Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama's Missed Opportunity

Here's something you don't see everyday. President Obama missing an "opp" -- photo or otherwise.

Obama calls $18B in Wall Street bonuses 'shameful'

Not mincing words, Obama says $18B in bonuses to Wall Street bankers is 'shameful'

I agree, it is shameful.
It is the height of irresponsibility.

The Stimulus Bill, I mean.

If you are going to (rightfully) come down on these idiot businesses for their unbridled greed (bonuses, corporate jets, redecorating offices, resort & spa trips), then why not call out all the House members who are using this "emergency" as a chance to belly up to the public trough for more pork projects? (How these numnuts rose to be Captains of Industry is beyond me. But I digress...)

Obama should have kicked the Stimulus bill back and told his OWN party:
"NO!-- this is NOT the time or the place to make a pork
"grab." Go back to the drawing board and bring out a bill that
includes only genuine stimulus (job-creation right now and/or tax breaks that
encourage investment in businesses and NOT bonuses or perks)."

If he would have done that, he would have earned the respect of ALL citizens (Blue and Red) but I dare say he would have especially made many more fans Republicans! This (fantasy) bitch-slap would have drawn lines in the sand (and you know who I mean) and given his rhetoric SO much more credence that his administration could have stored-up so much "consent of the governed" he could probably get past anything but Health care without much of a fight for the rest of the year.

The media would have sung his praise (even more than they are now if that's possible), his critics would have been thunder-struck and pretty much silenced on this issue, and the new bill would have FLOWN through the House with 99 percent of ALL representatives.

Obama not only missed a chance to really bring the country together by proving his pledge to "Change Washington" and make a statement about no more “business as usual,” he missed an early "Golden Opportunity" to make a statement that would have been remembered in US history as much as "Tear down this wall."

Too bad.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rush to Judgment

During the protests of the Iraq War, did Pres. Bush ever have the temerity to say, "I won" reelection and all these protesters be damned? Did Mr. Bush ever tell people publicly not to buy Dixie Chicks CDs, cancel their HBO because of Bill Maher’s constant disparagement, or refrain from movie-going to see any of Hollywood’s long litany of anti-war, anti-Bush drivel? No, in fact, he stated clearly time and again that such folks were within their rights to do so.

When actor/”activist” Sean Penn traveled to Iran and Venezuela and met with Ahmadinejad and Chavez, wasn’t that physical act by a private citizen more than just a simple statement of hoped-for failure of Bush’s foreign policy? When the VERY FIRST bill taken up by the new Democratic controlled Congress in 2007 was a measure to tie-up war funding, wasn’t that actual interference with a presidential directed policy and not merely a verbal broadside advocating its failure?

Did any of the legion of famous celebrity Bush critics, professional protesters or 527-groups ever give him a “honeymoon,” adopt a grace period, or embrace Mr. Bush’s two inaugural invitations to “come together, set aside partisan rancor and work for a more civil tone” in Washington?

So why now is what Rush said any different from the idiotic non sequitur, “I support the troops but I’m against the war?”