Obama ignores deficit, focuses on gay marriage

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As usual, the Obama administration is not on the same page as the rest of the world.

Last week, legislators that walked off the job in Wisconsin fled to Illinois. The unrest in Egypt, Libya and Yemen played out on the International stage. President Obama announced that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which banned the federal government from recognizing gay marriage, was unconstitutional.

It is difficult to believe that with all that is going on at home and abroad President Obama chose last week to further advance legalizing gay marriage.

Obama’s progressive attitude towards gay marriage has permeated his presidency.

While Obama decided to ban federal courts from recongizing DOMA, the entire state of Wisconsin is being affected because Governor Scott Walker wisely decided to stop spending in efforts to reduce the state’s deficit and yet the Obama administration is behaving as this is a shameful act. This is coming from the same president who said:

“We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there,” President Obama said in the State of the Union adress according to ABCnews. com.

It is no secret that the Democratic National Committe’s Organizing for America branch, the remmant of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign is responsible for funding the protests.

The act is clearly ruse. Obama gives the illusion of attempting to reduce the deficit, yet he turns his back on governors who actually take the necessary steps at reducing the deficit. His leftover campaign funds are footing the bill.

“This is a political move designed to distract attention from debates on public-sector unions and the budget that are not going the president’s way. It’s also a departure from Obama’s fundamental strategy of downplaying social issues and foreign policy so as to build a broad-based coalition around issues of economic populism. That was the approach of Obama’s organizing mentors, and I argue in ‘Radical-in-Chief’ that Obama has adopted it for himself,” Stanly Kurtz of the National Review said in an online article.

Obama’s decision to ban DOMA drew national media attention and high praise from liberal media outlets such as The New York Times.

“President Obama, in a striking legal and political shift, has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — is unconstitutional, and has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the law in court, the administration said Wednesday,” Charlie Savage and Sheryl Gay Stolberg said in their New York times article, “In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights.”

The language in the New York Times article is most interesting, “President Obama, in a striking legal and political shift, has determined…”

The nature of the United States Constitution is such that there exists a separation of powers. The executive, legislative and judicial branches were constructed in such a way that no one branch would have more power than any other. President Obama can’t simply “determine” that a federal law is unconstitutional.

“The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny,” Attorney General Holder said. The key provisions in the law “fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional.”

It appears as though Obama is using media attention garnered from his ban on DOMA to divert attention away from the matter at hand — the deficit.

“So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president,” Obama said in his State of the Union address.

The president’s actions this week have made it perfectly clear that the reducing the national deficit is little more than a joke to him.

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