In news articles and blogs the supporters of Barrack Obama have tried to compare him to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
This is ludicrous on first blush when you compare the political record and positions that Obama has taken compared with JFK.
JFK and Obama both went to Harvard, but that is where the comparison ends.
Kennedy was against abortion, Obama is for it, He was against the Iraq war before it began, and still is despite the gains our brave troops have made towards victory.
Kennedy wasn’t for war, almost nobody is for war, but when one begins, the brave and the patriotic support the war effort. JFK is famous for his Purple Heart he won in the battle of Leyete Gulf when he commanded PT-109.
As President he authorised the use of defoliants, napalm and jet airplanes for use against the Communist North Vietnamese. He also sent 16,000 Green Berets as military “adviser’s” in 1963.
He approved the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba and the Cuban Missle crisis showed he was willing to go to war to protect our Country from the Soviet Union placing ballistic mislles in Cuba. I can’t envision Obama giving the military that kind of support, since he was protesting the War before it even began!
Obama is for repealing President Bush’s tax cuts so he can fund socialised medicine and the giving of tax dollars to those who pay no taxes, aka: Earned In come Tax Credit. A euphemism for taking money from those that have and giving to those who have not. Charity it is not. It is redistribution of wealth and confiscation, and JFK would oppose it!
Obama supporters and “modern day” Democrats (aka socialists) have hijacked the good name of John F. Kennedy. One of JFK’s key economic plans included massive, across-the-board tax cuts, similar to those of Reagan. Much like the 1920’s and 1980’s, it was these tax cuts that led to the Golden Kennedy-Johnson years.
Pro-tax lobbyists and leftist Congressmen/women, claim that Kennedy’s tax cuts were significantly different than the tax cuts of Reagan, and the tax cuts of President Bush. They claim that Kennedy’s tax cuts benefited low-income families, while Republican tax cuts only benefit the wealthy.
To some extent, Kennedy’s tax cuts benefited the upper and upper middle classes even more. By the time Kennedy took office, the top income tax rate had reached 94%. Kennedy originally asked for it to be reduced to 65%, but a Democrat Congress slashed this down to 70%.
During a speech, JFK stated, “the current tax system exerts too heavy a drag on growth, reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment and risk taking. Without a question, it is mostly the middle and upper classes that undertake risky purchases and investment”.
As expected, the tax revenue from the top 1%, the top 5%, and top 20% surged as a result of income growth from the tax cuts. Tax revenue from the rich increased from almost 12% in 1963, to 15% by 1966.
One only needs to examine the true economic policy and beliefs of JFK. History is on the side of tax cuts – the same side of Calvin Coolidge, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. If JFK had been alive today, it is likely he would have switched to the Republican Party. The following is an actual quote from President Kennedy: “An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget – just as it will never produce enough jobs or profits.” Yep, JFK was a supply-sider, one of those greedy, rich, white, politicians who liked to cut taxes. Obama is not a new JFK!
As Senator Lloyd Bentsen said to Senator Dan Quayle during the Vice-Presidential debate of 1988: “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” If he were alive today, I believe he would repeat the same message to Obama and his supporters. We had one charismatic personality in President Bill Clinton, now it is time to elect a President who has the experience and willingness to stand up to our enemies no matter what the rest of the decaying World thinks. Our very survival depends upon it, and charisma won’t get it done!