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I guess Chris Matthews finally got tired of being slapped around by the Clintons and took up his marching orders. He lit into Obama supporter Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson who was on MSNBC to express his backing of Barack Obama last night. It went something like this:

“What’s the unique selling point of Barack Obama to Texans?” Matthews asked.

Watson rambled on about hope, excitement, coalition building, etc.

“You are a big Barack supporter aren’t you Senator?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Name some of his legislative accomplishments,” Matthews asked.

Watson looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

“Sir, you have to give me his legislative accomplishments,” said Matthews. “You support him for president. You are on national television. Name his legislative accomplishments, sir. Can you name anything he has accomplished, Sir?”

Watson stammered.

“List Barack Obama’s accomplishments as a senator now. NOW,” said Mathews.

Watson couldn’t. You see, even politicians can't list anything he has accomplished.

Oh, my! Why has it taken so long for the media to pick up on this? Curiously, their questions come at the same time the Clinton campaign has started to press this question. It will be interesting to see if the media will be able to expose Obama for the empty suit they now think he is (he is actually an extreme left socialist who has more in common with them than Hillary) and salvage the nomination for Senator Clinton. She has a lot of enemies in the media who now smell blood in the water, and they aren’t quite as fearful of the Clinton machine as they once were. I'm sure they're not quite sure what to do because they're not sure what they want to happen. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.

The mind-numbed robots who attend the Obama rallies (and can’t do any better at naming any of his accomplishments or solutions for that matter) still appear as vapid to me as ever. Their response is and has always been purely an emotional one. As someone who has actually visited his web site and listened critically to his speeches, maybe it will help them if I enumerate some of what he is proposing:

1. Index the minimum wage to inflation.
2. College education for everyone (tuition grants tied to community service, etc).
3. Get rid of the influence of lobbyists.
4. Health care for anyone who wants it.
5. Fix “global warming” by regulation and alternative energy subsidies.
6. Immigration reform - penalize businesses who exploit illegals.
7. Talk to our enemies and negotiate instead of going to war.
8. Attack terrorists who harm us.
9. Eliminate AIDS.
10. End the genocide in Darfur.
11. Lower gas prices.

I could go on. It’s a typical liberal laundry list with no real specifics about how to get these things done, their cost, nor any discussion of what would happen should we head down these typical "progressive" roads. You see, liberals always say they can do more things better, with less cost, and greater efficiency, but the reality is that everything becomes more expensive and less effective, all the while government gets bigger and more intrusive and creates more and bigger problems.

A high school debate would offer more depth than the demagoguery and platitudes expressed by this former college professor, community leader, attorney, part-time Senator, and now full-time candidate for president. It makes you wonder about how someone whose main talent seems to be public speaking can potentially ascend to the highest office in the land.

Or does it? Maybe you just have to be there. Salesmanship counts for a lot. Ask someone who didn't have it, like John Edwards or Hillary Clinton.

Of course, you can’t tell that to the masses who think they now have their messiah. They’re just not thinking critically, which is not totally their fault because it’s not taught in school anymore. I do wonder if they’re going to change? After all, Obama says we can do these things but we have to work from the ground up. Are all these people who want government to do everything for them ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work? Are they going to turn off their tv shows and work in their communities for change? Maybe someone should ask them. I doubt it. They think everone else has to change. Boy, are they in for a surprise!

Which reminds me ... remember the movie Being There with Peter Sellers? It’s about a simple gardener who has been sheltered his entire life, all he knows comes from television, and he suddenly becomes Washington D.C.’s political messiah.

Here is a sample of Chance the Gardener’s political wisdom:

(Riding in a car for the first time)

Chance the Gardener: This is just like television, only you can see much further.

President “Bobby”: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?

[Long pause]

Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

President “Bobby”: In the garden.

Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

President “Bobby”: Spring and summer.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

President “Bobby”: Then fall and winter.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by the seasons of our economy.

Chance the Gardener: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!

