Monday, June 13, 2011

Don't Worry, Obama's Got a Plan

Obama's 68th Round of Golf
Lest the reader assumes that the plan is to use a 7 iron in lieu of the 5 in order to lay up short of the trap on the 15th-hole approach, that is not it. While it is difficult to resist the notion that it may be the best plan he can come up with, Obama's plan actually has to do with his job. I think.

After almost two-and-a-half years in office, Obama is still campaigning as though he were not the incumbent, still declaring how he will "fix" the nation's ills. In those two-and-a-half years, as the economy has floundered, as our international standing has plummeted, and as gas prices have soared -- along with the cost of everything else -- Obama has dithered.

But he's got a plan!

Perhaps that plan is not golf-related but rather a plan to party like it's 1999. There have been extravagant family vacations to Hawaii and Spain. There have been myriad soirees in the White House, and there has been general mirth on Pennsylvania Avenue, all while the people struggle to stay afloat. And the endless spending binge is destroying America from within, pushing us inexorably closer to the precipice of utter ruin.

But Obama's got a plan!

That's a Lot of Speed Bumps
Is that plan to slow down while passing over those "speed bumps" he mentioned so that he doesn't bottom out in The Beast? If one is to take Mitt Romney's campaign ad literally, one would hope that Obama would at least swerve to avoid those speed bumps, which are representative of Americans.

The "speed bumps" Obama was referring to, it must be noted, were all constructed by Obama and his party. And despite his veiled umpteenth blaming of the Bush 43 administration in his internet and radio address last Saturday,  the economy was humming along under Bush despite the calamities that it faced, 9/11 most notable among them.

To be certain, Obama did inherit a sinking economy, but he was part of the problem as a member of the 110th Congress of the United States. It was in the 2006 elections that the Democrat Party regained control of Congress. Not coincidentally, it was also the beginning of the dive. Even before they had control, however, the Democrats, led by Barney Frank, posed a formidable resistance to Bush's dire warnings on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Yet now Obama continues the claim that it "took a long time to get here". From his Internet and radio address on 6/11:
"I wish I could tell you there was a quick fix to our economic problems. But the truth is, we didn't get into this mess overnight, and we won't get out of it overnight."
True, it didn't happen overnight; it took the Democrats less than two years to destroy Bush's hard work and tarnish his legacy. One would think that if they could undo six years of relative prosperity in record time, then once they had total control, they could have had it all fixed better than new in even less time. Not so.

But Obama's got a plan!

After flailing futilely at the problem for two-and-a-half years, Obama's  now reached into the Herbert Hoover bag of tricks. Speaking in North Carolina today, Obama offered a more modern version of Hoover's "chicken in every pot" premise, telling the crowd that he wants everyone to have a good job with security. Hooray! Such a brilliant man, he actually said:
"We're falling behind in the very fields we know are going to be our future. ... We must do better than that. I will not be satisfied until everyone who wants a good job that offers some security has a good job that offers security."
Somehow I doubt he'll lose sleep or a single tee time in the interim, even as tomorrow the media is likely to hail his determination. If George W. Bush had ever said, "I won't be satisfied until every last terrorist decides that they don't want us dead", I'm sure the press would have slammed him as an idiot. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how the media receives Obama's new "all hands on deck" approach, but don't expect any surprises.

After all, Obama's got a plan!

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2 comments:

Edisto Joe said...

Woody,
Just wanted to let you know I have not given up reading your site or blogging. Just had the unfortunate
luck of having a stroke and have been in rehab last month,got let out today and will begin outpatient rehab. can now walk with cane and some use of left arm, justhard and slow to use computer but will be back. I can still read and understand current events in Washington just alittle hard to put down on blog and comments. Good article, keep getting out the word. If some of my stuff looks funky you will understand why.

EJ.

Woody said...

EJ,
So sorry to hear about your stroke, but thankful it wasn't much worse! I was wondering where you'd gone, I saw your last post was back in May.

Hope you mend quickly, my friend, and don't give up the fight.

--Woody