Army of Mom

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3.05.2009

I'm still mad, Eddie

Those of you who grew up in Texas in the early 80s will remember these bumper stickers on just about every car you saw drive by. They were on billboards, spraypainted on signs: I'm mad too, Eddie! It is a long story, but you can read about it in this 1980 Time magazine article about Fort Worth oilman Eddie Chiles and his distaste with the liberals running our government at the time.

*taking deep breaths*

I get madder by the day at the same thing. For all my liberal friends, please shield your eyes and turn away now because you're not going to like what I have to say. Those of you who put this putz in the White House - pththptphphpttppppp. I'm guessing some of ya'll are still drinking the Kool-aid while others are having buyers' remorse. Worst part is that I'm stuck with your purchase and my children and their children will be strapped with this albatross.

There are so many things I'm mad about this administration from the whole pledge to not rush legislation (ha) to his promise to make everything transparent. (double dumbass on those of you who believed that) Now, we have this stimulus that I won't see a penny of and will probably have to pay for ultimately anyway. And, before anyone can try to say 'well, you're well off and don't have to worry about money' you can kiss the widest part of my big old backside. When I filed my 2008 taxes, we made about half in 2008 of what we made in 2007. Why? Because Army of Dad was out of work for seven months. But, guess what? We paid all of our bills and did it on time. I take that back, our electric bill was late one month. AoD took a pay cut for his current job - one he is thrilled to have in this economy - and I've lost pay from magazines eliminating freelance budgets or slashing them drastically. But, we're struggling on through. Of course, we don't even want to contemplate what happened to our retirement accounts.

That leads me to the latest issue. When Democrat financial advisor Jim Cramer says Obama's policies are making things worse, you might want to perk up your ears and listen:

Look at the incredible decline in the stock market, in all indices, since the inauguration of the president, with the drop accelerating when the budget plan came to light because of the massive fear and indecision the document sowed: Raising taxes on the eve of what could be a second Great Depression, destroying the profits in healthcare companies (one of the few areas still robust in the economy), tinkering with the mortgage deduction at a time when U.S. house price depreciation is behind much of the world's morass and certainly the devastation affecting our banks, and pushing an aggressive cap and trade program that could raise the price of energy for millions of people.
The market's the effect; much of what the president is fighting for is the cause. The market's signal can't be ignored. It's too palpable, too predictive to be ignored, despite the prattle that the market's predicted far more recessions than we have. ... But Obama has undeniably made things worse by creating an atmosphere of fear and panic rather than an atmosphere of calm and hope. He's done it by pushing a huge amount of change at a very perilous moment, by seeking to demonize the entire banking system and by raising taxes for those making more than $250,000 at the exact time when we need them to spend and build new businesses, and by revoking deductions for funds to charity and that help eliminate the excess supply of homes.

*taking deep breaths*

There, I said it. I've been trying to avoid posting something like this because I know most folks come here for cute kid pics and maybe a saucy soccer mom lewd remark now and then. But, dammit, I'm mad. I feel like I have no control over what is going on in the world. Two of my editors - who are also my friends - are now out of work after more than a dozen years running successful publications. Why? Because this economy sucks. Why does it suck? Because as soon as Obama got elected, the business world panicked and why wouldn't they? Look at all his "change." Hope? Can't say that I have much.

6 Comments:

  • At 4:51 PM, March 05, 2009, Blogger Mo K said…

    What's really frustrating is that so many people didn't realize the "change" that Obama had in mind was more of the same, and then some. They got caught up in emotional fervor, chose style over substance, and that's what earns them the label "sheeple".
    It's often said that people don't wake up until it hits them in the pocketbook. I just wish people were more educated and didn't have to drag the rest of us down who know better. They don't see cause and effect until it bites them in the ass.
    What we *should* have done is revolt against all the spending and pork over the last several years. Unfortunately, people allow liberals (including RiNOs) to have far too much influence over them. They don't "trust but verify", and are far too tuned in to mainstream media which is dominated by liberals, so they never hear the rationale by the opposition; at most they get soundbites, which are taken out of context.

    I still have faith in the majority of Americans that their minds can be changed when they get exposed to the truth and take a close look at history. I've seen it happen personally on a few occasions.

     
  • At 5:32 PM, March 05, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hope? I gave up hope for Lent...:O(

     
  • At 5:10 AM, March 06, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh please!! Have you looked at the deficit that he inherited from President Bush!!! But, your kids aren't going to be affected by that?!?!

     
  • At 6:35 AM, March 06, 2009, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I'm not saying I liked that deficit, but let's not throw fuel on the fire. I mean how is this bill filled with pork (oh yeah, another thing BO said he wouldn't do) going to help? Most of the programs he was touting - like building roads and bridges, etc - won't be started for two years. Wowee, that's going to help us now, isn't it? I was always told that if you didn't have any money, don't use your charge card and load up more debt. Silly me.

     
  • At 11:04 AM, March 06, 2009, Anonymous jj said…

    Wait'll he starts with health care.

     
  • At 5:21 PM, March 06, 2009, Blogger Mo K said…

    Have you looked at the deficit that he inherited from President Bush!!!

    That argument is beyond old.

    As AoM said, throwing MORE money at the problem isn't the answer. And don't forget that the Dems were in charge for the past couple of years. But this isn't a Dem vs. Repub. thing anymore.
    Obama is diverting attention from the tanking stock market, which (do the research) has been going steadily down ever since he was selected as the Democrat candidate, well before the election, even -- initially a result of the housing collapse which had its beginnings by a few Democrats insisting that everyone should own a home, whether they could afford it or not. I worked in the mtg industry for over twenty years, and I saw it unfold right before my eyes. (Incidentally, Barney Frank must have a pact with the devil; he has no conscience whatsoever. If you were forced to point to one person -- even though there were many-- he would be the one most worthy of blame, even though he was just intensifying the original policy under the Carter Administration.)

    Investors are afraid to invest over fears of what his policies, if/when enacted, will do to the economy; and frankly, it looks like that's Obama's game. He doesn't give a CRAP about the economy. If he did, he would try to do something about building investor confidence, which would help in the effort to recoup people's retirement funds. He says things that make the people (in denial, who still give him a favorable rating) "feel good", because of the way he says it. Again... style over substance. The guy is as arrogant as the day is long.

    People need to wake up and recognize when he's diverting attention (such as this childish feud with Limbaugh) and look at what he's actually doing to fix things.
    And his "fix" is growing government. That's NOT going to bring the stock market back.

    If you believe that more government control is the answer, then we have nothing more to discuss. You should have moved to Canada or Europe a long time ago.
    A prosperous nation never began by raising taxes during tough economic times.
    Obama doesn't believe in capitalism, which is what made this country prosperous. Oh, but he sure likes his own creature comforts, and throwing parties every Wednesday.
    I have nothing but disdain for this hypocrite, and all the other liberals (RiNOs included) who don't get it, or are too chickensh#t to stand up for it.

     

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