Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
President Harry Truman often said, "The buck stops here." He even had a little plaque that sat on his desk in the Oval Office, bearing that motto. It served as a great reminder that he was ultimately responsible for what went on in his administration. Truman said, "The President—whoever he is—has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job."
Fast forward 60 years to the Obama administration. We have a president who doesn't seem to realize he is the man at the helm; he is responsible.
Today's latest Obama news from Beijing, China made me see red: Obama: Too much debt could fuel double-dip recession:
"President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession."
..."It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession," Obama said.
True, the debt is piling up. Lookie Mr. Obama! Click the link to see the Federal Budget Deficit as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product at a glance. The graph shows this year's amount of 9.9% is over 3 times that of last year's. (That would be President Bush's deficit, a level that alarmed conservatives like me.)
But with all due respect to the office of the president, who do you think pushed/is pushing for all that deficit spending? Obama said the Stimulus was absolutely necessary to prevent unemployment from going above 9%; it is currently at 10.2%--more accurately, it's over 17%. (The Stimulus jobs haven't even been created.) Who took over GM? Who is pushing for Cap and Trade? Who is saying we must reform health care even though it carries an unsustainable price tag?
If the President is looking for someone to blame, he can just look in the mirror. The buck stops there.