No Worries, Mr. President; Do It When You Get Back

Well, I guess campaigning around in a big black bus in the Midwest for three days isn’t Mr. Obama’s idea of a vacation because he’s just arrived at Martha’s Vineyard for a “real” vacation.

The fact that probably millions of Americans don’t have the means to go on vacation doesn’t seem to bother the President.

Heck, he probably didn’t even check his stock portfolio lately because, if he had, he would’ve seen that the Dow dropped another 419 points (August 18th) because unemployment numbers were higher than they were the week before.

But, he’s probably able to sleep well knowing that he’ll be revealing his new economic plan to create jobs next month.  Obviously, he doesn’t believe the situation is at all critical, because he’s choosing to wait another few weeks for the grand unveiling.  The man is unbelievable.

I’m sure no one else was amused earlier this year when the President was questioned about his “Recovery Act” and jokingly said, “shovel ready wasn’t as…uh…shovel ready as we expected.”  Despite his beliefs, government doesn’t “create jobs.”  The private sector does.  If he was really concerned about jobs, why didn’t he reveal his so-called plan about two years ago when everyone knew that his stimulus debacle wasn’t working?

I had to shake my head earlier in the week when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was screeching about the dismal unemployment rates among blacks but was still willing to give the President every opportunity to show what he can do.  Well, Ms. Waters, you’ve been in Congress for a while now (unfortunately).  Aren’t you aware that both houses of Congress were controlled by your buddies and that the President could have done anything he damn well pleased to create jobs since January of 2009?

Instead, he spent a good eighteen months jamming a worthless healthcare plan down the American people’s throats instead of working on the economy and now the Supreme Court is going to have to spend its time determining the constitutionality of this program.  (Pardon me, but I can’t ignore the latest un-Presidential-like jab the President gave to the Supremes regarding their ultimate decision.  I guess his un-gentlemanly remark at the 2010 SOTU address wasn’t enough.)  But I digress.

It shouldn’t surprise me that the thin-skinned President blames everyone and everything for the current state of the economy.  He blames the Republicans, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Europe, the Tea Party, and the list goes on and on.  When does the economy become his?

He’s now blaming automation and technology for joblessness.   “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”

Has anyone heard anything as stupid as that comment today?  According to Mr. Obama’s view of the world, perhaps the Wright brothers should not have been instrumental in inventing the airplane.  Or how about the invention of the automobile?  Should we all just throw our computers out the window and opt for typewriters or maybe we should throw out typewriters and use stone tablets?   Is this President so out of touch that he doesn’t realize that ATMs have to be maintained by real people?   Just as airplanes, cars and computers?  Maybe we should all go back to traveling in horse-drawn buggies.  At least the horses won’t be out of work.

Everyone should be questioning the President’s grasp of the problem particularly when his Agriculture Secretary comes out and says that more people on food stamps, yes, food stamps, means more jobs.  I’m dumbfounded.

With the stock market tumbling, our credit rating lowered and joblessness as shaky as ever, why is this President going on vacation?  Why is Congress taking a vacation while all this happening?  They should all forego their taxpayer paid vacations and get back to work.

Waiting until September for Mr. Obama to reveal his long overdue economic plan is probably code for, “I-don’t-have- a-plan-yet; I’m-waiting-for-the-idiots-around-me-to-come-up-with-something-because-I-haven’t-a-clue; then-they’ll-put-the-plan-on-a-teleprompter-and-let-me-read-it-to-the-American-people-and-hopefully-no-one-will-be-listening-and-no-one-will-ask-me-any-questions-because-I-won’t-be-able-to-coherently-answer-them.” 

I still remember the President’s interview with Matt Lauer a few days into his term when they discussed the economy and Obama said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then this is going to be a one-term proposition.”  Whoever the Republican nominee is should use this sound bite in every political ad up until Election Day.  I sure hope everyone remembers Obama’s own words a year from now because I, as many others, doubt that things will get substantially better.  But, hey, that’s just me.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Tom Riggs

    To think this guy is the president of the nation I love makes me sick!



  • robin in fl

    Didn’t the wife and kids go on holiday to Africa not that long ago?I’m guessing they are on this vacation with him too.Well I guess if you got it flaunt it,,,?????They seem to have “it” and be taking FULL advantage of it.I guess that’s the American way now….

    though i do have to agree somewhat to saying technology is part of the blame for joblessness,but it’s what people wanted.Be careful what you wish for I have always said.

  • DOOM161

    He’s announced that he’s going to make an announcement. Isn’t that good enough?

  • Blakely1

    All Presidents endure some complaints, when they take vacations.The Obamas have pushed it up a notch with their Nouveau Riche attitude.Ostentation is their middle name.
    Martha’s Vineyard is a fine resort, but is it really appropriate to spend $50,000 a week during a Recession?
    Whenever they travel,alone or together, they are surrounded by an entourage of friends, family &
    staff, that is usually associated with Royalty.
    When they went to Europe to snag the Olympics for the US, they took two planes & 200 people.
    Now I find it difficult to believe that taxpayers are not footing some of the bills for their guests.
    I think they should tone it down.They will have
    plenty of time to travel when he is out of office.
    Hopefully that will be in 2012.

    • DOOM161

      I’m more annoyed with the “official business” campaign tour. As much as he brags about his campaign donations, he should pay for his own campaign stops.

  • Roger Ward

    As usual, Leona, you’ve covered it well; there’s not much I can add.

    Thank you for remembering the quote about doing the job in three years; I’d forgotten it. Let’s hope the Republicans remind the voters of this quote early and often.

    • begbie

      Ditto! I forgot about that too!

      But I CAN add this…. the national attitude of “it’s owed to me” seems to go all the way to the top, doesn’t it?

  • chief98110

    I don’t believe that the smartest president we’ve ever had has an economic plan for stimulating the economy. I visualize his ivory tower advisers scurrying around like roaches when the lights go on. His essential problem is his belief that government creates jobs. Ron, below, is correct that some government programs have had real benefits but the president is not a visionary, he is a bureaucrat.
    Obama believes in bigger government and bigger regulations. His wet dream is the EPA telling us how many flushes of the toilet we are allotted per day
    Why you say do I make this statement? I say this because the prez has never really had a private sector job. He has spent his working life receiving a government paycheck. Lacking real world private sector business experience, he just doesn’t get it!

  • Ron

    What politician does not blame all problems on someone else. In the financial meltdown, Republicans blamed Democrats for Fannie and Freddie, Democrats blamed Republicans for the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act and credit swaps. They were both partially right. Without Congress in session, which still has to pass all laws, what is the President supposed to do while Congress is not in session. Frankly, we might be better off if they all did nothing.

    • begbie

      The president is supposed to lead by example in times of crisis. But this president doesn’t feel the crisis like we do.

  • Nancye

    I don’t get it either Leona. But about Obama’s blame game – it’s everyones fault but his, I’m reminded of a joke I heard way back in high school (in the dark ages).

    “As the street cleaner said to the horse, that’s enough out of you!!!”

    Well – that’s enough you-know-what outta Obama!!!