Monday Morning Blues

Last week of February, maybe the wind will let down a little today, and it will be a nice day?  February is a good month, one of the few I like.  March just around the corner, and I can do without March.  Perhaps there will be some “good news today” I need a little touch of that.  Perhaps some footage of a big hole in Florida swallowing someone’s car, not good news for them, but I like that kind of stuff.

Mr. Obama has officially hit his first thirty days in office and so far, the most irritating thing he has done for me personally is apologized to the Muslim community worldwide.  That was uncalled for and it should have not been done.  The Washington Post summed it up better than I could, when they said:  “Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying “to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.

Is it “new” to acknowledge Muslim interests and show respect to the Muslim world? Obama doesn’t just think so, he said so again to millions in his al-Arabiya interview, insisting on the need to “restore” the “same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.”

Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years — the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world — America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved — and resulted in — the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The two Balkan interventions — as well as the failed 1992-93 Somalia intervention to feed starving African Muslims (43 Americans were killed) — were humanitarian exercises of the highest order, there being no significant U.S. strategic interest at stake. In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on Earth. Why are we apologizing?”

Mr. Obama is outta line on this one for sure.

I was reading this morning and he said:  “In the on-going discussions about the Obama mortgage rescue package (rescue package, comin’ to the rescue!), I keep hearing that opposing it would pose political risk for Republicans because, “Everybody personally knows somebody who’s struggling to avoid foreclosure and save their home.”

Really? I don’t.

Maybe I just run with a more responsible crowd, but as far as I know I can’t think of a friend, relative, co-worker, or neighbor who faces the imminent loss of their home. Is this unusual? From what I’ve been hearing on a purely anecdotal basis, I don’t think so.

I’d hate to think I run with a crowd, responsible or otherwise, but I can’t think of anyone who’s about to be turned out into the street; I’ve noted before that I’m closer to Tap City than I’d like to be, but the lowering of the boom is still fairly unlikely, inasmuch as I’m not actually late on anything and I still have, so far as I can tell, a positive net worth. […]”

And it got me to thinking, I am like that too.  Where are all these down and out people?  I don’t know anyone who fits the bill of destitute in my neck of the woods.

Stimulus Bill  ExplanationShortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics professor and says, “I don’t understand this stimulus bill. Can you explain it to me?” The professor replied, “I don’t have any time to explain it at my office, but if you  come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend  project, I’ll be glad to explain it to you.”

The student agreed. At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor’s house.  The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool. They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket.  Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, “First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can.”

The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, “Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all  the water from your bucket into it.” The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told. The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool. The confused student asked, “Excuse me, but why are we doing this?

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much  deeper.

The student didn’t think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he  would find out the real story soon enough. However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student  began to become worried that his economics professor  had gone mad.

The student finally replied, “All we’re doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits.  Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all  you’ll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have  been truly productive action!” The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, “Congratulations.  You now understand the stimulus bill.”

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. The government cannot give anything that it does not first take from someone. You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. For what one person receives without working, another person must work without receiving.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going  to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no  good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for  …. that my dear friend, is about the end of a nation.

You can enjoy, and even want nice things, and still enjoy a simpler life.

You just cannot do it on credit.