Whatâ€™s in a Number?
By: Guest Authors
By: Dr. Robert R. Owens
Stating the obvious passes for folk wisdom in remote tribal areas such as the Southside of Chicago and since we now live in the Chicago-on- the-Potomac perhaps we should start to take some of this obvious wisdom into account. Take statistics, here is a science thatâ€™s used to make judgments and to justify actions. And whatâ€™s statistics just numbers and whatâ€™s in a number? And as the Chicagoism goes, â€œFigures donâ€™t lie but liars figure.â€ How does this help us understand our new Omerica?
Contrary to popular belief as nurtured by the Mainstream Media, President Obama is not the most popular president in history. His poll numbers are now lower than President Bushâ€™s were at the same place in his first term. Heâ€™s even tracking lower than the almost universally repudiated President Carter was at the same point in his first term. And while the mediaâ€™s initial announcement that â€œVoter turnout in 2008 shattered all records,â€ and â€œ2008 Could Mark Highest Voter Turnout Rate Since 1968â€was trumpeted on the all-liberal-all-the-time news networks making Obamaâ€™s victory appear a sweeping mandate for change. However, the follow-up reporting which found â€œThat huge voter turnout? Didn’t happenâ€ and â€œVoter Turnout in 2008 Lowest in 12 Yearsâ€ didnâ€™t receive the same 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage.
In addition, despite being panned and pummeled by the establishment during the election, Sarah Palin was personally more popular than either McCain or Obama. Today after months of the media telling us how blessed we are to have a president who is like god and that Sarah Palin is barely intelligent enough to breathe she is only 6 points off the mark for a rematch with her at the top of the ticket. Weâ€™re told by the same people who relentlessly attack her that her decision to resign as governor of Alaska cost her some popularity. These same domesticated journalists ignore or ridicule the idea her decision allows the people of Alaska to have a state government dedicated to their interests instead of asking the people of Alaska to pay endless legal fees fighting off frivolous lawsuits brought by the progressive attack machine. New media sources insist her numbers are holding steady. As people think this through they will see that the honest and forthright way sheâ€™s moving forward will be a mark in her favor.
A bail-out here, a take-over there after a while itâ€™s all just a blur. When financial figures grow beyond experience they lose all relevance and become just numbers, millions, billions, trillions might as well be gazillions. Yet everyone understands we donâ€™t create wealth moving it around. This â€œspread the wealth aroundâ€ statist thinking leads to saving a failing business like GM.
In the short term we may save some jobs but what new industry have we stopped from starting by propping up one that should die? The government canâ€™t give anyone anything unless they take it from someone else. Giving GM 80 billion dollars means thereâ€™re 80 billion dollars less for new enterprises. Have you ever asked yourself, why didnâ€™t we bail-out the buggy whip industry? We couldâ€™ve saved many jobs but we might have strangled the auto industry in its cradle. Today, in the Bizarro World of Obamanomics our government owns two major auto corporations and now weâ€™re subsidizing the consumer with cash for clunkers. Whatâ€™s the result of these statist actions? Taking from those who produce wealth to give it to those who consume wealth is a disincentive to creating wealth. Why make it if the government is going to take it away. People are already asking, â€œWhy should I keep working?â€
Itâ€™s just numbers. Whoâ€™s counting when it comes to made-from-thin-air money as dollars swoosh through the world at the speed of light? The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to create money. Our elected representatives have surrendered that power to the Federal Reserve System. The Fed is a privately owned entity operating under a veil of secrecy which makes the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers and the Pentagon envious. According to testimony by Fed Chairman Bernanke theyâ€™ve no idea where the latest half a trillion dollars have gone and theyâ€™re surprised anyone has the audacity to question them let alone hope for an answer. A majority of legislators have joined Ron Paul in his request for an audit of the Fedâ€™s books. The solution to thatâ€™s easy, the Fed hires lobbyists and the obamacrats turn a blind eye problem solved, audit, what audit? Itâ€™s just numbers besides soon our glorious leader will solve the healthcare crisis saving us so much money weâ€™ll pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security problem solved. Back when the lottery was called numbers and you bought your ticket from a guy on the corner instead of at the minimart the smart money would give you ten-to-one odds that the day your number hit you wouldnâ€™t be on your number. Yes itâ€™s all just numbers and whatâ€™s in a number? Nothing except when youâ€™re counting cards or your numbers up.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Religion, and Leadership for Southside Virginia Community College. Contact Dr. Owens. Â© 2009 Robert R. Owens http://robertrowens.com/ Dr. Owens is available for speaking engagements.