This past year has yielded a bumper crop of prevarications. While it would take volumes to codify them all (heck, I think Harry Reidâ€™s alone would rival â€œWar and Peaceâ€), there are a few that we should remember as we look forward to what the new year may have in store for us.
Perhaps the biggest whopper of 2009 was Obamaâ€™s assertion that his administration would usher in a new era of â€œfiscal responsibility.â€ After launching the budget deficit (year over year revenue minus the spending) from $250 billion to over $1.7 trillion, it begs the question, what exactly do they consider fiscal responsibility? The debt limit has been raised another $2 trillion to $14 trillion, as congress attempts to keep pace with the presidentâ€™s insatiable appetite for spending.
To put that in perspective, it would be like someone making fifty grand a year running up a $300,000 credit card bill. And this is â€œfiscal responsibility?â€ The most amazing detachment from reality is manifested by Obama disciples who echo, almost in unison, â€œBut itâ€™s Bushâ€™s fault for spending on the wars.â€ Yeah, kind of like itâ€™s Michael Jordanâ€™s fault that the Chicago Bulls have won no NBA championships since he retired.
At a small-business forum last month the president said, â€œWhile I believe that government has a critical role in creating the conditions for economic growth, ultimately true economic recovery is only going to come from the private sector.â€ We might well ask then, â€œWhy are you seeking to destroy the private sector?â€ Not content with owning the auto industry and then gifting half of it as political payback to the unions, and not content with controlling the banking and financial services, he is now on the verge of taking over another one-sixth of the economy by controlling the health care industry. I guess based on the presidentsâ€™ own words, we cannot anticipate any â€œtrue economic recoveryâ€ since the government is taking over more and more of the private sector.
We have to include in this list the repeated efforts of majority leadership in Congress who have accused the Republicans of â€œblocking health care reform.â€ Excuse me, but donâ€™t they control the House, the Senate, and the White House? The Republicans couldnâ€™t do a thing to stop health care reform even if they wanted to! And not just based on votes, but with House and Senate leadership rewriting rules along the way to ensure passage, all the Republicans can do is make a lot of noise and attempt to mobilize citizens against the health care takeover.
On the global warming front, the biggest stretch of credulity of the year was stating that the â€œscience is settled.â€ That declaration coming from the White House after one of the key climate research units establishing the â€œscienceâ€ and the argument for man-made global warming was revealed to be â€œcooking the booksâ€ of environmental data and fraudulently misrepresenting it. So let me make sure I understand this properly. Because the pseudo-scientists at the Climate Research Unit manipulated data, controlled the â€œpeer reviewâ€ process for climate studies, and rigged their computer modelsâ€™ code to depict global warming, regardless of the data input, we are to understand that the â€œscience is settled?â€ Hmmm. Seems to me Bernie Madoff could have taken some lessons from the White House on â€œspin.â€ Heck, he could be a White House economic advisor by now! Theyâ€™re going to need someone with his Ponzi-scheme expertise to handle all the questionable fiscal activity occurring in Washington these days.
One of the biggest has to be the health-care takeover itself. Are we really supposed to believe that weâ€™re going to get better health care with the government running it? That itâ€™s going to be â€œdeficit neutralâ€ after they cut over $400 billion in Medicare spending? After all, when has the federal government ever really â€œcutâ€ anything, except military spending? And for it to get to â€œdeficit neutral,â€ the Congressional Budget Office has to use trickery like 10 years of revenue against 6 years of implementation. They must be taking lessons from the Climate Research Unit in fudging numbers!
The president a few weeks ago held a banking confab where he pressured banks into lending more to stimulate the economy. I think Iâ€™m experiencing dÃ©jÃ vu. Isnâ€™t that how the whole subprime lending crisis was created? Government pressuring banks to lend more, and to people who had no credit worthiness for the loans they got? Government just never seems to learn.
Space constrains me from delving into the satire of a non-stimulating â€œstimulus,â€ the â€œjobs createdâ€ and â€œjobs savedâ€ claims of the White House, and how weâ€™re going to be safer by reading terrorists their Miranda Rights and housing them in the U.S.
So what can we expect for 2010? I would bank on more of the same, unless our national leaders somehow stumble across some common sense and a conscience. Happy New Year! I guess.
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