Birthdays are a ‘big deal’ in my family. When I was a kid, children’s birthdays were celebrated with not one, but two parties: one for friends, one for family. And although we never had the money for extravagant gifts, even adult birthdays included large family gatherings with lots of laughter and love. So even though lately I’m not so enthused about that whole aging thing, I’ve always looked forward to my birthday.
That is until the President stole my birthday.
You see, Barack Obama and I were both born on August 4. And yes, I can produce my birth certificate. My friends on both sides of the aisle (no really, some of my best friends are Liberals,) find this extraordinarily funny, and for the last four years on my birthday the talk is all about whatever lavish Birthday Bash Obama will have this year.
Of course I’m really not so narcissistic that I can’t share my birthday; after all there’s a lot of other folks born on August 4th. No, what’s really got me down is that while the President is charging $38,000 a person to blow out his birthday candles with the first family and George Clooney, America is in serious trouble.
For starters, while the White House is madly spinning the latest jobs report, the ‘official’ unemployment rate has risen to 8.3%. The President claims he created 163,000 new jobs last month, but another 195,000 jobs were lost, and the labor participation rate has now fallen to an alarming 63.7%. When we include individuals who have given up on finding a job, the unemployment rate rises to 15%. Not much to celebrate there.
Despite the high unemployment rates and dismal GDP growth, under the President’s direction government spending continues to skyrocket and the national debt has now reached $15.9 trillion. Congress hasn’t passed a budget since 2009, but Obama and the Democrats are doing their darndest to delay any budgetary action until after the election. Even worse, they are trying to hide the fact that the upcoming defense cuts will cost the nation an estimated one million jobs next year.
The other hidden post-election surprises include massive tax increases on American families and businesses. Without congressional action, on January 1, 2013, taxes will increase by $494 billion, and that’s only implementing 5 of the 18 new taxes included in Obamacare. Over the next 10 years, Obamacare alone will impose an additional $1 trillion in new taxes. By all estimations, ‘Taxmageddon 2013’ will devastate GDP and plunge the nation into a new recession, if not a full-blown depression.
In addition to the economic chaos Obama’s leadership has created, the President’s attitude towards our constitutional rights is disturbing at best. In what appears to have been part of some twisted agenda regarding the 2nd Amendment, the Administration allegedly allowed thousands of guns to be sold to known drug cartels on the Mexican border. And in a shocking betrayal of Catholics and other Christians, the President’s rules will force all Americans to financially support and promote abortion despite our religious objections. It’s hard to celebrate when our own government is putting us in danger and trampling on our religious freedoms.
So while Obama celebrated his birthday in style, a growing number of Americans are growing tired of the ‘Celebrity-Circuit-President’ and his policies. But it’s my birthday too, and I have a few things on my wish list. Assuming the Ruger.380 True Texan Coyote Special is out of your price-range, what I’d really like for my birthday is a new President. It’s really up to you, the American voters. And guess what, Mitt Romney’s birthday is March 12.