A Chicken in Every Pot
By: Patti Bankson
Well, Hillary-ites didnâ€™t act up at the Democrat convention. They pretty much behaved like the â€œgood little girlsâ€ they were raised to be, and things moved on smoothly from Denverâ€™s Pepsi Center to the Disney-like finale at Bronco Stadium… um, Invesco Field.
The huge crowd certainly loved him. But, whatâ€™s not to love? Besides the visual, thereâ€™s the smooth speech that contained what they seemed to love most of all… the promise of A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage. And more.
Itâ€™s difficult to criticize all those promises without sounding cold-hearted and stingy and… soooo Republican. After all, Republicans are the heartless, greedy crowd, who donâ€™t bleed when cut, and who donâ€™t get it when it comes to average, working-class Joes and Janes, right? While on the other hand, Democrats are heart, all heart and nothing but heart, who donâ€™t even need a cut to bleed, just a moving story. They alone can relate to the above mentioned Joes and Janes. If you, like I, have ever wondered why that is, Obama had the answer: â€œWe (Democrats) are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy.â€ Of course! Roosevelts and Kennedys…those struggling, working-class schmoos. Give me a break.
I kept watching that quivering mass of adoration and asking myself, â€œWho are these people [who support him]?â€ Canâ€™t be the rich, because turning nothing into something successful, creating jobs and wealth, requires someone smarter than that. Someone smart enough to realize that voting for a candidate who promises to raise your taxes is dumb. Canâ€™t be the middle-class, because theyâ€™re in the process of doing what the rich have already done, and theyâ€™re smart enough to know a tax increase could stop them dead in their tracks.
Guess that leaves the â€œgimmesâ€. They donâ€™t pay taxes, so why should they care how high taxes are, or who pays them? Politically incorrect maybe, but thatâ€™s the way it is. A whole bunch of people out there want our government to be â€œBig Daddyâ€. And if there was any doubt left in anyoneâ€™s mind that Obama plans for his administration to give them what they want, that speech should have laid those doubts to rest. The liberals have made their economic plan quite plain: Robin Hood. Steal from the Rich. Give to the Poor. The irony to me is that our politicians arenâ€™t poor themselves. Not only not poor, but the majority of them have not â€œworkedâ€ a day in their lives. Iâ€™ll start believing they â€œfeel our painâ€ when theyâ€™re out there plucking chickens, working on the assembly line at a factory, emptying septic tanks, cleaning bed pans, driving a school bus, flipping burgers, mowing lawns, hauling goods cross-country, picking apples, etc… and not for just a day as part of a campaign or PR photo op.
Meanwhile, we feel your pain, too. We understand…. sitting on your butt all day is tiring, glad-handing & schmoozing are exhausting, and â€œruiningâ€ a country is taxing. Maybe this will help: remember Jerry Maguireâ€™s… â€œShow me the moneyâ€? Well, how about, â€œShow me the blistersâ€? â€˜Til then, keep your soft, manicured hands off my money and quit deciding who has enough stuff, and who has worked hard enough, or not, for that stuff.
By the way, are all those promises in the Constitution?
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