save you about $3,000 at the pump.13
But we need to do more. We need to harness the potential I’ve
seen at promising start-ups and innovative clean energy companies
across America. And that’s at the heart of a debate we’re having
right now in Washington about the budget.14
Both Democrats and Republicans believe we need to reduce the
deficit. That’s where we agree. The question we’re debating
is how we do it. I’ve proposed a balanced approach that cuts
spending while still investing in things like education and clean
energy that are so critical to creating jobs and opportunities for the
It’s a simple idea: we need to live within our means16 while at the same time
investing in our future.
That’s why I disagree so strongly with a proposal in Congress that cuts
our investments in clean energy by 70 percent. Yes, we have to get rid
of wasteful spending17
– and make no mistake, we’re going through every line of the budget
scouring for savings. But we can do that without sacrificing our future.18 We can
do that while still investing in the technologies that will create jobs
and allow the United States to lead the world in new industries.
That’s how we’ll not only reduce the deficit, but also lower our
dependence on foreign oil, grow the economy, and leave for our children
a safer planet. And that’s what our mission has to be.
Thanks for listening, and have a great weekend.
- The current hard times are primarily the result
of deliberate government policies designed to enrich a few Congressmen,
administration officials and their crony capitalists. They did
nothing to deflate the .com bubble in the previous decade, and
everything to create the real estate bubble.
- Though he projects a false image of care, concern
& compassion for our plight, Obama is enjoying it. Our suffering is
part of his plan of national destruction. Ruin to rule. There’s no
wheat to bake bread, so “let them eat cake” while we “invest” in
artificial flour. How do you like the flavor and texture of sawdust?
- The actions that would bring down the price and
keep it down require a ten year lead time. The time to act was 1995.
Slick Willy vetoed the necessary action. Had he not done so, we would
be enjoying the price reducing effects of ANWAR’s oil supply right now.
There is a ten year lag. That means that the artificial delays imposed
by Obamination will be hindering our economy for the next decade!
- Comparisons to previous years production levels
are meaningless. Demand is up in Asia, causing the price to rise. We
need to drastically and immediately increase our production to lower
the cost and reduce our dependence on oil supplied by our enemies who
use the revenue to finance terrorism.
- When you hear hoof beats, look for horses, not
unicorns. The cause of oil inflation is public knowledge already:
deliberately suicidal government policies.
- Obamination is exploiting the crisis for short
term political game: playing the class warfare card. Government derives
more profit from gasoline than the oil companies do. $.85 on every
gallon goes to tax collectors.
- Yeah, right, decrease the oil company’s real
disposable income through higher taxation, reducing cash available for
exploration and production, throwing and keeping more people out of
work, reducing supply, increasing the price so you can blame inflation
on big bad oil. The strategy is transparent, can’t you see
- High volume accounts for those profits, not
return on investment. Compare oil company ROI to that of other
- We are dying right now. We can not wait for
Christ to return and resurrect us. We need short term and long
term cures for this inflation cancer. More cancer is not the cure.
Every potential alternative costs more. That is one reason why
Obamination wants to drive the price up and keep it up, to make it
possible to enrich his crony capitalists by making unprofitable,
wasteful ‘investments’ pay off through artificially high prices. There
is no economically feasible alternative to petroleum and there won’t be
in our lifetimes. Do the math. How many bthh are in a gallon of
gasoline, and how many gallons do we consume every day? What is
the energy density of the alternatives?
- Invest in Snake Oil, the wonderful miracle cure
for every affliction known to man and beast!
- We won’t reach the long term if we don’t survive
the short term. Too many workers can’t afford to get to work and back
home right now! We are bleeding; he offers platitudes & pie in the
sky while we die. Its time for him to go!
- Your friends in Hollywood can afford $50,000
hybrids and $10,000 battery replacements. Real people can’t.
- Spend $30k to “save” 3k. How does that work out
over a vehicle’s five year lifespan? If volume dropped, they’d
increase prices to maintain their revenues to meet fixed costs. I
hope the voters are not as stupid and gullible as Obamination assumes
us to be.
- Quit pissing $$$ down the sewer chasing mirages
and start doing what is possible right now and should have been done 15
years ago!!! Drill here, drill now, save money.
- We need real jobs, not dreams & false
promises. Windmills produce jobs in China. We can’t afford to drive 50
miles to work, much less fly to China for it.
- Artificial inflation + tax increases does not
equal “living within our
means”. That requires earning more and wasting less.
Obamination is the first step on the road to recovery.
- What is more wasteful than subsidizing ethanol
for motor fuel, which induces starvation, inflates food prices and does
nothing to solve the problem of oil price inflation?
- We sacrificed our present and our future when we
elected you in a drunken stupor of charismatic intoxication.
The time has come for taking action. Go at once to http://www.congress.org/ sign up for a free
account and send an email to your Congressman & Senators. Include a
link to this blog post and disrespectfully demand articles of
Impeachment. Tell them that if they make us wait another year, we
will throw them out with Obamination.
Obamination must be impeached, convicted and removed
from office. If Biden continues his policies, he must follow. We must
keep impeaching & convicting until we get a President who will
reverse Obamination’s suicidal policies entirely.
Obamination: Budgetary Demagoguery
If Allah wanted to give the world an enema, he’d stick the tube in Obama’s mouth. I heard Rush & Sean describe Obama’s arrogant, condescending bearing & attitude and wanted to verify their reporting, but my system and connection can’t play the videos. I am satisfied with the sound bites I heard on the radio; the attitude came through loud and clear.
The speech is a classic campaign speech, appealing to emotion rather than intellect. It abuses the language and insults our intelligence. It is clear that Obama is convinced that we are stupid and ignorant.
Because of the length and target density, I am reproducing the transcript in full with footnotes. My commentary is contained in an enumerated list below the horizontal line. To view my comment, click the footnote of interest. To return to the transcript, press your Back Space key.
Since the weekly address is a redundant summary of the big litany of lies, I reproduced it without comment.
We begin with remarks delivered Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at George Washington University. The video is at:
George Washington University
1:48 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Please have a seat, everyone.
It is wonderful to be back at GW. I want you to know that one of the reasons that I worked so hard with Democrats and Republicans to keep the government open was so that I could show up here today. I wanted to make sure that all of you had one more excuse to skip class. (Laughter.) You’re welcome. (Laughter.)
I want to give a special thanks to Steven Knapp, the president of GW. I just saw him — where is he? There he is right there. (Applause.)
We’ve got a lot of distinguished guests here — a couple of people I want to acknowledge. First of all, my outstanding Vice President, Joe Biden, is here. (Applause.) Our Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner, is in the house. (Applause.) Jack Lew, the Director of the Office of Mangement and Budget. (Applause.) Gene Sperling, Chair of the National Economic Council, is here. (Applause.) Members of our bipartisan Fiscal Commission are here, including the two outstanding chairs — Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson — are here. (Applause.)
And we have a number of members of Congress here today. I’m grateful for all of you taking the time to attend.
What we’ve been debating here in Washington over the last few weeks will affect the lives of the students here and families all across America in potentially profound ways. This debate over budgets and deficits is about more than just numbers on a page; it’s about more than just cutting and spending. It’s about the kind of future that we want. It’s about the kind of country that we believe in. And that’s what I want to spend some time talking about today.
From our first days as a nation, we have put our faith in free markets and free enterprise as the engine of America’s wealth and prosperity. More than citizens of any other country, we are rugged individualists, a self-reliant people with a healthy skepticism of too much government.
But there’s always been another thread running through our history -– a belief that we’re all connected, and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.1 We believe, in the words of our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.
And so we’ve built a strong military to keep us secure, and public schools and universities2 to educate our citizens. We’ve laid down railroads and highways to facilitate travel and commerce. We’ve supported the work of scientists and researchers whose discoveries have saved lives, unleashed repeated technological revolutions, and led to countless new jobs and entire new industries. Each of us has benefitted from these investments, and we’re a more prosperous country as a result.
Part of this American belief that we’re all connected3 also expresses itself in a conviction that each one of us deserves4 some basic measure of security and dignity5. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, hard times or bad luck, a crippling illness or a layoff may strike any one of us.6 “There but for the grace of God go I,” we say to ourselves. And so we contribute7 to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects8 us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, those with disabilities. We’re a better country because of these commitments9. I’ll go further. We would not be a great country without those commitments10.
Now, for much of the last century, our nation found a way to afford11 these investments and priorities with the taxes paid by its citizens. As a country that values fairness12, wealthier individuals have traditionally borne a greater share of this burden13 than the middle class or those less fortunate. Everybody pays, but the wealthier have borne a little more. This is not because we begrudge those who’ve done well -– we rightly celebrate their success. Instead, it’s a basic reflection of our belief that those who’ve benefited most from our way of life14 can afford to give back15 a little bit more. Moreover, this belief hasn’t hindered the success of those at the top of the income scale. They continue to do better and better with each passing year16.
Now, at certain times -– particularly during war or recession -– our nation has had to borrow money to pay for some of our priorities17. And as most families understand, a little credit card debt isn’t going to hurt if it’s temporary18.
But as far back as the 1980s, America started amassing debt at more alarming levels, and our leaders began to realize that a larger challenge was on the horizon. They knew that eventually, the Baby Boom generation would retire, which meant a much bigger portion of our citizens would be relying on programs like Medicare, Social Security, and possibly Medicaid. Like parents with young children who know they have to start saving for the college years, America had to start borrowing less and saving more to prepare for the retirement of an entire generation.19
To meet this challenge, our leaders came together three times during the 1990s to reduce our nation’s deficit — three times. They forged historic agreements that required tough decisions made by the first President Bush, then made by President Clinton, by Democratic Congresses and by a Republican Congress. All three agreements asked for shared responsibility and shared sacrifice20. But they largely protected the middle class; they largely protected our commitment to seniors; they protected our key investments21 in our future.
