"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" is the Japanese maxim for doing the right thing. However, we have come to understand that the logical progression of this philosophy is 'wishful thinking' and the 'ostrich head in the sand' phenomena. In other words, when in danger, there is an impulse to just pretend nothing bad around you is occurring. That seems to be the Democratic Party strategy for the 2010 elections. As a strategy, it would seem rather shortsighted for their side, but, let them have at it. It is interesting to watch them try.
See No Evil
"The Senate Budget Committee passed a Democratic plan several weeks ago, but there are no indications the House will take up a budget resolution or the Senate Democratic leadership will bring their plan to the floor of the Senate.
While the Senate Democratic plan envisions lower deficits than those in President Obama's budget, the budget still leaves the nation with massive deficits and a mountain of debt.
Most Democrats in Congress are not eager to vote for such a budget that might be difficult to defend in an election year." John Shaw at IMarketNews.com, May 13th, 2010.
Nancy Pelosi refuses to answer questions about the House passing the budget, because she knows she just doesn't have the votes. House Democrats are terrified that if they pass this outlandish budget with almost a third of it deficit spending, pie charts, graphs, and copies of the document will become pulpit-waving exhibits for Republicans on their opponents irresponsible behavior. If they don't pass this budget, there will be nothing to see. Democrats can claim plausible deniability that THEY had anything to do with this out-of-control spending. They can pretend to care about the deficits and debt and lie their way out of the woodshed.
Because, if you don't have evidence of their unaccountable behavior, it means it didn't happen, right?
Hear No Evil
"With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects." New York Times Jeff Zeleny's June 6th, 2010 piece, 'Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage'
Democrats were surprised and stung at the vehemence expressed last summer. It got some serious hot press in spite of attempts by the lame-brained media to deep-six it. Furthermore, these questioners exposed their representatives as a bunch of ignorant, lazy, morally-challenged incompetents who didn't know what was in the bill, hadn't read it, and did not appear curious as to the impact it could have on the country. When these representatives began looking as stupid as they were acting, they clamped down on constituent meetings, especially public ones.
They looked and sounded bad, but what bothered them the most was these sheep made good points. These middle-American dunces had a better handle on the bill than they did. It embarrassed them more to listen to the real arguments than to just swallow The Party talking points. The pundits attacked the town hall protestors as agents of the insurance companies, useful idiots of the right, and disheveled malcontents unworthy of an opinion. But, the representatives were appalled. They couldn't believe their ears, and so they've covered them.
It doesn't make one bit of difference that their constituents may be right. It was not for them to speak out. They were supposed to quietly sit and listen as these Democratic operatives poured poison down their throats. For them to speak out against The Party and the Dear Leader was ridiculous. Who do these people think they are? So, they've decided if they can't hear the rage and discontent, it must not exist. They've tuned out America in favor of their special interests.
Speak No Evil
"David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said: 'This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.” Mike Allen of Politico's story, 'Obama, Biden Declare 'Recovery Summer' June 17th, 2010.
This is according to The Plan that The Party and the Dear Leader made last year after passing the Democratic Party Stimulus Act. After paying back his political supporters with our borrowed money, the economic recovery would have begun in this nation. The economic picture would have brightened considerably, and their political patronage could be hidden within a growing economy. They could pretend the giant spending plan was the impetus for economic growth.
It didn't work. We are seeing a stagnant job market, anemic GDP growth, steep state budget deficits, a teetering stock market, and no future prospects in sight. Their gigantic ploy didn't fool anyone. The public support for the stimulus plan continues to drop as more and more people realize they were hoodwinked into paying off Democratic politicos and supporters. Economic recovery looks bleaker today than it did six months ago, when it was only beginning to lighten up. A dark cloud of European and American debt looms large over the private economy and could rain on more government spending programs.
But we mustn't speak of that. Instead of hunkering down and exploring other options to jumpstart the economy, our fearless leaders are going on a parade. They will hand out cotton candy promises and SnoCone dreams to the populace in select areas of particularly difficult political races. They will speak glowingly of a recovery that is stillborn. They will pat themselves on the back for jobs that were never saved or created. They will laugh and smile and give us a diabetic fit.
But they will not speak of their evil.
Now, the Democratic Party and the president believe if they sell this program hard enough, some people will fall for it. Perception is their reality and if they don't have a budget to defend, or listen to angry citizens, or say the wrong thing, it will all be fine. They can trot out their usual talking points of Blame Bush, Blame Business, Blame Greed, Blame the Right, and Blame the people, and all will work out this fall.
The Party and the Dear Leader have taken the motto of Alfred E. Neuman to heart, 'What, me worry?' They are crossing their fingers and praying for a miracle, or a blessing, or for the American people to fall for their nonsense, again. Let's make sure it doesn't work this time.