…so why isn’t any of it in the White House? What a week for President Obama. First a nation-wide address to our school children, which sent many Republicans into a tail spin. Personally, I was ambivalent. While it’s easy to stretch the notion into some kind of indoctrination, clear-thinkers know that is ridiculous. You want to see young children being indoctrinated? Go to YouTube and Google “Middle-Eastern Pre-School”. Obama was simply, in my opinion, sending a positive message to kids to stay in school, and using his personal experience to demonstrate why it is important. I’m a little baffled as to why the opposite party always comes unhinged, just as the democrats did when President George H.W. Bush did the same during his tenure, except that that speech resulted in a call for an investigation by the General Accounting Office. See…it cuts both ways. Still, I think we weaken our legitimacy when we don’t pick and choose our battles. Soon, it seems as though anything and everything Obama says sends people stomping into the streets. At that point, you begin to look a little loony.
A more valid argument would center around the notion that Obama’s speech to school children was a coy political play meant to nestle into, or “spoon” with, his argument for health care given the next day to a very divided Congress. I listened to the speech and was not sold, because the promises just fall on deaf ears for me. It wouldn’t matter if it were a Republican administration, for me, personally, I just bristle when the government tells me they’re going to “fix” anything. I picture Curly, the famous “Third Stooge” in the bathtub, “fixing” a leak, which is not a leak at all but simply water pouring out of the faucet, as it is supposed to. His answer is to add a length of pipe, which only moves the leak further away. He adds an elbow, which only changes the direction of the leak. By the end of the scene, he is completely encased in a cage of pipe and elbows, and of course, the water is still pouring out the end of the pipe. His final solution, and this has “Federal Government” written all over it, is to drill holes in the bathroom floor to let the water out.
As the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which involved “only” 3 billion dollars and lasted a month was deemed a success because lots of cars got sold, the government has only reimbursed dealers for around 4% of the deals that were made. Imagine them managing health-care? Furthermore, the voting public is rapidly losing their trust in this President, and with good reason. His management style and choices in personnel are a far cry from what was promised on the campaign trail. Remember the famous reunion with Hillary in Unity, New Hampshire? I’m assuming now that they simply couldn’t find Divided, Montana, because division seems to be the driving force here.
During the address to Congress he promised to “call-out” those who would spread false information about the health care bill. In the same speech, he admitted that there are “significant details still to be ironed out”. So, how would he ascertain whether or not information being disseminated was “false”? They themselves don’t have the information yet. He went on to say, in essence, that they are going to pass this bill, one way or another. “Failure is not an option. Not now. Not this time”. Pretty strong stuff. I only wish he had been talking about his proposal to eliminate pork spending, or government corruption, or cleaning up child pornography and child predators, or beginning to track the money that has been spent on “stimulus”, you know, because we still don’t know where that trillion went.
Perhaps a comment or two on Van Jones, the Green Jobs Czar who was quietly whisked out just after midnight on Saturday, Labor Day weekend. A few words about how someone so racially polarized, who believes that 9/11 was a conspiracy and that planes never really were flown into the World Trade Towers, or the Pentagon, was about to be in charge of the expenditure of billions of dollars.
The President continues to govern as if he was still campaigning, with flowery but tough talk, but with little detail. One can see why there were so many “present” votes during his brief tenure as a Senator, because he is loathe to unsettle anyone from his party, be they moderate or extreme. Save that speech, because should a nationalized health care program be passed, it will resemble nothing that was outlined in that speech. It can’t be done, and it won’t work. He mentioned requiring “people who can afford it” to purchase health insurance. Imagine, a government worker perusing your tax return, maybe visiting your home to inventory your belongings, and then rendering their decision on how much health care you will be forced to purchase.
America’s got talent but precious little of it ever ends up in the hallowed halls of the White House anymore. As I tried to listen to Obama speak on Wednesday night, it was difficult to overcome the vision of Nancy Pelosi, and the sheer wonderment of how such a vapid, diminutive wretch ever came to a point where she is sitting behind the President of the United States. At one point, someone yelled out during his speech and she perked up like a ferret on meth, grinding her jaws and squirming. So unsettled she nearly blinked, and then Biden handed her a note, obviously with the name of the offender on it. She glanced at the paper and then back into the crowd with that exasperatingly horrid countenance, staring like a mob boss at a card-counter, and I half expected an Anteater-like tongue to shoot from her mouth like a poison dart, out into the crowd, and just pull the head right off of that guy.
It’s sad, with the great minds that inhabit this nation, that we have to tolerate the slim pickings of the bottom of the barrel. No wonder people are taking to the streets. It’s frightening.
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