Mar 14 2009
I have been remiss in posting for a few days, mostly due to work overload. And if it is not work there are tons of remodeling/rebuilding/maintenance projects backed up at the home ranch I need to tackle.
But another series of events has kept my mind and spirit from posting – and that is because the political theatre that is typically a combination of frustration/comedy/success has turned into an unnerving horror show. It’s as if the human race is slowly going insane – which means the future cannot be bright.
Humans can do great things when they join forces and work together to build something positive. And they can do horrific things when the join forces to destroy. We seem to be heading for the latter again.
Right now the liberals in DC are running amok (with a 3rd grade comprehension of the world around them) trying to solve problems that would challenge the smartest, mostÂ experiencedÂ people on the planet. Clearly not being the smartest or most experienced in any field of value (e.g., medicine, engineering, teaching, the military, etc) the DC liberals attack problems with sound-bite solutions, and wonder why things are not as simple as they claimed. Normally this is great fun to watch. Now with over 50% of the country’s wealth and savingsÂ obliterated, it is not so funny.Â The Dow rises from 6800 to 7200 and now people claim it was not as bad as it seemed – when these same people were running around in the Chicken Little garb yelling “crisis, crisis, crisis”. We will not regain this lost wealth before Obama’s next election. And given the fact unemployment is a seriously lagging indicator of the economy, the job market will not be better before the next Congressional elections start up.
This is ‘change’? And please don’t claim the stimulus bill or omnibus bill had anything to do with any change last week in the markets – they haven’t even been enacted yet. These programs are not like a light switch where you sign the bill and money comes pouring out like a slot machine win. Those programs will not kick in for months or a year. At best, the cries of ‘crisis’ were lies. At worst – we are just starting a long recovery.
Democrats are well aware they are in serious trouble. Case 1:
We have gone through months of chaos experimenting with ways to introduce stability in our financial system. The goals were to allow the financial institutions to do their jobs and to develop confidence in them. I believe by now, the people are eager for the administration to rein in chaos. But this is not happening.
Until the administration does this, we should not embark on attempting to fix another major part of the economy. Our health-care system may well be ripe for a major overhaul, as are our energy and environmental policies. Widespread recognition that all of these reforms are overdue contributed to Barack Obama’s victory in November. But if the chaos that resulted from initiating such an overhaul were piled on top of the unresolved status of the financial system, society and government would become exhausted. Instead, the administration must adopt a discipline; not initiating a second wave of chaos before we have a chance to rein in the first.
Well, now we know why the Chicken Littles are cooing about how things may not be as bad as once thought. It means they can throw more monkey wrenches into our society and destroy more of it. Bottom line – people have had enough ‘change’. Any more massive and disruptive change and there will be a backlash.
Higher taxes + higher energy prices + higher food prices + fewer jobs + lower paying jobs + slow economic growth = Obama’s brave new world.Â Strip away all the rhetorical promises about fighting mythical global Â warming, fixing the best medical system in the world, creating equality between rich and poor, punishing the rich and just getting along with everyone on Earth and you find the price tags for these myths. None of which will come true. In the end people will still be struggling, the poor will still be paying for a life time of wrong personal choices, the rich will be rich (and richer with all the government largesse they will be wallowing in). It will be like this for a long time.
Some Democrats have started to worry that voters donâ€™t and wonâ€™t understand the link between economic revival and Obamaâ€™s huge agenda, which includes saving the banking industry, ending home foreclosures, reforming healthcare and developing a national energy policy, among much else.
While lawmakers debate controversial proposals contained in the new presidentâ€™s debut budget â€” cutting farm subsidies, raising taxes on charitable contributions, etc. â€” there is a growing sense that time is running out faster than expected.
Democrats from states racked by recession say Obama needs to produce an uptick by August or face unpleasant consequences. Others say that there is more time, but that voters need to see improvement by the middle of next year.
The most optimistic say Obama and Democrats in Congress will face a political backlash unless the economy improves by Election Day 2010.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to see an uptick by August or the Democratic majority is in jeopardy,â€ said Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), whose state had an 11.6 percent unemployment rate in January.
