While taking a break from pondering whether we ought to bulldoze cities because Obama thinks it is good, I ran across this interesting article from Bill Maher.
It makes some interesting points and I'd like to elaborate on them a bit here for fun. As is often the cause with good comedy, there is a kernel of truth and those kernels are very revealing here in what they say.
I'm still a fan, but there's a fine line between being transparent and being overexposed. Every time you turn on the TV, there's Obama. He's getting a puppy! He's eating a cheeseburger with Joe Biden! He's taking the wife to Broadway and Paris -- this is the best season of "The Bachelor" yet!
I get it: You love being on TV. I love my bong, but I take it out of my mouth every once in a while. The other day, I caught myself saying to a friend, "Don't tell me if he's fixed the economy yet, I'm Tivo-ing it."
As I noted earlier and as Maher notes here, Obama is everywhere and is the only voice out there for Democrats right now. In addition he is receiving so much coverage and so much of it is on trivial matters that the news debates about plans and action has been completely crowded out for time.
This leads to the real issue on all sides of the political aisle. It is like a ticking time bomb that I bet will go off by the next midterms...
I mean, selling the personal part to stay popular, I'm all for it, but you got us already. We like you, we really like you! You're skinny and in a hurry and in love with a nice lady. But so's Lindsay Lohan. And like Lohan, we see your name in the paper a lot, but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something.
I know that's harsh. But when I read about how you sat on the sidelines while bailed-out banks used the money we gave them to hire lobbyists who got Congress to stop homeowners from getting renegotiated loans, or how Congress is already giving up on healthcare reform, or how scientists say it's essential to reduce CO2 by 40% in 10 years, but your own bill calls for 4%, I say, enough with the character development, let's get on with the plot.
Here is where the wheels are going to come off the tracks so to speak. The utopians out there can't wait for Nirvana anymore. They want their messiah to give it to them now.
See what they American people want is a VAT or possible Cap and Trade tax to happen to make our already rising energy costs even more unmanageable. The best way to help the planet is to charge the poor and unemployed a lot more for everything they need to get by in life.
Then to brighten their spirits even more, you tell them that the best way to solve our problems regarding their lost jobs and lost homes is to bulldoze away entire communities.
Finally you call state employees and other groups that buy bonds, greedy speculators, you screw them out of their money, you do the same with foreign investors by destroying the currency, all while bidding down rates on your own bonds by buying them using a printing press, and then demand nothing about this house of cards will come tumbling down due to your charisma.
Maher makes a cause for even more strident action. Republicans are the butt of the jokes which is just fine with me. When you can spend the day pondering the what the carbon tax should be on your bong, you might see some truth, but you've lost the common touch.
Obama needs to start putting it on the line in fights against the banks, the energy companies and the healthcare industry. I never thought I'd say this, but he needs to be more like George W. Bush. Bush was all about, "You're with us or against us."
Obama's more like, "You're either with us, or you obviously need to see another picture of this adorable puppy!"
Maher fails to see that people are getting tossed off the job due to the mere mumblings of wealth destroying plans while actually showing picture of puppies, actual action on those plans will destroy the economy very quickly.
'm glad that Obama is president, but the "Audacity of Hope" part is over. Right now, I'm hoping for a little more audacity.
Keep hoping Bill. Soon all of us will need that bong to help us forget.