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Editorial: Connect the dots between Obama and liberals
With the primaries over, President Obama and his liberal supporters will start launching more vicious political and personal attacks on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. As they begin their criticisms, voters should see the connection between Obama and local liberals in city halls, the county courthouses, the state legislatures, and the school administrative offices. Voters should remember these local liberals either grow up to become big money spending liberals in D.C., or they support big-spending liberals in D.C.
Voters should remember that Obama, supported by local liberals, wants to humble our nation across the world by implying that the lack of economic and political progress in the world is America’s fault. They should remember how he has apologized to foreign countries as if our national success and exceptionalism is bad.
The American voters should remember how Obama and his liberal supporters have condemned capitalism and individual freedoms in favor of a “nanny” state. Obama and liberals prefer a system that accepts mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed. Apparently, this approach by liberals plays into their plans to destroy the idea of American exceptionalism.
Texas voters, where the oil industry is so important, should remember that when Obama was inaugurated, gasoline was averaging $1.79 per gallon. Today, that price is $3.59, a 100.6-percent increase. Rather than keep the U.S. energy industry strong, and by definition the economy, Obama and his liberals want to push “green” projects, which are not cost-effective. Furthermore, the EPA has overregulated the coal and oil industries to the point of impeding growth and production.
Without strong energy production, the entire economy has slowed. Voters should remember that since Obama and his liberal friends have been in power, unemployment has jumped from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1-percent jump. Long-term unemployment has soared to 146.2 percent, from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000.
As unemployment figures have grown, so has poverty. American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5 percent, from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000, and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25 percent, from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of Aug. 31, 2011. The number of unemployed blacks has grown from 12.6 percent at the end of George Bush’s term to 15.8 percent today, a 25.4-percent increase. Hispanic unemployment has grown from 10.8 percent to 13.6 percent.
And finally, voters should remember that our national debt is up from $10.6 trillion to $16 trillion in three years of Obama’s presidency. Obama and his liberal supporters feel that government has all the answers for society. It seems Obama and liberals want to overpower the American economy with regulations, while they overwhelm society with unemployment and liberal social policies such as the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. Once the economy is slowed or stalled, and poverty is rampant, Obama’s government programs “come to the rescue” and create more public dependence on the government rather than oneself.
Now that the primaries are over, the voters must connect the dots between Obama and his liberal supporters at the state, county, and municipal levels. Only by defeating liberals at the grass-roots level and in D.C. can we regain our nation. Voters should remember in November.
George Rodriguez is executive director of the South Texas Political Alliance.
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