It ain’t coming by August. It ain’t coming by next August if the expectation is that the patient (America) will be close to being healed. Obama promised to help people pay their mortgages and give them money from the rich. An “uptick” is as vague as it dangerous. Will the Dow be back to 2007 levels? Will home values have rebounded to 2007 levels? Will unemployment be back to 2007 levels?Â
No – of course not. But that was what was IMPLIED. How about 1999 levels when we thought we were in this massive dot.com boom? by pushing tax levels from 1999-2000 (before President Bush pulled them back down to earth) Dems are implying we will be able to get back to the 1999-2000 economy. Won’t happen. Here is where being vague is hurting the Democrats. Everyone will have a personal measure of ‘better’ – and none of them will be budging for months.
Democratic House members say they have less time to wait for signs of economic recovery than PresidentÂ Barack ObamaÂ , a conflict of timing that lawmakers say has become increasingly evident in their dealings with the White House.
They have been hearing from constituents about the gap between the pain they feel from the recession and the lack of improvement they see from the federal governmentâ€™s enactment of trillions of dollars in spending to bolster entities ranging from banks to schools.
â€œConstituents are saying, Why arenâ€™t I seeing any relief now,â€ said Rep.Â Jason AltmireÂ , D-Pa.
Wait until after April 15th – that dates always brings joy about government. Wait until summer vacations are cancelled and the tourism industry gets hit. Wait until spring ends, summer goes by and people are facing the new school year in economic stress. Wait until Thanksgiving hits and people look back at a year of impotence, and wait until there is a shoe-string Christmas. America never bought into the liberal mantra that Iraq was doomed to fail. They are not going to fall for the liberal mantra on just about everything facing the country. They will KNOW this economic reality.
Obama’s poll numbers are falling. They too are going to be a lagging indicator, along with the unemployment numbers. In times of recession a Dow Jones jump means nothing, everyone is focused on employment and solvency and keeping their home, not on ‘investing’ – that is a luxury activity.
So much for beating up on the inept left. What has me really disgusted is the out of control far right. It started with a comment on this site which I will not tolerate – a treasonous call for revolution and a dictatorship – in the name of our Constitution no less:
I would rather see a milita coup with the assistance of the army
And a return to our founding fathers visions is not possible.
We need either an beneovolent dictator and or emperor.
Sounds extreme but we have blown the republic .
Hoping this was just some weak moment or isolated anomaly, I went to check the news sites. Sadly I find it was not an isolated act of treason. I found this:
From the East Coast to the “Left Coast,” America seems to be moving farther and farther from its Founders’ vision and government.
George Washington advised, “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” Yet the Obama administration just pledged $900 million in U.S. taxpayer-funded aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza and Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.
Note: every President has offered financial incentives to the PLO/PLA to try and lead them to sanity.
Thomas Jefferson counseled us, “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” Yet the feds have skyrocketed our national debt by trillions of dollars, and they plan much more fiscal expansion, with few expectations of resistance.Â
Valid observations – but it is the solution that is the problem. Most of history’s most brutal periods were created by insane solutions conveniently derived from reasonable observations.
How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen, or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority, according to America’s Declaration of Independence ..
OK, stop right there. We are not even 3 months into Obama’s term and there are whack jobs (famous ones at that) crying for revolution? Who died and crowned them King of America?
Look, I have no problem with Glenn Beck’s 9 principles (somehow connected to this call for revolution). I think they are excellent:
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Number 2 is not for me or America – this is not the Taliban or Shiia. Choice of religion is a personal choice. What the list is simply missing is one item: this COUNTRY is sacred. It’s people can be imperfect at times (treatment of native indians, slavery, prohibition, segregation, etc), but it has done more for humanity than any other governing entity to ever grace this planet. From unfolding the mysteries of life with the discovery of DNA and all its offshoots, to its discoveries of the universe and where reality began (The Hubble Space Telescope), to its development of the internet which has bound the people of this planet into one humanoty like never before, this country has been been amazing. It has freed hundreds of millions of people, by shedding its own blood. But it never stayed on as conquerers – not once. Thus, the form of government is what makes Americans adjust their cultural, religious, ethnic and nationalistic heritage and pledge allegiance to something greater.
