Political Prisoners

Turns out Obama is going to start a bus trip through the Midwest in August to talk to Americans about strengthening jobs and the economy. (Because he’s done such a good job for the last 2 1/2 years.) Which strikes a similar tone to what Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the other day after our elected officials had successfully butchered the debt issue beyond recognition, “It is now time for Congress to get back to our regularly scheduled program, and that means jobs.” Interesting statement: Now that we’re done with that stuff, we can focus on what we’re really bad at doing. We’ve had job plan after job plan after job plan, and none of it has worked. You want to know why?

The deal that was finally reached was to raise the debt ceiling and to peel off another $3.29 — actually, not really — from the debt over the course of 200 million years. (Okay, it’s a little less than that.) Nancy Pelosi (D-C.A.) called the deal, “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich.” With, “Satan fries” on the side. She’s not overreacting, is she? So now that they feel like they’ve completed their very tedious, difficult and trying task of facing the reality of the debt and falling short by only a little bit, they can finally get to the stuff that wins votes.

Anyway, Obama wants to travel through the country to set us straight before the elections… Well, okay, he didn’t say that, but I don’t really know why he would be doing this other than for votes or something. CNS News reporters very astutely asked Press Secretary Jay Carney, “Is that a campaign event or a presidential event?” To which Carney said, “Negative. That is an official event.” Official, huh? “So it is being funded by taxpayers in battleground states?” Asked the reporter. Carney squirmed and only managed to get out, “He’s the president of the United States.”

I assume that means, “You silly feebleminded conservative news reporter, can’t you see that he’s the president? Don’t you understand that he gets whatever he wants. Whether it’s a 1,700 calorie meal for his birthday or an exravagant trip to India — anything. And I don’t care if you don’t want to pay for your presidents political aspirations, you have to no matter what. After all, it’s a free country.

Yep. I got all of that out of, “He’s the president of the United States.”


Of course, now that we’re past 100% GDP-to-debt ratio (meaning that if we drained every penny of our yearly national production, we still couldn’t pay our debt), our elected officials — officially — couldn’t do worse. Well, I hope I’m not speaking too soon.

-Ben

UPDATE August 4, 2011: The Heritage Foundation had a good article today concerning whether or not the president’s “pivot” towards jobs is serious. If he is, he would reign in the Environmental Protection Agency. Several programs the EPA each cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, some even millions of jobs. You want to focus on jobs, huh? Focus on detrimental programs like the one’s in the EPA. And yet all the White House can say they’re doing is having “meetings.” Brilliant.

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