Mar 16 2009
The New York Times is reporting the Democrats in DC are all of a sudden worried that the voters are rising up against their reckless and unfocused policies. Before I get to the NYT piece I have to wonder what in the world brought this crystalizing moment of sanity to the DC liberals who have been on a “screw you all, we won” binge of socialist policies surrounded by endless pork projects.
I mean, what was going in Congress and the White House when I and others were screaming that the Spendulus bill was a bunch of liberal pet projects with no stimulus, and that no jobs for Americans would be coming from that pork-a-thon for at least another year? These people when ape sending ridiculous sums of money for doggy parks, bike runs and frisbee parks while closing down promising nuclear fusion projects that have been running SUCCESSFULLY for years. It was the largest waste of money ever passed, and it bankrupt the next two generations of Americans in 2 short years.
Now remember this unrestrained pet project spending when you read the NYT piece:
The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicateÂ President Obamaâ€™s agenda.
The administrationâ€™s sharp rebuke of theAmerican International GroupÂ on Sunday for handing out $165 million in executive bonuses â€”Â Lawrence H. Summers, director of the presidentâ€™s National Economic Council, described it as â€œoutrageousâ€ on â€œThis Weekâ€ on ABC â€” marks the latest effort by the White House to distance itself from abuses that could feed potentially disruptive public anger.
â€œWeâ€™ve got enormous problems that need to be addressed,â€Â David Axelrod, Mr. Obamaâ€™s senior adviser, said in an interview. â€œAnd itâ€™s hard to address because thereâ€™s a lot of anger about the irresponsibility that led us to this point.â€
â€œThis has been welling up for a long time,â€ he said.
Oh this is just to rich! This is another sign of how inexperienced Team Obama is. What they are lamely attempting is a bit of misdirection, trying to spin the voter anger towards the banks and business. They are trying to say “look at all this wasted spending” when they are guilty of 1,000 times this amount of wasted spending on such critical issues as pooping puppies in Pasadena!Â
What is the backlash – ever growing Tea Parties, like this one inÂ CincinnatiÂ this weekend:
That is what has the democrats scared. But this can only be scary if something else is showing up – and that is bad poll numbers. DC politicians never get worried until poll numbers start moving. DC pols are immune to other signals like logic, common sense, decency, sacrifice (unless it is others who do the sacrificing). But polls – I wonder if that is what is really behind this sudden panic.Â Rassmussen has the President’s support index down to +6, from a one time high if +30. Is the source of their new focus?
What bothers me is that, instead of focusing on the root economic problems and instead drifting around enacting a plethora of disjoint liberal policies and pork projects, the DC libs are more interested in placing blame than fixing anything. And they wonder why a backlash is brewing?
Addendum: My suspicions confirmed later in the article:
â€œThereâ€™s unquestionably a strong populist surge out there,â€ said Joel Benenson, Mr. Obamaâ€™s pollster, citing his own polls and focus groups. â€œItâ€™s been brewing for close to four years. For the last two years, Americans were clearly indicating that they believe that one of the biggest obstacles to progress on Americaâ€™s toughest challenges â€” notably health care and energy independence â€” was the influence of special interests and corporate interests on the agenda in Washington.â€
Yep, they are about to become the biggest lightening rod in history – and they deserve it.