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Archive for 16 August 2011
Yep! I have returned home, and basically, I’m in one piece. Tuckered, cuz that’s how us folks get, even with short spurts of driving. Although, today turned out to be a bit longer than I thought it would, but that’s ok….I get to recuperate, at least until the doc’s appointment tomorrow…and then physical therapy. Hope I’ll be able to make it to church. I need my infusion.
And just think….I get to make ANOTHER 700 mile trip next week…in the opposite direction! Somebody…just go ahead and shoot me now.
Obama’s Tour of Denial and Blame
It’s being billed as a listening tour—a three-state journey across the Midwest where President Barack Obama will hear directly from Americans about the economy and talk about his ideas for job growth. Instead, though, it has the characteristics of a political campaign swing, and the rhetoric the President has brought along for the ride is marked by a desperate effort to blame someone other than himself for America’s economic woes.
The President’s tour began yesterday in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where in one breath he pointed his finger at Washington’s broken politics and in the next he blamed “a string of bad luck … a bunch of things taking place over the last six months that were not within our control.”
You had an Arab Spring in the Middle East that promises more democracy and more human rights for people, but it also drove up gas prices — tough for the economy, a lot of uncertainty. And then you have the situation in Europe, where they’re dealing with all sorts of debt challenges, and that washes up on our shores. And you had a tsunami in Japan, and that broke supply chains and created difficulties for the economy all across the globe.
As much as the President would like to bill his three-state tour as an exhibition in listening or leadership, it’s more of an exercise in cognitive dissonance—of blaming everything but his own policies for the reality of America’s dire economic straits, rather than taking responsibility for his presidency.