Monday, March 2, 2009

Some quick thoughts from the past few days

-The Obama administration's strategic response to those who question them on the almost incomprehensible vastness of their proposed budget deficit became clear after this week's Sunday shows. They point to the deficits of the previous administration. As a father of three, I recognize it as the "He did it, too" defense. As far as I can tell, no one employed the standard "if they jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?" rebuttal that is taught in parent school.

-With an enormous backlash developing over the free-spending, tax hiking policies being put in place, Obama has begun characterizing his opponents as "special interests and lobbyists." The problem with that is, polls show over half the nation is opposed to these big government policies. Is Obama trying to say the majority of Americans are lobbyists?

-The market continues to tank. As of this morning, the Dow is expected to dip below 7,000 for the first time in 12 years despite the aggressive hands-on approach of the Democrats. They blame the policies of the past 8 years. The problem is, stock market fluctuations are caused by expectations of the economic future, not policies of the past.

-Obama promised there would be no lobbyists in his cabinet and then blatantly appointed or nominated a dozen current or former lobbyists. He promised openness and clarity by putting legislation on line for 5 days so the public can scrutinize it before it becomes law. He then pushed through the costliest spending plan in history without giving Congress even 12 hours to study it before forcing a vote. He said his spending plans contained no earmarks, yet we have unearthed billions of dollars in liberal special projects and set asides. When he says he will cut the budget deficit in half during his time in office and opposes the Fairness Doctrine to censor his critics, do you believe him?

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