This week is bound to be a crazy week in D.C. as a lot of important issues are going to be put to the table. One of the biggest conundrums that Obama faces is putting forth a budget that he feels will help the American people prosper over the next few years. Rumors have it, Obama’s budget will include cutting certain fundamental liberal programs such as social security and medicare. Of course, there are conditions to Obama pushing for these cuts, and they include Republicans trying to cater to his every other wish and desire as the budget is crafted.
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While all of this Capitol Hill gossip has been going on in the last few days, liberals in the media have been freaking out and throwing a fit that Obama has abandoned the liberal agenda. Articles on Salon, The Huffington Post, and MSNBC’s website have all lamented President Obama’s bill as a betrayal of the liberal ideals that he ran on last year. To me, I think that Obama is possibly realizing that he has hurt a lot of Americans financially by trying to play by the rules of leftist media entities and trying to make a change for the better. While I see more than a few things in Obama’s budget that I have strong disagreements with as a conservative, I will say that this proposal, if it is the proposal that gets put forward,is a sign that Obama may have seen the light when it comes to a way in which we can truly fix the ailing American economy. This would be cutting entitlement programs.
To myself and millions of other Americans, entitlement programs are of the biggest killers of a truly capitalist economy.Yes, I think that there should be safety nets put in place to protect the most vulnerable in society, but Obama has recently taken what was intentionally supposed to provide support for impoverished Americans and turned the U.S.A. into an extremist welfare state. From implementing his socialistic Obamacare program to extending unemployment benefits, Obama has tried his best to cement Americans’ independence on the government. While, I think that Obamacare should be repealed long before cuts to medicare and social security are made, the simple fact is that this he is never going to get behind repealing a bill that was the landmark legislation of his administration. That’s why he has his eye on medicare and social security, and I think that making Americans less dependent on these programs is a good thing.
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Yes, medicare and social security were supposed to provide protection for retirees when they were originally introduced, but they have been proven to not be feasible over the last few years. That’s why they need to be reformed. Cutting funding to these programs, which simply don’t work, will cause leaders on Capitol Hill to try to find a better solution to the problem of how to help retirees in this country, and this will help future Americans be able to live more comfortably in the future. Yes, many people may think that this will hurt the elderly who currently live in the U.S.A., but this is simply not true. The way that these cuts will be made happens gradually over time, and it will allow those who are reliant on these programs to have a safety net. This, while controversial, must be done, and I have to give Obama some props for proposing such a controversial piece of legislation.
But why now you ask? Why would Obama make such a bold move and risk losing his support from the left? There are a few reasons that come to mind. The first, less likely reason, is that this is his last term and he realizes that he does not have to pander anymore. Due to the fact that he’s probably going to go into the book writing business after, this is probably not the reason, but you never know. The more likely reason, to me, is that Obama knows that we will probably go to war with North Korea in the future.If this happens, we will need to funnel our resources into efforts in that country, and extending ourselves by allowing the unsuccessful entitlement programs in this country to continue will take away from protecting ourselves and our allies. While you may think this is an extremist way of thinking, I truly believe that this could be the main reason that Obama has proposed one of his most conservative budgets to date.
No matter what the reason, I would like to reiterate that Obama gets kudos in my book for presenting such a risky plan. While I disagree with other things in the budget, it is brave of him to finally do what he thinks is best for the American people. Some of you may never say a nice word about Obama, but I am the type of person who give credit where credit is due. That’s why I am commending him on presenting this new budget and hoping that he uses this as a stepping stone to embrace more conservative ideals in his policies. When that day comes, maybe he can help America truly heal from the wounds that his administration has caused.
May God Bless America,
The Generation X Conservative