Happy days are here again — or haven’t you heard?
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Does Washington really think that nobody will notice how hard it is to get a job or sell a house?
Possibly. And, if true, it is proof that the governing class believes that the rest of are to be treated like children. If we should ask what happened to the dog, you explain that it went to live at a “nice home in the country.”
That those in charge should feel this way about those they govern is unsurprising. It is one of the satisfactions of belonging to the ruling class — you get to look down on people. Before she began bullying insurance companies, Ms. Sebelius took it upon herself to instruct people in the proper way to cover a sneeze.
But what if the political class is peddling the hollow, good-news narrative not to fool the people in the provinces but to reassure itself? Washington has spent all the money it could get its hands on and borrowed a lot more and the economy is still stalled in its tracks. It has tried schemes so clever that only Washington could come up with them. Cash-for-clunkers, for example. It has bailed out everything in sight, to include the car companies, profligate state governments, and Wall Street banks but still …
When the truth is unbearable, you console yourself with lies.
“Don’t worry. It’s all okay. The war is over. The recession ended last year. We’re on top of it and everything is just fine.”
The sad part is … they may even believe it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?