Benjamin Rand: Hmm!

Chance the Gardener: Hmm!

President “Bobby”: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very, very long time.

[Benjamin Rand applauds]

President “Bobby”: I admire your good, solid sense. That's precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.

I guess sometimes reality can be stranger than fiction.



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Feb. 21st, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Sad that I cannot go into more detail at the moment... but let me have a look at that list...

1. Index the minimum wage to inflation.
ok - but one has to also be realistic and note that it will effect inflation and in the long term have little result aside from marginalizing the benefit of the wage earners just above minimum wage. Truth is that if there IS no minimum wage it opens up unscrupulous employers to present abusive wages to their people. Look at why the Minimum wage laws were put into place. The minimum wage should be occasionally adjusted to reflect the standards of the country, but it is just a band aid.

2. College education for everyone (tuition grants tied to community service, etc).

GREAT --- FANTASTIC !!! Also tie the level and continuance of eligibility to academic performance, AND require some repayment into the system to allow the next generation to benefit the same support with education.

3. Get rid of the influence of lobbyists.

Minimize, but they do have a place and purpose that is not inherently bad. The problem is that they generally pull TOO much weight and have TOO much influence, IMHO, and open up too many opportunities for inappropriate behavior.

4. Health care for anyone who wants it.

I don't need to respond to that - right? OF course I like it... and I even have a plan to pay for it. I wonder what his plan is... I will need to read up on it when I have a breather...

5. Fix “global warming” by regulation and alternative energy subsidies.

I guess Al Gore will be the CO2 Czar! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha cough cough cough - Too much fumes ... I need air.

6. Immigration reform - penalize businesses who exploit illegals.

Immigration NEEDS reform. Business that break the law should be addressed, but so does the idiocy of the law in the first place. Both need attention - they are not one, issue but two.

7. Talk to our enemies and negotiate instead of going to war.

ALWAYS a good idea - Speak Softly but Carry a BIG FREAKIN Stick. We have the stick... we could use a lesson about the soft spoken word. Truth is that we have an international Public Image problem and Du(m)bya has not helped at all.

8. Attack terrorists who harm us.

No one will argue that I think.

9. Eliminate AIDS.

Or at least work on it - and put real resources into it and ANSWER UP to the promises we make instead of making great sound bites and not following through. Truth is that other diseases like Malaria are killing more people, and are easier and more cost effectively addressed and are NOT getting the attention they need. The US is a leading country in these areas already. We should remain so.

10. End the genocide in Darfur.

With more international help we should. Darfur is a nightmare and a horrific shame ... but we have been too busy making our own mess in the middle east to really pay too much attention to that issue. After all, there will always be a bloodbath in Africa. We can just get in on the next one (assuming that we do not get too tied up in Iran).

11. Lower gas prices.

I think those days are gone forever. The truth is that we will need to look towards alternative sources of transportation. I am less worried about gas and more about heating fuels and despots. I am worried that the cost of travel might get me laid off or force me to move. If jet fuel gets too high I will find myself out on my ear holding a sign saying "Will make signs for food."

That was fun ...

Hope all is well. I am trying to get home - hope the ice is not too bad tomorrow. Strange it was only 55 a couple days ago. Strange weather for Feb.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Funny but Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was made nearly 70 years ago and things have only gotten worse ... way worse.

I have little faith that Obama would get anything done other than allow government to become bigger and more intrusive than it alrady is. First of all, reformers never change Washington; they are changed by it. Second, most of Obama's followers (the vapid members of his cult of personality) would soon lose their enthusiasm as the months and years pass by without all the goodies they expected. The "perceived" purity and wholesomeness of Obama and his message are matched neither by his past performance nor his followers. You cannot get good fruit from bad seed, and you can't pay for another trillion dollars in entitlements by surrendering in Iraq. If universal healthcare was so easy to bring about, Hillary wouldn't have quit trying in the abundance and "peace" of the 90's.

You can't lead by speechwriters for very long.
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