08 August 2011

A Public Service Announcement from Michael Moore

When the going gets tough, the clueless and frustrated get authoritarian.  That’s the message from a Washington Times article about Michael Moore and his Tweets.  Apparently, Mr. Moore thinks that President Obama should “arrest the CEO of Standard & Poors” because, in part, S&P downgraded the United States’ credit rating on 5 August.  Like a good, budding authoritarian, Mr. Moore linked S&P to former president Bush – the scapegoat for virtually everything that has gone wrong during the past three years.

So, that’s the medicine put forth by Mr. Moore, darling pseudo-documentarian of the Left.  Given his adoration of Cuba, Venezuela, Castro and Chavez, there’s no wondering where he picked up his professed, preferred method of dealing with entities he finds counterproductive.  Hopefully President Obama does not subscribe to Mr. Moore’s prescription for dealing with “this big, messy, tough democracy.”

04 August 2011

Change, Really...Just Not Quite Yet

Yesterday, President Obama said, among other things, "When I said 'change we can believe in' I didn't say 'change we can believe in tomorrow.' Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we've got this big, messy, tough democracy."  But that's not really the case.

When he was touting his "change we can believe in" mantra, he pushed it with words that indicated the "change" would begin immediately.  Evidence this famous - for lack of a more polite term - statement, made in June of 2008:  "...generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth."

Yet it has not taken generations for us to be able to look back and realize that the summer of 2008 was not the low point, the valley from which statist policies would lead us to greater heights.  Our government has gotten much larger - even after President G.W. Bush bloated it; the sick have had legislation enacted so as to make them words of the state; unemployment and longer term unemployment are much higher; we've added a war of sorts in Lybia to go along with Iraq and Afghanistan.  I can't speak to the earth healing or slowing ocean rise (however odd that sounds) - but it doesn't seem that installing fixes for those were within the purview or power of the US government.

So Mr. Obama now wants to push that change is coming...just wait for it.  Really.  But we have seen the change that comes with statist policies - and it's not good for the bulk of us.  Sadly, Mr. Obama may be right; the "real" change may still be yet to come.  And that would prove to be a very scary prospect, indeed.