As a result of these bipartisan efforts, America’s finances were in great shape by the year 200022. We went from deficit to surplus. America was actually on track to becoming completely debt free, and we were prepared for the retirement of the Baby Boomers.
But after Democrats and Republicans committed to fiscal discipline23 during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed. We increased spending dramatically for two wars24 and an expensive prescription drug program25 -– but we didn’t pay for any of this new spending26. Instead, we made the problem worse with trillions of dollars in unpaid-for27 tax cuts -– tax cuts that went to every millionaire and billionaire28 in the country; tax cuts that will force us to borrow29 an average of $500 billion every year over the next decade.
To give you an idea of how much damage this caused to our nation’s checkbook, consider this: In the last decade, if we had simply found a way to pay for the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit, our deficit would currently be at low historical levels in the coming years30.
But that’s not what happened. And so, by the time I took office31, we once again found ourselves deeply in debt and unprepared for a Baby Boom retirement32 that is now starting to take place. When I took office, our projected deficit, annually, was more than $1 trillion. On top of that, we faced a terrible financial crisis and a recession that, like most recessions, led us to temporarily borrow even more.
In this case, we took a series of emergency steps33 that saved millions of jobs34, kept credit flowing35, and provided working families extra money in their pocket36. It was absolutely the right thing to do, but these steps were expensive, and added to our deficits in the short term37.
So that’s how our fiscal challenge was created. That’s how we got here. And now that our economic recovery38 is gaining strength, Democrats and Republicans must come together and restore the fiscal responsibility39 that served us so well in the 1990s. We have to live within our means.40 We have to reduce our deficit41, and we have to get back on a path that will allow us to pay down our debt42. And we have to do it in a way that protects the recovery43, protects the investments we need to grow44, create jobs45, and helps us win the future46.
Now, before I get into how we can achieve this goal, some of you, particularly the younger people here — you don’t qualify, Joe. (Laughter.) Some of you might be wondering, “Why is this so important? Why does this matter to me?”
Well, here’s why. Even after our economy recovers, our government will still be on track to spend more money than it takes in throughout this decade and beyond. That means we’ll have to keep borrowing more from countries like China. That means more of your tax dollars each year will go towards paying off the interest on all the loans that we keep taking out. By the end of this decade, the interest that we owe on our debt could rise to nearly $1 trillion. Think about that. That’s the interest — just the interest payments.
Then, as the Baby Boomers start to retire in greater numbers and health care costs continue to rise, the situation will get even worse. By 2025, the amount of taxes we currently pay will only be enough to finance our health care programs — Medicare and Medicaid — Social Security, and the interest we owe on our debt. That’s it. Every other national priority -– education, transportation, even our national security -– will have to be paid for with borrowed money.
Now, ultimately47, all this rising debt will cost us jobs and damage our economy. It will prevent us from making the investments44 we need to win the future46. We won’t be able to afford48 good schools49, new research50, or the repair of roads -– all the things that create new jobs51 and businesses here in America. Businesses will be less likely to invest and open shop in a country that seems unwilling or unable to balance its books. And if our creditors start worrying that we may be unable to pay back our debts, that could52 drive up interest rates for everybody who borrows money -– making it harder for businesses to expand and hire, or families to take out a mortgage53.
Here’s the good news: That doesn’t have to be our future. That doesn’t have to be the country that we leave our children. We can solve this problem.54 We came together as Democrats and Republicans to meet this challenge before55; we can do it again.
But that starts by being honest about what’s causing our deficit56. You see, most Americans tend to dislike government spending in the abstract, but like the stuff that it buys. Most of us, regardless of party affiliation, believe that we should have a strong military and a strong defense. Most Americans believe we should invest in education and medical research. Most Americans think we should protect commitments like Social Security and Medicare. And without even looking at a poll, my finely honed political instincts tell me that almost nobody believes they should be paying higher taxes.57 (Laughter.)
So because all this spending is popular with both Republicans and Democrats alike58, and because nobody wants to pay higher taxes, politicians are often eager to feed the impression that solving the problem is just a matter of eliminating waste and abuse59. You’ll hear that phrase a lot. “We just need to eliminate waste and abuse.” The implication is that tackling the deficit issue won’t require tough choices. Or politicians suggest that we can somehow close our entire deficit by eliminating things like foreign aid60, even though foreign aid makes up about 1 percent of our entire federal budget.
So here’s the truth. Around two-thirds of our budget — two-thirds — is spent on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and national security61. Two-thirds. Programs like unemployment insurance, student loans, veterans’ benefits, and tax credits for working families take up another 20 percent. What’s left, after interest on the debt, is just 12 percent for everything else. That’s 12 percent for all of our national priorities — education, clean energy, medical research, transportation, our national parks, food safety, keeping our air and water clean62 — you name it — all of that accounts for 12 percent of our budget.
Now, up till now, the debate here in Washington, the cuts proposed by a lot of folks in Washington, have focused exclusively on that 12 percent. But cuts to that 12 percent alone won’t solve the problem. So any serious plan to tackle our deficit will require us to put everything on the table, and take on excess spending63 wherever it exists in the budget.
A serious plan doesn’t require us to balance our budget overnight –- in fact, economists think that with the economy just starting to grow again, we need a phased-in approach –- but it does require tough decisions and support from our leaders in both parties now. Above all, it will require us to choose a vision64 of the America we want to see five years, 10 years, 20 years down the road.
Now, to their credit, one vision has been presented and championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates. It’s a plan that aims to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years, and one that addresses the challenge of Medicare and Medicaid in the years after that.
These are both worthy goals. They’re worthy goals for us to achieve. But the way this plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different America65 than the one we’ve known certainly in my lifetime. In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout our history.
A 70 percent cut in clean energy66. A 25 percent cut in education67. A 30 percent cut in transportation68. Cuts in college Pell Grants that will grow to more than $1,000 per year. That’s the proposal. These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings in the budget. These aren’t the kinds of cuts that the Fiscal Commission proposed. These are the kinds of cuts that tell us we can’t afford the America69 that I believe in and I think you believe in.
I believe it paints a vision of our future that is deeply pessimistic. It’s a vision that says if our roads crumble and our bridges collapse, we can’t afford to fix them. If there are bright young Americans who have the drive and the will but not the money to go to college, we can’t afford to send them70.
Go to China and you’ll see businesses opening research labs and solar facilities. South Korean children are outpacing our kids in math and science71. They’re scrambling to figure out how they put more money into education. Brazil is investing billions in new infrastructure and can run half their cars not on high-priced gasoline, but on biofuels72. And yet, we are presented with a vision that says the American people, the United States of America -– the greatest nation on Earth -– can’t afford73 any of this.
It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors74. It says that 10 years from now, if you’re a 65-year-old who’s eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today. It says instead of guaranteed75 health care, you will get a voucher. And if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy the insurance that’s available in the open marketplace, well, tough luck -– you’re on your own. Put simply, it ends Medicare as we know it.
It’s a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance76 in order for us to reduce the deficit. Who are these 50 million Americans? Many are somebody’s grandparents — may be one of yours — who wouldn’t be able to afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some of these kids with disabilities are — the disabilities are so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.77
And worst of all, this is a vision that says even though Americans can’t afford to invest in education at current levels, or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to maintain our commitment on Medicare and Medicaid, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks78 for the wealthy. Think about that.
In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90 percent of all working Americans actually declined. Meanwhile, the top 1 percent saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. That’s who needs to pay less taxes?79
They want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that’s paid for by asking 33 seniors each to pay $6,000 more in health costs. That’s not right. And it’s not going to happen as long as I’m President. (Applause.)
This vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact80 in America. Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said, there’s nothing “serious” or “courageous” about this plan. There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending81 a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice82 from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill. That’s not a vision of the America I know.
The America I know is generous and compassionate83. It’s a land of opportunity84 and optimism85. Yes, we take responsibility for ourselves, but we also take responsibility for each other86; for the country we want and the future that we share. We’re a nation that built a railroad across a continent and brought light to communities shrouded in darkness. We sent a generation to college on the GI Bill and we saved millions of seniors from poverty with Social Security and Medicare87. We have led the world in scientific research and technological breakthroughs88that have transformed millions of lives. That’s who we are. This is the America that I know. We don’t have to choose between a future of spiraling debt and one where we forfeit our investment in our people and our country89.
To meet our fiscal challenge, we will need to make reforms90. We will all need to make sacrifices91. But we do not have to sacrifice the America we believe in92. And as long as I’m President, we won’t.93
So today, I’m proposing a more balanced approach to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 12 years. It’s an approach that borrows from the recommendations of the bipartisan Fiscal Commission that I appointed last year, and it builds on the roughly $1 trillion in deficit reduction I already proposed in my 2012 budget. It’s an approach that puts every kind of spending on the table94 — but one that protects the middle class95, our promise to seniors96, and our investments in the future97.
The first step in our approach is to keep annual domestic spending low98 by building on the savings that both parties agreed to last week99. That step alone will save us about $750 billion over 12 years. We will make the tough cuts necessary to achieve these savings, including in programs that I care deeply about, but I will not sacrifice the core investments that we need to grow and create jobs100. We will invest in medical research101. We will invest in clean energy technology102. We will invest in new roads and airports and broadband access103. We will invest in education104. We will invest in job training.105 We will do what we need to do to compete, and we will win the future.
