Response to Dave Obey's Media
April 9th, 2009
recently read the article “Pie with the Congressman” in
which Greg Marsten from the Osceola, WI, “Valley Wire”
interviewed Dave Obey while Obey was enjoying his pie and
ice cream at one of his recent campaign stops.
a freedom loving, constitutional conservative, I take
offense at Obey’s blanket disrespect for a large share of
the American people when he denigrated Republicans.
I long for the day when political leaders cease their
prejudicial actions of segregating people based on political
persuasion. We are Americans, and we all want what is best
for our country. It’s
our leaders from each party that have the problem. Dave
Obey’s idea of borrowing money we don’t have and
spending it on things we don’t need to increase the size
of government, which we don’t want, is no more the beliefs
of a Democrat than Bush’s actions were the beliefs of a
Republican when he did the very same thing last year.
I, as a Republican, agree with my Democrat friends
that both Bush and Obey are wrong in their actions.
The cry was loud and clear during the campaign that
the people did not want 4 more years of Bush, yet this new
administration seems to be giving us just that. Mr.
Obey is willing to increase our debt greater than
the total amount of debt our nation saw from the time of
George Washington to George W. Bush combined.
That’s right, in less than 6 months, Dave Obey, the
man in charge of spending our money will have more than
doubled our national debt. While
continues to spend trillions in taxpayer dollars on bailouts
and other government programs, middle-class
families and small businesses are making sacrifices when it
comes to their own budgets.
spending in this nation’s budget is so massive that
independent estimates suggest roughly 250,000 new federal
bureaucrats may be needed to spend it all. It
tax increase in history. The new
energy tax will cost every household up to $3,128 annually. It
majority of those hit by the Obama and Obey income tax
increase are small businesses who supply us with those jobs
and it is estimated that the new tax on charitable
contributions could cost American charities at least $9
billion per year.
solution to this present crisis is no more Republican than
Dave Obey’s solution is that of a Democrat.
The difference is apparently how we were raised and
what we were taught growing up.
Obey’s actions show that he believes that it is just fine
to take from others to get what he wants.
He has no problems borrowing money that he knows he
can never repay and spend it without concern that our great
great grandchildren will still be trying to pay it back.
While Dave Obey claims he is for the people, he
neglects their needs. When
Murphy Oil found out that they were going to see a 2 million
dollar tax increase on their business, they put a huge
expansion of their company, which would have produced
hundreds of jobs, on hold.
Rather than relieve Murphy Oil of that financial tax
burden so they could create jobs, Obey spent more than twice
the amount of tax revenue on rebuilding 6 antique
lighthouses in the same area.
Reminds me of the father who spends his paycheck at
the racetrack while his wife and kids are sitting at the
table without food.
was raised differently.
I was taught that a budget was something you set so
you could live within your ability to pay.
My parents taught me that we needed to work hard to
earn the money needed to get the things we wanted.
Dad didn’t say “take it easy.” He said “work
hard and earn your keep”, or “make hay while the sun
didn’t buy a new house; we fixed up an old one.
We weren’t able to buy soda pop at the store, but
we sure knew how to make lemonade out of lemons. We didn’t
need handouts, and we didn’t want them.
But when someone was in trouble or an elderly person
needed help, my Dad rounded us up and we were there to do
what we could. We
were taught that a community thrives when we work together.
It’s Americans like my dad that brought us out of
the Great Depression.
doesn’t buy happiness,” nor does it create jobs.
Americans create jobs when their burdens are lifted,
their spirits are up, and they are free to pursue their
tries to justify his actions by referencing leaders of the
past such as Roosevelt, where I on the other hand would
probably use JFK or Ronald Reagan to support my solutions.
Roosevelt thought government had the answer, while
John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan felt the answer was in the
hands of the American people.
can keep his advisors and his campaign rhetoric. I’ll put
my trust in common sense. For
example: There once was a hunting dog chained to a pole in
the yard. Obey
wanted that dog to hunt so he increased the size of the
collar and added to the chain.
He put a new roof on the house and poured a sidewalk
to the woods to make it easier for the dog to get there.
But the dog still wouldn’t hunt.
He even cut the food and water in half to make the
dog hungry, but the dog still wouldn’t hunt. Upon seeing
this, I found fault with his efforts, and Obey angrily
blurted out as he usually does, “All
you do is complain and find fault. If
you’re so smart, why don’t you do something?”
So I did.
unhooked the chain and called the dog by name.
“Come on, ‘America’.
Let’s go hunting.”
And we did. If
you give us our freedom, remove the chains from our neck,
remove the burdens from business and industry, and let the
people keep their money, they will soon rebuild this nation
once again. I
dare Mr. Obey to tell the American people they are not the
answer to this problem.
We’re ready to hunt, if you will just unleash us.
Oh, one more thing. Get your grubby hands off our
paper also emphasized that Obey was originally elected on
April Fool’s Day. Hmmmm?
interview with David Obey ended when he finished his pie and
ice cream. I can just imagine how he would respond to those
in the 7th district who have lost their jobs and
are worried about putting food on the table for their
would just wipe the last morsels of pie and ice cream from
his lips and say, “
Let them eat
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