This is not a matter of political affiliation nor is it an attack of Obama as a person. It's a simple matter of basic math.
Obama wants to spend roughly $500 billion to create two million jobs (that's the claim at least). Put another way, Obama would spend roughly $250,000 to create a single job. That's a heck of a lot of money in an economy in which the average income is $50K or so.
That's just the basic math. I'm not even bothering to assess the fact that the Government is already spending over $1 TRILLION per year and hasn't created a sustainable job recovery.
So how exactly will another $500 billion change things?
Also, where is the Government going to come up with this money exactly? Didn't we just say we needed to hike the debt ceiling by another $500 billion? Aren't we already running Debt to GDP and Deficit numbers that are on par with Greece: a country that is guaranteed to default in the near future?
Folks, this is the hard truth: the US is broke and our leaders have no clue how to solve any of the structural issues our economy and markets are facing. They've spent TRILLIONS propping up the stock market but haven't created new jobs nor have they improved Americans' quality of life in the last two years.
In other words, we're at the End Game for Government Intervention in the economy and marketplace. Greece has already shown us what's coming: default and debt restructuring.
After all, there are only two ways to deal with a debt problem:
1) Pay it off
The US has no chance at all of ever paying off its debts, which means some form of default and restructuring is coming our way in the future. And when this hits, it will make 2008 look like a picnic.
Comrades, I really like this Graham Summers. He's not one of us, but he sure sounds like it! What's more, he's 110% right.
We can never pay off the debt. It's too high. If we were talking about an individual, the solution to the problem would be bankruptcy. Why not? Is it possible for an entire nation to declare bankruptcy? If it is, then we should do it.
The Judeo-Capitalists have made bankruptcy seem shameful. Like you're a deadbeat and a failure. Yet they don't hesitate to declare a Chapter 11 or 13 whenever it suits their purpose. Why shouldn't we? It's a legal right we all have when we get in too deep.
The United States has been in too deep for decades. If bankruptcy is an option, then we should use it.
When the Depression hit in 2008, I was about to lose my house to foreclosure. I asked a lawyer which is worse, a bankruptcy or a foreclosure. They said a foreclosure is worse. So, I declared bankruptcy, and handed the house back to the bank, and got my five credit cards (about $10,000 worth of unsecured debt) discharged. It was a major weight off my shoulders.
I still had my mobile home so I just moved back. No sweat. Well, yes sweat. Moving always works up a big sweat!LOL I lived without credit for about a year. Hard, but not impossible. I simply lived within my means, as we all should do all the time. No real hardships, no shame.
After about a year, I was offered a Mastercard with a $300 limit. It was for people who have recently been through a bankruptcy. I kept my balance low. Made more than minimum payments, and a year later, I got another card from a different bank. I now have two, and I won't get another. One card has a zero balance, and the other has a balance of about $200 from extra expenses I ran up when I went to the conference in Laurens last July. I should have it paid off by the end of this year. I will never allow myself to get into the credit trap again. Neither should anyone else.
Unless we, and that includes the government all learn to live within our means, we'll be forever doomed to economic slavery, which is exactly what the Fat Cats want.