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Chuck Pinkey

October 23, 2012

Time to change our direction and president

Remember the old movie, “Mr. Mom,” starring Michael Keaton? It’s about a father who lost his job, and his wife must now work to support the family. He takes over the care of the house, yard, meals and their young children.

Our hero finds this a daunting task. Diapers, midnight feedings, grease fires in the kitchen, grocery shopping, laundry and taking the kids to school overwhelm him.

Things go “south” in a hurry, and to compound his problems even more, his wife proves to be very successful in her new job. Thus leaving “Mr. Mom” to sink or swim with no relief in sight.

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, “I’ll be back.” More on this novice in a minute; let’s talk about another. I have never been an Obama supporter, but every president deserves a chance, and I was hoping he would bring something fresh to the national scene. Politicians and pundits call this the “Honeymoon Period.”

As in the movie, things went “south” in a hurry. ABC News estimates that $160 million to $170 million was spent on Obama’s inauguration. These things always cost a ton of money, and not all of it is taxpayer-funded, but facing “the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression,” a $160 million party seemed a bit much!

This was followed by an almost trillion-dollar stimulus spending package, the government and union takeover of GM, the forced feeding of Obamacare, and trillion-dollar deficits ad infinitum. We are spending $4 billion a day more than we are taking in, and bankruptcies are at an all-time high.

Dozens of czars were appointed, billions wasted on failed “green energy” companies, 923 executive orders were issued, and gas and oil drilling permits on federal lands were cut by at least one-third. The coal industry was crippled by regulation, the Keystone pipeline was stopped, and guess what? A gallon of gas is now more than $4.

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