Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Deconstructing Our Country at Mach Two

A number of years ago I was in the unfortunate predicament of having to be in two places at almost the same time: Zurich and San Francisco. There was no solution it seemed until someone suggested I take the Concorde. I could think of nothing more appealing or more practical considering what was at stake. So I made the two-day trip: San Francisco to Chicago to Zurich, Zurich to London where I would board the Concorde to fly to New York and then home.

Flying the Concorde was like booking a first class cabin on the Queen Mary I was told. You will be pampered beyond anything you have experienced. And whatever you do, don't miss the food! When i de-planed in London, a personal guide was waiting for me to walk me through the maze of Heathrow and deposit me in the Concorde Lounge where I took a steam shower and enjoyed a glass of champagne. We boarded from our private lounge and took our seats. The aerodynamic construct of the plane meant the seats were small and cramped but not to worry, the food was the main thing! Takeoff and we were rocket shot into the sky, speed accelerating until we reached Mach One then our cruising speed of Mach Two. The experience was heady, dizzying and then just like that I fell asleep, missed the entire service and woke with a crick in my neck when the plane landed in New York.

Reminds me of the Obama Administration. Scandal and fraud, deconstruction of the Constitution, spending, spending and more spending--all at warp speed. And if you nod off for even a moment you will miss another "historical" debacle. One thing is for sure, if half of this agenda is enacted you will end up with a colossal crick in the neck.

So grab an espresso and strap in. We are going for a ride:

  • Spending: During the first nine months, the Obama Administration has spent more than the Clinton Administration spent in eight years. From today: "Yesterday at 3:00 p.m. ET, the Treasury Department updated its calculation of the U.S. National Debt to: $12,031,299,186,290.07. That $12 trillion record high comes just eight months after it hit $11 trillion and is only expected to rise faster considering the federal deficit for 2009 was over $1.4 trillion."

  • Fort Hood: After an inauspicious start to the crisis (see YouTube video address below), President Obama vowed to pursue a full probe in his weekly address to the nation on November 7th. This morning he announced a halt to the probe.

  • Job Creation: The rate of unemployment is ticking up by the day. The October unemployment rate came in at 10.2% up from 7.6% in January, even after the $800 million stimulus bill passed for the express purpose of ensuring unemployment would not rise above 8%. Not to worry: the government reports they are creating/saving jobs all over the place. Even in places that don't exist--like Arizona's 15th district. ...oh well. Oopsie. My favorite? Five of the jobs reported as 'created' in Nebraska, are the five jobs required to count all the other new jobs in Nebraska. All of this should be resolved during Obama's Jobs Summit, though. Right?

  • Health Care: Suddenly, on the eve of PelosiReedObamaCare being crammed down our throats we learn--after decades of being told otherwise--that it turns out women don't need annual mammograms and don't even need to start the test until the age of 50. Why? To lower the risks, of course. Risks of all those false positives from the test that somehow seem to be more prevalent in your 40's than in your 50's. And we don't want to risk false positives simply to save women from the very treatable breast cancer. Make sense? And listen, don't you worry about all that nonsense of the government rationing care, they won't monkey around with rationing, they'll just deem the care unneccessary.Oh yes, and has anyone seen an H1N1 vaccine now that the government is on the job?

  • Foreign Policy: I want to compliment the president on his handling of foreign policy. Obama is doing an excellent job of bowing to foreign heads of state like the Saudi King and the Emperor of Japan. Wait a second, though. Did he bow to Queen Elizabeth--one of our staunchest allies? Ah well two out of three isn't bad.

  • Terrorists on Trial: Constitutional rights conveyed to enemy combatants, now if that isn't turning justice on its head. If only Eric Holder had been on the job during the Second World War, think of all the barbarians that would be roaming the streets of New York. Eric Holder has a long and dubious history of representing thugs and most notably obtaining a pardon for the likes of Marc Rich . According to Time's Most Notorious Pardons: "In 1983, financier Rich was indicted for evading more than $48 million in taxes, and charged with 51 counts of tax fraud, as well as running illegal oil deals with Iran during the 1979-1980 hostage crisis. During his last week in office, President Bill Clinton pardoned Rich, who had fled the U.S. during his prosecution and was residing in Switzerland." Thanks to the diligent work of Eric Holder. There is so much wrong with this decision, we'll dig in deeper soon.

Until then, hold on tight.

( and if this address fails go to YouTube and type in Obama's priorities.)

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