“Dancing In The Dark”

Recently deceased journalist Robert Novak once said, “but never trust your government.” Others before him have made similar statements about city, county, state or federal governments, but for some reason many intelligent Americans have place their full trust in our present federal government.

First, let’s take a look at the “cash for clunkers” program of the Obama Administration. It stimulated some activity at most dealerships, but the American taxpayer is (will be) the ones who helped pay for someone else’s vehicle. Things went well until the funding ran out after the first couple of weeks, so Congress cranked up the money printing presses and put billions of more dollars into the project that our grandchildren will most likely have to pay for.

Then there was the cap and trade legislation bill that came out of the House. Seems the Senators heard the reaction from the people (voters) and decided that putting another burden on an already fragile economy might not be a good idea in spite of President Obama’s aspirations in that direction. When people learn the details of what their government tries to foist on them and react good things happen and it appears the proposal is dead in the Senate for now.

The real biggie going on in the Democratic Controlled Congress is over health care reform. President Obama has publicly stated a number of times in the past that the only option was a government controlled plan that competes with private insurance companies. When public reaction showed that this was very unpopular with many Americans Obama indicated that he could back off of this idea some. This bothered the far left liberal Democrats so he goes back to his original position on government controlled medical insurance.

One thing that influenced Obama’s return to the original plan of a public option was when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will lose 100 votes for the plan if it doesn’t contain a public option and the House won’t be able to pass it.

A day or two after Pelosi says that health reform will not get through the House without a public option, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says that public option may have to go in order to get a bill passed. Sounds like “Dancing in the Dark” to me.

After all the back and forth in the House, the White House announces the worst PR move in recent weeks. President Obama has decided to lend $2 billion to Brazil’s state owned oil company through the Export Import Bank. Maybe as much as $10 billion if need be. The money will be used to drill for oil offshore in Brazil, yet the President is opposed to drilling offshore in the United States by American firms for US consumption. He has no problem bolstering Brazil’s economy in the time of our need.

Seems like the nightmare won’t stop. Just a few weeks ago the office of Management and Budget announced that Obama’s spending plans would create a deficit of nine trillion dollars over the next ten years instead of the seven trillion previously projected. But unless you make $250,000 or more per year you should not worry because your taxes won’t be going up says the President.

There seems to be air escaping from President Obama’s agenda balloon because this is the same man that promised to balance the budget by the end of his first term in office. Seems like he is “Dancing In The Dark” to me.