- What do you think are President Obama’s biggest strength and biggest weakness? – Amy H.
His biggest strength is his ability to disguise his record with his rhetoric. Many in the GOP typically make that job easier for him by not challenging the prominent distinction between the two. His biggest weakness is his big-government, deficit-ballooning record.
The Heritage Foundation reminds us of the following: “While President Obama claimed his budget would produce $7.2 trillion in deficits (a staggering figure) over the next decade, CBO calculated $9.5 trillion in deficits. That is more debt than the federal government accumulated from 1789–2010 combined. Overall, CBO estimates that the national debt held by the public—40 percent of GDP before the recession—would soar past 87 percent of GDP in a decade.”
That’s some hope and change, I tell you.
- Do you ever have thoughts of being the next Palin, Bachmann, or Noem sometime in your future? You would be fantastic as a rep or senator! – Fred M.
There will be many exciting adventures to come, but I don’t think that running for office will be one of them. I am honored by your question, though. And by your support!
- What exactly is going on with Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board? – Alicia T.
As reported by The Daily Caller, “The board would cap the total amount of money Medicare recipients could get for care.” Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), a former practicing doctor, revealed to The Daily Caller that, “Basically, there’s a certain amount of money that’s allocated for Medicare spending each year … Once you hit that amount that’s been appropriated, this board, this bureaucratically-appointed board, can then decide, not based on quality or need, but based on strictly cost.”
The Daily Caller added, “Congress can recommend different spending amounts, but has to offset any increase in one area with a decrease in another. If Congress doesn’t change anything in the board’s ‘recommendations’ for how much money should be spent per Medicare recipient, their recommendations become law – even without congressional approval or the president’s signature.”
Concerned? You certainly should be.
- What do you think has been Obama’s biggest misstep with respect to Libya? – Alan F.
There have been many, including his prioritization of consulting the UN (but not Congress), mission creep, his failure from the beginning to articulate a clear objective and exit strategy, and a slew of mixed messages emerging from the administration with respect to what the precise role of the United States would be from start to finish.
I believe that this all speaks to the kind of leader President Obama is – the kind that prefers to follow. In my opinion, he consistently dithers, has completely punted on issues of domestic importance like entitlement reform and crafting a fiscally-responsible budget, and is uncomfortable with the idea of America taking the lead when it comes to serious and potentially controversial foreign policy decisions.
- Will Sarah Palin run in 2012? And please don’t say ‘I don’t know’! – Robert A.
I truly don’t think she has made up her mind fully yet. My opinion on this has varied week to week. Today I am 80/20 that she will run.
- I saw your recent announcement about the release of an April project. Any hints? – Sam T.
I can’t say too much just yet, but it will be one-hundred percent unfiltered and unlike anything you’ve read before. But don’t take my word for it. Stay tuned for what Mark R. Levin, Sean Hannity, David Limbaugh, and Tammy Bruce have to say about it.
- Is there a particular political quote that has stuck out for you this week? – Carol S.
There were several, but I’m going to go with the following by the great Thomas Sowell: “The vocabulary of the political left is fascinating. For example, it is considered to be ‘materialistic’ and ‘greedy’ to want to keep what you have earned. But it is ‘idealistic’ to want to take away what someone else has earned and spend it for your own political benefit or to feel good about yourself.”
- If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why? – Miranda C.
Margaret Thatcher. I am in awe of her inner strength, commitment, impeccable delivery, and powerful voice on economic and foreign policy issues. This video is a must-see.