In case you think that he's just bellyaching about nothing, let's take a look at the grueling schedule he's endured so far.
Since his swearing in seventeen days (!) ago, Obama's crushing schedule looks something like this: Host a cocktail party (featuring $100 wagyu steaks) to celebrate the House passage of his Porky McThiefpants ripoff plan, host an open house at his new digs, host a Super Bowl party, attend the formal Alfalfa dinner, run off to visit an elementary school, speak at the annual Prayer Breakfast and fly on Air Force One to a posh resort in Virginia to be worshipped by his adoring minions (more on that later in the post).
Sounds pretty stressful, huh? But don't cry for The One, Argentina. To relieve a little bit of that pressure, the Obamas are going out tonight for "date night".
Political Punch fills us in:
A White House aide confirms that President Obama will take the First Lady out for a date tonight to the Kennedy Center...Awwww....that's just beautiful. Seriously, though. Isn't that just awesome? While Rome burns, O'Bambi diddles.
Actually, I'm surprised he has the energy to go out tonight. After all, he did spend last night at the aforementioned
Oh, and by the way? That little getaway for the Dems was paid for by taxpayers. And by taxpayers, I mean you and me. Those schmucks are telling us we are heading into an "irreversible" depression, then they toddle off to a swanky resort (on our dime) so they can brainstorm about even more ways to waste our money. Nice, huh? (Also? Obama the jackass has been lecturing to private industry executives about how much money they should be allowed to make. Even though that money is paid to them legally. Is anybody else getting sick of this blowhard hypocrite scolding us all the time? I know that I surely am... You know, good for the goose, and all that.)
But, I digress.
Instead of hanging around dull ol' Washington and actually trying to work on the Senate version of the unpopular Porky McThiefpants Ripoff Plan, Obama chooses to preach to his choir. As he's proven before, when the going gets tough, The One runs away.
Speaking in front of his devoted worshippers, The One gave a speech last night that sounded like one of his stump speeches. CNN has the scoop:
Obama rejected calls for more tax cuts and significant slashing of the bill's more than $800 billion price tag, and said complaints the package was a spending bill rather than a stimulus bill were off base.Well, Washington has been spending my money like drunken sailors for years. Why am I not stimulated yet?
"What do you think a stimulus bill is?" he said. "That's the point."
Some people (me) think that just passing a bill that sends a bunch of money to Left Wing loyalists (that won't do anything for the economy) is not a great fiscal plan. Here's what The One has to say about that:
To critics who argue that the government shouldn't be spending billions with a large and growing deficit, Obama said, "I found this national debt doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office."Found it? He just found it? What about the fact that he was in the Senate for 2 years (supposedly)? Did he ever, even once, vote to cut a program or lower a budget? I'm pretty sure the answer is no.
And, even if he did just stumble over the debt on his way to the Rose Garden for a smoke break, why in God's name does he think that the solution is to SPEND MORE?
The American people called for change in November, he said, "and that's what we're going to deliver."First of all, can he not get through a day without whining about Fox News? I'm assuming that's what he means by "cable chatter". If Fox News would just shut up, he could do whatever he wants to do, because God knows the rest of those fawning media types wouldn't tell us what he's up to.
"They did not send us here to get bogged down with the same old delay, the same old distractions, the same talking points, the same cable chatter," he said. "They did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics, and they did not vote for the status quo."
Secondly, I have to (once again) state emphatically that not everybody voted for Obama. He did NOT win a landslide victory, no matter how much they want to pretend he did. About sixty million voters thought he would be a disaster. Sixty million people is a lot of people. And as for the ones who did vote for him, they voted for him because they foolishly believed his bullshit promises of "tax cuts for 95% of Americans". Somehow, he was able to dupe 52% of voters into believing that he was fiscally responsible. Well, here's your "change" folks. A big, fat, old-fashioned boondoggle.
I'm pretty sure that if he had told us during the campaign that his "change" would be to spend a trillion dollars on a liberal dream list, he wouldn't have gotten past the first primary.
Here's a taste of what's in this abomination of a bill:
$400 million for researching sexually transmitted diseasesAnd that's just the tip of the freaking iceberg. Does any of that sound like it'll stimulate the economy? Create jobs? Do anything other than transfer money from people who work to people who don't?
$200 million to force the military to buy electric cars
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$75 million for a program to end smoking
$650 million for digital TV coupons
$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
$6 billion for university building projects
$4.2 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities" (that's ACORN, to you and me)
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce HQ [new furniture and so on]
$20 billion for food stamps
$850 million for Amtrak
$87 million for a polar icebreaking ship
Obama's telling us that "we will slip into a depression that will be irreversible if we don't all go along with this. This has to be passed now. RIGHT NOW! TODAY!"
So much for the politics of hope, eh? Sounds like our Lightbringer is relying on a little fear mongering to get the goodies to his friends on the Left. And he's resorting to fear because the public support for this thing is plummeting. As are his approval ratings. People who once wore rose colored glasses are finally starting to see what this guy is all about, and they aren't all that impressed.
Even though he knows that it will do nothing to help the economy or create jobs, he still refuses to change the bill. Instead, he chooses to threaten, and pout, and insult the people who have reasonable objections to the mind-boggling waste.
As a matter of fact, Political Punch tells us he's going on a tour of town-hall meetings to sell the thing.
Next week President Obama will hit the road –- campaign style –- to sell the economic stimulus package.He's going to have a hard time explaining to Hoosiers how giving $50 million clams to the National Endowment for the Arts is going to revive their jobs at the pipe factory. And how will he convince those Floridians that it will do anything at all? Other than ensure a bunch of Democratic votes come 2010 & 2012, I mean.
The president will hold a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana on Monday and in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday.
The One may be surprised to learn that the bloom is off his rose, and that his empty rhetoric won't be as effective as it was back in the good old days when he had the benefit of the doubt. That bit of mystery gave him the leeway to lie through his large teeth.
The truth of the matter is, this is not a stimulus bill. It is a bill that liberals want to pass so they can pay off their supporters and increase the size and scope of government.
Hope! Change! Socialism!
We're so fucking screwed.
© Jana Ogletree 2009