Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Inauguration

It's interesting to see just how the media is treating this inauguration vs. Bush's departure or, say, the inauguration of McCain, had he been elected. I had the misfortune of pulling my back out yet again (second time in about a year), so I was sitting in front of the TV most of the day yesterday. I made it a point to not watch the inauguration ceremonies and only decided to see the highlights the day after.

While it's touching to see so many people in tears, and just absolutely thrilled, that a black man can be elected president in this country, aren't we forgetting some things (probably in a willful manner given the state of our economy and culture)? Consider:

  • Obama spoke in his inaugural address about fiscal responsibility and how programs that don't help realize his vision will be cut. In their place, however, will be a series of bailouts that will likely spiral into the trillions of dollars (wait, haven't they aleady?). All that can really be said here is to reiterate that bailouts don't work and that our currency will further lose any residual value it has while we throw it around like toilet paper.
  • Obama's rhetoric about saving the world through government hasn't changed at all. He spoke of the founding fathers and how he knows it's the government's job to find jobs for others. Actually, it's not, and that's not how the founders felt at all about government. But it's a cute sound byte, so people clap at the newer, younger, more urban version of George W. Pathetic.
  • Taxes for a whole bunch of people will increase under Obama's economic plan - during a time where fewer people have disposable income and business continues to suffer as people save more (which I'm actually fine with, since our culture is entirely debt-based and we need to pay that down). Forget for a moment that there are plenty of people who won't be taxed and just the "rich few" will be (yeah, we've heard that before - remember Clinton?). Why does the government need any more tax revenue? Isn't it the job of industry to provide jobs for people, which come with paychecks? Let's say the government conceded that point - they'd still be asking for more money. As Ron Paul states in his weekly column, "government is a monumental drag on the economy". No one seems to realize that the government spends way more than it takes in and continues to grow and replace private sector activities, using the government and central bank-caused recession as a catalyst for socialism.

Click here and spread the message that a big-spendin', iPod-totin', Blackberry-carryin', chain-smokin' president is NOT what we need right now.

Ron Paul - 2012?

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