OBAMA’S TWENTIETH MONTH IN OFFICE
1. Our national debt is now more than half our gross domestic product.
2. The Federal Reserve Board continues to fight the prospect of telling us where two trillion dollars of our money has gone, and has asked for a ninety day stay on the court order to make that information public. The delay is desired so the Fed can prepare an appeal to the Supremes.
3. Reality Check: Fidel Castro, who turned 84 in August, has expressed the opinion that Osama bin Laden works for the CIA.
Some people just do not age well, and this ranks right up there with Gloria Steinem’s claim that John McCain is “owned and operated by the right wing” (much of the right wing waved at the polls as it commuted past them on election day, 2008) and Walter Cronkite’s statement that he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Karl Rove was behind the release of an Osama bin Laden videotape.
4. Glenn Beck conducted a political rally at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th. Some intellectually shallow liberal snipers whined about the fact that it was the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech at the same site. Al Sharpton even accused Beck of an attempt to hijack the civil rights movement. Now Al Sharpton is as much about civil rights as Jack the Ripper was about tonsillectomies.
And what’s special about that anniversary? It wasn’t the 25th, or 50th, or 100th, the sort of thing we tend to pay attention to. It puts me in mind of the wedding of Luci Baines Johnson, Lyndon’s daughter, on August 6th, 1966. Some people griped that it was inappropriate because it was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. (It was the 21st anniversary, in case you haven’t done the math. Nothing special.)
Get a grip, people. For starters, pick any day of the year and you will find that in some past year something important to someone happened somewhere. But the main thing is that not everything that happens is about *you* or your causes.
5. Unemployment increased from 9.5% to 9.6%. We are two days away from the end of “Recovery Summer,” and it looks as if “Recovery Fall” will be more accurately named.
6. Communism continues to fail: Oil rich Venezuela, which should be one of the wealthiest countries in the southern hemisphere, has taken its first step toward food rationing. The government has introduced a card to be used to buy food. President Obama’s buddy, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has named it the “Good Life Card.” When communists put a rosy label on something you can be sure that the something is diametrically opposite the flavor conveyed by the label.
Chavez says “It’s a card for you to purchase what you are going to take and they keep deducting. It’s to buy what you need, not to promote communism, but to buy just what you need.” Umm, isn’t that what money does?
Next step: the government uses the card to control how much can be bought and who may buy it, you betchum, Red Ryder.
7. The Funniest Line *Evah* About Obama’s Campaign Speeches:
From commenter “David, Owensboro USA,” with regard to a dailymail.co.uk article about teaching computer-driven robots to be deceptive:
“All the computer has to do to fool humans is read from a teleprompter.”
8. Talk about unforgiving! A Rome, Georgia man, Donald Charles Unsworth, died at age 78. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers “memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”
9. In the Delaware primary, upstart Christine O’Donnell, a favorite daughter of the Tea Party, trounced former governor and long time congressman Mike Castle.
This sort of thing has been happening in primaries across the country as Republican voters send the message that if Republicans are to govern then the voters’ preference is that the Republicans actually be Republicans, not Democrats in Republican clothing.
Now the pundits are sounding the death knell for Republican senate hopes in Delaware, saying that O’Donnell cannot possibly win in the November election. Perhaps. But these are the same people who one month ago were saying that O’Donnell could not possibly win the primary.
National Republican leadership is slow – even reluctant – to pick up on this trend, more or less routinely favoring and funding more “moderate” (read “liberal”) candidates. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that after the November elections this leadership too will be swept under the rug.
And signaling behavior typical of so called “moderate” Republicans, the word from Mike Castle’s campaign is that Castle will not support O’Donnell in the general election.
Well, of *course* not. Castle’s political heart lies closer to that of O’Donnell’s opponent, Democrat Chris Coons.
This column would gladly report Tea Party success in Chicago, but (to borrow a phrase from the late William F. Buckley Jr.) voting Republican in Chicago is like eyedropping holy water into Hell.
(Nearly all of this article is taken from genghis-ken. Permission was granted instantly because we are one and the same.)