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Monday, December 23, 2013

The President Replies to KoopaTV!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Took him a long time.

Readers may recall that I vowed to send President Barack Hussein Obama a link to Jessie Go Jr. Remedial Algebra during the US federal government shutdown. I did that over two months ago. One month ago I disclosed what the contents of my message was, and that President Barack Hussein Obama never replied. I said,
"In the meantime, Barack Hussein Obama definitely never responded. So much for the most transparent presidency in the history of America."
Turns out he might've seen that and decided to reply. Take it away, President.

"Thank you for writing.  I have heard from many Americans about Government spending and our national debt, and I appreciate your perspective.

This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it.  After decades of eroding middle-class security and after a recession that plunged our economy into a crisis from which we are still fighting to recover, it is time to construct an economy built to last.  To put our Nation back on a path of living within our means, we must cut wasteful spending, ask all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and make tough choices on some things we cannot afford.

Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reduce the Federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion—mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.  As a result, we are more than halfway toward the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we must address the rising cost of health care for an aging population.  The Affordable Care Act is helping us meet that challenge, and the entitlement reforms I have proposed would take us even further.  But we should also do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and the well-connected.  The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses expand and hire, ensures billionaires cannot work the system and pay a lower rate than their hardworking secretaries, and reduces tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that are creating jobs right here at home.

We know these reforms will not be easy, and neither side will get 100 percent of what they want.  But Congress must set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in the future.  The greatest Nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.

An economy built to last also demands we renew the American values of fair play and shared responsibility—principles that must guide our approach to solving our Nation’s deficit problem.  Just as we extended middle-class tax cuts to help working families, I am pursuing the end of costly tax breaks and special deductions for the highest-income Americans and biggest corporations.  I have repeatedly called on Congress to stop giving away $4 billion a year in oil and gas subsidies to an industry that has never been more profitable, and instead, to pass clean energy tax credits to cultivate a market for innovation in clean energy technology.  I also proposed a fee on big banks and other major financial institutions to recoup taxpayer assistance that was crucial to saving our economy.

To prevent Congress from worsening our deficit outlook, I pushed for and signed into law pay-as-you-go rules for Congress—rules critical to creating the surpluses of the 1990s.  Additionally, I established the Campaign to Cut Waste, which is aggressively rooting out misspent tax dollars, and sent Congress the Consolidating and Reforming Government Act to reinstate the authority past presidents have had to streamline the Executive Branch and create a leaner, more efficient Federal Government.  Through these and other efforts, we can reduce the deficit and ensure a more stable future for our children.


Thank you, again, for writing.  To learn more about our budget, please visit www.Budget.gov.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama"

Before I address what a terrible reply this is considering what my original message was to Barack Hussein Obama, let's go over what little substance there is of his remarks, paragraph by paragraph.

"After decades of eroding middle-class security and after a recession that plunged our economy into a crisis from which we are still fighting to recover, it is time to construct an economy built to last.  To put our Nation back on a path of living within our means, we must cut wasteful spending, ask all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and make tough choices on some things we cannot afford."
Eroding would make it go down over the decades.

So Barack Hussein Obama has been president for five years now. Why is it only NOW "time to construct an economy built to last"? ...What does that even mean? Is he not taking any responsibility in his part of how bad the economy is doing? Now, let's note that "put our Nation back on a path of living within our means" part for later.
"Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to reduce the Federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion—mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.  As a result, we are more than halfway toward the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances."
To ACTUALLY stabilize the country's finances, we need a balanced budget. That $2.5 trillion and $4 trillion part? That's over 10 years. That means nothing, because future Congresses are not tied to or obligated to be part of any plan made by past Congresses. Obama is talking deficit reduction that has not happened yet as already happening, which is blatant lying. An idea featuring actual cuts is like Senator Rand Paul's Penny Plan, where the government cuts spending by 1% every year for 5 years. That's projected to balance the budget. Barack Hussein Obama's idea of a cut is reducing the rate in which government expands. So you're still spending more than last year, but you're spending less than originally projected. That's not a cut. The only way to balance the budget, or, as Obama put it, "put our Nation back on a path of living within our means", is to actually cut.
"To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we must address the rising cost of health care for an aging population.  The Affordable Care Act is helping us meet that challenge, and the entitlement reforms I have proposed would take us even further.  But we should also do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and the well-connected.  The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses expand and hire, ensures billionaires cannot work the system and pay a lower rate than their hardworking secretaries, and reduces tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that are creating jobs right here at home."
Yet Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat Party, along with many in the Republican Party, refuse to replace the tax code with ideas like The Fair Tax and Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan. The only way to really get rid of loopholes and deductions and for a fairer, flatter code is to replace it entirely. As for Obama's "billionaires pay a lower rate than their hardworking secretaries" nonsense, that's just rhetoric and preys on people not understanding the economics of capital investment. As for Obamacare, Obamacare increases the cost of healthcare. Disturbing enough, Obama talks about "saving money" by taking more of our money, like he's doing us this big favour by taking less of our money by force of a gun.
We know these reforms will not be easy, and neither side will get 100 percent of what they want.  But Congress must set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in the future.  The greatest Nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
Here President Barack Hussein Obama is referring to the sequester, which he agreed to and insisted on. Whatever, both parties are to blame here. "Smart savings and wise investments in the future" don't mean shit.
"I have repeatedly called on Congress to stop giving away $4 billion a year in oil and gas subsidies to an industry that has never been more profitable, and instead, to pass clean energy tax credits to cultivate a market for innovation in clean energy technology."
Obama keeps talking about what's fair, but what's actually fair is to end subsidies for everyone and keep the tax code flat and simple, without any loopholes or whatnot to specific industries. After all, he earlier said to eliminate deductions and loopholes. That includes the green energy lobby.

