I can hear the lyrics to the melody in my mind as I close my eyes.
“There’s a holdup in the Bronx. Brooklyn broken out in fights. There’s a traffic jam in Harlem that’s backed up to Jackson Heights, There’s a scout troop short a child. Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild. Barack Obama where are you.”
Let’s see. What this very much not lyrical modern day equivalent?
So many Americans are out of work that the last remaining ‘gold plate’ names of American retailing are hitting the dust in their final round of bankruptcy. No one can get a decent job that will support their families anymore. The cities, states, and country are either in default of already past. Resources that were bought and paid for by the public are being sold off at land office prices to private concerns that will reap the profit from the loss of the taxpayer. Oil speculators have driven the price of gasoline up towards five dollars a gallon or more. The President’s latest proposal is threatening to add 20 million new mouths to feed to the country’s already overtaxed social safety network that is past its capacity to effectively cope. And the middle class as a viable taxable entity is extinct.
So what is Obama doing? Playing golf with Tiger Woods incommunicado.
My own failing is that I recall in my infancy, that Presidents didn’t go on vacation in times of crisis but rather took on bullying industries and commercial interests head on, threatening to call out the troops to replace those who didn’t comply. What happens now? Just another arrogant speech on the empty virtues of passing more restrictive regulations governing people at large further stripping them of their freedoms and wealth.
Sure, give us some more tax credits! Of course if you aren’t making much over poverty level working poor wages, what good is that? The big ‘WE’ are already in free fall beyond that media jargon’ed Fiscal Cliff. If you fell for the ‘white guilt’ thing or thought your government check was a good enough to keep this charlatan and his crew in office for another four years you’ve been had! Not only do you get what you deserve in terms of any subsequent financial misfortune that you will suffer but also much to answer for from the rest of us.