Friday, January 29, 2010

State of Disunion

I thought I'd address some of Omessiah's remarks from his Wednesday speech:

One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted — immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.

But the devastation remains. One in 10 Americans still cannot find work. Many businesses have shuttered. Home values have declined. Small towns and rural communities have been hit especially hard. And for those who'd already known poverty, life has become that much harder.

This recession has also compounded the burdens that America's families have been dealing with for decades — the burden of working harder and longer for less, of being unable to save enough to retire or help kids with college.

"Acting" doesn't necessarily translate to "acting correctly." What has Obama done to bring us out of the recession, pull us back from the brink of financial collapse, and diminish our debt burden? How does printing wads of cash and throwing them in great heaping handfuls at problems create solutions? How does bailing out businesses that deserve to fail with taxpayer funds ensure job creation or alleviation of poverty? If anyone can offer examples of individuals spending their way out of financial ruin, I'd love to hear them.

For these Americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough. Some are frustrated; some are angry. They don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on Wall Street is rewarded, but hard work on Main Street isn't; or why Washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. They're tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. They know we can't afford it. Not now.

Astounding. Change "has not come fast enough?" Is he kidding? This isn't about the speed of change; it's about making the right changes. What difference does it make if we bring about change quickly, if it's change for the worse? Increased federal power at the expense of states and individuals isn't the kind of change we need; rather, it is the opposite. It takes unplumbable depths of hubris to set oneself up as the greatest champion of corporate welfare in U.S. history, while simultaneously decrying bad behavior on Wall Street. Government initiates a crisis; government nourishes it and helps it along, making sure it reaches a boiling point; government steps in as our savior from the crisis it helped create. Only an Obamoid or a career politician would buy this blind horse. And "tired of partisanship?" Who does he think he's fooling? Obama's entire schtick since entering office has been the character assassination of anyone who doesn't embrace his fly - buzzing heap and call it roses. Now he's going to talk to us about the woes of partisanship?

I simply can't make it any further through his tripe, folks, so I'll stop, here. I'm sorry. It's like wading through a sewer in flipflops. The rest is self - congratulatory fantasy.

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