Obama's whole stuff about eliminating waste is what every president claims anyway, so there's nothing to talk about there. To a Keynesian, there is no such thing as government waste. The so-called Campaign To Cut Waste also not true or effective, according to Senator Coburn's Wastebook. There's no substance to anything Obama said to begin with. He wants "fairness" but that means he supports rigging the playing field for his pet projects. He supports deficit reduction yet doesn't care about the debt. He didn't talk about the debt at all in his reply yet acknowledges that my message was about the debt. Perhaps he wants to confuse people into thinking the "debt" and "deficit" are the same. By definition, "living within our means" means a balanced budget, which he refuses to support. He talks of the Clinton-Gingrich-era budget surpluses, yet he doesn't support the policies that gets to those.

Now, here's something really insulting: You know that reply that took The White House two months to make? President Barack Hussein Obama sent the same reply to other people. The same wording. And he's been doing that for years. If he really was thanking me for writing, he would've written something a bit more personal. Even his "thank you" isn't personal!

After reading through Obama's bullshit, let's take another look at what I actually wrote about to him. It was about the philosophies behind the debt ceiling, needing to know math, that people should play Jessie Go Jr. Remedial Algebra, and that America's increasing debt is a leadership problem. 

NONE of that was addressed. Not even close. There's a reason I deemed it a "First Family" issue and not a "Budget" issue or whatever. It was to address Obama's own personal deficiency. You'd think if he actually participated in the Hour Of Code (which I have by now, and you still can, too!) instead of talking a big game, he'd be a bit wiser to the fundamentals of math taught in Jessie Go Jr. Remedial Algebra. Say there is a budget. You're getting a certain amount of revenue per year. You're spending a certain amount of money per year. There is a difference between the two numbers. We'll call it X.

Spending = Revenue + X

X can be a negative number if there is a surplus, or a positive number if there is a deficit. What is "X"? It's Spending - Revenue. That and other lessons are indirectly present in Jessie Go Jr. Remedial Algebra, which Barack Hussein Obama completely ignored. You want "X" to be negative if you're paying down the debt or 0.

You know, why bother taking two months if you won't even acknowledge a thing I wrote about, Barack Hussein Obama? Your reply is a pack of lies. It's irrelevant. For all that talk about "creating jobs", why not hire people to write unique replies? That "creates jobs" and might actually add value because you don't get a bunch of pissed off bloggers attacking you and causing ever lower poll numbers. No wonder Obama declared war on bloggers! Because believe me, even though I'm absolutely flabbergasted I got a reply, I'm very, very disappointed in it. You should be too.

However, there is one very interesting lesson here. The White House managed to eventually send a reply. It took two months, but they did. Electronic Arts is taking six months and counting to give a reply to KoopaTV about what is going on with the Madden Curse movie. It's been three years since it was announced, with no updates since that announcement. The White House is under no obligation to have consumer satisfaction. EA is an actual business, and they are supposed to aim for that. So... even though by NO means am I satisfied with Barack Hussein Obama, I'm actually more satisfied with his pack of lies than I am with EA's covert cover-up of the Madden Curse movie.

That's pretty pathetic.


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