David A. Nealy
To the editor:
I concede that Barack Obama was legitimately re-elected U.S. president in November. It was, however, hardly a mandate and most of his support derived from very effective marshaling of votes from residents on the liberal plantation of federal largesse and entitlement.
Recent actions by the president now would seem to suggest that he thinks he was also elected dictator of the U.S.
Regarding the critically important negotiations on fiscal policy and federal debt reduction, the president has arrogantly drawn a line in the sand insisting that marginal tax rates on the “rich” must increase despite the fact that higher rates are a disincentive to investment and economic growth, and at most would reduce projected annual deficits by less than 10 percent.
While congressional “tea party” Republicans clearly share much blame regarding the current “fiscal cliff” standoff, Andrea Neal of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation is quite correct in noting that Obama “has made the fiscal cliff into a debate over tax rates rather than the country’s very survival,” as she stated in a column published in early December.
Obama’s lack of true presidential leadership is reflected in his unyielding demands on this issue while mounting a post-election campaign across the country on a completely divisive class warfare platform.
His actions continue a pattern harking back to the early days of his first term when he ignored fiscal reality, as well as the eminently sensible (and tough-minded) recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission he himself set up. Our country truly deserves better.