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Barack vs. Barack

J. G. Azarcon, Esq.J. G. Azarcon, Esq.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich continue to slug it out in the Republican presidential primaries. With the economy showing some signs of recovery, will the people settle for more of the same or demand a change in command.

Pres. Barack Obama would like the people to believe that his policies are starting to bear positive results. The unemployment rate is still steady at 8.3% although the private sector in the last three months has produced roughly 700,000 jobs. The administration claims that it could have been worse if not for the almost trillion dollars stimulus package that he merrily lavished on states purportedly to saves jobs which happen to be heavily unionized and on green ventures pushed by its political contributors.

The Republican contenders argue that Obama has prolonged the economic recovery in that the president has pursued job killing policies in energy and environmental protection and his lack of urgency in addressing the ballooning budget deficit and national debt.

Obama is a charming man who is very adept with words especially if they come out of a teleprompter. He can really persuade unless people care to check him out. His political operatives are now starting to hone the message in November  Obama delivered. How much of what Obama says can we believe?

Remember during the health care debate? One of the selling points that Obama and the Democrats were hammering in the minds of the public is that Obamacare will reduce the budget deficit. Look now, administration officials this month disclosed that the cost estimate for health insurance assistance to enable people to buy private coverage in new state insurance exchanges for years 2014  2021 has risen by $111 billion, from $367 billion to $478 billion. Now we understand what hope and change was all about.  Obama’s projections were based on hope. When they found out that the numbers were wrong, they just made a change.

Remember during the debt ceiling debate when the administration congressional democratic leadership branded Republicans and a handful of Democrats as obstructionists? The White House got what it wanted anyway and the debt ceiling was raised five times in just three years by approximately $5 trillion since Obama took office in 2008. For comparison, the debt ceiling was raised seven times by $4 trillion when Pres. G.W. Bush was in the White House.

But remember what then Senator Barack Obama said when it was Pres. George W. Bush who was asking congress to raise the debt ceiling even by a lesser amount? It’s unpatriotic. That’s right, it’s unpatriotic. You would think it was Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul who was lecturing the nation on the need for fiscal sanity.

Here is a quote of Pres. Obama dug up by a FoxNews reporter. “The problem is that they way Bush has done it in the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion from the first 42 presidents. No. 43 added 44trillion by his lonesome. So now we have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back $30,000 for every man woman and child. That’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic.”

I  kind of like the old Barack. He drew the line for voracious borrowing.  The new Barack enjoys borrowing in amounts that dwarf the credit card limit of all previous presidents from George Washington to the last George that occupied the White House. The old Barack was very sensitive to human rights, decrying water boarding as inhuman treatment of suspects who are presumed innocent until convicted by a court of law.  The new Barack has the guts to blast the brains of suspected terrorists from a distance saving the costs of prosecution and prison meals in incarceration.

While I enjoy following the debates among the Republican presidential wannabees, I would very much like to see a debate between Barack and Barack.

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