The second step in our approach is to find additional savings in our defense budget. Now, as Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than protecting our national security, and I will never accept cuts that compromise our ability to defend our homeland or America’s interests around the world. But as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen, has said, the greatest long-term threat to America’s national security is America’s debt106. So just as we must find more savings in domestic programs, we must do the same in defense. And we can do that while still keeping ourselves safe.107
Over the last two years, Secretary Bob Gates has courageously taken on wasteful spending, saving $400 billion in current and future spending. I believe we can do that again. We need to not only eliminate waste and improve efficiency and effectiveness, but we’re going to have to conduct a fundamental review of America’s missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world108. I intend to work with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs on this review, and I will make specific decisions about spending after it’s complete.
The third step in our approach is to further reduce health care spending in our budget109. Now, here, the difference with the House Republican plan could not be clearer. Their plan essentially lowers the government’s health care bills110 by asking seniors and poor families to pay them instead. Our approach lowers the government’s health care bills by reducing the cost of health care itself111.
Already, the reforms we passed in the health care law will reduce our deficit by $1 trillion. My approach would build on these reforms. We will reduce wasteful subsidies and erroneous payments. We will cut spending on prescription drugs by using Medicare’s purchasing power to drive greater efficiency and speed generic brands of medicine onto the market112. We will work with governors of both parties to demand more efficiency and accountability from Medicaid.113
We will change the way we pay for health care -– not by the procedure or the number of days spent in a hospital, but with new incentives for doctors and hospitals to prevent injuries and improve results114. And we will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers who will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services that seniors need. 115
Now, we believe the reforms we’ve proposed to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid will enable us to keep these commitments to our citizens while saving us $500 billion by 2023, and an additional $1 trillion in the decade after that. But if we’re wrong, and Medicare costs rise faster than we expect, then this approach will give the independent commission the authority to make additional savings by further improving Medicare.116
But let me be absolutely clear: I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs. I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations.
That includes, by the way, our commitment to Social Security. While Social Security is not the cause of our deficit, it faces real long-term challenges in a country that’s growing older. As I said in the State of the Union, both parties should work together now to strengthen Social Security for future generations. But we have to do it without putting at risk current retirees, or the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market. And it can be done.117
The fourth step in our approach is to reduce spending in the tax code, so-called tax expenditures118. In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans119 because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans120. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can’t afford it. And I refuse to renew them again. 121
Beyond that, the tax code is also loaded up with spending on things like itemized deductions122. And while I agree with the goals of many of these deductions, from homeownership to charitable giving, we can’t ignore the fact that they provide millionaires an average tax break of $75,000 but do nothing for the typical middle-class family that doesn’t itemize123. So my budget calls for limiting itemized deductions for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans — a reform124 that would reduce the deficit by $320 billion over 10 years.
But to reduce the deficit, I believe we should go further. And that’s why I’m calling on Congress to reform our individual tax code so that it is fair and simple — so that the amount of taxes you pay isn’t determined by what kind of accountant you can afford.125
I believe reform should protect the middle class, promote economic growth, and build on the fiscal commission’s model of reducing tax expenditures so that there’s enough savings to both lower rates and lower the deficit. And as I called for in the State of the Union, we should reform our corporate tax code as well, to make our businesses and our economy more competitive. 126
So this is my approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years. It’s an approach that achieves about $2 trillion in spending cuts across the budget. It will lower our interest payments on the debt by $1 trillion. It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion in tax expenditures — spending in the tax code. And it achieves these goals while protecting the middle class, protecting our commitment to seniors, and protecting our investments in the future.
Now, in the coming years, if the recovery speeds up and our economy grows faster than our current projections, we can make even greater progress than I’ve pledged here. But just to hold Washington — and to hold me — accountable and make sure that the debt burden continues to decline, my plan includes a debt failsafe. If, by 2014, our debt is not projected to fall as a share of the economy -– if we haven’t hit our targets, if Congress has failed to act -– then my plan will require us to come together and make up the additional savings with more spending cuts and more spending reductions in the tax code.127 That should be an incentive for us to act boldly now, instead of kicking our problems further down the road.
So this is our vision for America -– this is my vision for America — a vision where we live within our means while still investing in our future;128 where everyone makes sacrifices129 but no one bears all the burden; where we provide a basic measure of security for our citizens and we provide rising opportunity for our children.130
There will be those who vigorously disagree with my approach. I can guarantee that as well. (Laughter.) Some will argue we should not even consider ever — ever — raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It’s just an article of faith to them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don’t need another tax cut.131 Warren Buffett doesn’t need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn’t be here without and that some of you would not be here without.
And here’s the thing: I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back132 to their country, a country that’s done so much for them. It’s just Washington hasn’t asked them to.
Others will say that we shouldn’t even talk about cutting spending until the economy is fully recovered. These are mostly folks in my party. I’m sympathetic to this view — which is one of the reasons I supported the payroll tax cuts we passed in December. It’s also why we have to use a scalpel and not a machete to reduce the deficit, so that we can keep making the investments that create jobs. But doing nothing on the deficit is just not an option. Our debt has grown so large that we could do real damage to the economy if we don’t begin a process now to get our fiscal house in order.
Finally, there are those who believe we shouldn’t make any reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, out of fear that any talk of change to these programs will immediately usher in the sort of steps that the House Republicans have proposed. And I understand those fears. But I guarantee that if we don’t make any changes at all, we won’t be able to keep our commitment to a retiring generation that will live longer and will face higher health care costs than those who came before.
Indeed, to those in my own party, I say that if we truly believe in a progressive vision of our society, we have an obligation to prove that we can afford our commitments. If we believe the government can make a difference in people’s lives, we have the obligation to prove that it works -– by making government smarter, and leaner and more effective.
Of course, there are those who simply say there’s no way we can come together at all and agree on a solution to this challenge. They’ll say the politics of this city are just too broken; the choices are just too hard; the parties are just too far apart. And after a few years on this job, I have some sympathy for this view. (Laughter.)
But I also know that we’ve come together before and met big challenges. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill came together to save Social Security for future generations. 133 The first President Bush and a Democratic Congress came together to reduce the deficit. 134 President Clinton and a Republican Congress battled each other ferociously, disagreed on just about everything, but they still found a way to balance the budget.135 And in the last few months, both parties have come together to pass historic tax relief and spending cuts.136
And I know there are Republicans and Democrats in Congress who want to see a balanced approach to deficit reduction. And even those Republicans I disagree with most strongly I believe are sincere about wanting to do right by their country. We may disagree on our visions, but I truly believe they want to do the right thing.
So I believe we can, and must, come together again. This morning, I met with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to discuss the approach that I laid out today. And in early May, the Vice President will begin regular meetings with leaders in both parties with the aim of reaching a final agreement on a plan to reduce the deficit and get it done by the end of June.
I don’t expect the details in any final agreement to look exactly like the approach I laid out today. This a democracy; that’s not how things work. I’m eager to hear other ideas from all ends of the political spectrum. And though I’m sure the criticism of what I’ve said here today will be fierce in some quarters, and my critique of the House Republican approach has been strong, Americans deserve and will demand that we all make an effort to bridge our differences and find common ground. 137
This larger debate that we’re having — this larger debate about the size and the role of government — it has been with us since our founding days. And during moments of great challenge and change, like the one that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper and it gets more vigorous. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing. As a country that prizes both our individual freedom and our obligations to one another, this is one of the most important debates that we can have.
But no matter what we argue, no matter where we stand, we’ve always held certain beliefs as Americans. We believe that in order to preserve our own freedoms and pursue our own happiness, we can’t just think about ourselves. We have to think about the country that made these liberties possible. We have to think about our fellow citizens with whom we share a community. And we have to think about what’s required to preserve the American Dream for future generations.
This sense of responsibility — to each other and to our country — this isn’t a partisan feeling. It isn’t a Democratic or a Republican idea. It’s patriotism.
The other day I received a letter from a man in Florida. He started off by telling me he didn’t vote for me and he hasn’t always agreed with me. But even though he’s worried about our economy and the state of our politics — here’s what he said — he said, “I still believe. I believe in that great country that my grandfather told me about. I believe that somewhere lost in this quagmire of petty bickering on every news station, the ‘American Dream’ is still alive…We need to use our dollars here rebuilding, refurbishing and restoring all that our ancestors struggled to create138 and maintain… We as a people must do this together, no matter the color of the state one comes from or the side of the aisle one might sit on.”
“I still believe.” I still believe as well. And I know that if we can come together and uphold our responsibilities139 to one another and to this larger enterprise that is America, we will keep the dream of our founding alive — in our time; and we will pass it on to our children. We will pass on to our children a country that we believe in.
Thank you. God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
Remarks of President Barack Obama
This week, I laid out my plan for our fiscal future. It’s a balanced plan that reduces spending and brings down the deficit, putting America back on track toward paying down our debt.
We know why this challenge is so critical. If we don’t act, a rising tide of borrowing will damage our economy, costing us jobs and risking our future prosperity by sticking our children with the bill.
At the same time, we have to take a balanced approach to reducing our deficit – an approach that protects the middle class, our commitments to seniors, and job-creating investments in things like education and clean energy. What’s required is an approach that draws support from both parties, and one that’s based on the values of shared responsibility and shared prosperity.
Now, one plan put forward by some Republicans in the House of Representatives aims to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. But while I think their goal is worthy, I believe their vision is wrong for America.
