The Messiah has been chosen. Change is in the air. So why does the stock market still gyrate wildly? And why is the press filled with increasingly negative stories?
Beyond the obvious answers that President-elect Barack Obama is not yet the President and nothing really changes in such a short time period, there are other basic considerations driving both the economy and the news.
One, the media continues to insure that there will be no hint of recovery on President Bush’s watch that will allow the Bush Administration to claim that any portion of our economic problem was solved by him and/or his chosen advisors. In fact, it appears to be the media’s attention to complete the task that they have pursued over the last twenty-four months: the vilification of the Bush Administration and anything Republican.
Two, the Obama Administration-in-waiting has a very short window of opportunity to use a complicit media to reduce the expectations of the American public, many of whom drank the Obama Kool-Aid and deeply believe that Obama will usher in an era of real change and prosperity. Already the far-left is reminding Obama of their support and presenting a laundry list of demands.
Unfortunately, both history and circumstances tend to indicate otherwise as it appears that many of Obama’s key ideas and programs will be stymied by exigent circumstances surrounding both foreign affairs and the economy.
Three, Obama’s Administration will be deeply affected by the Clinton-effect. Even though he is surrounded – and only time will tell if he is overwhelmed, by Clintonistas whose perceived first loyalty is to themselves, followed by the Clintons and then the Country, it is possible that this internal fifth column will actively work against Obama in such a manner as to insure that he is a one-term president and that his successor is Hillary Rodham Clinton. One apparent effect of the Clintonization of the Obama Administration is that the frequency and severity of self-serving media leaks has increased and is likely to increase further. Especially as the Clintonistas attempt to reconnect with their media buddies on an official level.
Four, Obama’s choice for the savior of the economy is part of the problem. As the Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Timothy Geithner has worked closely with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Paulson to craft a Bush Administration solution to the current economic crisis. Spending billions of dollars in an exercise which has produced little or no long-lasting results. Even their assertion that their actions have ameliorated the situation and prevented a recession-like economy from deepening into a depression, is open to challenge. To think that somehow, when the Administration changes on January 2oth, 2009, that there will be some form of Messiah-inspired epiphany and the answers to our current crisis will become readily apparent is ludicrous.
Five, foreign affairs problems are heating up in the Middle East as the newsworthy saga of commercial pirates who have hijacked a Saudi oil tanker play out. One may ask, where are the environmentalists screaming about the potential ecological disaster should the ship be damaged and two million barrels of oil spill out in local waters? Where is the United Nations counter-terrorism strike force – or do they want to stay out of a part of the world that engenders the sympathy of the majority of UN members? Add to these problems, the Israel/Iran conflict, the deepening of political (not military) problems in Iraq and Afghanistan – possibly to keep the American cash flowing into the region in the face of an Obama-led pullout, and of course the ever-present starving North Koreans who need to do something to stem the current food crisis. And lest we not forget, the Russians are, once again, strengthening ties with nations who lead towards Marxist socialism: Venezuela and Cuba. The thought of a renewed Russian military presence, with weapons, off our coast is intolerable and brings back thoughts of Kennedy – and possibly a stage-managed crisis to demonstrate the power of the new Messiah.
One fight, possibly worthy of a wrestling match style television program is the long-anticipated battle between the Vice President-elect, Joseph Biden, who considers himself an expert on foreign affairs, and Hillary Clinton who was, in actuality, little more than a world-traveler and aide-de-camp to her husband and former-President Bill Clinton. While the Secretary of State is mandated to serve the needs of the President of the United States, we can hardly wait to see what form Hillary’s disagreement with official policy might take. Perhaps they might find the “missing” briefing papers long after a crisis has ended – turning up somewhere in a State Department Office used only by Hillary Clinton and her aides?
While it is highly amusing to note that Obama has created an “Office of the President-Elect” complete with a non-authorized seal and a website www.change.gov, it should be remembered that it was only through the good graces of President Bush that Obama’s transition team has been given early access to governmental resources to bring about a smooth transition and pre-clear many of his transition team members for security access to this nation’s secrets. It would be interesting to note if any team members are denied full access security clearances. Personally, I am waiting to see if Sandy “the Burglar” Berger who lost his security clearance for stealing classified documents will regain his clearance and serve as some form of national security advisor to the Obama Administration.
For his part, the unappreciated George Bush and his cronies seem ready, willing and able to decamp Washington for the highlife in Texas; having made their fortunes, cemented their connections and possibly started working on their memoirs.
But one thing is certain, there will be no lack of news in the coming months as we once again revisit the influence of politics, color, cronyism along with waste, fraud, corruption, malfeasance and incompetence in the incoming Administration. Paraphrasing an old saying, you can take politics out of Chicago, but you cannot take Chicago out of politics.
What can YOU do?
Protect yourself and your family from the ramifications of poor political decision-making which will be made on the basis of its effect on the media, rather than its effect on the economy.
Conserve and stay healthy.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell