Friday, March 13, 2009

The Jerks

Obama’s Fear Mongering

Imagine a child falls down a well. Now imagine I offer to lend the parents my ladder to save her, but only if they promise to paint my house. Would you applaud me for not letting a crisis go to waste? Or would you think I'm a jerk, for want of a harsher word not printable in this space?

I ask because I’m trying to come to terms with Rule No. 1 of the Obama administration.

"Rule 1: Never allow a crisis to go to waste," White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told the New York Times right after the election. "They are opportunities to do big things." Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience at the European Parliament, "Never waste a good crisis." Then President Obama explained in his Saturday radio and Internet address that there is "great opportunity in the midst of" the "great crisis" befalling America.

Oh, and suddenly, after passing the trillion dollar emergency payback bill, Obama says the economic crisis is "not as bad as we think" and his plans will speed recovery. Does he mean the plans for socialized health care and taxing what's left of the life out of the economic engine.

Government is the scorpion that the people are carrying on their backs across the river and it will sting us, it has to - that's what government does. A small government is manageable, but a big government will sting the life out of us, and is so doing.

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