Fences vs Bridges

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Debt Ceiling Debate: Obama’s Fences vs. the GOP’s Bridges

by Michael Angley

Political trench warfare reached a stalemate in Washington, DC this past week as the White House and GOP lawmakers continued to square off in the debt ceiling debate. President Obama put his thumb on the launch button of his party’s thermonuclear equivalent weapon, suggesting seniors may not get Social Security checks because of Republican intransigence in the talks. But beyond the simplistic jab and parry of tax hikes versus spending cuts, there’s something much more significant at stake: two vastly different visions of America’s future.

Despite Obama’s sudden head fake attempt to appear above the fray on the issue, he is not. Barack Obama is as far left as politicians come. He’s a product of his upbringing and radical influences, a culture that despises America’s capitalism and exceptionalism. In his America, one in every seven Americans is on food stamps, one in two households pays no federal taxes, and the wealth creators are vilified for their success.

It should be no surprise that Obama’s vision for America is to create as many wards of the state as he can, trapping more citizens in the utter despair of big government dependency. It is this kind of lefty mentality that drives his position on the debt ceiling debate. Tax hikes are the only solution in the mindset of the average liberal/Democrat/progressive/socialist/Marxist (you pick; they all mean the same thing).

In contrast, the GOP envisions an America where less government and more individual freedoms stimulate personal responsibility and independence. On the debt ceiling debate, spending cuts are a necessary (and commonsense) first order of business to control runaway debt and keep government in check. Tax hikes will only stifle business growth and stymie job creation.

I’ve got personal history with both visions, so I view this debate from a perspective most Americans don’t have. I grew up in the 1960s and 70s in the housing projects of Newark, NJ, in literally one of the most despairing environments one can imagine. It was big government-created misery, a mini-version of the welfare-state vision Obama has for the entire country.

My father was a blue-collar guy, and unlike most of my friends’ parents, he worked. The average “family” in the projects consisted of a single parent of several children on welfare, and because of that dependence, there was little incentive to work. My dad was severely disabled, partially paralyzed, yet he worked hard every day to support his family.

When I was a young boy I once asked him why he didn’t simply go on disability or welfare. He smiled and told me that once you accept government assistance, it’s hard to stop. He explained that government builds fences around people to trap them, but it is up to a man to build his own bridge out of poverty. After that I started to see the fences that surrounded the people who lived in the projects, fences made of welfare checks, food stamps, and other forms of assistance. They were content to live on just enough to survive, with no hope or promise of improving their lives.

My dad eventually built his bridge and pulled us out of poverty to a better life in a new city and state, and his lessons have stayed with me ever since. I grew into my conservative beliefs by example, seeing both the big government solution and the benefits of personal responsibility. There’s no comparison. Newark’s welfare culture was the most hopeless, bleak, and miserable existence I’ve ever experienced. The last thing I want to see is its expansion to the rest of America. Some days, I feel like we’re almost there.

On the debt ceiling debate, the choice is clear. We can allow Obama and the asylum-running lunatic Senate Democrats to push us closer to a total welfare state where we’re all penned inside fences we can’t see beyond, or we can allow the GOP to end the madness and help us all build bridges to a greater future. It starts with taking a stand. The time is now.

The Republicans in the House and Senate must stand strong, do not cave-in or waiver. Mitch McConnell’ s attempt at undercutting the GOP is doomed to failure but the damage has been done. This fight isn’t about putting the blame on Obama, it’s about doing what’s right for the country, cutting the spending and cutting the deficit and balancing the budget. 


We had Obama on the ropes but now he thinks he has an opening, he sees weakness in our ranks and that cannot happen.

Senator McConnell, if you don’t have the stomach for this fight then I suggest you recuse yourself as leader of the Senate and let a man or woman with some guts take the leadership reins and get this job done.

Tom in NC 

H/T Big Government

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6 responses to “Fences vs Bridges

  1. Bravo and well said. How any person with a shred of common sense can buy into the Obama big government state of mind, without showing they do not have a mind, is beyond me.

  2. Our beleaguered seniors may have to forfeit their hard earned social security checks and go without…but obama will make sure it’s nice and comfy for the hamas “refugees” he’s about to let in at a cool 20.3 million dollar expense to the tax payers…see below his latest bill just passed in secret.

    News June 24, 2011
    Jun 24 2011

    The Voice of the White House

    Washington, D.C., June 23, 2011: “What’s next before the Muslims take over?
    HB 1388 PASSED

    You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States ; housing, food, transportation, the whole enchilada.

    HB 1388 PASSED

    Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U.S. Needs to know….

    H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it…

    It wasn’t mentioned on the news… Just went by on the ticker tape> at the bottom of the CNN screen.

    Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that did not, and will not, make the headlines.

    By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in “migration assistance” to the Palestinian refugees and “conflict victims” in Gaza ..

    The “presidential determination” (ain’t that nice?) which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register.

    Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing, transportation and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

    Now we learn that he is allowing thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

    These important, and insightful, issues are being “lost” in the blinding bail-outs and “stimulation” packages.

    Doubtful? To verify this for yourself:

  3. Outstanding op-ed, Tom! “Fence vs. Bridges” – what a great metaphor.

    The Founding Fathers would be proud of your father — for his common sense, respect-for-self, and fierce independence.

    We all know that getting more and more Americans to become dependent on government largesse is untenable. When is the breaking point?….

  4. Christ the King be Lord of Our Nations. This is terrible! Yasser Arafat started the 1st Gulf war to make Kuwait a Palestinian Homeland with the help of Saddam. Do you know ye owe these people nothing! It is nice to be nice but there are exceptions. So soon you’ll have a nice little Fifth Column residing in the land of the free. Another pawn being pushed into place by Caliph Obama. God bless America because now more than ever you’ll need it! My heart bleeds over all this. When I was young i always wanted to go to USA. Now they wouldn’t leave me in because of a parking ticket! But if I’m a terrorist…

  5. Yes Lone, that’s right……Terrorists, Drug Runners and Illegal Aliens are all welcomed with open arms by the crazed, ego-maniacal Dictator, squatting in the White House.


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