Obama’s budget plan? Gun control
President Obama assured the nation in a recent press conference that he has plans for balancing the budget. Apparently, it is taxes.
"We are not a deadbeat nation," he said sternly.
It reminded me of President Richard Nixon's declaration, "I am not a crook," or President Clinton's more humorous declaration, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
Ah, Bubba. If I had only known what was to come, I might have been more supportive of our 42nd president.
Obama followed up the press conference by immediately threatening to issue 19 executive orders regulating guns.
That's his budget plan: to divert attention from his failure to pass a budget for three years to the massacre of 20 children in their first-grade classroom.
Never mind that rifles are less a threat to Americans than clubs and hammers.
Murderers killed 496 people using clubs or hammers in 2011, according to columnist A.W.R. Hawkins, who cited FBI statistics.
Murderers killed 323 people using rifles that year.
But there is a far bigger factor in homicides than rifles, clubs and hammers combined.
"Reliable statistics on the number of drug-related murders in the United States are hard to come by," Stony Brook finance professor Noah Smith wrote.
"A 1994 Department of Justice report suggested that between a third and a half of U.S. homicides were drug-related, while a recent Center for Disease Control study found that the rate varied between 5 percent and 25 percent."
Rifles make better scapegoats.
Most people don't own rifles, and the percentage of people in the media who do is smaller than the national average.
That combination makes people susceptible to anti-gun propaganda.
But gun control does not work. Despite promises that the Gun Control Act of 1968 would reduce the murder rate, the homicide rate in America leaped 42 percent within six years of its passage.
Much as he may want to confiscate America's guns, Obama realizes he cannot win that battle today, but it makes for a great diversion for his failure to rein in the deficits as he promised he would.
Obama flits from news story to news story to divert attention from his shortcomings.
Of course the nation is a deadbeat. Everyone knows that we don't repay our debt, we just roll it over.
China no longer loans us money. Instead, the Federal Reserve just prints up more money, watering down my savings.
Being a deadbeat nation is part of Obama's plan.
He wants to break the nation in order to control the nation, so that the result will be a far different nation.
Obamacare is the disaster opponents predicted. Premiums are higher, fewer people are insured, and physicians are closing shop.
That is part of the plan. Obamacare will be such a failure that the only solution - according to government officials - will be a government-run medical industry.
That is the pattern of government. When a government program fails to deliver as promised, the government seeks another, even larger government program.
Every president since Calvin Coolidge has expanded the federal government's power, even Ronald Reagan.
Oh, I suppose you can justify any federal program.
Streetscapes are nice. Bicycle paths are nice. Having 2,193 federal assistance programs is nice.
But enough is enough. We cannot afford all these programs and all these regulations and requirements that go with them.
This is the land of the free and the home of the brave - not the land of gun control and deadbeats.
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