Monday, August 10, 2009

Ignore That Bullet Headed Straight For Your Face

"Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again, let us sing a song of cheer again, happy days are here again." While the Joad family packs up the old Ford truck and heads back to Oklahoma to escape the depression in Lotus Land, our President is telling us that the worst of our economic woes have gone with the wind.

I stopped believing in the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny a few months back, so I'm not likely to take the word of the Pied Piper of Progressive Pap either. The unemployment numbers leveled for the first time since the big crash, so President Obama says we should stop worrying and get on with Cap and Tax and nationalized health care. Somehow, by some mystical formula known only to Harvard Law grads, destroying free enterprise and hocking ourselves to the hilt for Cuban-style medical care will cause those unemployment numbers to drop even more.

Obama is attempting to take a single piece of semi-good news and turn it into full economic recovery justifying spending ourselves into oblivion. Well, even this news is not all that great, but we'll be grateful for small blessings. The unemployment rate settled at "only" 9.4 percent in July, so our peerless leader points to that as being very meaningful. Never mind that in June, he had predicted that the unemployment rate would level out at about 8% despite the fact that it was already pushing 9% when he made the prediction. As the Democrats are so fond of saying of us trogolodytes: "He just doesn't get it."

Despite all the Democratic predictions of doom before the November elections if Obama was not elected, we have not yet sunk into the Great Depression, Part II. Although it is clearly the worst recession since World War II, only massive action creating government programs to "solve" the economic misery can turn this into another Great Depression in the style of FDR and the New Deal. Well, that and the raising of protective tariffs to protect the jobs of non-competitive American businesses and labor. Oh, and raising taxes on everybody and everything to pay for these programs. You know, this may actually be more complicated than our economic genius in the White House imagines.

"Only" 247,000 jobs were lost in July as compared to the historical loss of 443,000 in June. So Obama declares: "We've begun to put the brakes on this recession and . . . the worst may be behind us." Who is this "we?" Mr. President. It's more likely that we simply are starting to run out of jobs to run out of, thank you very much.

Now that the cancer is in temporary remission, the President says "We must lay a new foundation for future growth and prosperity and a key pillar of a new foundation is health insurance reform." Yep, that'll do it. Eliminate competition and the profit-motive and put people into year-long lines to get a band-aid at the doctor's office. That's a sure remedy. It's always a good idea when you've run out of money to add 40 million people to the tax-sucking rolls to cover people who have chosen not to buy private insurance even though they could well afford to, illegal aliens, people who have temporarily lost their insurance because of the downturn in jobs and people who have just reached the age to become insured since they were too young previously to have their own insurance. And of course, force government health care on people who simply choose, however foolishly, not to have any medical insurance at all.

And someone also needs to tell the President that nationalized medical care is not insurance. It's a government program. His own stated goal (despite his ridiculous denials) is to get everyone under the national government umbrella, just like England and Cuba. And once private enterprise and profit are eliminated from the formula, the next step is to "cut costs" by reducing medical care and making decisions about who is or is not an appropriate candidate for government generosity. Government "ethical scientists" such as John Holdren, proponent of forced abortions, sterilization and withholding treatment from the terminally ill, will quickly rise to the top of the health care economic boom.

Obama's publicly-stated goal is to expand coverage to millions of "Americans," while reducing "exploding" costs. Sounds good. Who wouldn't want that? But how, exactly, do you propose to do that, Mr. President? The Pied Piper of Foggy Bottom couldn't even sell his own party on the 1000+ page "plan" that practically nobody in Congress had read. And for those few who did read it, the "plan" was both incoherent and incomprehensible. But at least everybody agreed on one thing, this "cost-saving" bill was going to cost Americans well over a trillion dollars.

So who is standing in the way of taxing-and-spending our way back into the bright sunlight of national wealth? Well, Obama says it's everybody who doesn't agree with the plan he doesn't understand himself, and can't explain. "We were close to finalizing real health insurance reform [read: insurance elimination and government expansion] but the best chance of reform we have ever had is slipping away" because obstructionists from Congress down to the grassroots don't believe a word this charlatan is saying.

Obama has at least one enthusiastic public supporter--Hillary Clinton, who almost singlehandedly brought down the Democrats' nearly seventy year lock on Congress back in 1994 with Hillarycare. Apparently, Hillary is like her boss in believing that the American people have gotten considerably stupider and more desperate in fifteen years. There are strong signs that both of them are wrong. Hillary's summation of the current situation was laid out on CNN today. In the interview, Hillary says: "I actually agree that at the end of the day, with all of this negotiation and back and forth, you know, we're going to come up with something and my hope is that it's going to be meaningful enough to make a a difference on the cost side." Like Obama, she is unable to explain quite how that's going to happen.

Senator Mitch McConnell has summed up the administration's claim that this is a bipartisan effort to create a national health care plan: "The only thing bipartisan, so far, is the opposition." It is clear that the American public is indeed fed up with rising medical care costs and access to decent insurance, and reform is truly in the air. But Obama and the Democrats have cynically taken a genuine concern, with genuine solutions available, and turned it into a recipe for federal government control of another major facet of our daily lives. Everyone knows the federal government is generous in spending money, zealous in collecting taxes, and notoriously incompetent at producing anything much worthwhile.

And to add cynicism to cynicism, Obama declares the slowdown in unemployment numbers to be the reason to impose more government, more pointless expenditures and now, by the admission of several of his own economic advisers, more taxes. Only a disciple of the failed socialist plans of the past could possibly believe anything that foolish.

I prefer to listen to cooler and more logical voices, such as Robert F. McDonnell who is running for Governor of Virginia. McDonnel's view is that "the new Labor Department report was yet another reminder that families and small businesses are struggling as unemployment remains high." When you're struggling to make ends meet, and the cash cow has gone dry, the last thing you do until things get better is to spend money for hugely expensive and completely untested products with no evidence of potential success.

20 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

Excellent article, Hawk. Thanks for including the quote from Robert F. McDonnell. He appears as a breath of fresh air.

LawHawkSF said...

Tennessee: For every voice of reason, there's one with a bigger audience to outdo him. Here's what Katie Couric had to say about the "economic recovery": "Tonight, that glimmer of hope just got a whole lot brighter. New figures show the economic decline has slowed dramatically . . . . Good evening, everyone, we're beginning tonight with the economy because the bad news is actually getting better (bad news is getting better?). The government reported today (July 31) that the economy continued to shrink in the second quarter of this year, but only 1% this time, and that's a big improvement." Who writes this stuff? But whoever it is, he's writing for Couric and Obama.

CrisD said...

Yup, and I heard last night (Fox business) that 50% of mortgage holders will likely be in foreclosure by end of year~those pesky adjustables.

They ended segment by asking and these other 50% of "rich" (ha-ha) homeowners will be paying the new taxes.

How 'bout a little tea?

LawHawkSF said...

CrisD: And part of the reason that those people will be in foreclosure is that the news was also announced that over 50% of mortgages are way bigger than the current value of the homes. Negative equity's a bitch.

patti said...

i have had my helmet on all weekend. me thinks they are trying to wear me down, to weaken my resolve, yet here i am...still. so glad to see you guys are still here too.

StanH said...

Lawhawk there is no Easter Bunny, or Tooth Fairy? Barry’s love of government is insatiable, every answer to every problem is central government. As conservative reemerge in taking back the Congress in 2010. The MSM and education needs a readjustment as well, an enormous task, but IMO has to be done. There are a couple of bipartisan plans that have surfaced in the Senate that were reasonable in their approach to health care one included Senator Bennett Republican that have some of Commentarama Care suggestions. Of coarse our Marxist in Chief is against it because it doesn’t include the “public option” or govt. takeover. One tenth of one percent drop in unemployment does not the end of the recession make. There’s more trouble coming in January when a large number of ARMS readjust and commercial real estate. Not to be a wet blanket and there is this Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy thing, just wow!

LawHawkSF said...

Patti: In the immortal words of the heroes of Galaxy Quest: "Never give up, never surrender."

StanH: I didn't say there was no Easter bunny or tooth fairy. I simply said I stopped believing in them. And since we all know Santa Claus exists, I could be wrong about the others. So don't worry about January. Santa (aka Jolly Old Saint Barack) will fix everything in December.

AndrewPrice said...

You know what's interesting about this? About a month ago, they couldn't run fast enough to avoid responsibility for Bush's economy. Now the same people who claimed they had nothing to do with it, want to claim that they fixed it.

I wonder what they will claim when all this good news turns out to be an illusion?

StanH said...

I’m better now : ) My kids are 18 and 22 and my wife still makes them a Easter basket she’s sentimental, I guess I’m delusional. Hey… I wonder why she wont make me a Easter basket? hmmmm… Of coarse Santa is real Lawhawk, I knew that.

patti said...

fyi: i am sending some young facebook americans to this site, so they can see some ideas out of the health care mess. i told them you were a bunch of badasses. yeah, still with the potty mouth...

AndrewPrice said...

That's ok, Patti, we'll take anyone. :-)

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: I think one of the reasons I went into solo practice was that I had spent much of my early business life with bosses who took credit for my successes and pointed at me when something went wrong. At least now I was able to kick myself when something didn't work out as planned. Obama and his gang are like those old bosses.

StanH: Don't worry about your wife not making you Easter baskets. Start worrying when she does, and all the candy and eggs have the smell of bitter almonds. Believe me, I know whereof I speak.

LawHawkSF said...

Patti: The more the merrier. Andrew has a lot of enemies. I just have friends I haven't met yet (tee hee).

MegaTroll said...

I really annoys me that the MSM just accepts his version of history, no matter how much it contradicts his prior version(s) of history. Great article Lawhawk, and great comments everyone.

StanH said...

That would’ve been my first wife, come to think of she did wake me up extra early on Easter morning’s with a special basket just for me…

Individualist said...

Keep questioning LawHawk.....

Remember they can't drag you in front of the cameras and shoot you until you finally believe in Socialism in your heart .......

Stay skeptical and stay alive my friend!

StanH said...

Lawhawk my wife has a question for you. With all of the discord in the USA any chance of voting out Pelosi? We have liberal Democrats in the Atlanta area and some are catching heat. I know you’ve told me before, but it leaves us as observers scratching our heads, and asking how can a group of people pick a meathead like to be their representative?

LawHawkSF said...

Individualist: As Franklin said "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

StanH: Unfortunately, it's pure electoral politics. Pelosi is the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the entire United States, but she still is elected in a town that prides itself in being hated by everyone who isn't a San Franciscan or an upper west side New Yorker. As I've said before, there are only two parties in San Francisco, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, but they both register as Democrats. Pelosi represents everything that the vast majority of San Franciscans hold dear, and because of her seniority in the House, she has the additional mantle of power. She will hold that office until the day she dies as long as she wants it. A little city of less than 700,000 residents wields national power that a megalopolis like Houston can only dream of. There's only one way out of this. It last happened in 1906.

ArmChairGeneral said...

I want the superpower to veto stupid bills automatically.

LawHawkSF said...

ArmChair: That's the most noble superpower aspiration yet. And knowing that you were out there with your superpower, Congress might actually have to quit wasting our time destroying our national wealth, and do something worthwhile for a change. Bravo!

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