Obama’s Big Government Bus Tour

17 Aug

President Obama 2012 re-election strategy is now crystal clear. In recent days the president has pivoted from his ridiculous claims ranging from green shoots to a full-blown recovery to acknowledging that the economy is in very bad shape and then hammer home the need for government to provide the impetus for recovery . Of course Obama makes clear that this current slowdown is not due to his or his party’s policies but of course because of the actions of George Bush and now more recently an onslaught of “Bad Luck” including the Japanese earthquake, the uprising in the Middle East, and the European economic issues.

Yesterday in Iowa on what the White House is calling the “Rural Tour” (a very condescending term which deserves a separate post of its own) the president made this statement;

When you sit in some of these breakout sessions, I had no idea who was Democrat, who was Republican, who was independent.  What everybody understood was there are times when government can make a huge difference.  There are times where that SBA office or that USDA office can make all the difference in the world…And so it’s a very practical way of thinking about these problems.  It’s not either/or.  It’s a recognition that the prime driver of economic growth and jobs is going to be our people and the private sector and our businesses.  But you know what, government can help.

It is Obama’s attempt to convince those who are proponents of a limited and fiscally responsible federal government and the potential for individuals, unhindered by the oppression of government regulations and excessive tax policies, to create jobs and lead the recovery to buy into his big government ideology.

Obama is trying to convince those who are sympathetic to the tea party movement that economic recovery is not possible without government solutions and these solutions require investment (government spending) and the tax increases necessary to fund the investment.

People in middle America are telling the president that they reject the far left ideology of this administration and he has responded the only way he knows how;

The President announced a series of initiatives that leverage existing programs and funding to help small businesses and to meet other critical needs in rural communities.  This included:

  • Committing up to $350 million in SBA growth capital to investors in rural small businesses over the next 5 years
  • Launching a series of events to connect private equity and venture capital investors with rural start ups
  • Creating teams to link federal funding opportunities with private investors interested in making rural investments
  • Making job search information available at 2,800 local USDA offices nationwide
  • Making HHS loans available to help more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals recruit additional staff
  • Helping rural hospitals purchase software and hardware to implement health IT

So in his mind Obama believes that he can maintain the detrimental actions of excessive federal spending and borrowing, the oppressive job killing regulations of the EPA, and the well publicized pro-union actions of the NLRB as long as he throws some government goodies to the folks in “Rural America”. Mr. President, rural Americans are not stupid and they will not fall for your pathetic pandering.

The actions of the administration do not match the rhetoric. Obama may say, “It’s a recognition that the prime driver of economic growth and jobs is going to be our people and the private sector and our businesses.” but at every turn, the agencies of this administration are hindering and restricting the people and businesses in the private sector.

UPDATE: ******************************************************************************************************************

I just found this comment on Politico from Democrat ex-senator from Arkansas Blanche Lincoln, commenting on the Obama bus tour and his detrimental EPA regulations;

For instance, the administration is currently considering a revision to federal standards for ground level ozone pollution that as many as 90 percent of U.S. counties would be unable to attain. Revised just three years ago, communities are still working to meet the current standard. If the EPA moves to lower the standard again, counties from coast to coast would be pushed into noncompliance status, resulting in significant disruption and new costs that undermine the president’s plans for providing opportunities for small business growth and creating American jobs – especially in rural America.


Posted by on August 17, 2011 in politics


6 responses to “Obama’s Big Government Bus Tour

  1. Pedro

    August 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    “at every turn, the agencies of this administration are hindering and restricting the people and businesses in the private sector”. I believe this to be truthful but there are many who do not recognize how, or in what way. I think that citing some data – economic links – would help some of our fellow citizens to understand which policies are hurting us, and how and why they are hurting us. We cannot simply charge the administration with hurtful conduct. Is it Obamacare and/or Cap and Tax that are hindering recovery? Are there foreign policy decisions hindering recovery? Threatening to revoke tax breaks for the wealthiest? What, how, and why is what needs to be exposed.

    And of course the continued spending, even on little things like a million dollar tour bus built in America? Oops, that bus was built in Canada.

  2. Corporate Sustainability Management

    August 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Happy to see that our president is doing bus tours like a common man to talk to each individual, this is the right time to put the real issues in front of Barack.

    • Dean K. Ehran

      August 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      The common man is busy struggling to put food on the table, not glad-handing around the country in $2.2 million buses. The president is working on his image, not on our economic realities. Its a shame he doesn’t take fiscal policy as seriously as he takes campaigning.

  3. Dean K. Ehran

    August 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    More government…great. Its not bureaucracy, its BARACKRACY!

  4. Wnddll

    August 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I was sadly amused at b.o. while on his “listen to the average American” campaign tour. While being confronted by the Tea Party dude, he retorted to the guy, “you’re not listening to me!” He has said several times over the last 2 1/2 years that he didn’t explain himself well enough to us. That may well be true as he didn’t explain at all what he meant by “fundamentally transforming America” to anybody. But his actions now speak volumes to us and we understand the road he is taking us down. Those that still get chills up their leg from him are either uneducated idiots or also embrace the destruction of this country.


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