timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, December 26, 2008

What does Obama do first?

There's an article on Yahoo by the AP asking about Obama's first 100 days. They ask, "Where does Obama place his priorities during the first 100 days?" It's an almost worshiping article that can't seem to decide which major issue Obama will think is the most important. Should he pull out of Iraq, raise taxes or spend more huge amounts of money that the country doesn't have?

Apparently his aides are putting together a program that could cost $850 billion over two years, but no decisions have been made about where the money will go. That's after the $700 billion bailout that republicans didn't want (and so far hasn't worked), and now a new bailout for the auto industry. The estimates for the total repaid cost of this money is over $5 trillion.

These socialist programs are going to stand a good chance of bankrupting the country, or necessitate raising taxes on everyone, not just the "richest Americans."

What's interesting about the article is the quotes explaining how Obama can set priorities quietly, to avoid offending anyone, how he can "address" issues like healthcare overhaul by appointing committees to push it to the back burner without people thinking it is being ignored and how he can discuss projects "without setting specific dates for completion."

Sounds like they're saying he has the opportunity to present more vagaries and obfuscations. He hasn't made any decisions, he doesn't have any timelines, and hasn't put forth any plans. Good way to get in to the first 100 days.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Remember

Remember, in this time of sales, shopping, avarice and covetousness, why we celebrate this day.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Merry Christmas.