August 8, 2011

Buyer's Remorse

"Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he occasionally, as a state senator in Illinois, voted 'present' on difficult issues,"
~Drew Westen, Emory University professor, New York Times Sunday Review essay


Content to offer blind opposition, the Obama administration never put forward a detailed plan of its own, though it insisted it had one, a fact that resulted in a moment of unintentional comedy when White House press secretary Jay Carney irritatedly asked unconvinced reporters: “You need it written down?” When it comes to the Obama administration and spending restraint, the American people have every reason to demand that the president put it in writing.

And so we are led to this sorry pass. We are sympathetic to protests that S&P may have reacted more strongly to the political drama surrounding the debt-ceiling debate than was justified by the underlying economics: Despite the troubles in the eurozone, which are quite severe, Germany and France currently boast of higher credit ratings than that of the United States, a nation that accounts for nearly a quarter of the world’s economic output. But even those who believe S&P has overreacted must concede that the finances of the United States have been considerably weakened since 2008. Obama’s deficits have been unprecedented in peacetime, and this downgrade is unprecedented for our nation, at war or at peace. Its effects remain unknown at this time, but its causes do not: S&P spelled out its reasoning quite clearly.
~National review Online editorial, 8 August 2011

..this is one of those times it owuld be good to be wealthy and not to have to spend the day toiling at other matters. It wouldbe good to devote my time and energy to this blog to adequately post how angry this incompetent idiot has made me. Well, I have about 15 months left to harness that anger and put it to good use.


1 comment:

  1. LAS permanent take: "Those of [you among the so-called 'intelligentsia'] who were bewitched by the Empty Suit Known as BHO have nothing but perpetual contempt from me. Forever."

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”