How the West Was Saved

By: Brooks A. Mick

These are just random thoughts concerning the past few months inside and outside the Beltway.

1) Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins appear to be searching madly for a reason to go all wishy-washy liberal again. On the other hand, you have to give them some credit for sticking with the other Republicans long enough to save the country from disaster. Thanks, ladies.

2) Blue Dogs are not dogs, they are craven hyenas. They vote to go along with the Democratic predators, holding out for some of the scraps, pretending that they aren’t participating in the killing and eating of the country’s economy. But then, when the courageous voters arise and charge the enemy and kill the health care monster, the Blue Dogs come out and bravely yap at the dead carcass. I don’t think that will save them from the voters come the next few elections.

3) Speaking of being saved from the voters, did you see that great movie, “Taken,” with Liam Neeson? He plays a father with CIA training who goes after the Albanian gang in Paris that kidnapped his daughter for a sex slave ring. He captures the boss terrorist, ties him to a chair, wires him to an electric switch on the wall, and interrogates him until he gets information on the whereabouts of his daughter. Finally, he says, “I believe you…but it won’t save you!” He walks to the switch, flips it on, and walks out to the screaming of the terrorist.

I think the voters, in November, will walk into the voting booths, flip the switch, and walk away to the sound of the screaming and moaning of Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Harry Reid, and possibly even Barbara Boxer. And I don’t think the voters will look back or feel sorry. I think they will be looking forward to the next political terrorist they can tie to a chair…

4) The economy has proved fairly resilient, refusing to be completely destroyed. Our unemployment rate is no worse now, in severe recession, than Europe’s rate is during their good times! But it’s not what we Americans are used to or desire. The usual economic indicators are not looking all that bad, but what seems to be happening is that Obama deliberately attacks and knocks down whatever bright spot has the courage to show its head. It’s Obamian Economic Whack-a-Mole. The banks are in bad shape, George W. Bush loans them some money, the financial logjam is broken up, the banks begin to show profits, and they pay off their loans and return a profit to the taxpayer. Not bad, huh? But what does Obama do? He attacks the banks and promises to regulate and tax them! He says he wants them to loan money, but is he reaction to their performance a recipe for encouraging banks to loan? No, it isn’t. One begins to suspect he does not WANT economic prosperity and job creation.

5) Obama’s switching to an angry populist mode now that his elite, arrogant professorial mode has failed. The problem for him is that he doesn’t play the angry populist very well. He looks already tired and unhappy, not just angry. He is too naturally the arrogant elitist, his chin in the air, speaking in lofty platitudes, and the people are simply tired of his endless talking. They have Obama fatigue. He’s given more TV appearances, more press conferences, and more speeches in a few months than the prior two presidents combined. He’s overdone it. Worse, it’s becoming evident that one simply cannot believe anything he says. He’s been shown willing to say anything he feels he needs to say and then ignore it later or even deny he said it. It took quite a while for the people to realize that Bill Clinton was a liar, but when they did, his effectiveness declined.

6) Not only are the citizens of this country slowly losing confidence in Obama, but the leaders of other countries are also finding him weak and untrustworthy.

It looks as though it’s going to be a tough 2010, not only for the American people, but for the American president. When fewer and fewer people take you seriously, either because they find your policies useless or harmful or because they simply think you lie, your power wanes rapidly. You know you are in trouble when the Blue Dog hyenas are sniffing and yapping around your carcass. One notes that some of them are even supporting extending the–EEK! HORRORS!–Bush tax cuts, one of those legacies of the prior administration that you inherited and have been eager to kill.

Hmmm…you are REALLY in trouble when Democrats start grasping reality and making sense! An even worse sign, of course, is when the voters wake up, take up their torches and pitchforks, and head toward the voting booths…

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