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Monday, September 10, 2012

Laugher Of The Day

The Roanoke Times editorial page this morning all but endorses (this may come as a shock) Barack Obama for President of the United States.  With this from "Two takes on government"

"The policies Obama embraced last week in his acceptance speech were neither grandiose nor daring. Instead, they reflected the leadership style that has characterized his first term in the White House, pragmatic and reasonable, if sometimes too hesitant. He wants to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers, expand the influence of community colleges through job training programs for 2 million workers, double exports and cut college tuition inflation in half."

Obama's been pragmatic and reasonable.  Right.

Well, I'll give him this: he didn't promise to close Guantanamo.  Again.  Nor did he promise to bring unemployment down to 5.6%.  Again.  Nor to keep lobbyists out of his administration.  Again.  Nor to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first four years in office.  Again.  Nor to repeal reinstate repeal reinstate repeal the Bush tax cuts.  Nor to provide the most transparent administration in history.  Nor to provide a health care delivery system that would be (1) cheaper and (2) better for (3) all than the one we had before he destroyed it.

Nor to make the rise of the oceans begin to slow, and our planet begin to heal.  Again.

No.  No grandiose promises (that he flat ignored last time around) this time around.

He came up with a whole new set of promises that he's going to ignore.  And the Roanoke Times is all giddy over them.

So I have a few questions.

Obama "wants to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers"? How's a president go about doing that?

He wants to "expand the influence of community colleges through job training programs for 2 million workers"? How's he go about that? Make another speech?  And, with 23 million fully trained Americans either unemployed or underemployed, what good is it?

"Double exports"? Actually, that's one promise he already tossed out. How's that workin' out?

"Cut college tuition inflation in half"? Does anyone buy that horse shit?  And how many of us even care?

I'm going out on a limb here and suggest that had Barack Obama promised that change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time, that we are the ones we've been waiting for, that we are the change that we seek, the Roanoke Times would eat it up and ask for more.