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The Two Sides Of Hope And Change

Much of what has the Obama administration and the liberals in Congress flummoxed is what may have been a bad look at the Hope and Change pitch served up in 2008. The 100 MPH political fastball that the media claimed was delivered from closer Barack Obama appears to have been a slow hanging curve, knocked out of the park by the President's opposition.

McClatchy is running a piece today titled "Summer of our discontent: Why is America so angry?". Predictably, the McClatchy piece spins furiously in defense of the Obama administration and weaves a fabric of militias, secessionists and tax protestors that is transparent in its attempt to marginalize the opposition. Based on my unscientific opinion analysis, which is limited to talking to voters (disclosure: many of whom are small business owners, entrepreneurs, employed and unemployed from companies large and small, or retired) across the nation the findings are very straightforward.The spring and summer of their discontent can be reduced to a small list of issues:

  • Millions of Americans are newly unemployed with no prospects of employment. After six months without a job a lot of folks get really upset. With no hope on the horizon, they get really angry.
  • The Stimulus legislation was a fraud. Voters are figuring that out (particularly those without a job). They can do the math very quickly: One Trillion divided by 14.5 million equals $68,000. I know, the finer calculus of Keynesian economics abhors such simple arithmetic, but among those that have been jobless for months (or years) this is the equation that increasingly occupies their thinking during the night sweats (where it is manifested as one of those Big Yellow books at Barnes and Noble titled "Jobs for Dummies - 2009", by Barrack Obama and Nancy Pelosi" )
  • Taxes are set to increase on a wide swathe of taxpayers (except Congressmen and Treasury Secretaries that don't pay taxes), the very taxpayers that the unemployed know are sources of potential jobs. If the promise of sun setting the Bush tax cuts was not sufficiently discouraging, the promise of a huge regressive tax like Cap and Trade is an effective confidence crusher.
  • Banks are not getting healthier and they are not lending money. Voters have figured out that TARP funds being repaid through the front door long departed by the back door via the Federal Reserve, which will not reveal the details of its activities. Taxpayers would readily admit that the arcane minutia of the Fed balance sheet is beyond their grasp, but how the Federal Reserve lends out three trillion dollars more than usual in one year will grab their attention. Will the Fed get that money back? Chairman Bernanke not only is not saying, he's giving a stiff arm to Congress and taxpayers.

McClatchy, on cue, plays the domestic terrorism card by invoking the concern of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

The ranks of self-styled militia groups is on the rise, with 50 new groups cropping up, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate groups. "They're just bristling with anger," said Larry Keller, who wrote a recent analysis of militia for the center. "It's the most growth we've seen in 10-12 years. It's not what it was in the early '90s, but it's trending that way."

If that is the only rebuke the Left can bring to the myriad concerns voters have about the economic, social and entitlement revolution that President Obama and Congress are foisting on the electorate then the widely suspected emptiness of the Left is confirmed. What the ideolgues at McClatchy, and their brethren in Congress, The White House and the Fed have blinded themselves to is a boiling, fomenting anger among the just, the law abiding and the faithful. What is also lost upon them is that there are millions of Democrats among this roiling cauldron that are extremely angry. These are some of the same Democrats that voted for Barack Obama. What differentiates them from then and now? In no particular order,here is a brief list:

  • Healthcare for themselves or their parents.
  • Taxes.
  • Their retirement savings.
  • National security.
  • The integrity of the U S dollar.
  • A job

There isn't a simpler and clearer political platform on which to run. Hopefully someone is listening.


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Comments (12)

As Barack Obama would say, ... (Below threshold)

As Barack Obama would say, "Shut up, I won!"
He might say something about it being UNPATRIOTIC to avoid taxes, but that would bring up the subject of his cabinet members and the Kennedy family.

Yes I'm angry. People have ... (Below threshold)

Yes I'm angry. People have lost their jobs, their homes, their health care, much of their life savings and the government is shelling out $3 billion for CARS,CARS. Who are these people in the White House, just what are their values, CARS? CARS, that says it all!

I do not believe I have eve... (Below threshold)

I do not believe I have ever seen a more tin eared collection of politicians in my lifetime. It will cost them dearly in the 2010 midterm election and 2012 presidential elections because they have hijacked the economy and driven it off the cliff in their mad rush to benefit their friends and redistribute income.

They will discover that change in the direction 'The Won' and his acolytes are leading the country is diametrically opposed to the direction its citizens wish to go.

FWIW: The Southern Poverty Law Center has never investigated any 'Hate Groups' like ELF, the 'Animal Rights' groups that have caused millions in damages and the anarchists that are present at any leftist demonstration. If it's liberal or leans to the left they turn a blind eye to it.

For my money "The Southern ... (Below threshold)

For my money "The Southern Poverty Law Center" has become a 'hate group' itself. They don't like your politics or your opinions, standby.

I gave it a quick read, it'... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

I gave it a quick read, it's a disjointed piece. Early they list four sources of anger, three from the Bush II years. But, "It's all Bush's fault" dissolves later when they trace the source of the anger back to Viet Nam. No editors with blue pencils at McClatchy I guess, just children playing with matches in the dark. Sad that!

America is noticing that th... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

America is noticing that the army of hate is marshaling its forces against America.

Scares you, I bet.


Would that be the army of h... (Below threshold)
Victory is Yours:

Would that be the army of hate consisting of union thugs, Black Panthers, La Raza and the rest of the criminals with whom Obam...uhhh... associates?

VI Ours: I am indeed scared... (Below threshold)

VI Ours: I am indeed scared to death, but not of the losers who participate in quasi-militias (including right wingers) but of any government, dem or rep, having as much power as Obama's administration wants.

VI Yours: I don't like whoever you are mimicking VIC in any way, its a bit dishonest and confusing even if you meant it to be funny. Your comment makes some sense but your delivery ruined any good that I could have seen in it. Lets not obfuscate the message by pranking.

Obama's Mideast peace envoy... (Below threshold)

Obama's Mideast peace envoys....


And you wonder why Isreal is having heartburn with Obama?

The call of the INCA DOVE g... (Below threshold)

The call of the INCA DOVE gose NO HOPE,NO HOPE,NO HOPE and theres certianly NO CHANGE its buisness as usial in the DISTRICT of CRINIMALS

At last, an admission from ... (Below threshold)

At last, an admission from the looney left:

"America is noticing that the army of hate is marshaling its forces against America."

No greater haters than Dems and their supporters!

- the ones that continue to keep the poor, poor for their own political gain
- the ones that foment class hatred for political gain
- the ones that stifle free speech through union thugs

Glad the mask is dropping!

I see where BARACK OBAMAS p... (Below threshold)

I see where BARACK OBAMAS polls have dropped to 42% and he hasnt been in for a year






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