Friday, August 07, 2009

Something's fishy: yes -- it's called "change we don't believe in"

The White House asks:

"If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to"

So let's compile an enemy's list...

This is how out of touch this administration is. Normal garden-variety Americans are turning out in droves to exercise their First Amendment right to assemble and express their opinions. And our politicians are shocked: "These can't be real people. These must be extremists who are bankrolled by enemies of the president."


Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

No -- what's shocking is that our politicians can't conceive that real people are justifiably angry about the lurch to the left in the first 200 days of this presidency and are turning out to protest. Maybe members of Congress need to get out more.

No wait -- after criticizing auto company execs for using private jets to wing to hearings in Washington, Congress has now appropriated $200 million to buy three new luxury jets for Congressional junkets. In the middle of what they say is the "worst recession."

The irony is breathtaking.

UPDATE: Make that $500 million for eight new jets. And, according to the WSJ, Congressional travel has skyrocketed in the past 14 years:

We seem to have a privileged political class that believes it's not accountable to its constituents.

David Harsanyi:
In today's world, the "radicals" are the ones who protest the takeover of a huge swath of the economy by government bureaucrats who have proven they can't even run a program that gives free money away to car buyers properly. It is radicals who want to preserve the pillars of a system that over 80 percent of Americans still believe works — though certainly not perfectly.

In this new world, radicals are the ones who protest adding trillions to our debt and who have the temerity to ask if legislators have read the bills they sign. You've seen them. Those radicals who are ranting and raving about silly things like the Constitution.

Peggy Noonan pegs it:
What has been most unsettling is not the congressmen’s surprise but a hard new tone that emerged this week. The leftosphere and the liberal commentariat charged that the town hall meetings weren’t authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee. But you can’t get people to leave their homes and go to a meeting with a congressman (of all people) unless they are engaged to the point of passion. And what tends to agitate people most is the idea of loss—loss of money hard earned, loss of autonomy, loss of the few things that work in a great sweeping away of those that don’t. ...

What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack.

Read the whole thing.

Gandhi is quoted as saying, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win."

Here's to winning. And taking our country back.


Blogger Cristin said...

Sorry, Barney, I'm going to have to send a link to this post to the White House now. :)

1:32 PM  
Blogger Barney said...

Cristin - go for it!

5:39 PM  

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