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What Does Obama Have To Smirk About?
Wipe That Smirk Offa Your Mug
A short history lesson may be in order, though I doubt our progressive school system will bother to reflect it accurately to our nation's future voters. If you want "links" from this author, then I suggest you use Google, or any other reliable search engine, since I am editorializing what is visible to the naked eye. It gets tiresome when someone wants me to do their research for them. How convenient.
Once upon a time, actually in November 2008, a total fraud was perpetrated on the US of A when a pretender came along peddling "hope and change." Many of us caught on to the empty rhetoric and how nice those words were, but the fact remains that one person, no matter who they are, isn't going to "change" Foggy Bottom. How in the world was the most junior, inexperienced Senator going to pull off that feat? As we see now, it isn't, nor was it ever going to occur.
He became the darling of the Lame Stream Media and to them he became the anointed one. Not much has changed in that regard if you examine the press closely regarding his many missteps since taking office. After spending the most money ever spent by any Presidential candidate, the the tune of 700+ million, he told the nation he was just a step away from "fundamentally changing America." Most sane people stepped back and asked themselves, "Change it to what?" So little was really known about this man, other than what the Lame Stream Media spoon fed the public, that in retrospect it was a truly pathetic dog and pony show where the media's past role in "vetting" candidates was a wisp of smoke in the wind. Hells bells, I think I'd smirk too if I pulled off the biggest con job on the American electorate.
A rather hefty "Omnibus" bill was signed by Smirksalot that was loaded with over 9K earmarks, affectionately known as pork. Now this is the candidate who stated several times that he wouldn't sign any legislation with earmarks in it. And you still wanted to place your trust in this politician's words? Deeds not words are what should matter.
But the rubber has to meet the road as the old saw goes. It's one thing to talk the talk and quite different when it come time to walk the walk. In short order we, the American tax payers, became the majority owner of two failing auto companies, an insurance giant, numerous banks and who knows what else behind the curtain of government secrecy. Since the Democratic Congress never seems to want to bother with the small business dealings of our government, like passing an annual budget and making the government stick to it, the excessive spending started immediately.
With the flash of his pen, the first thing Smirksalot did was decree that GITMO was to be closed. Seriously? Did you ever believe he could make that happen? The one secure facility in the entire world where some of the most mentally ill terrorists are confined was to be shuttered? His solution was to bring them to the United States and confine them. That wasn't going to happen nor will it ever happen. He has a better chance of changing Washington DC. Those are enemy combatants, not your everyday ordinary criminals. Fill in the blanks for the rest of the story about Holder trying to decide to try for trials here in the homeland.
Fix the economy and jobs came next. For all of his bluster and mugging for the camera on this subject, the real focus of he, and his minions, was to overhaul the nation's healthcare system by putting it under the thumb of the federal government. Now there is change we can't believe in. He claims that it would create jobs. The inverse has proven true other than to bloat an already monstrous federal bureaucracy. Instead of lowering costs, it has every appearance of doing the opposite. If the Smirkster had ever even run a lemonade stand, which he hasn't, he might have a grasp on the reality of running a business and paying for benefits.
Smirky's answer to creating jobs was "shovel ready" projects, later he admitted that there isn't such a thing. The Stimupork Bill was the outcome of his "jobs for friends program" and it must be nice to pay off your political debts with tax payer money. Say what Smirksalot? Semantics came into play with his main sidekick, Joe Biden, harping about how many jobs were saved. In retrospect, listening to how many teachers were "saved" and the actions of that privileged class of government workers in Wisconsin, who were we saving? They definitely are giving new meaning to the word "class" in "classroom."
News flash! The Democrats had controlled Congress since 2006 until just recently when the American electorate decided to send a loud message to Washington DC in November 2010. How many federal budgets were crafted during their majority rule? If you don't know the answer then look it up. We've functioned under continuing resolutions and Omnibus (read: PORK) bills because they could't wrap their heads, nor do they today, around reality. The part of the message that these people didn't want to hear, and evidently don't to this day, was that the American public wasn't at all pleased with the run away spending that occurred during the first two years of his soon to be only four year term. Obama, Harry Reid and his buds seem to be rather tone deaf don't you think?
The threat has immediately surfaced about the current budget debacle. What threat you ask? Seems like the federal government would have to shut down if the impasse continues. Now the House got the message about reducing spending and passed a $61 billion dollars reduction in short order. The fly in the ointment is the Senate, still in Democratic hands. The Smirky one proposes a reduction of about $8.5 billion, which is is a mere .28% reduction. That's ridiculous! The House reduction was really a 3.7% reduction. Some ax but it is a start.
So another continuing resolution (CR) was enacted extending the impasse for two weeks so the wise sages we send to DC to do our will can continue to ignore us and argue amongst themselves. What the heck happened to "changing" how Washington does business? It's no more than the same old, same old in my view. The drift, as I read it, is that cuts need to be made as long as it isn't into this special interests or that special interests pocket that the picking is taking place. What is being witnessed is the same partisan crap that we have had to endure for decades which resulted in us having a $14 trillion dollar deficit with a debt ceiling that is about to be reached in April once again. Is there an end in sight to this continued fiscal insanity? That's my question to you, the reader and American tax payer.