Had a great post rattling around in my head for Groundhog Day all day yesterday, but lost it. Maybe it will come back around again, like in the movie. I'd like to get it back, like this entire last year, the income I've personally lost through mandated furloughs, the equity in my home that has evaporated, the hope of sending our son to the college he chooses instead of the one I fear he will have to settle for, the simple ability to sleep at night.
It all started with my morning commute, sitting in the legendary Atlanta traffic, in the rain, when I saw IT. A small car in the next lane, with bumper damage and one of those circular Obama Biden magnets. Except it was UPSIDE DOWN. Interesting. As I crept along, I contemplated the metaphor. Was the driver disgusted and wracked with "voter's remorse" or satisfied that the new administration has literally tried to turn America upside down?
Let's begin with Obama, might as well. His Transparency proclaims that those without jobs are by design in order to allow him the glory of job rebound numbers in 2010, an election year. Erick:
What the hell? This man says last week that “we acted — immediately and aggressively” and this week says “by design, the bulk of the remaining 50 percent of Recovery Act funds will be deployed in the coming months of 2010.”
The King of Flip-Flops continues. After suggesting spending freezes in his prickly SOTU, two days later he presents his budget. No spending freezes for government, but you betcha more taxes for Americans. After Reuters put up an article on O's oppressive budget, outlining just a bit of the pain:
Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:
* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;
* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;
* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;
* Individuals who don’t itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;
* The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.
Reuters then yanked it after the White House screamed foul. That's right, no corrections or errata. Just bang, it's gone like it never existed. Guess they can't take the heat.
He really hates us. And every day America become more disenchanted with him.
Perhaps he should go back to basics and listen to a wise man,
What part of “Thou shalt not steal” is so hard to understand?
The pow-wow with the GOP last week is still reaping benefits, like this from HotAir: Demand Question Time. Imagine the man who campaigned on transparency actually keeping at least that promise?
(Cross-posted at Obi's Sister)