It’s a vision that says at a time when other nations are hustling to out-compete us for the jobs and businesses of tomorrow, we have to make drastic cuts in education, infrastructure, and clean energy – the very investments we need to win that competition and get those jobs.
It’s a vision that says that in order to reduce the deficit, we have to end Medicare as we know it, and make cuts to Medicaid that would leave millions of seniors, poor children, and Americans with disabilities without the care they need.
But even as this plan proposes these drastic cuts, it would also give $1 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2% of Americans – an extra $200,000 for every millionaire and billionaire in the country.
I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think it’s right to ask seniors to pay thousands more for health care, or ask students to postpone college, just so we don’t have to ask those who have prospered so much in this land of opportunity to give back a little more.
To restore fiscal responsibility, we all need to share in the sacrifice – but we don’t have to sacrifice the America we believe in.
That’s why I’ve proposed a balanced approach that matches that $4 trillion in deficit reduction. It’s an approach that combs the entire budget for savings, and asks everyone to do their part. And I’ve called on Democrats and Republicans to join me in this effort – to put aside their differences to help America meet this challenge. That’s how we’ve balanced our budget before, and it’s how we’ll succeed again.
We’ll build on the savings we made from last week’s bipartisan budget agreement, while protecting the job-creating investments that are critical to our future.
We’ll find additional savings in our defense budget. Over the last two years, the Secretary of Defense has taken on wasteful spending that does nothing to protect our troops or our nation, saving $400 billion in current and future spending. I believe we can do that again.
We’ll reduce health care spending, and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid through common-sense reforms that will get rid of wasteful subsidies and increase efficiency.
We’ll reduce spending in our tax code with tax reform that’s fair and simple – so that the amount of taxes you pay doesn’t depend on how clever an accountant you can afford. And we should end the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, too. Because people like me don’t need another tax cut.
So that’s my approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years while protecting the middle class, keeping our promise to seniors, and securing our investments in our future. I hope you’ll check it out for yourself on WhiteHouse.gov. And while you’re there, you can also find what we’re calling the taxpayer receipt. For the first time ever, there’s a way for you to see exactly how and where your tax dollars are spent, and what’s really at stake in this debate.
Going forward, Democrats and Republicans in Washington will have our differences, some of them strong. But you expect us to bridge those differences. You expect us to work together and get this done. And I believe we can. I believe we can live within our means and live up to the values we share as Americans. And in the weeks to come, I’ll work with anyone who’s willing to get it done.
Thanks for listening. Have a great weekend.
The Republican plan is outlined here: http://www.roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/
- We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.I That is general welfare, not individual or class welfare.
Amendment XThe powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.II What part of specific delegated powers does a Constitutional Lawyer not comprehend?
The collective functions are specified in the Constitution. Items not included in that list are not functions of the federal government, they are local or individual.
- The first schools and universities were not public and federal, they were local and private, sponsored by churches. Education is a state function, not a federal function.
- Obama is abusing the language. We are not connected with chains and shackles. We are not intended to be enslaved to & dependent on the federal government. The fact that some functions must necessarily be collective does not imply that all necessities mustbe supplied by the federal government.
- Obama is abusing logic, asserting illogical postulates not supported by the general concept.
- Providing basic necessities, needs, wants & luxuries is not a function of the federal government. It ain’t enumerated in the Constitution as a power of the federal government. Government is not a genie, it has no magic wand with which to create everything you want out of nothing. Its function is to create a safe, secure environment in which you can provide for your own needs with your own labor.
- The social safety net is not a federal function, it is a state and local function. The modern welfare state destroyed the black family, created a permanent dependency class, created the urban crime problem and spiked inflation & tax increases which have impoverished the middle class.
The current state of widespread unemployment is a consequence of bad public policy: compelling lending institutions to make unsound mortgage loans. The housing bubble, partially expanded by inflation, is also a consequence of bad fiscal practices. The economic disease is iatrogenic, created intentionally by the ‘physician’ to generate business for himself and the undertaker.
- We do not contribute, we pay taxes. Taxes are extracted by force, at the end of a gun barrel. They go into the general fund, from which Congress allocates amounts foi variouspurposes.
- Social Security & Medicare are unfunded liabilities: Ponzi schemes created for the purpose of buying votes & creating dependency which keeps the dependents voting for their supposed benefactors. They are bankrupting the government.
Unemployment insurance might protect one from unexpected job loss, but it can not protect millions from job loss intentionally induced by government policies designed to destroy the economy while enriching the favored few. It increases liabilities while decreasing revenues, this raising the debt & defecit, inflating the dollar and further retarding the economy.
- We are a poorer country because of those commitments. Unfunded liabilities increase inflation & taxes, decreasing real disposable income and investment capital. They are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
- Transfer payments do not define greatness. Greatness entails productivity & prosperity, not poverty & dependency.
- For the last 60 years, your predecessors have been kicking the can down the road. They talked a great deal about funding the unfunded liabilities, but never took effective action. The size of the baby boom generation was known. The date of our retirement eligibility was known. The liability was predictable by actuaries. The Ponzi scheme has matured, there are no new investors and the first layer is demanding their principal and interest.
- “Fairness”: define it, please. What is it? How do you measure it?
- Wealth is accumulated material assets, not income. In an agricultural economy, it would be measured in acres of land and head of cattle. If your land is taxed, without income to pay the taxes, you won’t be able to retain it; you will eventually be reduced to poverty.
Obama engages in class warfare. He is targeting “the wealthy”, blaming the crisis on them and implying that the debt & deficit are caused by their not paying enough taxes.
- “Benefited most”. Yeah, right, the wealthy got that way by reaping government benefits. Welfare Queens, all of them. In reality, most of them made the right investments and efforts at the right times. They prospered by their own efforts. Creating conditions in which individuals can achieve success and prosper is the role of government. Taking everything they have because it and they succeeded is not. Those with higher incomes pay more in taxes because of the base, imposing a higher rate on them does not define fairness.
- They did not take, they produced; there is nothing to give back, unless they really are Welfare Queens. This is greed seeking an excuse for confiscating what it covets.
- Really? Did they lose nothing in the stock market? Are their houses still worth what they were before the bubble burst? Are their investments paying rents, dividends and appreciating in value? Show us the numbers. Prove it.
- Wise borrowing is for defined emergency needs, not for wasteful spending; not for paying off your political chits. You borrowed hundreds of billions and flushed them down the sewer. All we have to show for it is debt we can’t pay and interest payments that wil impoverish generations to come.
- Twenty and thirty year bonds ain’t temporary. When you have been rolling over existing debt already, the reality is that those debts are permanent, they will never be paid off.
- But the damned fools elected Nixon, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Shrub & Obama. Big promises, tiny accomplishments; ever increasing debt. Promise & spend; get re-elected and spend some more. Base line budgeting and the ever expanding spiral which never ends. More for less forever more. Reagan & Bush could have done better; they knew better, but we gave them RINOS & ‘Crats in Congress.
- Sacrifice is a religious term. The people sacrifice and the priestly class feeds on the sacrifices. When politicians use that word, it means tax increases. That translates to decreased real disposable income, inflation and a declining economy that can not create jobs.
- Investment is deferred consumption. Without surplus, investment is impossible. To make investments, one must have wealth or income beyond his current needs. He has to choose between wants and investment.
When a farmer reserves some corn to plant for next years crop instead of eating it, that is investment. When he stores some potatoes to plant the next crop instead of eating them, that is investment. If mice eat the corn or the potatoes rot, that is an irrecoverable loss which may lead to starvation. If you eat your seed, you won’t have a crop next year.
If there is no surplus, there can be no investment without deprivation. You may eat hot dogs instead of hamburger. You may forgo dining out, theaters, concerts and vacations. That investment better pay off. You don’t make that kind of investment when the government threatens to confiscate your profits through taxation. You don’t make those investments when consumer confidence is low. You don’t make them when banks are reluctant to make loans or interest rates are escalating.
- Decreasing tax rates brought about a broadened tax base, which temporarily filled the treasury. But spending cuts did not happen. No real attempt was made to defuse the Social Security bomb. Instead, policies were put in place that resulted in the real estate and stock market bubbles which burst with disastrous consequences.
- No serious commitment to fiscal discipline was ever made. Politicians promise ‘benefits’, spend and get elected; they will never practice fiscal discipline. “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Remember? The Crats promised $1 in spending reduction for each $1 in increased taxes. They reneged.
- We were attacked with the intention of destroying our society. The correct reaction would have been the immediate destruction of the primary aggressors: Afghanistan & Pakistan. Instead of nuking them, we invaded, wasting precious blood and treasure. The war will drag on forever because we fail to recognize the aggressor and exterminate it. The stated strategic objective is an impossibility. The same holds true in Iraq. Suicidal insanity prevails in foreign and defense policy as well as fiscal policy.
- Promise goodies: get elected. Crats wanted socialized medicine, RINOs thought they could sell a cheaper substitute. Common sense never prevails over politics.
- Spending is not something you pay for, it is the payment. Obama continues to abuse the language. Increasing taxes to finance the drug program would reduce economic growth, compounding the problem of decreased real disposable income. In the long run, it would increase the deficit and debt. Common sense dictates not creating new entitlement programs.
- Tax rate cuts are not a purchase to be paid for. Properly done, as part of a sound fiscal policy, they would increase growth, leading to a larger tax base and increased revenues. The economy is not a zero sum game. Money may belong to the government, but the value it represents does not, it belongs to those who created it with their labor and investment. When government confiscates too much of that value, it starves the golden goose. When government decides how much of your production you can keep, it ceases to be a protector and becomes a predator.
