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“Real and tangible progress for the American people”

February 14th, 2009 - 3:57 pm

I could hardly believe it, either. “Real and tangible progress for the American people.” That’s how the  current President of the United States, in his weekly address yesterday, described the bloated $800 billion spending monstrosity that he just rammed down our throats. (Please don’t called it a “stimulus” package: the only thing it stimulates is fiscal irresponsibility.)  I wonder if the current President of the United States  had a little smile on his lips when he said those words: “Real and tangible progress for the American people.” Real and tangible progress for the governmental juggernaut is more like it. Did he snigger, just a little, when he went on to claim that throwing billions at every conceivable Democratic boondoggle would somehow “save or create more than 3.5 million jobs over the next two years”? Did he manage to keep a straight face when he said that opening the US Treasury to Democratic interest groups would “ignite spending by business and consumers alike”? I didn’t actually hear the speech, but I wonder how he managed to get through the claim that putting the country in hock would “lay a new foundation for our lasting economic growth and prosperity.”

It’s a short speech, but painful, painful. The current President of the United States talks about “modernizing our health care system, saving billions of dollars and countless lives.” What he really wants to do is nationalize health care, a process that has been an expense disaster wherever it has been tried, expensive not only in dollars but also in the lives of those “countless” little people who find themselves at the mercy of an inefficient government bureaucracy.

On the issue of energy, the current President of the United States promises to litter the landscape with wind turbines and solar panels but says nothing about exploiting America’s vast reserves of coal, extracting more oil from American fields, or building nuclear power plants.

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