Itâ€™s All His Fault!
By: Patti Bankson
Supposedly when George Washington was a boy, he chopped down a cherry tree, then admitted his guilt to his father, saying, â€œI cannot tell a lie.â€ Although itâ€™s possible that story may have some truth to it, itâ€™s pretty much considered a folktale. Folktale, or not, itâ€™s a good morality taleâ€¦ an example of someone taking responsibility for his behavior. Not pointing the finger of blame at anyone else. Not offering any excuses, lame or otherwise. Just, â€œYes, guilty, as chargedâ€. Itâ€™s a story that our politicians could benefit from, as evidenced by the tap-dancing last week-end.
In case you checked out for a couple of days, the tap-dancing was all about the drop in our credit rating. On the dance floor were the likes of David Axelrod, John Kerry, and the â€œScreamerâ€, Howard Dean. The mantra: This is the Republican Credit drop. Senator Dick Durban, (D-IL) went so far as to call it a totally manufactured (by Republicans/Tea Party) crisis. If one wonders where they got the unmitigated gall to make such â€œtotally manufacturedâ€ statements, one would only have to look as far as the White Houseâ€¦ to the president who has done nothing but totally manufacture excuses and blame. I have to give him credit, though, forâ€¦ finallyâ€¦ having gotten past laying all the blame, for everything, solely at George W. Bushâ€™s feet. Heâ€™s now added congressional gridlock, and the entity responsible for handing out credit ratings: Standard & Poorâ€™s. According to him, their math is flawed. Apparently, S & Pâ€™s wasnâ€™t impressed with his argument; they not only let the lower credit rating stand, but added the possibility that it might be dropped even further in the next 18-months to 2-years.
You know, if the president wants to argue the finer points of mathematics with S & Pâ€™s, or any other credit rating agency, heâ€™s certainly free to do so. But, the thing that really rankles is his arrogant, sarcasm directed at those who disagree with him. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s wise to govern based on polls. On the other hand, being so completely disconnected from life in the real world has not enhanced his standing in the view of most Americansâ€¦ including a number of people who voted for him, and have given him their support.
Apparently, he expects everyone who disagrees with him to come away from this â€œcrisisâ€ having learned a lessonâ€¦ everyone, that is, except him. He says heâ€™ll be offering details of his new? â€œplanâ€ in the coming weeks. Iâ€™ll believe he has something new to offer when he actually presents whatever it is. Unfortunately, I think weâ€™ve already heard his planâ€¦ the debt crisis and downgrade havenâ€™t changed anything. And when itâ€™s all said and done, the only person left smiling in all thisâ€¦ if you believe the dead can smileâ€¦ will be John Maynard Keynes. If the president wants to blame someone, heâ€™d be the oneâ€¦ after all, heâ€™s the one whose wrong-headed theory of â€œSpend, Spend, Spendâ€ the president and his cohorts on the left, are determined to follow, even if it takes them, and us along with them, right over the cliff.
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