Realities of new administration’s policies begin to set in across America
Oddly enough, conservatives should take heart and find something to smile about in the wake of yesterday’s Phoenix, AZ-area speech by President Barack Obama, during which he announced the intention of committing up to $275 billion to revitalizing the housing market in America.
No, that new-found “hope” should not come from the president or his speech, however, but rather from a collection of advanced placement students at the school at which Obama disclosed his plan.
Acccording to the Drudge Report and the East Valley Tribune, many of the students, while watching the speech from a classroom down the hall from the gymnasium where Obama was speaking, were skeptical of the president’s plan to rescue the nation from the economic doldrums. One student even wore a t-shirt bearing an image of Obama and the words “Hitler gave great speeches, too.” A smattering of what the students had to say, courtesy Drudge and the East Valley Tribune:
“This puts us more into debt. It’s a horrible situation we’re in.”
“I like the refinancing part, and I like the part about mortgages, but I’m afraid we’re going to put the money in but won’t see any effect.”
“I just don’t believe all the things he’s telling us.”
On new sod laid in front of the school: “The joke at the school is they’re going to take it away when he leaves.”
People are getting it. Slowly, but surely, the realities of the economy and our leadership’s ideology seem to be sinking in for the American public, and a big part of that, I think, has to do with the current administration’s absolute failure to create any sort of trust. Over and over again, President Barack Obama and his Democratic Congress have overtly and obviously lied to the very people they are charged with representing.
It happened with the closed-door negotiations and reconciliation of the so-called “stimulus” package, a practice which Obama, on his transitional Web site, promised to end.
It happened when the president and congressional Democrats refused to allow the public–or even lawmakers themselves, for that matter–enough time to read the 1,073-page “stimulus” bill before the legislation was voted on, directly countermanding several promises made by Congress and by the president to give the public the ability to view legislation for 48 hours before a vote and five full days before being signed into law.
It happened in front of more than 45 million Americans when, during his February 9 press conference, President Obama looked straight into the cameras in the East Room of the White House and stated, unequivocally, that there were “no pet projects” in the bill — yet we all knew that the legislation was nothing but pet projects from cover to cover.
And it happened again yesterday, in that gymnasium down the hall from those incredibly astute students at Dobson High School, when the president once again looked into the cameras and stated, for all of America to hear, the following:
But I also want to be very clear about what this plan will not do: It will not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer money after bad loans. It will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell. It will not help dishonest lenders who acted irresponsibility, distorting the facts and dismissing the fine print at the expense of buyers who didn’t know better. And it will not reward folks who bought homes they knew from the beginning they would never be able to afford.
The president, once again, is lying. Just as the Clinton-era Democrats’ implementation of Jimmy “Dhimmi” Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act forced banks to relax lending standards and lend money to those who likely would have no means of making payments, this new plan, replete with the $25 billion given to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will force lenders to maintain those bad loans. By the plan’s very intent, it will throw good taxpayer money after bad loans, it will reward and rescue the unscrupulous, the irresponsible and the dishonest. Yet President Obama came right out, looked American in the eye, and said exactly the opposite.
It’s like a bad attempt at using The Force. Time and time again, Barack Obama has been gracefully waving his hand and telling us that “these are not the droids you’re looking for” and, for a while now, his influence has worked on the weak-minded, impressionable and distracted American public. Now, however, we’re beginning to see signs that (a) it’s starting to wear off, and (b) Obama and his flunkies are getting more and more brazen with every attempt to sneak bad policy by the people.
Yesterday, for example, less than a minute after he argued that his plan would not send “good taxpayer money after bad loans,” Obama completely contradicted himself, saying that “we will make it possible for an estimated four to five million currently ineligible homeowners who receive their mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages at lower rates.”
So, let me get this straight — Obama says that taxpayer money would not be used to artificially prop up bad loans, yet three sentences later he says that people currently ineligible would receive reduced rates despite their previous ineligibility? How much more plain could the contradiction be?
My goodness, he makes John Kerry look steadfast.
More and more with each passing day, I’m seeing a different kind of “hope” come from some unlikely places. Democrats are shaking their heads in confusion. Students are opening their minds. Moderate Republicans swept up in the celebrity and history of 2008 are coming to their senses. Credibility, see, is a valuable commodity for any politician, and trading in hypocrisy and double-talk only serves to deplete those resources.
It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but over the next four years the inevitable failure of Barack Obama’s liberal agenda will provide an opening for anyone with common sense–Democrat, Republican or anywhere in between–to realize that liberalism may very well work in the halls of academia or within the idyllic confines, conversations and debates among aging hippies, but in the real world things are entirely different. Republicans must be ready to pounce as that opportunity presents itself and be prepared to effectively argue the merits of conservatism. With any luck, we’ll be able to set this ship back on course before it sinks.