So Who’s Really “Out of Touch?”
There’s being out-of-touch, and then there’s being out-of-touch. Much has already been written of late about the Romneys’ wealth, class strata, and the luxury of the stay-at-home Ann. Yes, the Democrats, especially our President, truly understand the meaning of fairness, and the economic hardships faced by millions of Americans each day.
With the latest “she’s never worked a day in her life” volley against Ann Romney, the President weighed in on the discussion with his comment, “we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.” First, I would argue, that the choice to stay at home is not a luxury, it is a well-thought out choice, and not only wealthy women are stay-at-home moms.
Back in 2005, when Mr. Obama became a US Senator, he was paid an annual salary of $162,100. Now how many middle class American families would be thrilled to earn and live off that kind of salary. But then, if Michelle decided to stay at home with Sasha and Malia, ages 4 and 7, respectively, then they wouldn’t be able to afford the $1.65 million dollar home in Kenwood, which they bought after their $415,000 condo was deemed too small.
How a family with a combined income of $479,000 was even able to secure a “super jumbo” loan and purchase the $1.65 million house in the first place, well, I believe it was termed at the time “lender competition.”
Earlier this week, NBC News in Chicago, carried the story that the number of homicides in Chicago, from January 1 to April 1 was at 120, a increase of 75% over the same period in 2010 and 2011.
The St. Patrick’s Day weekend after the Obama fundraising trip, saw 49 people shot, 10 of whom died, including one six year old girl.
The President inserted himself into the Trayvon Martin shooting, with his comment, “if I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin.” Yet, he is silent about his own home town of Chicago, becoming Murder City, USA. Must be because his former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is now mayor, and he’s busy blaming the former mayor for the problems. Obama has his Bush, and Emanuel has his Daley. Two peas in a pod.
Remember the Spring vacation break school trip that 13-year old Malia Obama took with her class to Mexico, the trip that mysteriously vanished from most news outlets, but not before we learned she was accompanied by 25 Secret Service agents, all at taxpayer expense. You think Malia has been to Colonial Williamsburg yet, or how about Miami?
But then, we can’t compare Miami to Vail, Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, Spain, South Africa and Tanzania. Over $10 million on vacations alone in 2011 for Mrs. Obama, because she and hubby work so hard.
And finally, while Mr. Obama is continuing his “Buffett Rule” campaigning coupled with the phony “war on women,” let’s keep in mind the following points of what this President has accomplished, for which we all will pay the price, if we don’t take action at the ballot box this November (h/t Daniel Horowitz, Redstate.com):
- Obama has accrued more debt in 3 ½ years than Bush did in 8 years – and Bush was a big spender. When President Bush was sworn in on January 20, 2001, the total federal debt stood at $5.728 trillion. On January 20, 2009, the day he left office, the debt had increased to $10.629 trillion, a jump of $4.9 trillion. Just 38 months later, the debt has increased another $4.992 trillion to a grand total of $15.621 trillion (as of April 9)!
- Amazingly, $4.577 trillion, or 91% of Obama’s debt increase comes from the public share of the debt, which now stands at $10.88 trillion.
- We are on pace to breach the $16.394 trillion debt limit before the November elections. That means that he will have amassed almost (or more than) $6 trillion in debt by the time he, God willing, leaves office next January. It took from our country’s founding until 2002 to amass $6 trillion in debt.
- The debt has increased $1.327 trillion in the past 9 months since we “solved” the debt crisis with the Budget Control Act. That’s about as much as the top 1% of income earners make in 12 months.
- When Obama took office, the gross federal debt was 76.5% of GDP, while the public share of the debt stood at 45% of GDP. Now, those numbers stand at 102% and 71% respectively.
- The debt per taxpayer stands at $137,751, up from $89,330 just 4 years ago.
- The monthly deficit for this past February was a record $232 billion. We didn’t start accruingannual deficits of $230 billion until this past decade.
- In February, we spent $335 billion in 29 days. It comes out to $11.5 billion per day; $480 million per hour.
So tell me, who do you think is “out of touch?”