Sunday, February 15, 2009

The only Thing We Have to Fear is...

I was giving a listen to NPR this morning, and to my amazement, they were subtly harping on President Obama, saying something like this: "The President said that the only thing we have to fear is..." ...not fear itself, but...that Americans will lose more jobs, savings and homes.  And that "this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse,..."

And now his former rival, an opponent who was overly gracious in his treatment of Obama during the campaign, John McCain, had this to say in the morning news shows:

"[The President is off to] a bad beginning because it wasn't what we promised the American people, what President Obama promised the American people, that we would sit down together," McCain told CNN's "State of the Union With John King."

I think Obama was a clever and attractive candidate, but we'll leave the jury out awhile longer on what kind of president he'll ultimately be, but I agree with McCain.  He's off to a bad start.  Uninspiring, but more importantly, fear mongering to get what amounts to heavily larded spending bills to be carried on the backs of the already over-taxed middle class in the name of reviving the economy.  Instead, he's on his way to burdening it even more than it is. 

And have you heard the latest, now that they've rammed the porkulus bill through Congress, statehouses and city halls are pondering what they can get to do with all that money.  I can't thing of a greater thing over which to be in fear but how a government bureaucrat may be pondering how to spend my tax money, but not only my tax money, but the tax money of my children and my children's children to the nth power. 

Can you say the D word?


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