- Demagoguery!!! The appeal is to emotion, not rationality. Envy is the selling point; its class warfare. Shrub’s tax cuts were across the board, not focused on the higher income brackets. Without real disposable income, surplus to immediate needs, there can be no investment. Poor people to not create jobs and hire workers. High tax rates reduce investment capital.
- Shrub’s tax rate cuts did not force borrowing. Crat’s reckless spending did. They spent the increased revenue and then some.
- Tax rate cuts broadened the tax base, bringing in more revenue. The drug program was not a valid government function. TARP, Stimulus & Son of Stimulus expanded the debt beyond all hope of repayment.
- You dug the hole deeper.
- You did nothing to put entitlement programs on a sound footing. It is your party that kept buying votes with increased benefits without providing for financing. The problem was well known 40 years ago.
- “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
- You saved few jobs except those of a few union bosses. You did not create any real jobs. You simply threw borrowed money down the sewer where your rats scavenged it.
- Credit is not flowing. Banks are reluctant to lend because of uncertainty and other factors.
- How did you “pay for” those few dollars? Did you give us enough to compensate for the increased price of fuel and food caused by your policies?
- Your policies, and Shrub’s. added to permanent deficits that will never be repaid because we won’t be able to pay the interest, Hell with the principal.
- The economy is moribund, it ain’t recovering.
- There was no fiscal responsibility in Slick Willy’s administrations, they kicked the can down the road.
- Government has no means of its own, it has only what it confiscates from us. It must learn to live within our means, not impoverishing us with exorbitant tax rates & inflation.
- We can not reduce the deficit by spending more. We must spend less; cut back existing programs and refrain from creating new money wasting programs. We need genuine economic growth to expand the tax base, applying the increased revenues to deficit and debt reduction instead of wasting it.
- That requires a surplus: revenues greater than the sum of current spending and interest on the new debt. That requires a combination of economic growth and spending restraint. No new “investments”.
- There is no recovery to protect. It is a lie, and everybody knows it.
- When you debase the language, you render rational thought impossible. Spending is not investment. New government programs will destroy the economy, not build it up. We need to quit wasting money, throwing good after bad. Buy dear; sell cheap is not sound investment policy.
- Government creates government jobs, not real jobs in the private sector. The taxes used to finance those government jobs are subtracted from real disposable income which could be invested to create real jobs.
- What a stupid slogan! The future is not a contest to be won. Utopia is not waiting on the next calendar. We need to win the war against Islam, which seeks to destroy our society and enslave us. We need to deter others who would wage war against us if they detect weakness and lack of resolve. We need to restore the economy to a state of health and growth. Idiotic slogans do not advance those causes. Wasting money and raising more taxes to waste is counterproductive.
- There is nothing to pay the debt with. We are going bankrupt. Spending must be cut and revenue increased. If revenue is increased by any means other than increasing the tax base through growth, growth will be reduced, and the economy sent into another great depression. Your dreams are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
- Affordability is a function of price and real disposable income. Crash programs increase price and decrease income.
- Schools are a local issue. They are funded with property taxes. Reducing property values through the bursting of the housing bubble and rising foreclosures due to lost jobs & increasing interest rates exacerbate the problem. Taxing us to death is not the solution, it is part of the problem.
- Research is not a government function. Did the federal government finance Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison? DARPA aside, research is a private function.
- Road construction and repair is supposed to be financed by fuel taxes. Jobs are created by employers who perceive profit potential to be greater than loss potential. Increased costs such as health benefits and taxes reduce job creation. Your policies are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
- It is obvious that we can’t pay back our debts, which is why we keep rolling over bond issues. How stupid do you think we are?? Do you think the sovereign fund managers are stupid, too?? Interest rates will rise as a result. Demand for food and fuel and reduced supply due to your idiotic policies are pushing up prices. That is inflation. The Fed likes to fight inflation by increasing interest rates. Get a clue, idiot!
- Everything that reduces incomes and increases costs makes life more difficult for everybody. The time to think about the consequences was before borrowing & wasting the money. You did something stupid; now you blame others for your incompetence & malfeasance.
- The debt & deficit are not members of the set of soluble solutions. There is no magic wand; no quick fix. Confiscating everything “the wealthy” have would not be sufficient.
- Repeating the big lie might make a few fools believe it, but won’t convert it to truth.
- The deficit is caused by power drunk politicians spending beyond our means. “Cost of living adjustments” are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Everything that contributes to inflation makes the problem worse.
- “More for less; forever more” is an impossibility, an empty promise that can not be fulfilled. When people can’t pay their mortgages and property taxes, increasing their income taxes will add to, not subtract from their misery.
- Vote buying. “If elected… I promise to…” & “bring home the bacon” are the problem, not the solution.
- “Fraud, waste and abuse” can’t be eliminated until we eliminate the corrupt politicians, starting with you, continuing with the RINOs & Crats in the Senate, Nov. 6, 2012.
- Most foreign aid goes to nations inimical to us and ends up in the Swiss accounts of corrupt dictators. Reducing it is not sufficient, but it is necessary.
- Why lump defense in with entitlements? If you are going to break down the budget, do it honestly. Give us the real numbers. Why in Hell did you fire more than 100 missiles into Libya at $500,000 each??? Why are we getting involved in a war between two groups of Muslims, both inimical to us? No matter which side wins, we lose. You want to cut defense spending at a time when our men are over-extended fighting on two fronts at once, with suicidal rules of engagement and strategic objectives which guarantee defeat. Your policy exemplifies suicidal insanity.
- EPA wants to impose “carbon credits”, a system that will more than double utility rates. That is an artificial inflation that will make life impossible for many. Government spending and programs are the problem, not the solution.
- Lilly gilding and waste must be eliminated. We need to learn to live within our means. TARP & Stimulus demonstrate the incompetence of the current President and Congress. We must replace all of them.
- Vision, my ass! It has to do with replacing demagogues & corrupt leeches with honest, competent leaders. There is no short term solution, and a long term solution must exclude speeding down the same wrong track we are on now.
- I prefer the founder’s vision of America to Obamination’s meld of Marxism & Islam. As a visionary, Obamination is worse than blind.
- Snake excrement!!! Energy is neither clean nor dirty. Energy performs useful work. Burning coal with the old technology produces smog. Burning any hydrocarbon produces water vapor. CO2 &CO. But hydrocarbon fuels have the highest energy density and are the most abundant. We can’t build dams because it might harm the salmon. We can’t build windmills because they are noisy and unsightly. We can’t build nuclear power plants because of irrational fear. There are no realistic alternatives and there never will be. We desperately need to increase domestic exploration, production & refining, reducing dependence on unreliable foreign sources whose owners hate us. If Clinton had not vetoed drilling in ANWAR, that resource would be available now.
- What benefit is there from the Department of Education? Where is it in the Constitution anyway?
- What is your alternative? Perhaps you could get rid of the union goons to make rail transport profitable again.
- We can’t afford the Socialist Utopia you dream of. Welcome to the real world.
- Why do we have gasoline taxes to finance a highway fund? Why have the gas taxes been treated as general revenue instead of being reserved for their intended purpose? Why do road and bridge projects have “prevailing wage” restrictions imposed to exclude non-union contractors? Costs increase when competitive bidding is excluded.
- Education is not a function of more money, it is a function of student attitude, ability and participation. Asian students tend to excel in American schools, too. Why is that?
- Biofuels are starving people in Africa and raising the cost of food in America. Why are you “investing” $2Billion of our tax money in Brazil’s oil industry while shutting down our own????
- It is nearly impossible to discuss the extreme arrogance & condescension exemplified by that sentence without profanity and obscenity. We are about $14Trillion in debt and the demagogue blathers about affording his Socialist nightmare. We can’t even afford the interest!!
- The revenues dedicated to Social Security 7 Medicare were never sufficient to fund those programs in perpetuity and everybody knew it. Actuaries were well aware of the matter 40 years ago, but our politicians were and are too dishonest to do anything about it. Yes, I turn 65 this summer.
- Obama Don’t Care says” “take two Aspirin and drop dead already”. Thank you very much.
- “If you like your doctor…” & “if you like your insurance policy”… “you can keep them “. Yeah, right. We’re going to keep them after they are put out of business by Obama Don’t Care. And, of course, there ain’t any “death panels”.
- Exactly what cuts did Congressman Ryan propose to Medicare/Medicaid? This sounds like the standard Crat playbook: “Republicans… killing children and making Granny eat cat food”.
- I have not seen the details of Ryan’s proposed budget. The top 20 SERPS were all polemics, those I checked did not include details. Are there any new tax cuts? Extending Shrub’s tax cuts, which Crats saddled with a sunset clause, is not a tax cut. Cutting tax rates would increase real disposable income available for investment. That would increase jobs & economic growth, stimulate recovery, and ultimately increase the tax base.
- Those whose taxable income declined will pay less income tax. Those whose taxable income increased will pay more. Class warfare & punishing success are part of the problem, not part of the solution. This is a campaign speech, not an act of leadership.
- We have a Constitution, not a social compact. Obama is trying to confuse the audience postulating an unstated false premise that we are obligated to install and expand Socialism.
- The same tired, worn out straw man argument: “tax cuts for the rich”. Government will waste every cent it can get its hands on. Lets keep some money where it will be invested productively. That is the way to foster economic growth.
- Pure polemics: class warfare. Reductions in the growth trend of federal programs does not equate to demanding sacrifices from the poor.
