By: Patti Bankson
Senator John Kerry thinks that clueless voters with short attention spans are responsible for the Democratâ€™s current tough battle against Republican candidates nationwide. He told reporters, â€œWe have an electorate that doesnâ€™t always pay that much attention to whatâ€™s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or whatâ€™s happeningâ€.(Does he mean, â€˜Hope and Changeâ€™ and Change we can believe in?â€™) He continued, â€œI think a lot of the anger today â€“ while itâ€™s appropriate because Washington is broken â€“ is not directed at the right people… â€œBarney is prepared, as others are, to explain what weâ€™re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what weâ€™re doing, it frankly makes sense.â€ Seriously??… is that Barney Frank heâ€™s talking about? The same Barney who helped create the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac fiasco, which helped create our real estate and economic fiascos? Oh, yeah. I want him to explain what theyâ€™re doing, and why. And I want them to explain what theyâ€™re not doing. Like, not cleaning up the swamp of corruption, as Nancy Pelosi promised, starting with Charlie Rangelâ€™s and Maxine Watersâ€™ â€œallegedâ€ fraud.
â€¢ Speaking of â€œCLUELESSâ€: Voters arenâ€™t the only clueless ones on the planet… Comedian Stephen Colbert mocked lawmakers to their faces in supposedly formal testimony before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law. Some laughed; Others got it. Maybe John Kerry shouldâ€™ve addressed them on their cluelessness before they went along with the farce. But…House Speaker, Pelosi thought Colbertâ€™s â€œtestimonyâ€ was â€œgreatâ€! Seriously!
â€¢ Speaking of PLANETS: The UN is even more clueless than Kerryâ€™s electorate. A Malaysian Astrophysicist, Mazlan Othman, who heads the UNâ€™s Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) will now be our â€œAlien Ambassadorâ€ … that means that, happily, weâ€™ll have her on hand to greet aliens when they drop in for a visit. What a relief! I was really worried about them thinking that we, on planet Earth, are totally without manners and hospitality, werenâ€™t you? I mean, seriously… thatâ€™s really at the top of my list of problems we should be addressing right now! And itâ€™s definitely got to be the most pressing issue facing the UN.
â€¢ Speaking of ALIENS: Congress couldnâ€™t be farther out of touch with Americans if they were from outer space themselves. They still donâ€™t understand that weâ€™re tired of being a political football. They say theyâ€™re â€œconcernedâ€ about our economic problems, but are they, seriously? Remember the explanations I wanted in the first paragraph? Well, add these things to that list: if theyâ€™re so concerned, why are they going home without dealing honestly and openly with the issue of extending the Bush tax cuts, or not, before the November elections? Do they seriously believe that we donâ€™t know that thatâ€™s their way of trying to avoid hearing from us on the issue? Do they seriously believe we think the Small Business bill they passed, instead, makes more sense? Did they seriously think weâ€™d never learn that the bill to provide â€œselectedâ€ tax breaks to businesses does nothing but waste more of our money? In fact, that $42B bill costs $84,000 per job! Once again, our Tax Dollars at Work… Not much bang for our buck, eh?
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