Archive for December, 2009

May 2010 Bring Us A Little LESS Hope And A Lot MORE Change.

December 31, 2009

Hope is way over-rated.  Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of times when hope comes in very handy.  You want hope if you are sitting at a roulette table, or a slot machine.  Hope is great if you’re opening a Christmas present or checking the weather report before heading to the beach.  On the other hand, hope is NOT such a hot thing if you’re sitting on a plane and the captain announces: “we hope we’ll be landing in Chicago in an hour and fifteen minutes.”  You really don’t want to hear a building engineer say: “I hope we put in enough rebar to support the top ten floors,” or your surgeon to say: “I hope we were supposed to operate on the left lung…”  You get the idea.

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on a platform of “Hope & Change.”  Although there was an unprecedented wave of ‘hope’ that swept over the nation it has thus far ushered in very little real ‘change,’ and what change has occurred has been largely unwanted.  When Obama was sworn into office the national unemployment rate was 7.6%.  In spite of his assurances that unemployment would not reach 8% (thanks to his $700 billion corporate bail-out program) the unemployment level is now over 10%.  A year ago, our National Debt stood at a staggering level of approximately $10 trillion, today it is over $12 trillion and increasing by $3.76 billion PER DAY.  In the past year U.S. casualties in Afghanistan have nearly tripled from the year before; 155 killed in 2008 and 318 killed in the first year of the new era of “Hope & Change.”  Over the past year nothing of significance has been done to slow down Iran from its determined campaign to acquire a nuclear arsenal.  For seven years, from the end of 2001 till the Obama inauguration in January 2008 there was not a single terrorist attack on American soil.  Now, in the span of less than one year, there have been three terrorist attacks on American soil:  Little Rock, AR, June 2, ‘09; Ft. Hood, TX, November 05, ‘09 and Detroit MI December 25, (Christmas Day) ‘09.

Hope is great if you’re going to Las Vegas, but it absolutely stinks as the premise for a National domestic or foreign policy!  Please Mr. President, as we enter 2010, could you keep your “Audacity of Hope” to yourself and give the rest of us more of the kind of “change” that you promised.

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Strike Up The Band!

December 19, 2009

We all know the story of the Titanic.  For me, one of the most fascinating historical facts of this horrible tragedy was how the ship’s band played on, even as the ship was falling apart and plunging into the icy Atlantic.  As none of the musicians survived, we only have anecdotal reports that the final song was either “Nearer My God To Thee” or “Autumn.”  Either one, a most suitable selection.  In hindsight, the cause of the Titanic’s demise is so easy to understand that it is hard to comprehend the mis-guided and poor judgment of the captain.  The ship was doing something that it had never done before as it was on her maiden voyage.  Notwithstanding that fact, the captain had her racing at full throttle through a known ice-field in the middle of the night.  One can hardly imaging a more perfect scenario for complete and utter disaster.

The many parallels between the Titanic and the partisan Democrat-only health care bill are just too obvious to ignore.  Not even Michael Moore could write a more poignant sequel.  After months of arm-twisting, coercion, and finally, outright shameless bribery, the entire Democrat Party has now walked lock-step behind co-captains Reid and Pelosi into the USS Titanic… bon voyage!  The “icebergs” could not be bigger, more numerous, or more dangerous now than they were in those frigid north Atlantic waters on the night of April 14, 1912.  Roughly 80% of all Americans are satisfied with their current health care.  By a ratio of 60-40% Americans are against the Democrat bill.  More than 50% of all Americans now believe it is preferable to do nothing rather than jam this disastrous and unwanted bill down the country’s throat.  If the legislation is to succeed it must – by design – slash $500B from Medicare and raise $500B in taxes. The unintended consequences are just too numerous and complex to see, let alone analyze and understand.  Never mind all these “icebergs…” co-captains Reid and Pelosi have given the order: FULL STEAM AHEAD!

I don’t know if either Reid or Pelosi know “Nearer My God To Thee” or “Autumn,” if not, they can just hum a few bars, because very soon it will be time for them to strike up the band!