Obama – Dividing By Age

August 6, 2012 3:10 pm 1 comment

Author’s Note: This article addresses seven segments into which the President has divided the electorate.  It will be presented in seven installments.

A Challenge to 2012 Voters – Place National Interests Ahead of Personal Interests

Installment One – Dividing by Age

Preface: Reading this article may generate various responses. Readers may be amused, annoyed, angered, enraged but none should be confused.  The article isn’t politically correct.  Sacred cows will not be spared.  Oxen will be gored.  Still, thoughtful readers may find challenging questions that – in their heart of hearts – lead them to consider whether they are (1) part of the problem (2) love their country sufficiently to become part of the solution by placing national interests ahead of personal interests.

It shouldn’t be news that one of Obama’s re-election campaign strategies is to divide the electorate into segments loyal to him and thereby conquer the Republican presidential candidate.  Obama’s carefully crafted divisions thus far include: age; economic status; gender, national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation.  Each segment will be addressed with questions and challenges directed to members of that segment.

Attention Younger Voters – in recognition of your short attention span – your questions & challenges are stated now as well as later.  After perusing them, please extend your attention span; read further and identify reasons behind your questions & challenges.

In deference to older voters, your challenges also follows.

Questions for younger voters:

(1) Is it in the best interest of the USA for Obama to continue spending the nation into insolvency while further weakening the U.S. Dollar as a world currency?

(2) Is it in your best interest to inherit a monumental debt load likely to increase exponentially if Obama has another four years of “greater flexibility”?

(3) Does Obama represent your values and aspirations for the nation’s future?

Challenges to younger voters:

  • Decide if Obama is leaving you a fair legacy with his refusal to address: deficit spending; higher national debt; unfunded liabilities. 
  • Watch the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s America”.  Decide if Obama represents your values and deserves a second term to reshape the USA.
  • If you can’t watch the movie, visit this website and read former P&G VP, Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to President Obama”. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

Challenges to older voters: if you don’t know you’re “toast” as Obama divides by age – you’d better “wake up and smell the coffee” while you can still afford it.

  • Watch the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s America”.  Decide if Obama represents your values and deserves a second term to reshape the USA.
  • If you can’t watch the movie, visit this website and read former P&G VP, Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to President Obama”. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) – as Senate Majority Leader and, later, U. S. President – was renowned for “inviting” his fellow politicians on both sides of the aisle: “Come, let us reason together.” On each such occasion, LBJ was quoting Isaiah 1:18.  Some Bible scholars say: Isaiah spoke for God; “Clearly the call carries with it the force of a command: let us reason together, or settle our differences.”

President Obama used the verse 02/15/2011 but, within hours, issued a veto threat against the House GOP “continuing resolution” that did not fund the government to Obama’s specifications. Both LBJ and Obama intended their invitations as “command performances” wherein their political adversaries were expected to cave in to Democrat proposals.

I’m no admirer of LBJ as will be evident in a later installment.  Although I have no authority to call upon U.S. voters to reason together, these articles are directed at voters who still have the intellectual honesty to: examine vital U.S. issues; hopefully accept a personal challenge to decide which is more important to them Individually: the overall best interests of the nation; their personal aspirations and sense of entitlement.

Dividing by Age

A “Houston Chronicle” political cartoon – dating back to 11/12/2011 – is emblematic of this Obama division.  The offending cartoon depicted two unemployed college graduates – burdened with student loans – being harassed by two wealthy oldsters to “get jobs and fund Social Security and Medicare”.

While that cartoon may have resonated with youthful voters – who, as did the cartoonist, lack critical thinking skills regardless of educational attainment – it was erroneous and mean-spirited regarding oldsters.

The cartoonist may have read a survey claiming older U.S. citizens have substantially greater net worth than younger citizens.  That report also stated: “Housing was the main driver of these divergent wealth trends.  Rising home equity was the linchpin of older households’ higher wealth in 2009 compared with their 1984 counterparts.  Declining home wealth was one factor in young households’ lower wealth.

Translation: oldsters – some who matured at an early age during the great depression – paid greater down payments (or cash) for their homes and avoided risky Adjustable Rate Mortgages and other seductive financial instruments.  Does Obama advocate oldsters greater wealth – a significant portion of which includes their homes – should be appropriated by the government and spread among younger citizens?

