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Keeping it between the ditches


April 15, 2009
Have you noticed how many Republicans have that "deer in the headlights" look about them now? They're fighting everything the Obama administration does in a desperate attempt to keep themselves and the past administration from having that old "egg on the face" look. But it's a little too late (or maybe a lot too late) for all the posturing they're now doing in Washington.

I'm tempted to say, "They just don't get it," but, actually, I think they do.

The Republicans have been in control of the House, the White House or both almost constantly since 1994. Yet, they seem to think that Americans will now believe them when they say that everything that has gone wrong since then was because the Democrats controlled Congress the last two years, even though their party (remember the Decider?) was still in control of the White House.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear the Republicans say, "OK, we were wrong, and the policies we tried blew up in our faces and ran the country into the ground, so let's try something new."

Instead, we get all the posturing, the propaganda and the attempts at derailing the very changes that voters demanded during the last election. They have been fighting the stimulus package tooth and nail, as if they had some knowledge of how this economy actually works. And all along, it was their policies or lack of knowledge that brought the country where it is today: broke. Why would we want more of the same? They whine about earmarks added to the stimulus package, even though almost half of them belong to Republicans and the largest earmark of all belongs to a Republican. And they seem to love telling us that Obama's plan won't work, yet they have no idea what will work, that is, except what works for them, their rich buddies and big business.

Sorry, fellas, this time it's the little guy, the guy who actually oils the gears that makes this country work, who has finally had his say. And in the last election, the little guy said, "Enough is enough."

During the last eight years, George W. Bush was at the wheel (remember the Decider?), driving us down a road without a clue of where he was going. Dick Cheney was sitting next to him in the passenger seat. Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld and Rush Limbaugh were in the back seat, telling him to keep the pedal to the metal. But it didn't take long for George to miss a curve and drive the country into a ditch. Since then, they have been sitting there spinning the tires, digging the wheels deeper into the mud, yet with a big ol' smile on their faces as if they were still traveling down the road.

But most of the people saw through the grins (remember Alfred E. Neuman?), became aware that jobs were being lost, the economy was in shambles and we were in wars that were draining us dry, not to mention killing and maiming thousands of our young people, and decided we needed a better driver, one who could, at least, get us out of the ditch and stay on the road.

So, we (the majority of the people) elected Obama as our new driver. He's been calling in the tow truck (stimulus) to try something different and, hopefully, get the country moving ahead again. But the Republicans — still grinning as if they were our guardian angels and acting as if they suddenly have the answers, after all — are sneaking in and letting the air out of the tires on the tow truck. If the Republicans aren't going to help push us out of the ditch they put us in, they should at least get out of the way — or get in, sit down, shut up and hold on.

The whole thing would be hilarious, except it's so serious. Thousands losing their jobs every week. Millions have watched their 401K retirement investments they worked and saved years for wither away to nothing. Unemployment's higher than it's been in decades. People losing their homes and the rest of us are watching the value of our homes go down the drain. Most who are now unemployed are also without health insurance, and, for many, unemployment money has run out and the checks have quit coming in the mail. With no chance of finding work, what are these people supposed to do? I don't think for a minute, and neither do they, that the Republicans will help them out. We've seen what they do and what they've done. They've had years to get things right, and, instead, they got everything wrong.

Put the key in the ignition, Obama, and drive on down the road. We've got better places to go and better times to come. Wouldn't it be great if the Republicans would help us get there?

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    Read A book
    April 15, 2009 | 10:49 PM

    Have you heard of THE FORGOTTEN MAN by Amity Schales you need to read it and then go back to a history class. Fact is Chairman Malbama does have the keys and we are head strait for the Clift that Hoover and Mostly FDR drove us off last time. Kenism does not work


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    not everybody wants those changes
    May 13, 2009 | 01:48 PM

    Not everybody wants the changes Obama promises. Why is that so hard for you to understand? Not everyone wants the married "couple" next door to them to be of the same sex. Not everyone wants abortion to be legal. Not everyone backs stem cell research. Not everyone thinks we should be friendly with the entire Arab world. Not everyone thinks our grandchildren should be held responsible for the bailout of our over indulgences. Not everyone thinks we are a "nation of many religions" - there are still those of us that believe we are a "nation founded on Christian beliefs". And, that's just addressing his first 100 days in office. GWB may have been driving "without a clue of where he was going" but, at least he was doing it in 'drive'. Obama is doing the same thing but, only in reverse ... he chooses not to see where he's going at all! Obama's changes are ruining this nation as we speak. Go ahead and ride along with Obama ... the ride isn't going to be pleasant for anyone with morals.

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