The reality of Obama was paraded again during the post-midterm election news conference: he was self-possessed, defiant, and threatening. Did Obama sound like someone who had just had his hat, ass and coat handed to him in a devastating election defeat. One in which he had earlier proudly announced that although he wasn't, his agenda was on the ballot? And so his agenda was, and it was swept away in an avalanche that that engulfed even more of his loyal political supporters in the maelstrom of heightening national discontent.
Those who have objectively observed and analyzed Obama from the outset of his career have long known him and his agenda. All one had to do was read his books and pay attention to his actions. However, of one thing he cannot be accused, that would be a lack of openness about his intentions contained in his October 30th, 2008 assertion, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." When he uttered those words, it was a strong signal as to what he intended to do, and over the past six years he has diligently worked at keeping his promise.
Universal healthcare has a benevolent ring to it appealing to the noble instincts of a nation toward all its citizens. That would be better if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) applied to all citizens, but it does not. There are literally thousands of exemptions to the Act, most notably Washington politicians and labor unions, only two of the thousands of exemptions handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Governing by Executive Order is Obama's most egregious violation of Constitutional authority but no Republican politician would seriously consider impeachment because the media would have a field day, painting them with "racist" slime that would last for generations. But it is impossible to use the single most important tool available to rectify Presidential "high crimes and misdemeanors;" impeachment. Despite Secret Service misconduct it is a tribute to the Service that it has successfully kept any attempt on Obama's life at bay during an Administration that is arguably, intentionally the most racially divisive in American History.
Foreign Affairs is in utter disarray and National Security as controlled by the Administration's civilian leadership knows nothing, are incompetent at what they think they know, or are exercising intentional disregard of the Nation's security. This is the worst Administration in the last one hundred years in those two departments, but it is no surprise, his desire to impugn America is typified by his comment in 2009, "I believe in American 'exceptionalism,' just as the Brits believe in British 'exceptionalism,' and the Greeks in Greek 'exceptionalism...'" Since both of those great nations have long passed into the shadows, his was a clear statement about his attitude toward the Nation that elected him as President.
With these things noted, the first steps in putting the United States back on a path to functioning Constitutional government have been taken incident to the American peoples' decisive election of Republican members to the US House of Representatives and electing enough Republicans to control the Senate. This election was as near as possible a referendum to dispose of, or at the least rein in an Administration's agenda. Now, Republicans must aggressively and carefully navigate shark-filled political waters. It must enact legislation that will undo the damage the Administration has inflicted on the economy and the Nation.
Foreign Policy and international relations will continue to be a mess. It will be impossible to deal effectively with ISIL and Islamic expansionism as long as Obama is in power. This grows out of his affinity for that religion and dates back to his childhood, much of which was spent in Indonesia where official papers identify his religion as Islam. At the same time Iran will continue its march toward development of nuclear weapons, and Israel will be forced to take action which may result in Obama siding with Islamic States; Russia will thumb its nose at the US whenever and wherever it pleases; and, China will expand its dominion and power it the Far East. The US retreat from its position as a Superpower under the Obama Administration has made the world a far more dangerous place.
On the economic front, whereas one has no problem with significantly increasing taxes on short term (day trader) stock trades and increasing taxes somewhat on long term Capital gains, it would be wise to lower corporate taxes. The US has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world at forty percent with only the United Arab Emirates being higher at fifty five percent. The US corporate tax rate is approximately twice that of each the UK, Russia, EU and China, while Japan is at thirty five percent. Those rates alone decrease US competitiveness and encourage US companies to relocate manufacturing operations to overseas locations.
At the individual level everyone should pay Federal Taxes and in my opinion the best way to do that would be to devise a combination of graduated income tax and National Consumption Tax. This last would broaden the tax base, generate additional Federal income and nearly all Americans, as well as illegal and temporary alien residents and visitors would contribute to Federal coffers. All would contribute based on consumption which would be a fair reflection of one's ability to contribute to the National tax base. This last would have the salutary effect of encouraging all citizens to give closer attention to Federal Programs and associated costs. Those in the higher income ranges would carry a larger portion of the tax burden, similar to the current system but with adjusted rate tables.
Immigration reform may be a must, but must not be amnesty. The Constitution should be amended or legislation enacted to specifically exclude "anchor babies." Long term illegal immigrants may be granted permanent residency but never granted the privileges of citizenship. Their children should be required to perform national service in some form. Eligible illegal immigrants who volunteer may be awarded citizenship after honorably performing national service for six or more years. The southern border should be closed and all others should be deported.