Monday, March 16, 2009

The Heart of the Matter

'Which brings us to the heart of the matter: the doubts about Obama himself. His famous eloquence is wearing thin through daily exposure and because his actions are often disconnected from his words. His lack of administrative experience is showing.

His promises and policies contradict each other often enough that evidence of hypocrisy is ceasing to be news. Remember the pledges about bipartisanship and high ethics? They're so last year.

The beat goes on. Last week, Obama brazenly gave a speech about earmark reform just after he quietly signed a $410 billion spending bill that had about 9,000 earmarks in it. He denounced Bush's habit of disregarding pieces of laws he didn't like, so-called signing statements, then issued one himself.

And in an absolute jaw-dropper, he told business leaders, "I don't like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government's role." '

Dammit, people, pay attention! I said that stuff already. Actions disconnected from words- what kind of persons actions are disconnected from their words? Why, that would be the kind of person many thoughtful conservative bloggers, including me, described in the weeks and months leading up to that recent election: an ideologue, a stuffed shirt, an ivory-tower intellectual who has never run a lemonade stand. That is the person who some of us actually saw up there in front of the cameras. I feel virtually no pleasure in being right whatsoever.

Being right and having the vast bulk of Americans pay no attention is shitty. And I don't mean to my blog- many people, including folks like Glenn Reynolds were saying exactly the same things. Mr Reynolds has like 600,000 readers. Even that hefty swathe of Americans didn't manage to persuade their compatriots what the real facts were.

What is worrying is that during the election campaigning, Obama switched between different positions A LOT. None of his erstwhile supporters seemed to notice. Now he is doing that in office. On Mondays, the US economy is down a hole worse than the Great Depression, according to the White House. By Wednesday, its fundamentally sound and we should all stop being such worrywarts. By Friday, its back to being the Enormously Great Depression. These guys DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.

Some honest Democrats, the ones with brains and integrity, are stating this out loud. Thats because they care about results. They do not want to arrive in two years time at elections with a completely failed executive branch. The biggest worry for these Dems is that not only is the executive branch in the hands of a know-nothing nincompoop, but that he has no discernible learning curve.

I couldn't see one during the campaigning for President- it was alleged, but I couldn't see it. All his campaign did was get quieter and quieter. All that noise and heavy breathing you heard was from the enormous Chorus in the legacy media. Whenever a blip emerged, they just clammed up and waited while the drooling media dufuses made their excuses for them, ommitted to cover the blip or changed the subject. Those strategies no longer work.

No large media outlet can hide from the American voter the enormous sums resident in the new Budget. Likewise, where that money is going. Not even Penn and Teller can make that stuff disappear.

Last night, I watched a large Russian bomber landing in Venezuela on the TV. Does that bring up any warning lights for you? During the Bush years, Mr Putin kept himself out of the Western Hemisphere. For those of you who don't know much US history, the Western Hemisphere is considered by the US to be ITS hemishpere. Hence Bay of Pigs, hence Contras Vs Sandinistas, hence US forces fighting drug cartels in Columbia etc etc. Why isn't Mr Putin afraid? Keep watching for details.

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