- Generosity & compassion are individual traits, not attributes of government. Be generous and compassionate with your own bank account if you feel a need to spread the wealth.
- “Land of opportunity” means where government does not erect artificial barriers to success. It means the absence of class structure that keeps you down, never letting you rise.
- I was not optimistic in ’08, I am more pessimistic now, and I will have no hope whatsoever if the anus is re-elected next year. There is no optimism when the President deliberately sets out to destroy major industries, punish success and impose artificial inflation in energy costs.
- Responsibility for each other? The country we want?? The future we share??? Exactly what do those phrases mean? They are amorphous, they have no definitive meaning, just like his original campaign speeches in ’08. He lets you project your dreams onto a blank screen. Like the joke has Lincoln saying, he should “go see a play”.
- On whose initiative; with whose funds was the transcontinental railroad built? What put the railroads out of business? On whose initiative and with whose funds were power plants and the transmission grid constructed? Who wants to double utility prices with imbecilic policies like cap and trade? How many seniors were saved from poverty by Social Security? What is the minimum Social Security benefit?
- Who did the basic and applied research? Who funded it? Was George W. Carver subsidized by the government? Was Thomas Edison government funded? Did the government fund Alexander Bell’s research? Was Tesla working for the government?
- The damned fools chose a future of spiraling debt when they voted for you and a ‘Crat controlled Congress. The choice was made, it is permanent; irreversible.
- “Reforms”: another undefined, ambiguous, amorphous expression signifying nothing.
- “Sacrifices”: code word for tax increases. Remember, “those making less than $250,000. will not see a dime in increased taxes”? Now its “we’ll all make sacrifices”. Yeah, right.
- “The America we believe in”: code phrase for Socialist Utopia. The first thing that should be sacrificed.
- The shorter your term, the better!
- Its all sacrosanct, he will not make any genuine cuts.
- The class warfare card comes to the top of the deck again.
- Social Security and Medicare are unfunded liabilities. They can not be funded without massive tax increases.
- “Investments in the future”: code phrase for flushing more borrowed money we can’t pay back.
- You can’t keep what you don’t have. Domestic spending is not low!
- A drop in the ocean. Insignificant in the face of our mounting national debt.
- We need real, productive jobs, not government jobs, digging holes and filling them in. If you want to create job s, hire someone to do something which has market value, producing something you can sell at a profit. Government can’t do that, so it should get out of the way and permit those who can to do it.
- Basic medical research will not yield many new jobs. Leave it to universities and drug companies.
- We might as well invest in pixie dust. Alternate/clean energy sources are mythological. No such thing exists, nor will it. That shibboleth is nothing more than an excuse for impoverishing us through artificially inflated utility bills and taxes.
- Where are new federal highways needed? What happened to the Highway Trust Fund? Airports: aren’t they a local function? Perhaps we should invest in hiring more Air Traffic Controllers and establishing schedules that will allow them to stay awake on the job. Broadband access: there is a competitive market already; why interfere with it?
- Education does not need money, it needs students instead of pupils, and it needs to get rid of compulsory unionism & collective extortion.
- Job training does not create jobs. Those recently trained have not found work.
- What can you eliminate from the military budget without reducing capability? Will you reduce pay and benefits? Will you scrimp on maintenance? How old is our fleet of mid air refueling tankers? Does our fleet of long range bombers need replacement?
- Are we really safe now? If China invades Taiwan, how will you respond? If North Korea attacks the south, who will you send to help?
- Did you say something about waste, fraud and abuse earlier in the speech? Did you say those savings would not be sufficient? Yeah, right.
- Whose health care do you cut? Who do you tell to go home and croak?? Do you screw over the providers again, forcing them out of business? Fewer doctors, clinics and hospitals: a great way to save money. Longer waiting times, decreased service. Improved health care for less. Yeah, right.
- Whose bills are they? Who got the service’; who gets the bill?
- Everyone’s expense is someone else’s income. Whose income do you cut next? How many Medicare providers will you force out of business? Where will their patients turn next when they are ill or injured? Is the Emergency Room really a cheaper health care delivery option?
- Speed generic medicines to market. Of cuss you will. Generic Colchicine was available for $.09 per tablet. I generally used two per day. Since last September, it is $4.85 per tablet. I can’t get it any more. Your FDA gave the drug company a sweet heart deal, taking the generic form off the market. Thank you, Mr. President. I will remember you in my prayers.
- Efficiency and accountability; translation: more paperwork, higher costs. No net benefit.
- How many injuries occur in doctor’s offices and hospitals? Exactly how will they prevent injuries which occur off premises? Is there anything doctors can do differently that will prevent patients from becoming ill or injured and save money in the process? Will you be passing out magic wands?
- What spending is unnecessary? Why is Medicare wasting money?? How much is it wasting?
- Tell us again exactly how you will improve Medicare? If improvement is possible, why not do it immediately instead of waiting for a crisis?
- What is the average monthly stipend? How many recipients are there? How many will be signing up each year? How much is generated in OASDI taxes? And you will close that gap; how exactly???
- “Tax expenditures”? Do you mean refundable tax credits such as the Earned Income and Child Care credits? No, you mean “tax cuts for the wealthy”.
- As I recall, your initial plan was to let all the tax cuts sunset, including “middle class” tax cuts. You only got religion when you started smelling sulfur fumes.
- You are rich, you don’t give a damn about the middle class, except for their votes. And you don’t need that tax cut, so why don’t you write a check to give it back, retroactively? The Treasury needs it more than you do; to invest in the future, of course.
- Every millionaire & billionaire is getting $1Trillion in tax cuts? How many millionaires & billionaires are there? How big was that tax cut??
- Now itemized deductions are “tax expenditures”? Such as the home mortgage deduction. How many people included anticipated tax deductions in calculating the mortgage they could afford? Now you will pull that rug out from under them; will they suffer foreclosure as a result?
- Middle class taxpayers can’t deduct medical expenses and mortgage interest because you Crats upped the thresholds, disqualifying them. They can’t deduct credit card interest because you eliminate that deduction.
- Screw over some rich folk, remove $32Billion a year from the economy, money that could be invested in job creating enterprises. Great idea.
- Fair can’t be defined or measured. Simple is not a term applicable to laws, rules & regulations. What was it you promised again??
- Reduce “tax expenditures”, reduce rates and pay down the deficit; all in one sentence. Glib and truthless, a great combination.
- If you can’t do it now, you won’t be able to do it three years from now. Human nature won’t improve in that timespan; the economy won’t either.
- Neither. You won’t live within our means and you won’t invest in the future. Your own exorbitant travel and luxury expenditures make that clear. What you call investment, we recognize as money flushing.
- What are you going to sacrifice? Trips to luxury resorts in Spain? What was that promise again? What happened to G.H.W. Bush when he broke his promise?
- Opportunity? Do you mean jobs and job security? Affordable housing and transportation? Affordable food and utilities? Yeah, right; higher taxes on top of inflation & unemployment. As in Carter’s Misery Index.
- So, give it back; write a check. You are not earning your salary, you could rebate that, too.
- Give back? Was their income given to them or did they work for it?
- Ron & Tip did a great job of saving Social Security, didn’t they. Yeah, right.
- Bush kept his part of the deal. the Crats did not. He deserved to be a one term president, so do you.
- Its called economic growth; you should try it.
- And you just wasted the best part of an hour deceiving us about those tax cuts and spending reductions.
- There is no common ground between polar opposites.
- Our ancestors created a representative republic. You are tearing it down; erecting a Communist slave state.
- Upholding responsibilities? You might start with your oath of office.
OIC: Islamic Hypocrisy on Parade
Weeks after the vote, the propaganda continues to flow from dhimmis
chortling over their Pyhrric victory. Who better to deflate their
balloon than Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador? Was anyone
listening? Was anyone paying attention? Of course not, that
would interfere with their beloved fantasies.
link to the pdf file did not work, so I transcribed the video, a long,
hard slog because of connection problems and slow typing speed. This is
probably not perfect word for word, but it is close.
Owing to the length and target rich environment, I
will place my comments in an enumerated list linked to superscripts in
the text. Click the superscript to read my comment, press your Back
Space key to return to your place in the text.
Mr. Zamir Akram
Thank you Mr. President. On behalf of the OIC countries, I have the
honor to introduce the draft resolution entitled “combating
intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of and
discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons
based on religion or belief contained in document L.38.
Mr. President: this resolution addresses a number of
issues1 over which the OIC has been expressing concern over the years.
having said that, I wish to state categorically that this
resolution does not replace earlier resolutions on combating
defamation.2 which were adopted by the Human Rights Council and
remain valid. This resolution L.38 is an attempt on the
part of the oic to build consensus3 on an issue of vital importance
not only to Muslims but to people of all religions and beliefs by
identifying ways and means to deal with the growing problems of
religious incitement4 and discrimination and incitement to hatred5 and violence6 based on
religion or belief.
the heart of this resolution are a series of practical steps7
which need to be taken by states in order to address
this problem. This resolution addresses the core issues in a manner
that is acceptable to all including in a legal sense, thus
seeking to bring all stake holders on board. The OIC has gone
the extra mile to maintain a spirit of constructive engagement8 with all
partners during this process of consultation.
primary objective is to ensure that this text,
which will hopefully be adopted by consensus, will bind us all to the
commitments contained therein and oblige us all to ensure compliance
with its decisions. 9
President: Muslims around the world continue to be confronted with ever increasing instances of intolerance, negative stereotyping10, stigmatization, discrimination and violence on the basis of their religion; Islam. Objective academic studies reveal
that following the end of the cold war, the pernicious doctrine of a
clash of civilizations signaled the start of a narrative that required
the construction of a new enemy11 to replace the global threat of
Communism with the so-called menace of Islam.
