Everyday is a fresh reminder of the consequences of 2008. What we wrote during the primary elections, what we wrote during the general elections, is as fresh today as then. Unfortunately the lessons that were not learned in 2008 will have to be learned, willingly or unwillingly, in this and in years to come.
The Big Media Political Party we warned about is now making very clear, very explicit, that what was done to Hillary Clinton will be done to Sarah Palin. We warned everyone about Barack and his Chicago Circus of Corruption in 2007. When we wrote about Obama’s Dirty Mud Politics we were attacked on Meet The Press. Now, the thug “dirt peddler’s” of Obama-land, are “digging harder than ever for dirt“.
These days, much like an acid crazed Charles Manson during the “Summer of Love”, Barack Obama and his gang of Hopium addled goons wander the landscape and proclaim this “Recovery Summer”. But let’s call this season what it is: “Relapse Summer”.
The economy, long in a sick bed, is suffering a relapse this Summer into a condition it never really recovered from. Other, ugly issues, from the depths of history rise up on a daily basis. As disaster falls upon disaster, the boy raised by wolves roams the land, followed by golf clubs lugged by simpering acolytes.
The economy is on its death bed and Barack is cavorting on fields of green. Obama has sort of publicly relapsed to his never abandoned “me, me, me” ways. His “selfishness and careerism” intact, Obama now has allies in wolfish-ness and irresponsibility. Let’s take a look at a little reported, yet very consequential recent event:
“The budget enforcement resolution is an alternative to actually passing a budget. It does the main work of the budget, which is telling the appropriators how much money they have to spend, but it includes few details beyond that. The absence of those specifics means House Democrats aren’t voting for a budget with a trillion-plus-dollar deficit, which is a vote they don’t want to take, and it spares the House leadership the trouble of navigating the normal budget-related squabbles. But no budget means no budget reconciliation instructions, and no budget reconciliation instructions mean no passing jobs legislation with 51 votes in the Senate.
The 2010 elections, however, are likely to return a much-reduced Democratic Senate majority. [snip] If they have only 52 members in their caucus, they really have no chance. That’s why setting down reconciliation instructions now was so important: It was their best chance to actually govern next year. [snip]
By not passing a budget with reconciliation instructions this year, Democrats are setting themselves up for further gridlock and failure next year. If you can’t get 51 votes for a budget when you have 59, you sure can’t get 60 votes for controversial legislation when you only have 52.”
Do not doubt that getting nothing done for others is exactly what Obama wants. The greens of private golf courses and government golf greens beckon. Also not to be doubted is the whines Obama will subject the nation to next year when Republicans refuse to cooperate. The work for next year was supposed to be done this year with a well thought out budget and a budget resolution. But instead of getting that job done, it was time to golf.
It’s probably just as well that there is no national budget passed by those whom we pay to pass a national budget. After all, the last reconciliation language written was utilized to profit Big Insurance and Big PhaRma. And as Alfred E. Neuman says “What, me worry?”
Is it “Recovery Summer” or is it “Relapse Summer“? All signs point, as in 2008, to us being correct. It’s Relapse Summer:
“Friday’s government jobs report added to the gloom and the sense that the recovery is losing steam. The Labor Department said private employers added about 83,000 jobs last month, considerably fewer than the 112,000 analysts had forecast.
That signals that could be years – not months - before the employment rate returns to pre-recession levels.[snip]
“Double dip or no, this is going to be an enormously long slog.“
Unemployment benefits will run out, taxes will rise, tax credits expire, mortgage rates sink but many homes are financially underwater, interest rates are near zero, irresponsible states continue to be irresponsible and the responsible ones cut and cut and cut, and Obama thinks we are headed in the “right direction”. It’s “Recovery Summer” in Hopium ObamaLand, but “Relapse Summer” in bitter and clingy America:
“But the recovery may be beginning to weaken under the weight of continued high joblessness, flagging consumer confidence and fears that Europe’s financial crisis will spread to the United States – or at least harm U.S. exporters.
“The economic recovery is clearly faltering,” says Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland.