If so, how will Obama accomplish his redistribution of oldster wealth?  In seeking relief for upside-down mortgage holders, Obama waxed poetic as he described: “our homes, the place where we invest our nest egg, place where we raise our family, the place where we plant roots in a community, the place where we build memories”.

So, will Obama now deny oldsters home ownership because they made more prudent home buying and mortgage choices than youngsters?  Are oldsters to lose their homes where they: invested their nest eggs; raised their families; planted roots in a community; built memories?  Would this not deny home ownership to oldsters’ heirs?

Will Obama issue one of his Executive Orders requiring oldsters to either:

  • permanently share a defined portion of their homes with homeless “occupiers”;
  • sell their homes and send half the proceeds to the IRS to redistribute;
  • take a reverse mortgage and cash in their home equity with only 25% to the IRS?

After the 11/12/2011 cartoon published, “Chronicle” letter-writers stated several valid reasons for the wealth gap and, correctly, dismissed implications the administration should step in and re-distribute oldsters’ wealth to youngsters.  No elected politician or bureaucrat is qualified to redistribute private wealth.  Oldsters made prudent decisions to accumulate their wealth.  Obama wasn’t elected to dictate how they use their wealth.

The cartoonist also ignored the fact many oldsters provide financial assistance to their children, grandchildren and other young relatives.  Indeed, many grandparents are raising grandchildren whose parents are unavailable, unable or unfit to fulfill their responsibilities. The willingness of grandparents to provide financial assistance to grandchildren was evidenced by a “Houston Chronicle” 11/12/2011 report of an elderly couple who wired nearly $12,000 to a scam artist claiming to be their grandson.

However – not content with fomenting class warfare on the basis of income and net worth – Obama elected to sow seeds of distrust and envy among younger citizens.

Younger voters who are attracted to Obama’s charisma and rhetoric – as well as his hinted, possible forgiveness of their student loans – would be well-advised to consider:

  • When Obama was sworn in as President, the national debt was $10.6 trillion.

Under Obama’s watch, the national debt has increased to $15.8 trillion, a 49% increase and, in total, greater than annual GDP, Gross Domestic Product. (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/tdhome.htm)

  • A June 2009 report (http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba662) estimated the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare in excess of $100 trillion, about seven times greater than annual GDP.
    • Those unfunded liabilities continued to increase in the past three years.
  • Obama has done nothing to reduce the national debt or unfunded liabilities.  He appointed a bipartisan panel to study the national debt; the panel recommended tough solutions; Obama rejected their solutions as too tough.

Questions for younger voters:

(1)  Is it in the best interest of the USA for Obama to continue spending the nation into insolvency while further weakening the U.S. Dollar as a world currency?

(2)  Is it in your best interest to inherit a monumental debt load likely to increase exponentially if Obama has another four years of “greater flexibility”?

(3)  Does Obama represent your values and aspirations for the nation’s future?

Challenges to younger voters:

  • Decide if Obama is leaving you a fair legacy with his refusal to address: deficit spending; higher national debt; unfunded liabilities. 
  • Watch the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s America”.  Decide if Obama represents your values and deserves a second term to reshape the USA.
  • If you can’t watch the movie, visit this website and read former P&G VP, Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to President Obama”. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

Challenges to older voters: if you don’t know you’re “toast” as Obama divides by age – you’d better “wake up and smell the coffee” while you can still afford it.

  • Watch the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s America”.  Decide if Obama represents your values and deserves a second term to reshape the USA.
  • If you can’t watch the movie, visit this website and read former P&G VP, Lou Pritchett’s “Open Letter to President Obama”. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

1 Comment

  • Obama is also dividing families.
    I find many older people — due to having lived through the Depression — are having long ago fears from that period rekindled and are almost looking to Obama as the Savior…”I believe in him” says an in law.

    Ironically, should he win, he will bankrupt some of their own children’s businesses with regs, the demands of Obamacare, etc.

    I wonder if the country was like it is becoming now just before the American Civil War.

    I am now looking for another nation to retire in and about to put my house on the market. As soon as my elderly parents pass away, I may well be “out of here.”

    Oppressive President who is very much ignoring certain laws — ironically — much like the Jim Crow laws.
    He and Eric Holder seem to have “pay back” at the heart of their meanderings.

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