The reprehensible acts of terrorism on September 11,
2001 provided the trigger to unleash the clash of civilizations to the
forefront of global politics.12 In the general Western view, no
distinction was made between a handful of extremists and terrorists13 and
the overwhelming majority of peaceful and law abiding Muslims14
living around the world. To make matters worse, against the backdrop of
the recent global economic crisis, these fears of Islam and Muslims are
now being manipulated by irresponsible and bigoted Western politicians15
to gain political mileage in their countries, unfortunately, with
Terms such as Islamofascists have become common.
Even the Qur’an has not been spared;16 it has been compared to Hitler’s
Mein Kampf. More recently, it was tried for religious crimes and
burnt. Minarets at mosques deliberately depicted on posters
as missiles, have been banned. There have even been restrictions on
shops selling halal food, while no such restrictions exist on kosher
food outlets which are similar.
There is also increasing discrimination against Muslims in various
parts of the world. They are being subjected to racial profiling
which confronts them with intractable problems at every border where
they are checked and re-checked.17 Their businesses are repeatedly
scrutinized and their places of worship disallowed or desecrated.
They are made to feel unwelcome in societies where they live as
One prominent politician has recently organized
hearings that seek to put on trial the entire Muslim community and are
obviously designed to stoke fears against Muslims in that
Mr. President, the efforts by the oic to defend
our religion, our holy book and our prophet and our people have
often been misrepresented as being contrary to international human
rights principles and laws, and in particular, rejected as undermining
the freedom of expression or opinion18. The reality is different.
It is therefore appropriate in such a position, for us to try and
explain our faith and our principles. I hope, Mr. President, you will
give me a bit of extra time to do so.
Mr. President: the Qur’an lays great emphasis on the
need for religious tolerance19 as well as freedom of thought and
opinion. In chapter 2, verse 256, the Qur’an states there is no
compulsion in religion.20 In chapter 18, verse 29, the Qur’an
maintains that truth is from your Lord, so let him who please believe
and him who please disbelieve.21 As regards freedom of
thought and opinion in Islam, the Qur’an states, in chapter 16, in verse 125 invite
all to the way of your creator with wisdom and arguments that are the
best and most gracious. The Qur’an and the traditions of the holy
prophet also lay emphasis on the treatment of non-Muslims.
According to Prophet Muhammad, (PBUH), he who hurts a non-Muslim
citizen of a Muslim state I am his adversary and I shall be his
adversary on the day of judgment. 22
Mr. President: it is also instructive for us to know
that we Muslims are not only bound by temporal laws to respect human
rights but by divine enjunctions contained in the Qur’an. The
basic human rights as ordained in the Qur’an23 include the
rights to life, individual freedom, justice, equality, privacy, association
and basic necessities of life or minimum standard of living. These
obligations also include respect for women, equality among human
beings, freedom of expression, protection from arbitrary imprisonment
and the right to oppose tyranny and injustice. the last sermon of
the prophet (PBUH) is, in itself, a comprehensive charter of human
rights. Islam has even established a complete code for the right
of combatants in war. Measures for the protection of all combatants as
well as homes and property belonging to them.24
Mr. President: I have dwelt at length on these characteristics of Islam
because I want to underscore the common principles that underlie our
faith and the requirements of international law including international
human rights and humanitarian law. Indeed, given the tremendous
contributions by Islam in various fields of human activity over
the years, these principles have contributed to the evolution of
the very principles that we are trying to uphold today.
Mr. President, we sincerely believe that that irrespective of our
different cultural backgrounds and traditions, there is a shared
interest for all of us to show respect for each other’s religions and
beliefs25 as well as to prevent any advocacy of religious hatred and
intolerance, discrimination and incitement26 on the basis of religion or
The resolution under consideration seeks to achieve
these laudable objectives through a range of actions by states
including administrative steps, measures to criminalize imminent
violence, training and awareness programs, promotion of dialogue and
understanding at all levels. The resolution also calls for
a global dialogue for the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace
and in this context it decides to convene a panel discussion in the
Human Rights Council. We hope that this resolution will be
adopted by consensus. Before concluding, Mr. President, I would
like to place on record my appreciation for the support and cooperation
of all my colleagues in the oic and in particular, members of
the core group of ambassadors that we set up to work out this
resolution. I have truly benefited from the wisdom and advice and
without their support this text would not have been possible. I
would also like to thank the Secretary General of the oic whose
support and guidance made this resolution possible. In addition I
would like to express my appreciation — my sincere appreciation to all
our partners in the various groups, especially the ambassadors of the
U.S. and the U.K. on behalf of the European Union for their cooperative
and constructive approach. Let me also thank the ambassadors from
the African group, grulac and Croatia for their cooperation and
engagement in this effort. I am glad that this oic initiative has
met with broad cross regional support which will send out a strong
message of unity from this council. Finally I would like to thank
the experts from Pakistan, the U.S., the U.K. and other countries for
their tireless efforts to work out the text of this resolution. I thank
you Mr. president.
- Refer to previous resolutionsI and the Islamophobia ReportsII
to identify those issues. The expression includes them by reference,
excluding nothing. The ‘defamation of Islam’ concept has not been
- There you have the categorical statement: the ‘defamation’ construct has not been supplanted, it stands undiminished, included by reference to previous resolutions which are not abrogated.
- “Build consensus” means rope the suckers in by
concealing the hook with external references so they can pretend there
is no hook and swallow it with relish.
- “Religious incitement” lacks a common definition.
to Muslims, it includes any negative reference to any aspect of their
cult. To reasonable people possessing common sense, it includes the
rabble rousing rants at Jumah Salat which incite riots.
- Incitement to hatred, how horrible! The
Ambassador relies on your ignorance of Al-Wala’ Wa’l-Bara’III
“Both the Book and the Sunnah have enjoined the community to love for
the Sake of Allah, hate for His Sake, and to take both friends and
enemies for His Sake; to the point that one would prefer to be
cast into the flames rather than return to disbelief, after having been
saved by Allah from it.” Hatred for the sake of Allah. Let that
sink in for a moment.
- When Geert Wilders published Fitna, Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon had something instructive to say. I want you to
recognize and remember it. Exactly what hate speech did Wilders
utter? How did he incite violence??
- Translation: legislation; they demand that criticism of Islam be outlawed.
- Translation: we maintained ambiguity with smoke
and mirrors to conceal the true meaning of the text from the unwary.
- By allowing this drek to pass without a vote; by
failing to object to it, Obamination sucked it in, hook line and
sinker, obligating itself to violate the first amendment.
- “Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with terrorism and human rights
That is what ‘negative stereotyping’ is about: they want to outlaw
mention of the ayat & ahadith which sanctify, mandate and exemplify
the fundamentally Islamic tactic: terrorism. IV
- The Armenian genocide was perpetrated by Communists. The numerous hijackings, shootings, fraggings & abductions of the 1970s & ’80s were perpetrated by
Communists. Beslan, London, Madrid & New York are figments of
our imagination. Yeah, right.
- The bombings of 1993 & 2005 don’t count, do they? Yeah, right, it all began in 2001, not in 623 with raids on camel caravans.
- The same old shibboleth: “tiny minority of
extremists”. What did Allah & Moe say about casting terror? IV Jihad is a
It does not require the universal participation of the Ummah unless Dar
Ul-Islam is invaded and in danger of being overrun.
- Are they Muslims or not? Do they practice Islam
or not? Do they obey Allah or not? Do they emulate Moe or not?
Which of them will abjure what Allah said? Which of them will abjure
what Moe said? “I will cast terror.”; “Allah cast terror.” & “I
have been made victorious with terror.”. IV Denouncing those statements is an act of apostasy, subjecting the
Muslim who does to to the death penalty.
- This refers to Rep. Peter King and the hearing
in the Homeland Security Committee. They investigated ‘radicalization’
& ‘co-operation’, not Islam.
- Why should the Qur’an be exempt from questioning
& criticism? Does it or does it not sanctify & mandate
terrorism? IV Does it or does it not
command global conquest?VII
Does it or does it not sanction rape?VIII Does it or does it not
- Beslan, London, Madrid, WTC1 & WTC2 were all
perpetrated by blond, blue eyed Baptists? Were all those plots
interdicted by lucky police & investigators plotted by
Methodists? Who is it that is promised eternity in the celestial
gaining Brownie Points for any step taken to enrage or injure us?XI
- They want to make this blog post illegal;
uttering and publishing it a criminal act punishable by fine and
imprisonment. They would jail cartoonists & film makers. But no
breech of human rights; perish the thought.
- Allah explicitly said that whoever sought a
different religion, it would never be accepted of him.XII Allah
commanded Muslims to wage perpetual war against pagans, Jews,
Christians & Zoroastrians. VII How tolerant!!!
- “No compulsion in religion” : “Fight them until”…”only
Allah is worshiped”. The conflict is resolved by the science of
Latter revelations abrogate earlier revelations with which they
conflict. Surah At-Taubah was the last or next to last to be
revealed. Surah Al-Baqarah 256 is abrogated, superseded by a less
- Surah Al-Kahf was number 69 in sequence of
revelation: it is abrogated. The Ambassador cites abrogated
verses because he is confident that we are unaware of the science of
abrogation. He is practicing kitman: deceit by obfuscation.
