President Obama's campaign has rolled out yet another new campaign slogan on his new bus tour across the swing states of America. Nice touch, by the way, doing a tour to illustrate Obama's focus on American jobs (as opposed to Romney's illusory outsourcing) with a tour bus made in Canada. One can only imagine how hilarious that would be, if only it was George W. Bush at the wheel. Anyhoo, once again the President's brain stormers fall a bit short with the new campaign slogan:
"Betting on America".
Hmmmm....Is it really a good idea to encourage a mental link between the president, his agenda and gambling?
It is, of course, meant to give a sense of optimism; a feeling that ultimately America will live up to the president's vision The problem is, the American people are somewhat less than optimistic these days, and aren't necessarily interested in the America that is being envisioned for them.
The most glaring problem is that references to betting tend to bring to mind things like, say, the money gambled on Solyndra, Abound Solar, and many other "green" companies the Speculator-in-Chief bet taxpayer money on and lost. Instead of seeing the obvious - that the technology is not fully developed and (or should I say, because) the market isn't ready yet - he instead presses for further "investment" in green companies. After all, it's not like he's gambling with his own money, right? (and when he runs out of taxpayer chips, surely pit boss Hu will be happy to loan him another stack)
On a side note, that popular talking point about oil companies getting subsidies, so it's only "fair" (how I've come to hate that word) that green companies should too is complete bull. Oil companies do not receive taxpayer subsidies. They receive tax deductions, and that is a different animal entirely. The former requires the government to pay large (sometimes downright enormous) sums of taxpayer money to companies in order to fuel research and development. The latter allows companies to write off some of their costs, such as R&D, so they can retain more of their earnings to reinvest in the company and it's workforce, forking over less to Uncle Sam. Big difference.
References to placing bets may also make one think of the doubling down that has been done over the past few years by the gamblin' man with the keynesian plan. From the contraception "compromise" that is merely a one-year extension before the church must put aside their fundamental principles and join the collective to the repeated demands for more stimulus, it's been all about ignoring the critics, ignoring the people, ignoring the constitution, even ignoring common sense and sticking with his favorite theories. Freedom OF religion has become freedom FROM religion, so any infringement upon the church is now perversely perceived as a win for individual liberty. Granting a one-year waiver is not a compromise, it's a demand for compliance - just at a later date. As for the new calls for stimulus, he can call it a jobs bill all he wants, but it sure as heck sounds like a smaller version of Porkulus - the original "jobs" bill that has resulted in 8.2% unemployment two years after it was passed. And here we are again, with Mr. Bigstuff looking to buy friends and peddle influence with another hand-out to help profligate states pay for teachers, police and firefighters. But hey, we'll win next time, honest - our luck's just got to change! The problem isn't the policy, we just didn't bet enough!
That word, "Betting", might even bring to mind the shady numbers racket the media has been trying to swindle the American public with - from bogus polls to deceptive editing - in order to make the case for another term for the First Bookie. Speaking of working the numbers, did the president really think that the American public would buy that ridiculous, obscure left-wing blog post about Obama being the most frugal president since Eisenhower? Yeah, right. The largest deficit under Bush was $458 billion, the smallest under Obama has been $1.2 trillion. But he's frugal, whereas Bush was irresponsible and unpatriotic. Uh-huh.
It seems the overarching plea of the Obama campaign is for people to take a chance on him, once again. Let it ride, America, our luck will turn!
Perhaps on some deeper level, even Team Obama knows their failed and yet unaltered agenda is, at best, a crap shoot.
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