The Politics of Overreach
The socialist revolution planned by Obama and company may have been upended by hubris. Hubris and the insularity of politicians that come from jurisdictions that sport one party rule and a whole lot of corruption on the side.
Let’s start with Pelosi. She’s busily and bravely taking bullets for Obama in pushing a frankly socialist remake of America. The results of her so-called stimulus plan is a grotesque caricature of the “tax and spend” liberal; so over the top that is will supply the likes of Jay Leno with jokes for the next century. It is a spending plan that puts the US into the realm of financial stewardship reflective of a banana republic. And, this, thankfully is its downfall; both of this particular piece of legislation and, hopefully, the rest of Obama’s agenda.
But, this grotesque spending plan is the product of a congresswoman who inhabits a district from San Francisco where her chances of being picked off by a Republican challenger is somewhat less than zero. This is the neighborhood of the Getty manse; the venue of Obama’s famous “bitter” remarks (except they really believe it there). Further, she has plenty of personal wealth, to augment her congressional perks of power to easily insulate her from any of the economic hard times now rocking many of her fellow Americans. The result is a completely tone deaf woman who thinks that cornering the condom market is economic stimulus.
The we have the exalted one; Obama. As I type, he’s had four key nominations in serious ethical trouble; one for pay to play and three for taxes. And, the grand solons of the MSM wring their hands as to how their exalted leader has such a flawed vetting process.
The real answer is again the arrogance and insulation that comes from operating in the corrupt one-party rule of the Chicago Democrat political machine. In Obama’s mind, there’s nothing wrong with his vetting because such vetting would be more than adequate in Chicago. In Chicago, everyone has ethical skeletons in the closet. To insist, in Chicago, on such things as being reasonable accurate with tax filing would amount to the pot calling the kettle black. I suspect, so conditioned to ethical lapses, that the Obama team never even realized that people outside the bubble that is Chicago machine politics may actually object to failing to report and pay hundred of thousands of dollars in taxes.
Obama, like many of his fellow traveller in the Democrat caucus, have lived their entire lives using other people’s money. Obama drew a salary as a ward heeler (the old fashioned term for “community organizer”). And, his employer, ACORN made its mark by extorting money for “free” home–the nidus of the sub prime meltdown. Through these activities, Obama was deemed worthy to co-chair the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to distribute $100 million dollars to selected friends and do nothing to do the stated goal of the Challenge, improve public education. This is the “executive” experience he now brings to the White House. Then on to the Illinois State legislature, the US Senate and now President. Obama’s a very wealthy man who never added one iota of wealth to the GDP.
And, while in Chicago, his only experience with economic policy is Chicago economic policy. The fine art of taxes and graft of the truly productive elements of the Northern Illinois economy; just enough squeeze but just short of the breaking point. The result is a miserably expensive place to live. Sales taxes hovering around ten percent. Property taxes, as compared to my home town, that aren’t just a lot more but a lot more by almost an order of magnitude.
Obama’s vice-president, Biden, got himself elected to the US Senate two years out of law school. Then kept getting re-elected and re-elected. The job in the Senate is the only job Biden’s held and only paycheck he’s has drawn for his entire adult life.
Then’s there’s Daschle. A man, since his exit from the Senate, who became a multi-millionaire trading in favors and connections. Again, wealth without one iota of economic growth or innovation. And, by the Biden’s standard of tax paying patriotism, Daschle is clearly un-American.
Yet, Obama, with a knowing wink, hands his legacy over to Pelosi, to write a “stimulus” bill that is a Trojan Horse for the down payment on the new Socialist America. To say the least, the gross excess is so excessive that it takes no effort to ridicule, it ridicules itself.
In the process, we find Obama getting rolled by both parties. First his “friends” in his party set him up with this “stimulus” and now the GOP is making him look like a fool for being within ten miles of this legislative dog. Our enemies are very astutely weighing this sterling example of presidential leadership. The real irony is that Obama is so bought into this “stimulus” that he’s practically committed to signing anything, including a pig with lipstick (couldn’t resist), that walks into the Oval Office with the word “stimulus” painted on it side.
Since his only “exeuctive” experience was giving money when chairiing the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, we have a man with none. This was not an exercise in delegation, it was abdication of responsibility to Pelosi and the solons of the House Democratic Cacaus. With similiar dithering on Gitmo, were going to just outsource torture.
At bottom, politics has rough principles of honesty. Everything in politics consists of verbal agreements; you’re only as good as your word. With fellow politicians and with the public. Everyone knows to discount a certain amount of verbal hyperbole, but the bait-and-switch that is the Obama-Pelosi-Reid troika is the result of three politicians that don’t have the grounding that there are a lot of people who still value the fact that your word is your bond.
In Chicago, there is essentially a breakdown of the rule of law. A cynisicism governs all things public; born of a knowledge that everything is for sale. And, it creates a seperation between those who nominally hold the public trust and those for whom they govern. there exists a seperateness that politicians live in their own world and the subjects do what they can, after paying tribute, to keep government at arm’s length. So inured is Chicago to this attitude that a politician like Obama can assume that this is just business as usual. But, outside Chicago, outside safely Gerrymandered congressional districts are people who will look upon the lies of these insulated politicians and vote to counter these liars.