Nothing to Hope but Fear Itself

The stakes must be really really high–Obama has already traded “Hope” for “Fear”, “Change” for “Catastrophe”, and it is becoming more and more readily apparent to the millions, possibly hundreds of millions of Americans, that heralded this new “Age of Obama” that we are ourselves powerless to stop the combined force of a Democratic Party led House of Representatives, Senate, and Executive Administration. Most specifically, they can shove every single bill they want to pass down our throat.

The Minority Party, the Republicans, the “Grand Old Party”, have not proven themselves very adept at being the Minority Party in as long as I can remember, and find themselves in the unenviable position of having to take all of the blame for the failures of the Bush Administration, fair or not, all the failures of past fiscal policy, fair or not, and, even as they try and articulate the resounding dissent that the American Public have began to raise with the force of a hundred million anguished screams, are easily discounted by the Democrats who like to drive the point home, and that point is, “We won”.

While our founding fathers had in mind a “check and balance” to keep each branch of government from over-reaching their responsibility, but what we have are the Legislative Majority and Obama Administration working hand in hand to coordinate a theft from taxpayers equalling by all totals over $800Billion, which, with interest, will put it somewhere closer to $1.2Trillion.

While analyzing the situation, why don’t we consider this: “That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful,” Obama said on January 29th, 2009. “And part of what we’re going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint, show some discipline, and show some responsibility.”

Let us look at that last sentence and reword it, keeping in mind that the members of the US House of Representatives Democratic Caucus are on retreat at beautiful Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Virginia.

Part of what we’re going to need is for the Members of Congress to show some restraint, show some discipline, and show some responsibility”

But that would be ridiculous, because apparently the Democrats have a massive mandate, President Obama in particular, to do whatever they want, because “They Won”. And quite a mandate it is, because when we look at the numbers, let us see how many people sided with “Change We Can Believe In”.

Total Votes Cast for Obama in 2008


Percent of Votes Cast for Obama in 2008 Election

53% Percent of Eligible Citizens (> 18 yrs old 223,655,582) Who Voted for Barack Obama

31% Percent of Total U.S. Population (305,303,885) Who Voted for Barack Obama

23% Percent of Total U.S. Population (305,303,885) Affected by Obama’s Policies 100%

In an e-mailed statement, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told Bloomberg News that “The question here is whether Wells Fargo is spending taxpayer money to bankroll Las Vegas junkets…the American people deserve to know because this is their money.”

The difference between Wells Fargo is that they are involved in a business model that, in theory, has the opportunity to subsidize their activities with revenue earned by their employees.

The only activities that Congressmen and Women have to pay for excursions and vacations are their personal income, contributions from party donors, or taxing the US Taxpayer.

Which one of these do you think is paying for Kingsmill Resort and Spa?

If it is their personal income, then good for them, they get paid and work plenty hard enough (in theory) for the American Public. For some reason, and maybe it is just my personal skepticism, but something tells me they did not pay for this out of their own pocket. They could have, and I will take back this entire supposition if it can be proven otherwise.

Otherwise, we are left with one of two choices: Party Donors and/or the US Taxpayer.

I am not certain, and I am not a lawyer, but I am almost positively assured of the fact that using Party Donations for anything other than “election activities” constitutes a crime, presuant to “Pay-to-Play”, however indirectely–and that is a stretch assuming that “Pay-to-Play” via campaign donations is not in itself unethical and a criminal enterprise (ask former Governor Blagojavich). So if the Democratic National Committee, or individual party donors, or a collection of some amount from the re-election funds of each member of the Democratic Congressional Caucus, if any such donation was used for this Kingsmill Resort and Spa junket, then there needs to me an immediate and thorough investigation by a Special Prosecutor.

But this leaves us a third option, which would be the US Taxpayer. Again, it may be my natural skepticism, by I tend to lean toward this assumption—and I am willing to take the responsibility for this being an “assumption”, and not a proven fact—that it is us, the US Taxpayer, who is paying for this little holiday at Kingsmill Resort and Spa. Just after successfully passing a bill to lift $819Billion from the US Taxpayer, the Democratic Congressional Caucus makes their way to Kingsmill Resort and Spa, on our dime, as if we haven’t given up and won’t be giving up so much more as time passes.

Part of what we’re going to need is for the Members of Congress to show some restraint, show some discipline, and show some responsibility”

And, to paraphrase and slightly reword what Mr. Cuomo said regarding Wells Fargo, “The question here is whether Congress is spending taxpayer money to bankroll Resort and Spa junkets…the American people deserve to know because this is their money. (and if it is not their money, they deserve and need to know where it is coming from)”

The first evening of their holiday, President Obama flew out to address the members of the Democratic Congressional Caucus, and it was here that the politics of bipartisanship and “Hope” were replaced with “Fear” and partisanship. “So then you get the argument, ‘well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill.’ What do you think a stimulus is?” Obama said with a firey rhetoric reminiscent of his campaign, but something even more perhaps, “That’s the whole point…Americans did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn’t vote for phony arguments and petty politics. They sent us here to bring change.”

In his recent Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post titled “The Action America Needs”, President Obama strikes the tones of fear, not hope, when he threatens (emphasis added), “Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more people lose their jobs, their savings and their homes. And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse…our health-care costs still rise faster than inflation. Our dependence on foreign oil still threatens our economy and our security. Our children still study in schools that put them at a disadvantage. We’ve seen the tragic consequences when our bridges crumble and our levees fail. Every day, our economy gets sicker — and the time for a remedy that puts Americans back to work, jump-starts our economy and invests in lasting growth is now.”

Interestingly, just as when President Obama famously stated “economists from all across the political spectrum agree on the need for massive government spending to stimulate the economy,” and a few days later over 100 economists disagreed, including Nobel Laureates and other prominent scholars, and signed a statement to that effect that appeared in the Cato Institute’s newspaper ad in Rollcall, the widely read Capitol Hill insider newspaper, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has said recently that the assertion that “the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing.”

Many economists, in fact, agree that the fundamental causes of the current economic crisis–billions, even trillions, of poorly managed loans and investments back by these loans and mortgages simply need to work their way through the system, through foreclosure, through write-downs, and that artificially propping up Institutions and pushing the losses on the US Taxpayer is a disservice to the economy, and potentially a recipe for further disaster down the road.

A simply bit of math also illustrates the level of non-job centric spending in this “stimulus package”–that for every job purportedly that will be created, the cost to the taxpayer will be $250,000.

Democratic Lawmakers and President Obama continue to rail at the American Public, stressing the point that the current economic situation is too dire to allow time to analyze and model all the effects that the largest single infusion of government spending in the history of the world might have, that the common weeks and sometimes months of debate and outside council are not available because catastrophe due to inaction is directly around the corner, like a sleezy-car salesman that is trying to sell a lemon before the buyer has time to look under the hood.

Vice-President Joe Biden even left room for error, stating recently, “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.”

House Speaker Pelosi joined in the fear-mongering, stating, “Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,” oblivious to the growing cacophony of the American Public decrying what common sense is telling more and more Americans:

Part of what we’re going to need is for the Members of Congress to show some restraint, show some discipline, and show some responsibility”



Associated Press,“Obama ratchets up the rhetoric on stimulus plan” by Charles Babington

The Washington Times,“CBO: Obama stimulus harmful over long haul” by Stephen Dinan

The Wall Street Journal,“Biden Urges Passage of Stimulus Despite Voter Backlash” by Susan Davis

Politico,“Pelosi dismisses bipartisanship calls” by By Glenn Thrush & Patrick O’Connor

(*This article was originally published February 7, 2009 on the Yahoo Contributor Network)

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