Friday, March 13, 2009

Obama "Change", Oh Pleeease!

What George W. was to “strategery,” Barack Obama is to “change.” Every time he uses the word, America stifles a laugh.

Change? Please. One year ago, then Sen. Obama pledged to change “an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country.”

Fifty days ago, President Obama promised to change the culture in Washington by “going through the budget line by line.”

But on Wednesday, Obama slipped into Dick Cheney’s old “undisclosed location” and signed the $410 billion, 9,000-earmark pork-u-lust bill. In just 50 days, Obama and the Democratic Congress have spent $1.2 trillion, which works out to $1 billion in new spending an hour, 24 hours a day.

Spending lots of money we don’t have on programs that don’t work is the oldest of old news. Obama’s only “change” is spend faster, while shamelessly denying he’s doing it at all (“There are no earmarks in the stimulus bill.”)

This has become the MO of BHO - do anything you want and call it “change.”

To fix the corrupt culture of Washington, Obama promised the same number of lobbyists as he did earmarks: zero. And, like earmarks, the lobbyists are still there. This week he issued yet another round of waivers for lobbyists to join his administration - including one from the race-based organization La Raza (The Race, for you gringos).

On foreign policy, we’ve gone from a plan to bring the troops home in 2011 to bringing them home in 2010 - except for the 50,000 Obama isn’t bringing home at all.

Obama’s “change” for the economy was to dump the Bush team of Bernanke and Geithner - whose leadership oversaw a stock market drop of 20 percent in late 2008 - for the Obama team of Geithner and Bernanke. And now the market’s down another 20 percent.

And remember the new spirit of bipartisanship, when Obama promised a future of peace, love and understanding? Well just ask Jim Cramer or Rush Limbaugh how that’s working.

Americans have stopped asking “do you support the change?” or “do you hate the change?” We’ve reached the McDonald’s drive-thru moment: Where the hell is my change?

Well, my new motto is to keep hope alive. Instead of debating the glass half empty or half full, I’m just going to be happy that Gov. Deval Patrick hasn’t taxed glassware to the point that I have to drive to New Hampshire to get it. It is in this spirit of optimism that I offer these 10 things that truly have changed under Obama:

The stock market was above 9,700. Now it’s closer to Bernie Madoff’s approval rating.

Earmarks were bad. Now they “can serve a legitimate public purpose.”

No more “Dissent Is The Highest Form Of Patriotism” bumper stickers in Cambridge.

For deficits, trillion is the new billion.

Tax cheating now goes on the resume.

Americans were scared to talk about race. Now they’re terrified.

Government used to be the problem. Then the solution. Now it’s the only place with a job.

Michelle Obama feels a lot better about America.

“Revenue enhancement,” out. “Screw rich,” in.

In 2008, some liberals feared Obama was “too smart” to be president. Nobody worries about that anymore.

Read it here.

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