…I won't be able to throw yarn balls at it as I did this afternoon.
I was minding my own business, watching the Price Is Right, and all of a sudden "We interrupt this program for a Special Report from CBS news."
So I sez to myself, "What blew up now?"
Well, if I'd been wearing a blood pressure cuff, that would have.
so what did you really think about the interruption?
Well, since you asked… it was the same old lines. Blame Bush/Blame Congress/Pull Out the Class Warfare Card/Make Promises You Have No Intention of Keeping/Praise Self/Blame Congress Again/Smile for the Camera.
"The struggles of middle-class families were a big problem long before the recession hit in 2007."
I mean, not 30 seconds into said speech and he's blaming Bush. Yanno, I might have cut some slack on this one if it were January 2009 yet. But it's not. We're midway through Year 3 of this travesty and all that the chief executive can do is stand there like a kid caught redhanded in mischief and point to the kid standing next to him, saying, "It was him, not me."
No. Not now, not ever, certainly not anymore. If there's still a problem, sir, let me point out that you and a Congress fully controlled by your own party had two years to do something – and instead of taking the opportunity to solve the problem and truly put yourselves in a good light, you partied like teenagers with their parents out of town. Now it's 2011. We have a Republican majority attempting to collect the cups and pizza boxes and get the stains out of the sofa and all the POTUS and his ilk can do is pout in a corner and blame someone else for posting the party location on Facebook.
"… we're reviewing government regulations so that we can fix any rules in place that are an unnecessary burden on businesses."
You could start with gutting Obamacare. Y'all remember: that 2000+ page POS that gutted 1/7 of the private sector economy and placed it under the benevolent wing of Mother Government? That's going to destroy working systems already in place and make healthcare even more difficult for people to obtain? That is, if you bought the lie that it had anything to do with healthcare in the first place… in which case I really can't help you.
"Right now, Congress could…"
Congress could… but Congress is too busy fixing everything that got broken in the last two years. You know, like reining in the horrific spending spree y'all went on?
"…we've got to eliminate waste wherever we find it and make some tough decisions about worthy priorities."
Let's start with all those "czars" of yours. None of them are Constitutionally legally appointed. All of them have a bloated staff. That'd be a great start.
"And that means trimming the defense budget…"
No. Not if you're going to go on ignoring the War Powers Act and keeping our forces in fiascos we don't need to be involved in. Besides, the defense budget has already been hobbled enough, no thanks to Lapdog Gates and his minions.
"If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires; if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners; if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we've got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship."
How so? You know, it amazes me that this guy made it through Columbia if he's really this dumb.
If we keep tax breaks for high achievers, then that means they can continue to hire people. Who then will have jobs, and be able to pay for their little darlings' education. Likewise, said evil high achievers will also then be able to contribute to their university of choice, thus continuing the growth of the endowment funds from which these scholarships spring. If you TAX them, they won't have the money to do this, you idiot.
If you raise taxes on oil and gas companies, then they no longer have the capital to sink into research and development, which hobbles this country's ability to become energy independent or more efficient. Of course, that's what you wanted all along.
"That means food safety may be compromised."
Oh, horrors. Here comes the scare patrols, y'all. They want your grandma to eat dog food, too, ya know.
"I think it's only fair to ask an oil company or corporate jet owner that has done so well to give up a tax break that no other business enjoys. […] I think the majority of American's agree with that."
Yeah, well there you go thinking in the first place.
It was pointed out to me that corporate jet ownership has sharply increased lately. Which puts people back to work. Which grows the economy. And that this was lauded by POTUS just last week. Now they're evil. I guess because ultimately private sector = bad; government sector = good.
(Hey – If you fly on a corporate jet, do you skip the TSA feel up? Maybe that's why so many people want to fly that way… I'm just sayin'.)
Here's some other gems in this speech that I want y'all to keep in mind during this election cycle:
"…the revenue we're talking about isn't coming out of the pockets of middle-class families…"
Translated: "Shut up you whiners. You're doing just fine."
"If we do not have those revenues, then the kinds of cuts that would be required might compromise the National Weather Service."
Translated: "North winds blow! South winds blow! Typhoons! Hurricanes! Earthquakes! SMOG!"
"When unemployment is at 3 percent and they're making record profits, they're going to still complain about regulations because, frankly, they want to be able to do whatever they think is going to maximize their profits."
Well, yes. That is what businesses do. That's why businesses operate. To make a profit. And that's a damn hard thing to do in an atmosphere of overregulation. Even harder to project a profit when you have this healthcare law looming over you. Meaning, ultimately, that you can't hire anyone new because you have no real idea how badly the new regulations will decimate your bottom line.
Yeah. I think I would have been better off watching the Showcase Round, then making a cup of tea to sip while I scoured the latest job postings in hopes of finding something to apply for. Not that it would have cheered me up, but at least it wouldn't have ruined my day.
Thanks for nothing yet again, Mr. President.