Of course, in these rough, tough economic times it was critical that Obama hit the campaign trail courtesy of the taxpayer, flying to Denver to revel in the reflected glory of his party's national convention, where he was anointed in a Nuremberg-style stadium rally last summer.
Though Nuremberg would best describe the dream-state cultism of the drooling Obama masses, the dear leaders whom these masses were cheering have already proven themselves far more akin to Moscow and a Soviet-era Politburo.
Yesterday I spoke to a former army buddy living in Colorado City. He met and married his wife in Poland (a country of my own roots). She was old enough to have lived through the last years of East Bloc communism and her country's liberation from it.
While she is hardly versed on the nuances of American politics, she repeatedly marveled to her husband throughout 2008 : "I don't get it. Obama sounds like a communist. What has happened to America?"
Obama's remarks yesterday were quite revealing and quite a load of collectivist sales bunk. Here's a taste...
"I was here last summer to accept the nomination of my party and to make a promise to people of all parties - that I would do all I could to give every American the chance to make of their lives what they will and see their children climb higher than they did."
[What, climb higher into debt??]
"We have begun the essential work of keeping the American dream alive in our time."
[Notably, the late great George Carlin said of this : "It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it". In the "age" of Obama, Carlin couldn't have been more right. How pathetic that the titular "American dream" is now the province of pork-barrel Keynesian nightmare government. At least for some of us the American dream still rises in our lives, our homes and our communities, not out of the bowels of the Washington, D.C. of Pelosi-Reid-Obama. It lives in spite of them, not because of them.]
"The [Stimulus Pork Pie] that I will sign today - a plan that meets the principles I laid out in January - is the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history. It is the product of broad consultations....it is a rare thing in Washington for people with such different viewpoints to come together and support the same bill."
[Different viewpoints coming together? Seriously, what planet is this man on?? He makes Bill Clinton sound like an honest rhetorician.]
"I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid for acting so quickly and proving that Congress could step up to this challenge. And I want to thank all the Committee Chairs and members of Congress for coming up with a plan that is both bold and balanced enough to meet the demands of this moment."
[Translation : Thanks for blowing a ginromous public wad of dough in record time so I can look like I am a man of action.]
"What makes this recovery plan so important is not just that it will create or save three and a half million jobs over the next two years, including nearly 60,000 in Colorado. It's that we are putting Americans to work doing the work that America needs done in critical areas that have been neglected for too long - work that will bring real and lasting change for generations to come."
[Translation : Welcome to the America of special interest dreams come true. You have to love the hedging "create OR save" language, as well as the ever-shifting job projections clearly pulled from thin air. Does anyone else see how much poppycock are claims of job creation that can shift by 100's of 1000's, if not millions from day to day?
Two years? I am sure the whole "saving jobs" Orwell-speak will come in handy when 2 years hence we find this speechifying and promise-making were as much bullshit as Obama's bait-and-switch campaign for ofiice. How Obamesque to set up stagnant job growth as a measure of stimulus success, a n indicator of how Obama "saved jobs".]
"Because we know America can't outcompete the world tomorrow if our children are being outeducated today, we are making the largest investment in education in our nation's history."
[Translation : What better way to improve education in America than to flush billions (more) through Washington, D.C.'s central planning education apparatchiks and their organized labor pimps.]
"Because we know that spiraling health care costs are crushing families and businesses alike, we are taking the most meaningful steps in years towards modernizing our health care system."
[Translation : Coming soon - national socialized health care.]
"While this package is mostly composed of critical investments, it also includes aid [PAYOFFS] to state and local governments to prevent layoffs of firefighters or police recruits - recruits like the ones in Columbus, Ohio who were told that instead of being sworn-in as officers, they would be let go."
[Way to pull a Biden and hide government-bailing-out-government behind the "firefighters and police". George Bush would also be proud.]
"It is a plan that's been put together without earmarks or the usual pork barrel spending. And it is a plan that will be implemented with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. With a recovery package of this scale comes a responsibility to assure every taxpayer that we are being careful with the money they work so hard to earn. That's why I am assigning a team of managers to ensure that the precious dollars we have invested are being spent wisely and well. We will hold the governors and local officials who receive money to the same high standards. And we expect you, the American people, to hold us accountable for the results.
[OMG. You have to be kidding me. What a complete fraud. "Implemented" with transparency and accountability? Will this "implementation" standard resemble the way in which it was rammed down America's throat?]
"And while we need to do everything in the short-term to get our economy moving again, we must recognize that having inherited a trillion-dollar deficit, we need to begin restoring fiscal discipline and taming our exploding deficits over the long-term."
[Golly, when's this going to happen? Amazing the man has the gall to speak with such dodging duplicity. He was part of the "inherited" deficits, doing nothing...absolutely ZERO as a four-year U.S. Senator.
He just created a single-year deficit that truly boggles the mind. Obama's deficits will saddle entire generations, paying for his profligacy long after his and probably his children's demise, God give them long lives. Yet he has the stones to throw this line into his propagandifying. Utterly shameless.]
"For our American story is not - and has never been - about things coming easy. It's about rising to the moment when the moment is hard, converting crisis into opportunity, and seeing to it that we emerge from whatever trials we face stronger than we were before. It's about rejecting the notion that our fate is somehow written for us, and instead laying claim to a destiny of our own making. That is what earlier generations of Americans have done, and that is what we are doing today. Thank you."
Oooooh. Aaaaaah. *Leg Shiver*.
Oh yes, Barack, it's real tough to borrow trillions out of thin air and hand it to Congressional Democrats to spend.
What sacrifices you are making for us. (I guess Michelle did warn us you'd be all up in our collective grills.)
What comfort to know that our fate and our destiny are being written by you and a Democrat Congress.
What pure drivel.