Obama marginalizes 1.2 million tax-paying Americans

30 Apr

During a townhall meeting in Arnold, MO on April 29, 2009, President Obama made the following comment in response to a question on Social Security-

 

What we face long term, the biggest problem we have is that Medicare and Medicaid — health care costs are sky-rocketing, and at the same time as the population is getting older, which means we’re using more health care — you combine those two things, and if we aren’t careful, health care will consume so much of our budget that ultimately we won’t be able to do anything else.  We won’t be able to provide financial assistance to students; we won’t be able to help build green energy; we won’t be able to help industries that get into trouble; we won’t have a national park system; we won’t be able to do what we’re supposed to do on our veterans.  Everything else will be pushed aside because of Medicare and Medicaid.  That’s the problem that we really confront.

That’s why I’ve said we’ve got to have health reform this year — (applause) — to drive down costs and make health care affordable for American families, businesses and for our government.  (Applause.) 

So, you know, when you see — those of you who are watching certain news channels that — on which I’m not very popular — (laughter) — and you see folks waving tea bags around — (laughter) — let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security.  Claire and I are working diligently to do basically a thorough audit of federal spending.  But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act, because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/29/Retrospective-in-Missouri/)

Mr. Obama, the issue over which the April 15th Tea Parties were held is not healthcare, nor was it over the stimulus package.  It has been estimated that 1.2 million Americans exercised their first amendment rights to assemble peaceably, and the seek redress from the government for their grievances.  And at least for those attending the Birmingham, AL tea party, all 8,000 strong, the cause was even more basic- we want to restore our constitutionally based republic. 

You mentioned in you response that if healthcare costs continued to sky-rocket, the federal government would not be able to provide financial assistance to students.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government provide financial assistance to students?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to help build green-energy.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government provide for green, or any other color, energy?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to help industries in trouble.  Where in the constitution is it mandated that the federal government is to assist troubled industry?  You stated that the federal government would not be able to have a national park system.  Again, where in the constitution is the federal government mandated to have and maintain the national park system? 

The only point you did make in the entire line up was the responsibility the federal government does have to our military, to provide for the common defense of the nation.  Taking care of our veterans is an obligation of the federal government despite the position of your administration that vets returning from combat should be watched closely to insure that they do not become home-grown terrorists.

No, Mr. Obama, the tea parties were not about healthcare, but about a federal government that has well exceeded the size and scope that is mandated by the U. S. Constitution, and the fact that we reject unconstitutional federal authority in favor of state and local authority.  You have marginalized the 1.2 million citizens, and I look forward to the day when that number doubles, then triples, and becomes a real threat to your administration.

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