We need to stop and ask the voters of this country what it is they REALLY want. Do they want â€œchangeâ€ no matter what? Change from what? From paralysis in Washington? Self-interest before Country?
I can buy that. Totally understandable. Washingtonâ€™s a mess.
Something everyone needs to stop and think about, pull back and look at very long and hard. If you want to cure a disease, shouldnâ€™t you attack the cause?
If you treat something that isnâ€™t causing what youâ€™re trying to cure, and if you take the wrong medicine, without reading the warning label, youâ€™re more likely to make things worse, not better. Donâ€™t you think?
Weâ€™re essentially, as a nation (depending on whoâ€™s doing the math and whether or not you include Social Security), bankrupt. We owe far more than we can reasonably pay back before our grandchildren have grandchildren, even if we started today. Weâ€™re UNDER WATER as a nation, financially.
So, the solution is to throw gasoline on the fire?
We look to Barack Obama, of all the most unlikely people, to save our economy? Based on what? His background? Experience? Demonstrated expertise in economics? His plan? What is his plan? Have you read the label? All of it?
You donâ€™t stop a patient from bleeding by slicing off another arm or opening an artery! You donâ€™t cure a deficit by printing (borrowing â€” somebody has to buy the bonds) more money. You donâ€™t INCREASE the value of your currency by printing more mountains of it. Ask Brazil. Ask the Roman Empire.
Barack Obamaâ€™s version of â€œvoodoo economicsâ€ â€” pouring money into social programs and expanding a non-earning welfare state (having the government spend itself out of bankruptcy(?)) while taxing small business, medium business, large business and every possible investment dollar you can get your hands on, to squeeze capital out of the economy and mail it out to people who are basically sitting on the porch waiting for the mail?
This is economics? Itâ€™s actually insanity. Running into the wall twice as fast this time, thinking it will hurt less? Iâ€™m not even sure there is an economic definition that fits this excuse for a plan.
Iâ€™d assume itâ€™s at least supposed to be socialist, which is Barack Obamaâ€™s background and the root of all his past endeavors (endeavors, not accomplishments, of which he has, literally, none).
But, thatâ€™s not the biggest problem. I donâ€™t think weâ€™re all longing for a socialist nation. But, even if we were, even brilliant socialists have to have some wealth to re-distribute. How do you squeeze the life out of your economy and, at the same time, find another TRILLION dollars (or so) of spending to toss onto the creaking cart of the American economy? That is a feat no economist has ever imagined, even while stoned in the 60â€™s, much less endorsed.
Is nobody aware that 100 leading economists, including Nobel winners, have signed a statement that Barack Obamaâ€™s economic fairy tale is essentially nuts? Do supporters of â€œOur Man at Any Cost to Our Nationâ€ really want us to turn into a South American mess with 50% inflation rates? Do they really want their savings, already cut in half, to evaporate altogether?
Iâ€™ve talked to people who believe weâ€™re still on the gold standard. And when I explain that we arenâ€™t on any standard, that our currency is tied to nothing at all, they nod as if they understand that and say itâ€™s probably okay, we canâ€™t just print money. After all, thereâ€™s the Federal Reserve and all those people. Iâ€™m not kidding. And some of these people are planning to (or were before I talked to them) vote for Obama because they had â€œheardâ€ somewhere (on CNN most likely) that he was â€œsupposedâ€ to be better for the economy. As Hillary once said, â€œGet serious.â€
Even Alice would not believe this version of Wonderland. Do people have the foggiest notion of what theyâ€™re buying into?
I have a message for these folks. This is a capitalist country. Without capitalism, we donâ€™t exist. And, without capital, there is no capitalism.
Is that simple enough? Printing money and handing it out does not create capital. It does not employ people. It does not create â€œopportunityâ€ to earn, as opposed to â€œopportunityâ€ to get a check in the mail. Nothing will drive investment and growth other than the pursuit of opportunity. You canâ€™t â€œbuyâ€ a productive economy with government play money, which is what our currency is fast becoming.
But, that is what this â€œgood for the economyâ€ voodoo candidate â€” this â€œstealthâ€ candidate who wonâ€™t even tell you what COURSES he studied in college, what his senior thesis was about, where he lived, or the name of a single college friend â€” is all about. If you listen. In the rare moments when he stands still long enough to take a stand that lasts longer than 24 hours, thatâ€™s what heâ€™s saying.
But, to hear him, you have to actually listen.
I know there are people being interviewed on the street who think Governor Sarah Palin is Obamaâ€™s VP candidate and believe heâ€™s Pro-Life and wants to stay in Iraq. But all of his supporters canâ€™t possibly be that ignorant of the issues and what he stands for.
Even though he changes positions daily, heâ€™s consistently calling for handouts to non-taxpayers, and tax credits for everything under the sun, while doubling taxes on actual investment and small businesses and any rich people who havenâ€™t moved to Switzerland already.
There is a fundamental misunderstanding driving all of this. Itâ€™s a colossal mistake. And I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s intentional, as much as Iâ€™d like to paint all the â€œthat onesâ€ as evil. Theyâ€™re not. I donâ€™t believe that. I used to be over there on that side of the aisle. But, they are caught up in some kind of rapture that is clouding their thinking.
