The following is a statement from Nan Hayworth on the unveiling of President Obama’s new $50 billion stimulus package.
“Remain calm! All is well!”
When Chip Diller was famously trampled by the mob at the parade in the movie Animal House, he was yelling desperately in hopes of saving a Homecoming parade. And that was funny. But when the people supporting our Administration and Congress’s failed fiscal policy continually flail about in denial very much like Chip, as we’ve discussed on my Facebook page, it’s not funny anymore.
Some observers from the left side of the political spectrum have been bending themselves into pretzels trying to explain why President Obama isn’t making headway with the American public in the midterm election campaign push. Their efforts would be comical if they didn’t reflect a political philosophy that has cost us so dearly.
In December, 1799, President George Washington contracted a severe throat infection. His doctors–distinguished experts all–treated him with calomel, to induce vomiting, and bloodletting. When their patient’s condition deteriorated, they treated even more vigorously, giving more calomel and taking more blood in the hopes that this time they’d succeed.
George Washington died of dehydration, blood loss, and choking from the uncontrolled infection. His very well-meaning physicians had actually hastened his death.
President Obama recently made news by announcing that the building of a mosque on private property in lower Manhattan is an exercise in freedom of religion. Apparently the fact that the private property is within only about 600 feet of 9/11’s Ground Zero took a while to enter the President’s consciousness, because it took him a day to walk back his remarks somewhat. If he’d thought of it sooner, he might not have generated such a backlash that even New York Democrats have clammed right up when asked for reaction, and his own administration has disavowed his remarks. Through it all, the President keeps missing why this controversy isn’t dying down.
Back in June we blogged about the Business Roundtable’s withering assessment of President Obama’s approach toward American businesses. Things haven’t improved.
To the contrary: resistance to the President’s economic agenda has been spreading throughout the business community, affecting even groups and leaders who supported both Candidate and President Obama. Runaway “stimulus” spending with no discernible results, a new health care bureaucracy that’s already adding to costs, and credit that’s harder to come by now due to financial “reform” have finally taken a toll on employers’ faith in the President. Now that he needs their support to buck up his economic cred ahead of the midterms, they’re balking.
Remember how President Obama swore up and down that a government mandate on individuals to buy health insurance they may or may not even want, under penalty of a hefty sum payable to the IRS, wasn’t a tax? He was so stubborn on that talking point that even George Stephanopoulos, armed with Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, couldn’t budge him on what constituted a tax.
Amazing what a lawsuit brought by 20-plus states will do for one’s perspective.