FIRE!

There is only one thing worse than yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, and that’s NOT yelling fire when one actually breaks out.  America, our house is on fire!  President Obama did not start the fire of our current economic melt-down, it was actually Jimmy Carter who did that thirty-three years ago when he signed the now infamous Community Reinvestment Act into law.  Since then, the embers had been smoldering undetected until Bear Stearns went up in flames in the Spring of ‘08 and Lehman Brothers followed suit just six months later.  The so called “toxic mortgage backed securities” building up over that thirty plus year period finally reached the flash point and the fire exploded with a ferocity that no one fully anticipated.  Amazingly, no one smelled the smoke of this stealth fire, not even our most advanced smoke detectors: HUD, SEC, and the Treasury Departments of five administrations, both Democrat and Republican.

Before leaving office at the end of 2008 President Bush attempted to contain the fire by throwing a $700B T.A.R.P. (Troubled Asset Relief Program) over the flames.  When President Obama entered the burning house, you would think that his undivided attention would be focused on attacking the fire with all the tools he had at his disposal.  Shockingly, Obama all but ignored the full-blown inferno engulfing the house, and against the will of the vast majority of the people living inside, he stubbornly turned his attention to actually building a second story addition which soon became known as ‘Obama Care.’  Who would ever consider building a second story addition on a house that was actually going up in flames?  To do so would take more than just an ‘audacity of hope,’ it would take a full measure of intransigent ideological stupidity.

President Obama may have been too blinded by political ideology to pull the fire alarm, but fortunately the American people who actually own the house, as opposed to those who just rent it, were not.  The American people came together and sent out the loudest alarm in modern American history this past November 2nd. The people have finally yelled “FIRE!” Help is finally on the way.  Only time will tell if there is any chance of saving this majestic old house that we all call home. The fire is so advanced, that it may in fact be too late.  But rest assured, even if this historic old building does burn completely to the ground, the American people will push those responsible aside and build a new house even better and stronger than the one our leaders watched burn right in front of their own eyes.

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