Monday, February 07, 2011

Fluffy Barry

So, did you see the State of the Union address a week or so ago. It was interesting I thought. Mostly an exercise in shifting blame, letting the new Congress know that if they wanted to cut government spending, they should have at it but emphasizing that domestic spending, which includes all those nasty entitlements to the young, old, poor and disadvantaged comprise only about 12% of the Federal budget.

I'm not a big fan of Obama's administration, so far. We're still spending huge money on foreign war  and more money by multiples than the rest of the World combined on National defense. The wealthy and corporate sectors of the nation's economy have a greater percentage of the wealth, among fewer people, than in any other nation, at any time, in the World's history. As far as I can see, Obama is simply letting them rape the rest of us, not that this is any great departure from any other President in living memory. I have to admit, he looks very cool and stylish doing it.

Yesterday was the Superbowl. Before the game, Barry let Bill O'Reilly interview him live at the White house, also a very fluffy experience for him. Barry never let himself get ruffled or pinned down. He may not have answered many of the questions directly but that's nothing new, especially compared with his recent Republican predecessors. The important thing, in this interview, as well as the State of the Union address, was that he never let himself appear stupid, mean or angry. Given the rampant ignorance and punishing rage that the Republican opposition has been caught up in since he was elected, that's all he has to do to appear superlatively in charge of himself and the national situation.

I believe that this sunny, self control, however shallow and non reality based, will be the dominating feature of his 2012 re election campaign.

It will likely be enough to get him re elected easily. It's not going to win him a lot of new votes. I think probably fully 40% of the American electorate will end up hating him more than any other modern President. There may well be whole geographic regions of the country that will want to secede. They will continue to believe that he is an, alien, Islamic, mudman, Manchurian Candidate. I say fine, let them go. In fact, America might be better off as four or five different countries. Only time will tell. I don't think anybody is willing to have another Civil War to keep the country together. I think the country would break up in interesting and surprising ways. I think Western States would band together based more on mutual interest than stupid Blue/Red State social, religious and economic philosophies.

What do you think of Barry? Would you rather have Michelle Bachmann as President?


Buck said...

Obama is Bush III. I sort of wonder why Democrats and Republicans bother to pretend they're substantially different. Bread and circuses? Feh.

Bachmann as President is even worse. All we need is a sabre rattling shrieker to make the world a better place.

Contrary said...

I've never understood the claims that corporations are ripping us off. They provide goods and services for a price. We are all free to buy those goods and services as well as free not to buy them. People who chase all the newest fads and gadgets are hardly free of blame for their own problems.