Jul 06 2010
This is not the year to be pro government. That is the same as being pro screw-up or pro incompetence. Who cheers for the losers who rant about how great they are and then produce disaster after disaster? And as the economic suffering continues to expand (it is now lapping at our door step too) America is justly asking why aren’t we taking back our hard earned money from those idiots in DC?
A sampling of the attitudes out there as we come out of a dour 4th of July.
One American Thinker article produced this cogent and accurate summary of the first term of our current Â liberal Congress and liberal President:
The general public has now been exposed to the following:
1) The current regime’s uncontrolled spending policies and willingness to triple the national debt within nine years have laid bare the actual and unvarnished state of the country’s debt and its potential financial future (further revealed by the pending bankruptcy of nations such as Greece).
2) The once-mainstream media’s willingness to lose all credibility with the vast majority of the public with its not-so-subtle cheerleading for their preferred politicians.
3) The Democratic Party, at one time the self-declared defender of the little guy and now captive to Progressive ideology, has openly declared war on small business and capitalism.
4) The current majority of the members of Congress has been unmasked as politicians incapable of reading bills, indifferent to voters, and fully in the pockets of liberal special interest groups.
5) President Obama and Congress intentionally used lies and deception to pass an unwanted health care reform bill in a not-so-subtle attempt to control the day-to-day lives of the American people. The use of bribery and intimidation to pass legislation or regulations was on stage for all to see.
6) To the current ruling class, slavish adherence to ideology trumps the needs and best interest of the people of the United States.
Emphasis mine, because I especially feel the thrust of number three. In fact, that is a common theme spreading through out the country, and I would wager is the heart and soul of the Tea Party movement. Here is another similar view from Wayne Allen-Root at the Las Vegas Review:
You won’t find proof of the damage Obama is doing on Wall Street, but rather on Main Street. My friends are all part of the economic engine of America: Small business. Small business creates 75 percent of new jobs (and a majority of all jobs). I called one friend who was a wealthy restaurant owner. He says business is off by 60 percent. He’s drowning in debt. He won’t last much longer. His wealth is gone.
I called another friend in the business of home improvement. He says business is off 90 percent from two years ago. My contractor just filed personal bankruptcy. She won’t be building any more homes. The hair salon where I’ve had my hair cut for years closed earlier this year. Bankrupt. But here’s the clincher — ESPN Zone just closed all their restaurants across the country. If they can’t make it selling cheap food and overpriced beer with 100 big screens blaring every sporting event on the planet to a sports-crazed society, we are all in deep, deep trouble.
I’ve polled all my friends who own small businesses — many of them in the Internet and high-tech fields. They all agree that in this new Obama world of high business taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, and workers compensation taxes, the key to success is to avoid employees. The only way to survive as a business owner today is by keeping the payroll very low and by hiring only independent contractors or part-time employees provided by temp agencies.
The days of jobs in the private sector with big salaries, full benefits, and pensions are over.
Yes they are. The engine of our economy has been choked off. And as small businesses succumb to giant corporations tied to DC politicians (BP was the largest donor to President Obama, and therefore is running the oil spill recovery efforts – fox, henhouse?) the people who drive this engine are creating a political tsunami. The vast majority of us who come from all walks of life, from all corners of this nation, are rising up in angry protest.
We want heads and answers, preferably in that order. Who are these charlatans who dare to steal our dreams and life’s work? Who are these greedy, insatiable power trippers who mow down the individual and small business and suck up all their hard earned rewards? When did we decide it would be better to be given a hand out from the government than a career and a lifetime of achievement?
The hope that fired up the election of Barack Obama has flickered out, leaving a national mood of despair and disappointment. Americans are dispirited over how wrong things are and uncertain they can be made right again. Hope may have been a quick breakfast, but it has proved a poor supper. A year and a half ago Obama was walking on water. Today he is barely treading water. Then, his soaring rhetoric enraptured the nation. Today, his speeches cannot lift him past a 45 percent approval rating.
There is a widespread feeling that the government doesn’t work, that it is incapable of solving America’s problems. Americans are fed up with Washington, fed up with Wall Street, fed up with the necessary but ill-conceived stimulus program, fed up with the misdirected healthcare program, and with pretty much everything else. They are outraged and feel that the system is not a level playing field, but is tilted against them. The millions of unemployed feel abandoned by the president, by the Democratic Congress, and by the Republicans.
The American people wanted change, and who could blame them? But now there is no change they can believe in. Sixty-two percent believe we are headed in the wrong direction â€”a record during this administration. All the polls indicate that anti-Washington, anti-incumbent sentiment is greater than it has been in many years. For the first time, Obama’s disapproval rating has topped his approval rating. In a recent CBS News poll, there is a meager 15 percent approval rating for Congress. In all polls, voters who call themselves independents have swung against the administration and against incumbents.
The fundamental problem is starkly simple: jobs and the deepening fear among the public that the American dream is vanishing before their eyes.
The hope is completely gone, now replaced with dread and fear. How could all these fat cats screw up so much so badly? All I know is I would have a better chance of surviving this if I could keep my hard earned money and have more of a cushion and more control over digging out of this myself. The idea of waiting on the DC clowns to figure it out is just frightening.
And then I look at my children, and realize what we have done to their futures. All in the name of liberal fantasies which were never more than made-for-TV mind candy. Nothing but myth’s spun to separate us from our hard won rewards, so some idiot could pretend to play Santa Claus to the world.
Enough. It is time to take back our country from our bloated and incompetent government bureaucracy. Time to trim the waste and fraud and abuse.