With every day his fortunes become more shovel ready.
“This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft, and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”
Last night, a lot of conservatives seemed to react angrily to that statement, as though calling America soft were to be considered automatically indefensible, no matter the context. My reaction was: “last couple of decades”?
We already know what this president thinks of this country: It’s no more exceptional than any other country, but it might turn out to be exceptional someday if only we let him change it as he sees fit. So he also thinks it’s flabby in the middle? No surprise.
What’s more troubling is that he apparently thinks the current economic mess was caused by Americans spending the “last couple of decades” eating Cheese Doodles and watching NASCAR. (If only the national economy were roaring like NASCAR.)
The bad economy used to be all Bush’s fault. But the voters aren’t buying that anymore, so the president’s trying a new line: the whole country got a little lazy — you know, like Americans do — and now he’s got to save it. That’s why this recovery is so hard, you see. He doesn’t have just four years of Bushonomics to undo, he’s got several decades of couch-surfing by the entire American populace to undo.
But don’t worry; the country is still awesome, he said.
“I would not trade our position with anybody on Earth. We still have the best universities, the best scientists, best workers in the world; the most dynamic economic system in the world.”
Errr, but you just said we’d spent the last couple of decades going soft. If we’re still the best economically, then why are things so bad?
“We just have to bring all those things together,” he said.
To fix the softness America has accumulated over the last couple of decades, someone just has to bring together all the top-notch American professionals who are off somewhere engaging in self-indulgent solo projects. In short, America just has to get the band back together.
This isn’t economics. It isn’t even Obamanomics. It’s just nonsense.
And it doesn’t get any better when the president switches to Obamanomics. Here is what he told the Florida TV station when asked how his new jobs bill would create jobs in the Sunshine State:
“There are a lot of construction workers in Florida who have been laid off. Putting those construction workers back to work on construction projects in Florida would make a huge difference right now. There have been difficulties for state and local governments keeping their teachers in the classroom. So they would get a direct benefit.”
The first is simply a blatant falsehood. The jobs bill would not create any construction jobs “right now.” From a Tuesday Politico story headlined “‘Shovel ready’ jobs could take time”:
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.
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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?