- A search of Sahih
Bukhari, Sahih Muslim,
Sunan Abu Dawud and Malik’s Muwatta failed to turn up
that hadith. It did not show up in Tafsir
Ibn Kathir. It did not turn up in Juynboll’s Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith. Tafsir Ibn Kathir. It did not turn
up in Juynboll’s Encyclopedia of
Canonical Hadith. Tafsir Ibn
Kathir. It did not turn up in Juynboll’s Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith. Tafsir Ibn Kathir. It did not turn
up in Juynboll’s Encyclopedia of
Canonical Hadith. Tafsir Ibn
Kathir. It did not turn up in Juynboll’s Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith.
- Qur’anic rights are for Muslims only. If you
will read Sahih Bukhari 1.8.387XIV, you will discover that
our blood & property are not sacred to Muslims and we only obtain
rights by becoming Muslims.
- The rules of warfare are laid out in Reliance of
the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9.10. Be sure to read O9.12 through 9.15
for a real eye opener.XV
- Of course Islam shows tremendous respect for
Christianity; so much respect that they only curse us seventeen times
every day. It declares us the worst of living creatures and denies the
tenets of our faith. XVI
Islam is so respectful!
- Incitement to violence; none of that in
Islam is there? “Urge the Muslims to fight”…:”if there be
a hundred steadfast persons they will overcome a thousand of those who
disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are people who do not
- Combating defamation of religions
: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly,
- 3:151, 8:12, 8:57, 8:60, 33:26, 59:2, 59:13, Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 7, Number 331, Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220
[Continue through O8.7.]
- 8:39, 9:29
- 4:24, Sahih Bukhari 5.59.459
- 2:223, 4:34, 2:282
- 78:31, 61:10
- 2:106, 16:101
- 1:7, 98:6, 2:161, 4:157
Yahoo News ran an AP story about HAMAS supposedly seeking peace. I have excerpted some crucial quotes for examination.
HAMAS has a peculiar attitude: they can attack Israel with impunity, Israel must never retaliate. Am I the only one who perceives the arrogance of that attitude?
They are not seeking mediation, there has been plenty already, they are seeking shields to hide behind as they launch rockets.
Is it possible to establish their attitude with greater clarity? They will hurl stones, then hide behind their mother’s skirt when retaliation is threatened.
If they wanted to halt the fighting, they would halt the fighting. They started it, they can end it. They have no desire to end it, they desire to exterminate Israel; they seek human shields to guarantee impunity.
“Heads we win, tails you lose.” “Whatever we do, you take the blame for the consequences.” The firing of an anti-tank missile at a school bus must be the last straw. No more lines in the sand. No more chances. No more negotiations. No more good will gestures.
Israel must grow testicles and spines. Israel must tell the Arab League, United Nations, European Union and United States to sit down and shut up. Israel must purge Gaza of Muslims, annex the territory, occupy and settle it, restoring it to its rightful status as a permanent part of Israel. That is the only possible solution, everything less is a fool’s errand, throwing fresh blood and treasure down the sewer.
Israel must offer Abbas a demilitarized state, with its border 20 km from the river, no part of Jerusalem whatsoever and no right of return. Israel needs to push the border back one kilometer for every day Abbas refuses to accept the offer, finally purging, annexing and settling the West Bank as well.
Israel, I put the question: are you mice or men? Will you stand up for right, truth, morality, justice & peace or will you continue in craven surrender before arrogant aggressors Hellbent on exterminating you?
Warning: Contains explicit execration!
Today the demon spawn fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus in Israel. You can read the details at Yahoo News. Modern anti-tank missiles are not cheap, and they must be aimed. The attack was deliberate, the target was intentionally selected. Because the bus was near the end of its run, there was only one passenger, who was critically wounded. Had it been earlier, with a full passenger load, there would have been many deaths.
Click this link and look at the close up of the bus. The accursed demon spawn intended to murder 60 children and a driver. Not soldiers, not a tank crew, children. What do you say? What would you say if your children were on that bus?? Two words must be said; nobody else will say them. I will; I will say them loud and clear, for the whole world to hear, and I don’t care who may be offended. I am offended by the universal failure to say what must be said:
Almighty God, we thank you for your mercy and favor. Shield and defend us from the evil intentions of our enemies, make a full end of them and damn them with an everlasting damnation. Amen!
Now I want you to read what our Department of State said:
“We have reiterated many times there is no justification of the targeting of innocent civilians and those responsible for these terrorist acts should be held accountable,”
strongest possible terms
Not by a country mile. Not by a light year. That is no condemnation, that is a skip and slide, glossing over the worst possible evil intentions and actions.
How long, Lord? How long must we endure the treachery of these traitors who ignore at our peril and the peril of innocent children and the whole world? How long must Israelis remain as sitting ducks while Satan’s slaves aim rockets at their heads?
When will insipid words be replaced by suitable execrations? When will Israel rise up and remove her enemies from the face of the earth? What part of existential conflict do they not comprehend?
[…](till the Day of Resurrection, those who would afflict them with a humiliating torment.) on account of their disobedience, defying Allah’s orders and Law and using tricks to transgress the prohibitions. It was reported that Musa required the Jews to pay the production tax for seven or thirteen years, and he was the first to do so. Also, the Jews fell under the humiliating rule of the Greek Kushdanin, Chaldeans and later on the Christians, who subjugated and disgraced them, and required them to pay the Jizyah (tribute tax). When Islam came and Muhammad was sent, they became under his power and had to pay the Jizyah, as well. Therefore, the humiliating torment mentioned here includes disgrace and paying the Jizyah, as Al-`Awfi narrated from Ibn `Abbas. In the future, the Jews will support the Dajjal (False Messiah); and the Muslims, along with `Isa, son of Mary, will kill the Jews. This will occur just before the end of this world.[…] Eternal Humiliation placed on the Jews
Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Who might he send? Who is tormenting Jews? I have a clue for you.
Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”
Because of Allah’s promise and threat. When Muslims exterminate the Jews and appear before the judgment seat, Allah will weigh their good deeds against their sins. If the good deeds are heavier, he will admit them to the gardens; otherwise, he will damn them.
Exactly how does a Muslim accrue the Islamic equivalent of Brownie Points??
Anything a Muslim does to enrage or injure a Jew or Christian is imputed to him as a good deed. Got a clue yet?
9:39.If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.
61:10. O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment.
61:11. That you believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad ), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know!
61:12. (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens of ‘Adn Eternity [‘Adn (Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success.
61:13. And also (He will give you) another (blessing) which you love, help from Allâh (against your enemies) and a near victory. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad ) to the believers.
Now I will show you the dirty details nobody else will show you. What would you do if you believed the following crap?
78:22. A dwelling place for the Tâghûn (those who transgress the boundry limits set by Allâh like polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh, hyprocrites, sinners, criminals, etc.),
78:23. They will abide therein for ages,
78:24. Nothing cool shall they taste therein, nor any drink.
78:25. Except boiling water, and dirty wound discharges.
78:26. An exact recompense (according to their evil crimes).
78:27. For verily, they used not to look for a reckoning.
78:28. But they belied Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, and that which Our Prophet (Peace be upon him) brought) completely.
78:29. And all things We have recorded in a Book.
78:30. So taste you (the results of your evil actions); no increase shall We give you, except in torment.
78:31. Verily, for the Muttaqûn, there will be a success (Paradise);
78:32. Gardens and grapeyards;
78:33. And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age;
78:34. And a full cup (of wine).
78:35. No Laghw (dirty, false, evil talk) shall they hear therein, nor lying;
78:36. A reward from your Lord, an ample calculated gift (according to the best of their good deeds).
What do believers do?
There ain’t any! Islam is what Moe preached and practiced. Nothing else is Islam.
There ain’t any! Islam is what Moe preached and practiced. Nothing else is Islam.
What Moe preached & practiced: Jihad, rape, pillage, plunder, genocide, terror and slavery. All else is hypocrisy or apostasy except those who await sufficient military capacity for an effective final strike.
Ann Barnhardt sticks it in Goober’s eye, in exemplary form, assigning to him the label appropriate to his level of intelligence, buffoonery and real party affiliation. Part one is the verbal ripper. In part two, Ann launches into physical ripping, reading, tearing out and burning offensive pages of the Qur’an. As she does so, she explains why each verse offends her and should offend every sentient American.
Just as it is impossible to respect Islam and the Qur’an, it is impossible to respect obsequious politicians who bow down to osculate Islam’s anus. Thanks and a tip of the hat to Bare Naked Islam for posting these excellent videos. Thanks to Ann Barnhardt for having the courage and conviction to make them.
As Ann says, she is not endangering our troops, Obamination is with his suicidal rules of engagement. These videos will enrage the Muslims who see them or learn about them second hand. That’s tough. If they react with riot & murder, that is their doing, not ours. There is no right to be shielded from all offense. There is no right to have your superstition held sacrosanct, protected from all questioning, mockery & criticism.
Religions do not have rights, people do. Those include the right to live, free from attack and the threat thereof. We also have the right to worship or not as we see fit. There is no right to worship by applying the sword or dull knife to our necks. Murder is not a protected ritual of worship, nor is rape. If there is a right to practice Islam, then all human rights are abrogated. “Jihad is ordained for you.” “They fight in Allah’s cause, killing others and being killed.” That is Islam in practice; I can neither tolerate nor respect it nor can I respect anyone who demands that I perform the impossible.
Yes, we also have the right to call out evil when we see it. That is exactly what Ann Barnhardt did in the second video.
Lets all give this patriot a standing ovation!