By Mario Boothe
It is imperative that Jamaicans and the Caribbean folks who support President Barack Obama not just on the basis of race or the need for the first black president to “fly the gate” on visas, but those of us who are ideologically invested in democratic/liberal principles to respond to the type of Tea Party/Fox News/Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh influenced conspiracy that is so evident in the Obamacare chaos that has ensued.
Mario Boothe is a young aspiring political analyst, with a growing blog readership. He has been involved in the Jamaican political environment with his involvement in political organizations and groups. He has obtained an associate’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, majoring in travel and tourism
Conservatives and Tea Party apologist try to demonize and portray the president as ‘something other’, especially after his change in position on same sex marriage because he betrayed his anti-gay blackness.
While many of the president’s contenders give no sources for their facts except for Fox News, they state that these “sources” are “credible, fair and balanced” – and if everything other than the ‘lame stream’ is disqualified, what is left? Wouldn’t this leave us with conservative news media and blogs?
Nevertheless, I will use credible sources to “fact” check recent claims against President Obama and Democrats:
1. They claimed, “The US debt is unsustainable, and no one in the current US democratic-led government can clearly state how the debt will be paid” – The US debt became “unsustainable” during G.W. Bush’s term according to the bi-partisan group Americans for Responsible Taxes: ‘2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts the ‘single largest cause of america’s structural deficit’ – “tax cuts added up to $2.3 trillion over 10 years, According to the Congressional Budget Office”. Their website: www.responsibletaxes.org
2. Another claim: “The signature health-care legislation of the president, has wreaked havoc on the US economy.” Simply put, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect October 1 and is enrolling not yet adding to federal deficit; the Government Accountability Office said that ACA will add $6.2 trillion to deficits over the next 75 years, compare that to Bush tax cuts.
3. Finally, Dr Ben Carson (black conservative hero) was audited by the IRS after a speech he gave opposing Obamacare, and many related this to the type of leadership Obama has been practicing. It seems to me that Obama has tolerated a lot of free speech and this happened after the good doctor purposely linked Obamacare to slavery with the intent to scare African Americans away from healthcare reform.
Don’t pity America because of this president’s leadership but pity America on the basis that the conservatives refuse to acknowledge “change” on every front including civil rights and still say “No, we can’t”.