And what if it falls into double-dip territory? “We stay there,” he said. “If we have a negative quarter or two, we may not recover. The economy just doesn’t have enough momentum this time.”
The economy is not the only relapse Americans are witnessing. Recall that post racial Nirvana a certain Chicagoan heralded? Well, not quite a done deal. We are now bearing witness to voter suppression – but it’s not the Klan that’s the problem this time.
Voter suppression protected by the “Justice Department” (we’ll write more about this later this week) is another aspect of our “Relapse Summer”. Things we thought we were through with are back with a twist. Now it’s loony tunes self-styled Black Panthers standing at the schoolhouse door.
The Justice Department is not alone this Relapse Summer. Our once proud and efficient outer space agency, NASA, instead of doing it’s job well, is busy making itself foolish and not tending to its own business. Why bother with space exploration and the functions you are paid to do, when orders from on top come to make your foremost job, Muslims:
“NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA’s orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.”
Forget Mars, destination Mecca.
Now we can all understand why Bolden was in Cairo for Obama’s big Muslim speech. And why Bolden continues his travels to Cairo. Houston we have a problem. Instead of focusing on his job, Bolden is busy playing diplomat. Instead of focusing on his job, Obama is busy playing golf.
It’s not Obama treading water, it’s America:
“The hope that fired up the election of Barack Obama has flickered out, leaving a national mood of despair and disappointment. Americans are dispirited over how wrong things are and uncertain they can be made right again. [snip]
There is a widespread feeling that the government doesn’t work, that it is incapable of solving America’s problems. Americans are fed up with Washington, fed up with Wall Street, fed up with the necessary but ill-conceived stimulus program, fed up with the misdirected healthcare program, and with pretty much everything else. They are outraged and feel that the system is not a level playing field, but is tilted against them. The millions of unemployed feel abandoned by the president, by the Democratic Congress, and by the Republicans.
The American people wanted change, and who could blame them? But now there is no change they can believe in. Sixty-two percent believe we are headed in the wrong direction—a record during this administration. All the polls indicate that anti-Washington, anti-incumbent sentiment is greater than it has been in many years.”
Yup, it’s a relapse. We’re back where we started.
That springtime of promised change was a fake.
“Many people who joined the middle class, especially those who joined in the last few years, have now fallen back. It’s not over yet. Millions cannot make minimum payments on their credit cards, or are in default or foreclosure on their mortgages, or are on food stamps. Well over 100,000 people file for bankruptcy every month. Some 3 million homeowners are estimated to face foreclosure this year, on top of 2.8 million last year. Millions of homes are located next to or near a foreclosed home, and it is the latter that may determine the price of all the homes on the street. There have been dramatically sharp declines in home equity, representing cumulative losses in the trillions of dollars in what has long been the largest asset on the average American family’s balance sheet. Most of those who lost their homes are hard-working, middle-class Americans who had lost their jobs. Now many have to use credit cards to pay for essentials and make ends meet, and they are running out of credit. Another $5 trillion has been lost from pensions and savings.
But it is jobs that have long represented the stairway to upward mobility in America. For a long time, it was feared they were vulnerable to offshore competition (and indeed still are), but now the erosion is from economic decline at home. What happens as those domestic opportunities recede? Middle-class families fear they have become downwardly mobile and have not hit the bottom yet. The financial security that was once based on home equity and a pension has been swept away.”
There’s no other way to describe it: Summer Relapse. Americans are angry, increasingly angrier, because we’re back where we started: with a boob in charge who thinks he knows it all when he knows nothing at all.
“The promise of economic health that might salvage industries and jobs, and provide a safety net, has proved illusory. The support for cutting spending and cutting the deficit reflects in part the fact that the American public feels the Obama-Congress spending program has not worked. As for the healthcare reform bill, the most recent Rasmussen survey indicates that 52 percent of the electorate supports repeal of the measure—42 percent of them strongly.
It is clear that the magical moment of Obama’s campaign conveyed a spell that is now broken in the context of the growing public disillusionment. Obama’s rise has been spectacular, but so too has been his fall.”
The Summer has brought a relapse not a recovery. The Fall will bring a really big fall, a Humpty-dumpty fall.