Obama’s been in office for over a month, and one thing’s become clear. What he meant by “change” was exactly what I always said – he was now POTUS.
Other than POTUS having a new name, it’s actually become pretty difficult to tell him apart from his predecessor, George Worcestershire Bush.
Now, I know what you’re going to say…. “Incredipete, you’re wrong. Obama is different… he’s much smarter and more noble than W!”
Let me remind you of a few important things.
From 2006 through 2008, W was a lame duck. Congress was run by the Democrats. So W could do anything he wanted, so long as it was exactly what the Democrats wanted. But let’s rewind even further… Remember when we decided to invade Iraq. Am I the only person that remembers that was a bipartisan decision?
“But Incredipete, Obama didn’t vote to invade Iraq!” True, but he would have. The only reason he didn’t was HE WASN’T IN CONGRESS, YOU IDIOTS.
So let’s continue. Bush thought we could fix the economy by throwing money at it. The Democrat congress agreed, and we threw 800 billion dollars at it. It didn’t work, because if there’s one universal truth about Economics, it’s that you can’t beat the house. Free markets are self correcting, and if you don’t let it self correct, it’s just going to prolong the agony. And what is Obama’s brilliant “change” to differentiate himself from Bush on the economy? He’s going to throw a TRILLION dollars at it, plus a 410 billion dollar omnibus spending bill, plus another TRILLION dollars next year. Keep in mind we already know this doesn’t work, because WE JUST FRIGGIN TRIED IT LIKE 6 MONTHS AGO! And don’t bother with that retarded “but Bush spent 3 trillion dollars on Iraq” line of crap. The cost to date of the war in Iraq is around 750 billion. That’s still a lot, but at least get your facts straight before you shoot your mouth off.
Obama wants to differentiate himself on Iraq. He was always talking about how McCain was a goob for voting for the invasion, blah blah. Maybe so. At least McCain was IN CONGRESS when all this was going down. Obama talked about how W was a huge moron and possibly a war criminal (not in so many words). Now Obama is leaving all the troops in Iraq for another 18 months, and when he pulls out the troops, he’s going to leave 50,000 there indefinitely. Ummm. So, how is that different from what the Republicans would have done?
I’m not supporting either party’s position on the economy or on Iraq, just pointing out that they are indistinguishable.
Obama was going to get rid of “politics as usual” by creating an ethical cabinet. He showed this by promptly appointing a tax dodger to run the Treasury which includes the IRS. This would be like letting a convicted pedophile run a private daycare in his home. He showed us he meant business by also appointing not one, but TWO tax dodgers to run HHS. It turns out that it’s “patriotic” for you and me to pay taxes, but it precludes us from cabinet appointments.
Obama was going to eliminate lobbyists from his government, because lobbyists are evil. Except of course for the ones who made campaign contributions to Obama, which were promptly given high-placed government appointments (Daschle, Henry Rivera, William Lynn, David Hays, ETC ETC ETC).
Pardon my French, but ETHICS MY ASS.
Now look, I’m not going to say Obama is doing the wrong thing on purpose, or that he’s breaking campaign promises left and right because he wants to. I think once he sat in the Oval Office and got his first briefing as POTUS, he realized that Bush may not have been so stupid after all. It’s easy to throw rocks when you’ve never walked a mile in a guy’s shoes, eh?
The one thing Obama promised that he seems dead set on accomplishing is expanding the government to an unprecedented level and nationalizing everything he can get his power-hungry mitts on. He is using (brilliantly, I might add) the panic about the economy to push through his agenda, which could NEVER pass if people weren’t scared s@#$less right now. And what he doesn’t grab, Pelosi and Reed are sure to swoop in and take care of for him.
There’s one thing I know. Once we go through four years of Obama (with 6 years of Democrat congressional control starting in 2006), I think we will finally be able to call a spade a spade, and call a socialist a socialist. The Republicans have started to grow a spine and are attempting to represent their constituents.
That means is the Democrats (and MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, and Bill Maher) will have no one to blame but themselves.