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Would you buy a used car from this man?
by James A. Hofmann
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Trust but verify. That was a phrase used by President Reagan in reference to negotiating with the Russians. It was wise advice then and is wise advice today. The problem is that today, trust but verify isn’t solely about the Russians; it is sadly about accepting the words of the president.

During his response to yet another tragic, horrifying senseless attack that killed at least thirteen Americans, this time at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., at the very moment people were being taken to hospitals, evidence of the carnage was being gathered, those most directly impacted by the tragedy were still in shock, helicopters were airlifting the wounded, rescuers and law enforcement remained in harm’s way and the nation watched, the president paid lip service to the dead, dying and the sacrifices of the living to make a propaganda speech. Is this the mindset of a man to be trusted? How craven can a man be who uses a national tragedy to “make political hay.”

When Richard Nixon ran for president, his opponents put this caption under a picture of Nixon; “Would you buy a used car from this man?” Used-car dealers, always held in great skepticism by the purchasing public, were, in the eyes of the opponents of Richard Nixon, a good “character” reference to the then-president. As a campaign prop it provided a thought-provoking message to those interested in that election. It presented a clever and powerful message.

The other day when Obama came to the microphone, he began to speak about the tragedy unfolding before our very eyes. In midstream, he changed the topic of his speech into a self-serving litany of his “successes.” He talked about himself! Oh, he used the words “we” and “us” but basically he was talking mostly about himself.

He raved about his success in reference to energy. He failed to mention the billions lost to outfits like Solyndra.

He bragged about job creation and ignored the reality of millions of Americans living in despair who have given up the hope of ever finding a good full-time job. He sure sounded like a used-car salesman. No offense meant to the vast majority of those employed honestly selling good used cars.

He referenced his healthcare plan as a success passing in both houses. At the time Obama had total control of both houses. What he couldn’t get by political force he bought with promises of more spending in congressional districts where representatives sat on the fence and eventually sold out.

He said the Act was upheld in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has made horrible decisions in the past, reference Dred Scott and Plessey. In the current politically activist Supreme Court the vote of one judge can overturn the will of the people, and he/she did just that.

Remember, Obamacare was passed at the behest of a house majority leader who said “pass the bill then you can read it.”

Obama ignores the fact that a majority of the people oppose the Act. He knows it won’t work. That is why he has given so many exemptions, delayed implementation of some of it and why the unions (his fellow travelers) have abandoned it.

In used-car parlance a clunker is a clunker – are you still buying?

Oh, let’s not forget “Cash for Clunkers.” Let’s cut to the chase. Obama’s only solution to any problem is to tax, spend and regulate. He will broker no other options. Of course he demeaned the opposition party, which is hard to understand considering it has offered no real opposition to anything he has done.

He didn’t mention his current foreign policy debacle whereby he turned the Middle East over to the former head of the KGB and at the same time put our national sovereignty in jeopardy.

He spoke of bringing this most current act of horror to a close, but failed to mention his lack of purpose in resolving either the murder of our delegation in Benghazi or his failure to hold the IRS accountable.

The sad thing is we have three more years of this. The good thing is there is an election next year. The question is: are we going to sell out for more food stamps and government handouts or are we going to try to reclaim our free republic?

In all things, trust but verify, including this missive.

Oh – one more thing regarding Obama – would you buy a used car from this man?

James Hofmann is a retired educator and corporate trainer. He and his wife relocated to Moab in 2004.

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