President faked to center then to left

Media reported President Barack Obama’s nod to fiscal reform this week—he froze federal employee salaries for two years, projecting a savings of more than $5 billion. The president’s love of basketball came in handy as he faked to center.

Obama’s move came after his administration pushed for growth in the federal employee sector. The Washington Times said the administration grew that sector, “by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.” To accomplish that growth, the US Office of Personnel Management created the ‘End to End Hiring Initiative’ to fill positions that would be vacated by employees slated to retire.

Obama moved left (repeatedly) by stressing the federal government cannot “afford” to give a tax break to those the government considers wealthy.

As Obama spoke (repeatedly) about the tax increase he wants on the so-called wealthy, the US Dept. of State announced allocating $1 million to send 15 artists abroad to do community art. The Bronx Museum of the Arts was tapped to administer the grant.

Asked what type of artist the Museum might be looking for, the director told The New York Times about an artist she admired. That artist “created special sneakers and distributed them to people in Tijuana who were planning to cross the border into the United States. Each pair was equipped with a compass, flashlight, painkillers and insoles printed with maps of the border area.”

As Congress convened the Lame Duck session with Democrats still in control, the US sugar program was in full swing. Citizens Against Government Waste detailed the cronyism: “The wealthiest one percent of sugar farmers receives 60 percent of the subsidies.  The sugar program inflates the price of sugar to at least twice the world price of the commodity…”

CAGW said eliminating the sugar program would save taxpayers more than $800 million over a five-year period.

Obama has pulled another fake to the left by pushing for the DREAM Act. No one has costed this bill officially, so the numbers are all over the place. The bill is supported, by the way, by some vote-hungry Republicans in Congress and GOP luminaries in the private sector. The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonpartisan think tank, projected the base cost for tuition subsidies for the DREAM Act at $6.2 billion a year.

As I write this column, I recall something a 79 year old retiree said to me a few weeks ago.

This woman picked cotton and other crops as a child, worked as a waitress when she was in high school and then became one of the first women to take a job in the weave room at a cotton mill. The job was brutal but it paid more than jobs women traditionally took. She often worked overtime because her family needed the extra money.

Her husband died unexpectedly, and when she was in her 40s, she returned to school, got her high school diploma and went on to earn a nursing degree. She had saved enough money to pay her tuition. She won her hospital’s humanitarian award several years after starting her new career.

She paid off her modest home in a small Southern town by living frugally and by working hard all her life. Waste not, want not was her motto.  She remembers the Great Depression well because she and her numerous brothers and sisters sometimes went hungry, even as a Democrat president had crops plowed under and livestock slaughtered so that food prices would increase.  That president’s policies are detailed in the classic book ‘Great Myths of the Great Depression’ by Lawrence W. Reed. The book is a counter to the revisionist history taught in many schools.

With the help of the US healthcare complex, the woman whose personal story reads like a novel also triumphed over cancer.

Despite her modest income, that senior has helped many needy people. She raised her children to give to the less fortunate and even more importantly, to help the less fortunate directly. She is a woman of great faith.

She supported Obama for president and, like many in my family, she has often struggled to understand why I will not vote for Democrats.

I stood in her kitchen on that early fall afternoon as she opened her mail. She frowned.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“My medicine is going up again,” she said. “And I don’t know what I’m going to do about my Medicare Advantage. Everything’s going up.”

Then she gazed at me sadly. “I thought Mr. Obama was going to help us,” she said.

I gave her a hug and told her not to worry because my brother and I would see to it she gets what she needs. I refrained from reminding her our president faked to center when he was running.

That woman is my mom.

She is in the same demographic former Republican senator Alan Simpson, who is on Obama’s debt commission, categorized as “selfish.”

Simpson faked right and left, by the way, with the same skill and frequency as our president. Faking comes in handy in basketball. And politics.