But fortunately—or actually, unfortunately—we have a record by which to judge him.
Under President Obama, we’ve had four consecutive years of trillion dollar deficits. He’s amassed historic amounts of debt. In fact, on the very day that Beau Biden published his op-ed, our national debt hit and surpassed $16 trillion. President Obama has no plan to reduce the deficit, let alone pay down the debt. His idea of a solution is to raise taxes—even though out-of-control spending that is the key driver of debt—and he ironically calls this a “balanced approach.”
Contrast this record with his promises of four years ago. In 2008, Barack Obama decried the soaring national debt as “unpatriotic” and promised to put our nation on a more fiscally responsible course. But upon taking office, he passed a nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” and a massive government takeover of healthcare. His policies have served to constrict economic growth and in turn, shrink revenues. This approach is not merely unbalanced, but lopsided.
The president’s mantra on fiscal issues is this: kick the can down the road. He asks the next generation to pick up the tab for the fiscal irresponsibility of today. Except he doesn’t ask—that would imply our children and grandchildren had a choice in the matter—he instructs.
Or take the issue of Medicare. When he campaigned four years ago, President Obama claimed his opponent wanted to cut Medicare. But what did President Obama do when he took office? He cut Medicare to the tune of $700 billion to pay for his signature and single most important priority, Obamacare. His campaign has characterized these cuts as an “achievement.” But far from a bold step in the direction of entitlement reform, his actions merely broke his promise to seniors and did nothing to save Medicare for future generations.
Or take the issue of helping our veterans. Our unemployment rate hasn’t dipped below 8 percent since the beginning of Barack Obama’s administration. While he may talk a good game when it comes to veterans, they nonetheless find themselves looking for jobs in disproportionate numbers. That’s both devastating and unacceptable.
In all these areas and more, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan offer a better way forward. They believe that the way to reduce the deficit is to cut spending and grow our economy, recognizing that rarely does a government tax more in order to spend less. They have proposed a plan to maintain Medicare for current seniors but also keep the program solvent for future generations. And they would implement a series of economic policies which would create jobs—for veterans and all Americans—by promoting energy independence and encouraging small business, among other initiatives. The contrast with the Obama administration’s record couldn’t be greater, or more important.
Beau Biden’s op-ed is interestingly titled “Making the case for four more years.” But a closer look at President Obama’s record does exactly the opposite. It’s a compelling case for denying him a second term.
Mack represents Florida’s 14th district and is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.