Time for substance, not rhetoric
I’m busy and I don’t have time to fisk Obama’s whole speech. That would just leave me irritable anyway. But there was one little section that jumped out at me:
The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure.
Oh really? So that’s why we are giving trillions to bankers and letting the laboratories and universities, fields and factories, entrepreneurs and hardworking people rejoice over a few crumbs from the ‘stimulus’ package? Just imagine the good jobs that would be created, the innovation we would see, the wealth that would be created if we actually funneled all these banker giveaways into science, the arts, and education.
But no, it is more important to preserve the status quo, preserve income inequality, and do what we can to make debt slaves out of our populace.
He goes on to say
What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.
I’ll pull together when you start putting your money where your mouth is.
By the way, our health insurance premiums went up 44% this year. I feel lucky that I even have my lousy coverage. I’m still waiting for that ‘change’.