Yesterday, fresh from his gazillion dollar luxury Hawaiian holiday, Barack Obama told us (1) that after five years of his wise stewardship, the economy has improved dramatically and (2) that after five years of his wise stewardship, our economy is so bad that, once again, we need to borrow money from China to extend “temporary, emergency” unemployment benefits, so that people like one of his human props, Katherine Hackett, can turn up her heat, and stop wearing her coat in the house.
First of all, I want to get one thing straight. I, for one, am getting damn sick and tired of people whining about the Obamas’ “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” vacations, White House soireès, and the other endless supply of earthly delights that they enjoy. Those ridiculous rumors about their using thousand dollar bills to light their joints and pick up after their dog are way over the top, people. They never did that stuff, and, in any case, they are entitled to live large. They understand that reparations have to start somewhere. Why not with them? Besides, as he demonstrated yesterday, Barack Obama cares about the downtrodden. He probably missed at least one putt while he was in Hawaii because he was so upset about people like Katherine and her situation.
Say what you want about the One. Sure, he’s never created a private sector job, product or service, and based on what he said yesterday, he’s a hopeless economic illiterate, but you have to admit, that he and his peeps have mastered that human wallpaper and mascot thing. The Republicans could learn a lot from him. Imagine Speaker John Boehner being introduced by a cancer patient who lost her insurance because of Obamacare, while standing in front of a group of people whose hours were cut back from 40 to 29 per week because of the Affordable Care Act. You could also throw in a few people who discovered that the doctors that they had for a decade or more had retired, or were no longer in their insurance networks. Are you listening, Mr. Preibus? Don’t send me any more letters asking for money until you do, and here’s a bonus suggestion; specifically, sending me letters from John McCain is not going to result in a good outcome. It’s bad salesmanship.
In his January 7 speech, our Dear Reader once again said that people are unemployed “through no fault of their own,” which is one of his absolute favorite threadbare clichès. He is no doubt right, at least in many cases. Lots of people are unemployed, and it’s not their fault. It’s his! The economy stinks because of his ridiculous policies. Anyone with an understanding of basic economics, a set which does not include Barack Obama or any of his supporters, knows it. There’s no argument there.
The raging debate surrounds whether we’re in this mess because he’s an incompetent stumble bum, a TelePrompTer dependent dolt, created out of the same whole cloth as his empty suit by a lapdog media, or a radical ideologue, hellbent on “transforming” our country from one of rugged individualists to a Euro-style socialist paradise, from what Mrs. Thatcher called a “get up and go” country to a “sit-back-and-wait-for-it” country. (Speaking of which, I mean no disrespect toward Katherine Hackett, and I feel bad that she is unemployed, but I’m wondering if the fact that her recourse was to seek relief by writing a letter to Barack Obama doesn’t speak volumes about where she may have lost her way.)
Actually, the answer is, he is both. It’s difficult to believe that anyone can actually believe what he read from his Prompter, when he said,
[I]ndependent economists have shown that extending emergency unemployment insurance actually helps the economy, actually creates new jobs. When folks like Katherine have a little more to spend to turn up the heat in her house or buy a few extra groceries, that means more spending with businesses in her local community, which in turn may inspire that business to hire one more person, maybe Kathy.
“Independent economists”? Do Democrats ever run out of imaginary friends? He may actually believe this foolishness. To be a leftist you have to believe a lot of things that fly in the face of common sense, and reality, and that are, in fact, patently preposterous.
I’ll close with another comment from the brilliant Lady Thatcher, one that is particularly appropriate when discussing Barack Obama. “It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.”
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