Herman Cain's Commentary Archive 2009-2012

September 19, 2010

We’re in a spending nightmare

September 19, 2010
By Herman Cain 

There’s an old saying that, when you are in a hole, stop digging.

The president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-controlled Congress are in a deep political ditch, and they won’t stop digging.

The Health Care Deform bill was passed by Congress and signed by the president against the will of a majority of the American people. Passage of the Cap and Trade and Tax and Kill bill passed the House against the will of the people, and the members who signed it did not even read it.

The $862 billion non-stimulus bill has not worked as advertised, so they passed another emergency $26 billion “jobs bill” (code for more payoffs to the unions). Last week, the Senate passed a $30 billion so-called small business loan fund that the House will pass and the president will probably sign.

Now the president has proposed another $50 billion stimulus bill for roads, rails and runways to give the appearance of doing something to stimulate the economy, when he and his advisors have shown no clue as to how to stimulate the economy.

The president does not seem to care that 55 percent of voters polled do not agree with this latest so-called stimulus, and that people have awakened to the fact that all of this spending is not working.

And! Harry Reid has added an amnesty provision to a defense appropriations bill. First, it is totally illogical to attach an amnesty amendment to this bill. And calling it the “Dream Act” does not mitigate the billions of dollars it would add to the spending nightmare we are in right now.

Secondly, Reid’s amendment is clearly a desperate attempt to try to attract Hispanic voters in the upcoming November elections. It rewards the children of illegal immigrants who have managed to stay in this country long enough without getting deported. And of course, we would not want to punish the children just because their parents came to this country illegally as the liberals would argue.

Obama and Reid have obviously forgotten that nearly 15 million people cannot find jobs because the Democrats’ spending policies have not stimulated the economy. They are ignoring the latest report that 44 million people (one of seven) are surviving below the poverty level. The national debt of nearly $14 trillion ($45,000 per man woman and child living in the USA) is not sustainable, while this Congress and president continue to generate trillion dollar annual deficits, and propose programs that would only make the situation worse.

President Obama convinced Democrats to walk the plank on the failed non-stimulus bill and the health care legislation, so most Democrats running for Congress are not running on the spending bills or their legislative accomplishments. They know that voters are not happy with the spending or the health care legislation, and that they are in a hole politically.

At the same time, their leaders are asking them to dig the hole even deeper.
Some incumbent Republicans are also in a hole, and are being upset in primary elections. Just ask Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Delaware). They were defeated by non-establishment candidates Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell, respectively.

Political arrogance, reckless spending and passing reckless legislation have defined this administration and Congress. Voters are fed up and waking up – and will show up at the polls in November 2010 and beyond.

This nightmare is destroying America, but voters are no longer asleep.