Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Obama's Latest Bonehead Move: Empower Collection Agencies

Does it sometimes seem like Barack Obama is going out of his way to be defeated in the next election? Or is he really so clueless that he can't tell winsome political virtues (defense of liberty, cutting government spending, upholding essential American traditions such as marriage and freedom of conscience, personal humility and a strong work ethic) with really dumb positions.

Like this one.

To the dismay of consumer groups and the discomfort of Democrats, President Barack Obama wants Congress to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government.

The change "is expected to provide substantial increases in collections, particularly as an increasing share of households no longer have landlines and rely instead on cellphones," the administration wrote recently. The little-noticed recommendation would apply only to cases in which money is owed the government, and is tucked into the mammoth $3 trillion deficit-reduction plan the president submitted to Congress...

The President has certainly made a bunch of bonehead moves recently but this one stands out so far that even his fellow Democrats are trying to hide from it. For the President is defending his decision to unleash collection agencies to harass young Americans with student loans -- young Americans who are already becoming disillusioned and angry with his mishandling of the economy. Indeed, most of them are delinquent in their payments because they don't have jobs!

Obama desperately needs these young voters. But instead of creating the conditions in which American businesses can grow the economy and start hiring people, the President fills his "deficit-reduction plan" with more spending, more taxes and more punitive actions against business. And an unemployed 29 year-old who is living in Mom and Dad's basement waiting for the phone to ring is hoping to hear from a prospective employer, not that rude and threatening collection agent.

You think that's going to endear him more to the President?

Barack Obama, this is no way to run a re-election campaign. In fact, you 'd better be careful to change your ways quickly or you'll do to your re-election chances just what you've done to the country. And we know how that ended up.