Monday, August 15, 2011

Why doesn't he DO something?

I've been in Central Maine for a week. During that time there was nonsense in Iowa and the promise of even more nonsense with Texas governor Rick Perry joining the Republican fun. I had a few unkind words to say about his state last February. He will surely trot out the myth that Texas is an example of successful conservative principles at play. Yes, Texas has created a lot of (mostly low-paying) jobs, but not enough for its population increase. As several economists, including Paul Krugman (here and most recently, here) have pointed out, the "Texas miracle" simply isn't. The state's unemployment rate is greater than New York's and much greater than Massachusetts' -- both hotbeds of godless Leninism. And the situation with education and health in the Lone Star state is even worse.

Of course, like other Republicans, Perry will not let facts get in the way of his story. Why can't we just let him and his state secede already, as he has patriotically suggested? (Interestingly, while Texas pretty much gets back all the taxes it pays to the Feds, California, New York and Massachusetts get back only about 80 cents per dollar; yet, they still are all firmly in the Union ranks).

But I digress. What I really wanted to say is, if some polling company asked me what sort of job Obama was doing, I'd have to say a pretty poor one. He talks. And talks. And talks. Believe me -- and I know this from experience -- he's a one man faculty meeting.

Why doesn't he submit legislation? I keep waiting for him get on the news and say: "My friends, today I submitted the following legislation to Congress to deal with our economic problems..."

But no: all  he is doing now is campaigning against some at-this-point unknown Republican presidential opponent.

What's the matter with this guy? Does he do anything beside talk? Yeah, so your uncle has offed your dad and is sleeping with your mother; will you do anything about it, or just tell us more and more about how you don't think it's a good idea?

1 comment:

  1. I love you. We finally both agree on something.