Right now we have a serious problem with leadership. We are mired down with either incompetents or the corrupt. We had a selfless and tireless leader – his name was President George W Bush. His efforts were rewarded by derision and scorn by lesser wannabes. We traded an openly honest and dedicated man, who did what he promised he would do, for charlatans and flim-flam artists.
We made a mistake, and I don’t think we can say it was in electing Barack Obama. The man has, at times, shown some very centrist and common sense approaches. He has declined to dismantle the NSA-FISA protections we established after 9-11. He has not only attenuated his position on the Iraq withdrawal time table and conditions, he is looking to see if we can replicate the Iraq success in Afghanistan (and yes, there may be Taliban who might create a more tolerant version of that obsessed religious sect – don’t forget many right wingers didn’t believe the Saddam Sunnis would turn either).
Obama’s potential was probably better mated with a GOP Congress than the mad liberal-Democrat one he has now. Not unlike Clinton, who only succeeded once the Democrat Congress was removed and he could adjust to a more centrist path, Obama’s full potential might be hostage to the liberal DC power brokers in Congress.Â
Am I sure? Hell no. Â But all indications point to Obama being rolled by the DC liberal Dems in Congress. Where are his pledges on ear marks? They disappeared in the gluttonous bowls of Congress. Where is his balanced budget – lost in the same black hole. Is Obama more liberal than I prefer – yes. But is he the problem or just the fall guy? Bush was blamed for all the out of control spending of the GOP Congress. He had two wars to fight and a nation to protect. He agreed to leave domestic issues to the Congressional GOP and they raided the bank (anyone remember ‘war hero’ Randy “Duke” Cunningham?). This was not Bush’s fault, any more than the current GOP pork spending under Obama is Bush’s fault.
But none of this is a reason to destroy this country through armed revolution. The following is the real danger behind these calls to over throw the government.
These are the kinds of people who, like Hitler, can take advantage of a revolutionary fever.Â They let the well intentioned take it to a point, and then their true brutality comes out as they cleanse the scene of any opposition. This is how the world took the naive fantasy of Marxism and ended up with millions of corpses with Joseph Stalin astride the top of the pile.
Note that Emperor-in-waiting Gary (with his muscle side kick) did not say “God protect America” – he said protect “the Republic”. I keep hoping this is some comedic spoof on Star Wars and “the Republic”. I fear it is the real thing.
This site will not tolerate anyone promoting a coup d’etat (no matter how they try and change the definition of the term). I will not tolerate a call for people to violate their oaths to this country. I will not tolerate attempts to turn our military against our lawfully elected civilian leaders. I will not stand by and watch a bunch of wannabe dictators use our frustration and anger with the inept left to try and destroy this great country.
Get a grip folks. NOTHING Obama and the Democrats have done cannot be undone in two years. If you believe in Obama, that there may be some magic, some good inside – then get him out from the shackles of the liberal democrats. If you are tired of the fools in DC – elect new members (we have been doing this in VA). Before we destroy this wondrous gift of a country, we must redouble our efforts to make it work as it has in the past.
And, to be honest, that means dumping the fringes and having the middle of the country stand up and do the heavy lifting. Â Ignore the fringes. If they want to go off into their little cults of purity, hiding away from the progression of time, from the modern world, from the next generation then fine, let them. Just don’t elect them anymore!
And that includes ignoring those fools following ridiculous conspiracy theories. The hyper-partisanship is the source of our problems. Time to purge the cancer.
Addendum: One last question for the so called patriots on the right ready to destroy this country. How could anyone, in good conscience, even hint at dismantling this great nation a few short years after we asked hundreds of thousands of our best, brightest and bravest to go to Iraq and Afghanistan – where thousands died and tens of thousands suffered life altering injuries. Is this our answer to their sacrifices? Words fail to express how much this disgusts me.
Update: Politico notes the current rosy scenario being peddled by team Obama runs this risk of creating a huge backlash – which is what I tried to say above. And Michael Barone notes the same warning flares being shot at team Obama from his allies as I did above. H/T RCP