Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A few quick things on Inauguration Day

It's Inauguration Day. I'm swamped, so I'll keep this short.

First, congratulations to Barak Obama and Joe Biden! It looks like you're both really going to be sworn in after all!

Second, if you're like me, and you don't have a TV at your work, you can watch the speech online, live, courtesy of WMUR-TV Channel 9 in Manch, here: ["Inauguration"].

Personally, I'm going to be busy today and I don't really care what Obama has to say. I've heard and seen enough to make a lasting impression of what a disaster his administration is going to be.
Oh, Tony, give the guy a break. He isn't even there yet.
Well, like I have said so many times, actions speak louder than words and all we have gotten from this guy are words. If you're not worried about Obama, here is another reason to be, from Sunday's political column in the Concord Monitor: ["Gregg's newest friend"]. The subhead pretty much says it all: "Obama wants his help on entitlements." Entitlements? Yup:
The president-elect told the Washington Post on Thursday that he hopes to convene a "fiscal responsibility summit" next month, bringing together an array of folks worried about deficits and entitlements.
Now don't get me wrong. I have no problem with this topic at all. In fact, I think it is a good thing. Most of us are worried about entitlements. Most of believe we'll see a UFO before we'll see our Social Security after the Baby Boomers get done taking everything.
But a "fiscal responsibility summit" should come fourth or fifth behind a "rein in wasteful Pentagon spending summit," the "let's make health care, not insurance, but care, affordable again summit," the ever popular and badly needed "time to end corporate welfare, subsidies, giveaways and abuse summit," the "fair trade summit," and lastly, the "scrap the tax code and let's do something simple and easy summit." Any true progressive ... any true Democrat would get these things taken care of first. These summits should come before a "fiscal responsibility summit" with Sen. Gregg's involvement since all he wants to talk about is how wasteful it is to make sure the poor and the elderly are taken care of when they have no other options but the government.
Shockingly, or not so, the progressive blogosphere was SILENT about this over the weekend. Not a post. Not a sarcastic response. No one saying, Boy, this is reason number whatever we should worry about this guy ... blinders completely and tightly on. They are all hyped up for the inauguration and are too caught up in the "We won!" moment that they may be missing what's really important here.
God help us all!

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