Things are going well. But for whom?Written by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
During his visit to Toledo, Ohio, Vice President Biden grandly proclaimed that “Things are going well.” His context was clearly the economy, so let’s take that as a starting point in gauging the accuracy of his statement.
Our gross domestic product’s growth tailed off from 3.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010 to 2.4 percent in the second; the second quarter figure was then revised downward by a third to 1.6 percent. That’s going well only in that economists expected an even larger revision.
Unemployment is still at 9.5 percent – even though Biden himself promised in April that 250,000 to 500,000 jobs a month would be created within a couple of months. If all those jobs are being created, then about as many others are being lost; and Treasury Secretary Geithner paradoxically warned us, also in April, that unemployment would stay unacceptably high. This is going well only for those who want voters on long-term government dependency.
Things are going great for waste and stagnation. Consider the Porkulus program for home weatherization. This $5,000,000,000 boondoggle is rife with inefficiency, incompetence and delay, and has been suspended since May in Biden’s home state of Delaware. Then there’s the construction industry; despite the Porkulus’ “shovel-ready” projects and the ballyhooed 10,000 projects underway, industry employment remains depressed as the Democrat-controlled Senate has failed for 18 months to pass a new transportation appropriations bill – not that there’s any money left to pay for it anyway.
Which brings us to the deficit. If you like the color red, things are just lovely thanks to the sea of red ink being created by this Congress. Don’t have revenues to pay for trillions in new spending? Confiscate more money from the private sector! When that dries up, just print more; and when the economy crashes and hyperinflation is unleashed, it’s all Bush’s fault. (Things are really swell for fans of irresponsibility and projection, given the Obamacrats’ habit of blaming Bush for the problems they’ve created or exacerbated.)
How well are things going on other fronts? Glad you asked.
Things are peachy for tyranny buffs. The will of the public and the Constitution itself are rejected where they conflict with President Obama’s agenda. Unaccountable czars are named at will, states’ rights are violated, and the government takes over health care as Obama and the progressives pry loose the Constitutional chains that were forged to restrain the government. Moreover, from health care demolition to the Ground Zero mosque, Obama has repeatedly taken positions that reflect open contempt for the values and sensibilities of the majority of Americans.
It’s the bee’s knees for enemies of free speech, and of the Reverend Dr. King’s call for us to look past skin color to character. Conservatives who oppose Obama’s agenda and principles are stereotyped, misrepresented and intimidated towards silence. The Obamacrats tried to take down Fox News, only to have the normally sycophantic liberal media defend Fox; they’ve personally attacked leading conservative spokespeople; and they’ve dismissed ordinary citizens who disagree with them as racists simply because their hero is black. Meanwhile, New Black Panthers go free after intimidating voters with racial epithets and a baton at a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 election.
Things are boffo indeed for those offended by secure borders and the safety of citizens. Witness the lawsuits against Arizona’s call for enforcement of existing border security law, and the desire to grant undeserved citizenship to millions of illegal aliens who already receive benefits at taxpayer expense. But things aren’t going well at all for American citizens along the Mexican border who are being robbed and murdered by drug runners and other criminals while Washington looks away.
Things are grand if you’re a jihadist terrorist. Sure, many have been eliminated by our military, interference and hamstringing by the Administration notwithstanding. But terrorists have far less to fear from Obama than from his predecessor. On the one hand, the Obamacrats have PC’ed the War on Terror – after all, calling it a war or terrorism is offensive! – and sought to bring the terror suspects held as POWs at Guantanamo to Manhattan for trial in criminal courts. Now, they’re refusing to prosecute the mastermind of the USS Cole bombing. On the other, they brand conservative critics as potential terrorists and vow investigations of dissenters. Consequently, be it intentional or not, the focus on eliminating violent terrorism is diluted, and attention is diverted from our real enemies.
Millions of Americans are awakening to the peril now facing our republic and our rights. In this only, things are truly going well because of the Obamacracy. Cherish your liberty, while you still have it.
Thomas Berry, for the Children of Liberty, http://www.meetup.com/The-children-of-liberty/