Hereâ€™s the mistake, conceptually.
Letâ€™s call it the â€œPendulum Theoryâ€ for sake of illustration. Put a pendulum on any upright, stationary object. A stick in the ground, if thatâ€™s simple enough. Attach a pendulum to the top of it.
Swing it back and forth.
Trust me, stability does NOT lie at the opposite extremes of the pendulum. It lies in the middle.
To take out your frustration at one end of the pendulum by swinging it as far as you can in the other direction is not the way to do anything other than topple the stick. That stick is the United States.
People are angry. Rightfully so.
About the economy. Okay. Should be about a lot of things â€” this Congress hasnâ€™t seen the sunshine in a long time (meaning their head has been somewhere very dark), with regard to a lot of issues, not solely the economy. The â€œleadershipâ€ of the majority party has spent most of its time with its tongue out, playing nah nah nah nah boo boo with the President and making the Keystone Cops look like a well-oiled law enforcement machine.
They (along with some ideologues here) should all take jobs during hunting season as bird dogs because all theyâ€™ve really become good at is â€œpointing.â€
But to turn into an angry mob and invite the extreme left wing of the (formerly) Democrat Party to come in and throw a toga party with the treasury, to take from the rich (actually not just the rich, but thatâ€™s what they tell you) and hand it to the less rich, to swing the pendulum past the other extreme, to shatter the meaning of extreme, is hardly the answer.
Where has the nation prospered? In the middle.
Bill Clinton came out of the Democratic Leadership Council, specifically dedicated to moving the Democrat Party back toward the center of the country. Like him or donâ€™t, we were paying our bills.
John McCain has been hampered, within his own party, because heâ€™s considered too far to the center for the conservative wing of the GOP. Governor Palin has helped smooth out that intra-party dynamic and, together, they make a balanced team. But, John McCain is not a right-wing ideologue. And heâ€™s proved it over and over for over 25 years.
Do we really want to let our anger and our spite and our vitriol lead us to swing the political pendulum so hard that it snaps off and we all have to learn Chinese (who do you think owns our paper)?
If Barack Obama and his band of cronies actually ran under the banner of the Social Democrat Party, or the New Socialist Party, or the Social Progressives Party, or the Independent Workers Party or, to be more precise, the ASP (the â€œAmerican Socialist Partyâ€), would the masses still be whipping themselves into a frenzy and writing childrenâ€™s marching songs to his glory?
Because thatâ€™s what this movement is, if you look behind the curtain, without the title.
The Democrat Party is not the party of the DLC any longer, if it ever was. It was handed over to Howard â€œScreamingâ€ Dean, I suppose because people thought he knew about the Internet and would bring the moveon.org money tree with him. What they forgot was, he was also bringing himself with him. Again, know what youâ€™re buying.
The Democrat Party is no longer a party of Democrats. It has become the party of thugs. Left wing storm troopers. And, with the aid of the compliant media wanna-be intelligentsia (in the process making a lie of the term itself), it has become the party of radical extremism fueled by self-aggrandizing delusion.
It is the party of kids who jump up and down at a rally and canâ€™t tell you what Roe v. Wade is though their leaders throw it in the face of any female who might consider voting for the other side; the party of Donna Brazile, who doesnâ€™t think gays or lesbian discrimination is really serious, reserving discrimination for only blacks, so Whoopie Goldberg wonâ€™t be in fear of being made a slave by John McCain; the party that thinks itâ€™s just fine to call the opposing Vice Presidential nominee, the most popular Governor in America, a C*** with a giggle and a snicker; the party of ranting Black Liberation or Black Nationalist theology, depending on whoâ€™s talking about it (Obama in his post Million Man March remarks used Black Nationalism but weâ€™re not allowed to mention anything heâ€™s ever said because heâ€™s not required to mean what he says or say what he means); the party of â€œin your faceâ€ street politics, intimidating voters, overrunning caucuses to get the most votes, no matter who the public might actually favor; the party to discard the National Anthem, to find a new flag that other people in unfriendly nations will find less offensive to them; the party that will stop being so darn difficult and sit down for a fireside chat with extremists (who are gathering forces and developing nuclear weapons to wipe their enemies from the face of the earth) so they can tell us what we can do to make them happy and make them like us again (hint: they never liked us); the party that thinks reaching across the aisle means keeping a knife in the other hand, in case of an opening (remember the Clinton primary, Obamaâ€™s comment about Chicago politics and Hillary Clinton â€” â€œIf they bring knives, weâ€™ll bring guns?â€).
This is not whatâ€™s in the big, pretty ad with the smiling people and the uplifting music. This is whatâ€™s in the not-so-fine print. This is what youâ€™re buying. And, when the electionâ€™s over and you get the pretty package home and open it up, donâ€™t be surprised if it contains a Chinese dictionary and an envelope telling you where to send your â€œpatriotic contributionâ€ to the â€œfreedom paymentsâ€ going to your fellow citizens, along with a sign up card for your childâ€™s Summer at Patriot Camp.