Catastrophic Change

March 2, 2009

As I write this the Dow Jones has just opened BELOW 7000.

My wife tells me I’m too harsh on Obama. That he’s still “our” President and I need to be more respectful of him. Reminds me that I didn’t like it when liberals bashed Bush so I should back off and give Obama a chance. (For the record, while I think the “war mongering”, “war criminal” hysteria against Bush was WAY over the top, I am on record both criticizing the man AND the past four years as probably one of the worst four years for the Presidency in this nation’s history.)

When Obama won the election I made a pledge to “wait and see”. That while I had “severe reservations, given his history and politics”, I would give him a chance. (Yes, I am one of the 59+ million Americans who did not drink the kool-aid) What I had hoped was that I would at least have a few months post inaugural to give him that chance, what I got was catastrophe.

But his own actions in just the past two weeks tell that there is not only no time to waste, but to leave the future of this country in the unfettered hands of “change” just for the sake of giving the guy a chance, is a “chance” I’m not willing to take.

Obama on the campaign trail:
“We need earmark reform, and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”
Obama as President is going to sign the $410 billion (that’s BILLION with a B) spending bill pushed through by Pelosi and Reid. Here are just a few of the “line by line” spending items:
$2.2 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in Geneva, NY
$5.8 million for the “Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate (…for the planning and design of a building & an endowment,”
$209,000 to “Improve Blueberry Production and Efficiency” in Georgia
$413,000 for Tri-State Joint Peanut Research in Alabama
$443,000 for Beaver Management and Control in Mississippi
$208,000 for Beaver Management and Control in North Carolina
$1.75 million to acquire land for the Cape Cod National Seashore.

A quick “google” on “spending bill pork” will get you a life time supply of “the other white meat”.
I did however find one line item of perhaps “wise” spending.
$1.8 million for Swine Odor and Manure Management Research in Ames, Iowa
(Only thing I would suggest is they move it to the source of the stench, Washington D.C.)

Combine the above hypocrisy with the President’s recently submitted federal budget attempting to take this country off the left wing cliff and I cannot just sit idly and give the great orator a “chance”. All it took for the nationalistic socialism of the early and mid 20th century to take hold was for the propoganda to pump and for dissent to remain silent. (And yes, I do find it just a bit more than ironic that for many it’s quite permissable to “dissent” when the subject is conservative values or capitalistic economics but “devisive”, “obstructionist”, and “hateful and discriminatory” if you disagree with socializing the American economy.)

I will not and can not remain silent for the sake of “bi-partisanship”, when the cost of that silence is trillions upon trillions of additional federal spending piled upon the backs of children, grandchildren and generations not yet born. An expansion of federal government that dwarfs even the New Deal. Embarking upon the climate change train full steam ahead without regard to the newer and more diverse opinions urging caution before we bankrupt ourselves for the sake of political correctness. Establishment of permanent class warfare antagonizing the “have nots” into feeling they deserve much, much more from the “haves”, not because they earned it, but because the “haves” just “have” too much.
(Forget the little fact the millions now pay absolutely NO federal income tax, and a smaller and smaller percentage of the populace pay a larger and larger share of the total. You cannot have a cohesive society where a substantial amount of the populace have no financial stake (ie pay taxes) in that society.)

Obama campaigned on “change”, “unity”, and “hope”. He most certainly has brought some “change”. But any “hope” for “unity”, is completely lost unless he quickly remembers that the almost 60 million Americans who DID see through him and did NOT vote for his power grab will not go quietly into the night just for the sake of “getting along”.

What others are saying:
Congressional Quarterly:
What IS an Earmark?
Double Standard
San Diego – A/P:
Obama to Break Pledge

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