Day 4 in Tropical Storm Issac or, as Barack Obama might call it, Man Caused Disaster Issac, man being the principle agent of the general destruction and ruination of Mother Nature. You remember Mother Nature, don't you? She used to wear a flower wreath on her head in the old Chiffon Margarine commercials and warn, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature," and then KAPOW!, a lightning bolt would strike nearby, signaling her unhappiness at having been tricked into thinking she was tasting real butter instead of the leading imitation. Well, I don't know what I did to honk that old gal off, but she's been chasing me from Louisiana up through Arkansas, Missouri, and into Illinois with that everlasting storm. Between the wind gusts that threatened to upend truck and trailer, and the great gully-washing, frog-strangling rains that soaked me to the bone while I stood outside fiddling with stubborn trailer landing gear and tandems, it's been a vocabulary building experience. If I don't get pneumonia, it won't be due to lack of effort.
And nature isn't particularly forgiving either. I listened to radio reports out of New Orleans of people who attempted to drive their cars on roads that had been flooded out only to have their cars flood out too, stranding them in the rising water. This, according to the methodology of our President, would be a case of Meteorological Darwinism. But never mind. It's George Bush's fault.
Speaking of which, the Democrats will be meeting in Charlotte this week to unify the country by dividing it according to race, gender, age, education, sexual preference, socio-economic class, region, union membership, dietary habits, gun ownership, religious affiliation, climatological affiliation, and general level of covetousness. Then, having prioritized the groups according to federally approved grievance guidelines, they will offer ever grander schemes for the perfection of human nature, the elimination of the vicissitudes of life, and presto, utopia will be at hand. All this and more can be yours for the bargain basement price of an itsy bitsy tax increase on the wealthy (shipping and handling not included, some assembly required).
Back in high school I learned a few magic tricks from a buddy of mine who today is an accomplished professional magician. One of the keys to a successful illusion is to have the audience see what the magician wants them to see and look where the magician wants them to look. The DNC's sleight of rhetoric will vilify the wealthy and spotlight the supposed virtues of plunder, but will direct the viewer's attention away from the inconvenient truth that if we could magically confiscate the entire wealth of the the nation's millionaires and billionaires, it would still fall a trillion dollars short of the CBO's estimated cost of Obamacare (which estimate is almost 300 percent higher than what the President promised). They won't mention the fact that the combined wealth of these people would only cover just over 1/5th of the of the interest payment on the national debt, nor will they bid us consider the number of companies and jobs that would vanish as their confiscatory dreams become reality.
One question they won't answer is why, having spent trillions of dollars of other people's money over the course of the last 50 or 60 years, there should be any poor at all. Or why, having run up $5 trillion in debt over the last four years, general unemployment remains over 8 percent and black unemployment over 14 percent? One answer of course, can be found in Greece and in Spain, or California for that matter, where they simply ran out of money to plunder. When you have as many or more takers as you do producers, there's going to be a problem that cannot be solved by the instigation of rank jealousy from public officials, nor silly assertions of racism from media surrogates.
Instead, we will be invited to consider all the happy people who will have health insurance, for example, whether they want it or not. Look at the promise of Obamacare, they will say, but only at the promise, …never at the end result. For to look at the end result would require a glimpse across the ocean to Great Britain, where the new Chief of the British Medical Association warns that the National Health Service (whose praises were sung during the Olympic opening ceremony) is jeopardizing the health of the nation's ill by denying them medicine and operations through a system of rationing designed to save money, even going so far as to offer doctors bonuses for sending fewer patients for tests and treatment. No, don't look there. It might be unnerving. This begs another question which won't be answered next week: What good is being covered by health insurance if you can't get treatment?
Meanwhile, look for the general vilification of the productive class, and the denunciation as racist those who reject collectivist dogma or who prefer an orderly and lawful system of immigration as opposed to the anarchy of open borders (perhaps Jeb Bush will make a cameo appearance). We certainly won't be invited to look at Spain, for example, where just yesterday the cash strapped nation's government excluded some 150,000 immigrants' access to public health services. At some point, mathematics takes over, which is another point that will go unnoticed during the coming Obamapalooza.
Michelle Obama, bless her meddling heart, has recently conducted an online course called, "Supermarket Shopping 101," for the benefit of the benighted masses. "You've got your list, you've got your cart, -- let's get shopping!" she says, which is after all the general approach of most Democrats to governing. But for my money, or someone else's, I prefer the comparatively honest approach of 82 year-old Doris Thompson of Torrance California. Doris took to visiting doctors' offices during the day and hiding there until the staff went home for the day, whereupon she would burglarize the place. When police finally caught up with her, the dear had stollen approximately $17,000. According to detectives, the senior citizen said she, "…wouldn't do all this nonsense if the government gave us more money." Here, at last, is the vibrant can-do spirit of liberalism. If, as Barack Obama reminds us, we are entitled to the earnings of other people, why wait for some middle man from the government to do the dirty deed? Why not show some good old fashioned American ingenuity? Yes we can!
If there was a shred of integrity left in the Democratic party, Doris would be the keynote speaker in Charlotte instead of Bill Clinton. She could do a much better job of narrating the war on women than an accused rapist and sexual predator. Who better to provide orthopedic shoes-on-the-ground testimony of the fact that while Man Caused Disaster Isaac blows, Obamanomics really sucks.
(Photo from Theblaze.com)