Archive for September, 2009

Speechifying is not the same as governing

September 17, 2009

It’s downright pathological the extent to which Obama and all of his advisers seem to believe that “delivering a speech” and “governing” are synonyms. From this morning’s New York Times:

“He could probably give a very powerful speech on race, just as he did in the course of the campaign,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama.

In other words, the President would love to devote some time to magically solving race relations with his moving oratory, but we’re fully committed right now to solving healthcare with his moving oratory. And after all, those unicorns can only turn out so many pieces of moving oratory each day before they’re exhausted.

I suppose it makes sense . . . if you have no experience managing, governing or running anything then you’d need to talk a lot just to fill the time. Lucky us.

Try to follow this logic

September 7, 2009

The Los Angeles Times, in a post that was better than their usual style (talk about damning with faint praise) was talking about how Obama is now even driving away the white Democrats who were key to his election. This basically means he’s seen his support declined amongst every category in America other than African Americans.

Helpfully, the times lays out some theories for why this is happening, and as one would expect they blame much of it on Hannity, Beck and the Birthers. Eventually, they get to the root of the problem — people don’t like his policies. But check out their advice:

Strategists in both parties blame Obama’s decline on growing discontent with his policy agenda, particularly after a month of often-rowdy debate over his proposed healthcare overhaul, in which some conservatives accused him of socialism. Obama’s ratings seem likely to rise again if he wins passage of healthcare legislation this fall.

So you see, he’s losing support because he’s trying to do things that most Americans don’t want him to do. But if goes ahead and does those things in spite of their opposition, that’ll make them love him once again. This is the kind of logic that could only make sense to someone who’s been exposed to the sun their whole lives.

Actually, some things *are* worse than doing nothing

September 4, 2009

Since it’s not every day that I praise Al Franken, I thought I’d go ahead and say that in this video I was impressed that he was able to calmly stand with a group of constituents for ten minutes and have a civil discourse.

Sadly, though, as you listen to his words it’s clear that his comportment is better than his logic. He mimics the bizarre thinking of The One by responding to a question of whether the government can pay for all this while Obama is swamping us with debt, by saying, “I know that our current system is unsustainable.”

To use an analogy, let’s say you had a small accident around the house, and you cut your arm.  Let’s say you were bleeding a bit, and your spouse came up to you with a handsaw and bolt cutters and told you that since you’d hurt your arm she was going to fix it by cutting off the injured arm at the shoulder.

You, being a smart person who’s very slowly losing blood through a small cut, would say, “But won’t I bleed to death really fast if you do that?”  How would you react if your spouse, rather than addressing the prospect of massive arterial bleeding, said this: “Honey, here’s what I DO know . . . if you continue on the current path (bleeding from a small and as yet untreated cut) it’s unsustainable (you’ll die within the next few weeks).”  Would you then let her lop off the limb knowing that the solution would kill you in a fraction of the time?  If so, you’re ready to accept the logic of letting a government with a long track record of making things worse take over the most intimate and personal one-sixth of our national economy.  Good luck with that.

The notion that anything we do is better than nothing is among the silliest things ever uttered by anyone, and certainly by a President of the United States.  But, Franken parrots the logic very effectively.  I’ll give him that.