So this past week allowed for ignorant tycoon Bernard Madoff to finally see the inside of a jail cell rather than his $7,000,000.00 Manhattan penthouse; Pope Benedict XVI, the most conservative we’ve seen in a long time, informed us that condoms increase HIV/AIDS infection, and this was on the heels of the HIV/AIDS numbers for the District of Columbia reaching untold proportions and then Senator Christopher Dodd lied about his ties to the now infamous “Dodd Amendment” that miraculously found it’s way into the stimulus bill that, yes, let’s admit it, got ramrodded through Congress. And now the people are calling for both Dodd and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner’s head on the proverbial platter like John the Baptist.
Well, I just want to know what set of rules are we playing by so I can judge accordingly.
So, Chris Dodd told a bald face lie. Generally the rules state that if you lie, on something like this, you either step down or at the bare minimum, you don’t get re-elected.
Can someone please tell me why this didn’t happen with former president George W. Bush and his cohorts lied about the certainty of weapons of mass destruction, telling the public that it was the sole reason for us going into Iraq, but you’d never hear comparisons from the right between these two. But let the record show, this AIG bailout was approved still under the Bush administration and when they approved the bonuses back last fall, no one said a blessed word. This entire current administration was forced to deal with more things at first than any other president probably since Lyndon Johnson, and even then, he still had the benefit of being a part of the previous administration.
Obama has had to deal with everything and the kitchen sink from economic issues, managing our empire reaches overseas and foreign policy, maintaining national security, addressing education and yes even attempting to address health care which for the most part he hasn’t so far. Not to mention Obama is dealing with a regime change. In the peaceable transitions of power that we have here in the US, such as a shift between a Jimmy Carter and a Ronald Reagan or a Reagan/Bush era to that of the Clinton administration for example, or even as far back to the end of the FDR/Truman era, the US economy wasn’t burdened at such a level, coupled with a war, it was either one or the other. This is the near equivalent of when Dillard Univerisity’s 2005 incoming president, Marvalene Hughes was set to begin her tenure as president that Hurricane Katrina came by and her first semester the school didn’t exist! And even when the school did get reorganized with just spit and bubble gum, they were operating out of a hotel!!!
We tell our kids when they’re a kid to use words to make amends, when we get older we see adults employing the “get them before they get us” mentality especially in the political arena.
What set of rules are we playing by? Then when Obama decides to take a conciliatory approach with Iran, he gets criticized by the opposition for negotiating with terrorists.
Now, on a slightly off the previous topic, I understand that this congressional bill passed taxing AIG bonuses at 90% was a reaction to public fallout trying to make sense of these CEOs and “muckety mucks” as my aunts would say, getting all of these kickbacks–CONSISTENTLY! I mean, with every passing week and day it seems we hear of some lavish spending for no reason. Even Friday, when I began this post, Rick “I blog for a living” Sanchez was on the campus of Morehouse College doing his show today, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin made the comment that no improvements such as the $10,000,000.00 remodeling of a CEO office.
Interestingly enough, I had a friend make this off-the-wall comment that we weren’t complaining all that much about Bush until after the September 11th attacks. I wheeled to him and said, “No, we were still hot about that selection that took place that previous fall.” And then I went into angry Negro mode about how it would have taken only one member from the U.S. Senate to cosign on the bill proposed by the CBC that would have at least stalled the certification of the electoral college.
I’m not rolling out the red carpet for Obama anymore, and I’m not saying that it should be. In fact, I’m quite clear that I’m disappointed so far in this administration. I feel as though campaign promises have been broken already.
Change we can believe in my foot!
The only change I’ve really seen, and that I really like has come in the form of Lady Michelle O. and the kids Sasha and Malia. Obama was hiring the left-overs from the Clinton administration to be on the Cabinet, and they were having tax problems. We’re dealing with the EXACT same problems I’m convinced we’d have if Hillary Clinton or even John McCain had been elected. Although, I’m mildly convinced McCain would have had a heart attack or something trying to keep a leash on Sarah “You betcha I’m running in 2012″ Palin who possibly would have sent not just the administration, but the whole country into a conservative tail-spin.
Be that as it may, I think we have a responsibility to play fair.
As I said before, no president has had so much on their plate on Day 1 in quite some time. There are always the wartime presidents who come in with the ideological (Democrat vs. Republican) administration changes, but never coupled with such a bottoming economy inherited from a predecessor. I do think we need to give Obama this random “First One Hundred Days” leeway at the absolute minimum. But again, the bar wasn’t that high from the last eight years–I mean Bush had an approval rating down in the twenties after all was said and done, and Obama is not Bush. Personally, I’m just waiting to see what he’s gonna do concerning health care and education.
By the way, we haven’t heard or seen from George W. since January 20–where the hell is he?!?!
Do you think we, the country, are giving Obama a fair shake or did we expect him to come in snap his fingers and wave a wand and magically this whole economic downturn was going to magically rectify itself?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL