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Tuesday: Words

I started watching the presidential news conference last night but had to change channels.  Obama’s head whipped from side to side so often I thought he was going to have whiplash.  Left teleprompter 7 seconds, right teleprompter 5 seconds, left, right, left, right, center, right.  Distracting.

When he started describing the deflation cycle as if we aren’t already living it, I switched to Dear Genevieve and spent a quiet half hour of zen inspired sophistication in a Craftsman four square.  Much more soothing.

So, I had to get my news from the live blog and the MSM.  As I was skimming the Politico article, I came across this blurb:

But for Americans tuning in to hear some reassuring words from their new president on the economy, what they heard instead were some dire warnings wrapped in an almost professorial explanation of the causes of the economic meltdown – and his prescription for pulling the nation out of it.

The president also rejected Republican suggestions that he came into office eager to preside over a monstrous government spending spree.

“I would love not to have to spend money right now,” Obama said. “You know, this notion that somehow I came in here just ginned up to spend $800 billion…that wasn’t how I envisioned my presidency beginning. But we have to adapt to existing circumstances,” he said.

Oh, really?  The idea that Bush and his droogs were going to wreck the economy as they plundered the vault on the way out the door has been floating around the web for several years now.   We figured it would be the “revenge of the movement conservatives”: spend every cent in the Treasury on war and tax cuts and force the Democrats to take all of the blame for the pain and suffering when they try to fix it.  If we knew Obama was going to have to immediately spend money like there’s no tomorrow, why didn’t he? His words undermine his own argument.  If the situation is so serious, and it is, and if deflation is a real risk, then spending massive amounts of money is the thing to do.  If he’s truly the “post-partisan” president, then he surely knows that doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily come with a party label.  But if it turns out that only Democrats have a history of spending money during a deflationary cycle to kickstart the economy, then verily I say unto Obama, “Embrace your inner Democrat!”

Sometimes the solution requires subtlety and finesse, shade of gray, diplomacy and nuance.  And sometimes the solution is very clear and easy.  It’s as straightforward as putting out a fire.  Grab a bucket and throw some water on it.  If the bucket you grab belongs to some dead Democrat from 60 years ago and it’s the only one around, are you supposed to put it down because the Villagers are sniffing that it’s not *their* kind of bucket?

People are losing their jobs, healthcare, means to feed their children and their futures.  I am one of the people most likely to be caught by the AMT sometime in the future and scheduled for a tax cut.  PLEASE! TAKE MY MONEY!  Yeah, it sucks to have to pay more in taxes so that unemployed people can feed their kids, apply for COBRA, so that teachers have decent buildings to teach in.  If it means 500,000 more people start working, I’ll eat my tax cut for a few years.  As long as I have a job, I’m one of the lucky ones and it is my obligation to help out in the bucket brigade.  Today I am fortunate; tomorrow it may be me.

I’m tired of the words.  I’m disgusted with the stage craft and the carefully crafted images of determination.  I’m enraged that the Village still thinks it can have its cake and eat it too and has no sense of morality or philanthropy.  And I want Obama to stop trying to walk a fine line.  It’s time to do the right thing, even if you have to act like a fricking Democrat to do it. Words have no meaning if actions fail to match.  Obama needs to get out there, stop depending on Congress to sort it out and lead for a change.

Screw the Republicans and DINOs and the Reagan they rode in on.