Oh, Shit.

by Little Miss Attila on February 13, 2009

The Anchoress is upset.

[T]here are plenty of construction jobs in the new “stimulus” spending package that will be voted on this morning. They are mostly FEDERAL construction jobs meant to construct or shore up FEDERAL buildings and agencies in and around Washington, DC, where FEDERAL SPRAWL will be allowed. Some construction companies in Bethesda, Maryland may see boom times, but the rest of the country will not.

An American President and members of his party cannot stop flapping their gums, and every time they do, more jobs disappear as they reveal that they are driven less by a desire to serve than to control. They are more interested in backroom connivance than “transparency”.
“Transparency,” it turns out is just a word.

Barack Obama must be giving fits to those backroom supporters who never meant for the nation to so clearly recognise his hyperpartisan purposes – and his limitations – just three weeks into his presidency. Obama is telling his nation to find something else to do, something other than growing, working, creating, building. He wants “energy independence” but does not want drilling and refining, and the jobs that go with them, to take place in America. He wants everyone to have a house, but apparently we’re not supposed to build any new ones. He wants Americans to become less materialistic, more personally responsible for our mistakes, and he wants the government to “spend our way out of debt.”

Much of Obama’s rhetoric is empty, and what is not empty is cagey. He is, increasingly, the “just words” president. He speaks of American dreams, but works to limit them. And he is not alone.

Where does Barney Frank—a comparatively wealthy man—get off telling free Americans what their salary caps should be?

Where does the extremely rich John Kerry get off worrying on the floor of the United States Senate that Americans are too “free to invest their money where ever they want!”

How dare does set-for-life Church Schumer show such contempt for us “little” people, who simply want to know what we’re being put on the hook for?

I still want to believe, but I am feeling discouraged. I picked a bad to read Amity Shlaes’ book about the Great Depression. A really bad time.

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Darrell February 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm

What’s funny is that we have the American oil industry just itching to spend hundreds of $Billions of those obscene profits for exploration, drilling, and development, not to mention refineries and infrastructure–and they are being told they can’t!!!! Money that will go into so many other industries and so many American’s pockets as jobs– money that not only doesn’t cost the government a dime, but brings in taxes and royalties. All spending is sacred? What an f’ing joke!


Joy McCann February 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

Well, modern-day royalty are deciding whether or not that would be an unseemly use of money . . . and they are leaning against.

Since they are our betters, I presume that I must be wrong about thinking that development of that resource would be a Good Thing.


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