Barack Obama seems to want a smaller pie for all of us. The Chicago Sun Times - and I - want more.
Obama’s remark to the Register editorial board — which later endorsed Romney, the first time the paper has backed a GOP nominee in four decades — shouldn’t have come as a surprise. During the 2008 campaign, he didn’t shrink from proclaiming an ideological goal even when the facts argued against it. During a debate, Obama said he advocated increasing the capital gains tax even when told lower rates produce more revenues by encouraging investments in the economy. Obama said higher taxes were a matter of fairness. Obama wanted the pie split up fairly even if his policy meant a smaller pie.
A smaller pie is exactly what the American family has ended up with after four years of his policies. Household income has fallen, and most of that came during the Obama recovery, the weakest in modern history. Economic growth, as measured by Gross Domestic Product, has slowed and some experts worry the recovery may be stalling and headed back toward recession in 2013. So the issue of trust is a simple one. The record shows Obama can be trusted to deliver more of the same ideological agenda that has kept too many people out of work and eroded the American dream.