Who You Gonna Trust?

The American Spectator

There has been a lot said and written in the last couple of days about a new poll showing that only 20% or so of Americans “trust the government.” The news is being gravely received and treated as further and redundant proof that the country is in a bad way.

To me, though, it sounds like pretty good news. We need more distrust of government for the very good reason that government is pretty much an untrustworthy enterprise. If more Americans had been inclined to distrust the government five, ten, twenty, or more years ago, we might not be in the fix we are in today and our distrust might not be so bilious.

Wouldn’t it, for instance, have been a good thing if we had distrusted the entire Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac contraption which was the foundation of the housing bubble that, when it burst, led to the economic distress that has so many of us feeling distrustful and worse? If we had been a little skeptical of the government’s claim that Fanny and Freddy were not backed by the full faith and etc. of the government and would not be bailed out if they got into trouble, then they might not have grown so fat on preposterous mortgages that they had to be bailed out using the full faith and etc. And we might all have jobs and more money today. But the people who ran those Government Sponsored Enterprises — and got hog-rich doing it — assured us that all was well. And we trusted them.

We can’t claim innocence. This wasn’t a “fool me once, shame on you,” thing. By the time of the housing crash, we all had plenty of reason to know better. Still, we go on trusting, so shame on us.

We would, I think, be a lot better off today if we’d been a lot less trusting back in what we are all supposed to think of as a better, less dishonest times. Wouldn’t the nation be better off its citizens hadn’t accepted with docility the assertion, made in 1967, that Medicare would cost a mere $12 billion in 1990? Turns out that the actual number was a little closer to $110 billion. But how could any good citizen actually distrust a government that gets it wrong by a mere factor of almost 10? And how absolutely nihilistic of him to doubt that the Health Care Reform legislation so recently passed will both expand coverage and reduce the deficit.

Where’s the trust?

Back when he was campaigning for the job, President Obama said he would do something about this trust deficit, declaring that, “…when it comes to what’s wrong with this country, the American people are not the problem. The American people are the answer. The American people want to trust in our government again — we just need a government that will trust in us. And making government accountable to the people isn’t just a cause of this campaign — it’s been a cause of my life for two decades.”

Well, on the matter of a different deficit, the one that has people worried about the world they will be leaving to their children and grandchildren, President Obama has resorted to an old Washington scam that we have seen before and should, by now, distrust instinctively. He has appointed a commission to study the matter and get back to us with recommendations.

Commissions like this one are established to do what everyone in Washington wants done (increase taxes, close useless military bases) but lacks the courage to do.

This commission will be chaired by Erskin Bowles who once worked in the government, for Bill Clinton, and Alan Simpson who used to work in the U.S. Senate where what they do, year after year, is vote for things they can’t raise money to pay for. Among the other members of this commission will be Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois where the people in government ran the state into an economic ditch before some of them, but not nearly enough, went off to jail.

That anyone who is now, or ever has been, a member of the United States Senate is serving on the commission charged with reducing the deficit is prima face cause to distrust the whole enterprise. But, of course, we know what the commission is going to recommend before they even start running up bills to decorate their office space.

Get ready for the Erskine & Alan VAT. That would be a Value Added Tax.

When asked about the VAT, Robert Gibbs, this administration’s Secretary of Distrust said, “This is not something the president has proposed, nor is it under consideration.”

Which pretty much seals the deal.

Once we get the VAT, maybe we’ll look back at that 20% figure and wonder how it could ever have been that high.


We are the media!

The Post & E-Mail

by Sharon Rondeau

We can break through the cloud that is hanging over America

(Apr. 21, 2010) A CBS report from yesterday demonstrates how willfully irresponsible the “mainstream” media has become. The writer of the story states that the White House “slammed former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado Monday for his recent remarks suggesting President Obama was not born in the United States,” yet she gives no examples of that.  The only remark she quoted, from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, was, “I could probably fill the better part of my afternoons responding to the general lunacy of somebody like Tom Tancredo.”  If that was all he said, that can hardly be called a “slam.”

Further, the writer, Stephanie Condon, provides no context or background as to why Tancredo might have made such a comment.  Instead of providing a link to a story with the video of Michelle Obama stating that Kenya is her husband’s “home country,” quoting from the transcript, or even questioning how Tancredo arrived at that conclusion, she incorrectly stated that there is “overwhelming evidence he (Obama) was born in the United States — including his 1961 birth announcement, printed in two Hawaii newspapers.”

Two birth announcements for an unnamed child from 1961 are not exactly “overwhelming evidence” when the Minister of Lands and member of the Kenyan Parliament states that Obama was born in his country, as did the Kenyan ambassador.

The ludicrous position of writers such as Condon is becoming more evident by the day.  In spite of their previous attempts to squelch all discussion about Obama’s background, they are admitting that the doubts about his birthplace and other details of his life have “steadily persisted” from the campaign through today.  But they dare ask no questions, or seek information, and it has been up to blogs, e-newspapers like this one, and other online news sources to do the old-fashioned investigating which the media used to perform.

The media is getting desperate, and that’s because all of us are doing the job they used to do.  This is one job that Americans are more than willing to do!

The irresponsibility, dereliction of duty and downright leftist agenda of the major media are the factors which installed Obama in the Oval Office, most likely in violation of the U.S. Constitution.  While the sycophant writers working for CBS, the AP, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News and ABC are busy trying to do damage control as more and more people are learning that Obama has lied about his background and is probably constitutionally ineligible to serve, we are working to uncover the truth and expose the deception which has been perpetrated for many years, quantified by the ascension of the most anti-American, foreign, ineligible imposter this country has ever known.

If there weren’t something phony about Obama, then CBS and the AP wouldn’t be mentioning that there are rumors he was born in Kenya.  They wouldn’t be accusing Tancredo and others of making “incendiary remarks” but failing to quote them.  Their shameless shilling for Obama during the campaign now has them in a deep funk, as they can no longer ignore the “birther movement” and all of us who have been out there informing our neighbors.

There are many more of us than there are of them.

All of us have a circle of influence.  If each day, we tell one new person about Obama’s highly questionable eligibility, we are doing our duty by informing our fellow citizens of the constitutional crisis we face.  The sooner every adult in this country knows what we are up against, the sooner we will have the numbers to do something about it.  We don’t have the luxury of remaining quiet because we think someone will argue with us or suggest we get a brain scan.  Samuel Adams, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and all of the other Founding Fathers didn’t care what someone thought when they talked about liberty or death and breaking away from England, which only 30% of the colonists at the time supported.  They meant what they said, and they did something about it.  They founded the greatest, freest nation on earth, and even though we are held hostage now by an illegally-installed dictator and his criminal cronies, we can do something about it.

So every time you meet a new person, say something.  Every time you run into an old acquaintance, say something.  Talk about the situation we’re in and what can be done about it.  Recruit others to help us get the old America back, the free one, the one in which personal ambition and hard work could be combined to produce whatever future a person could envision.  Not Obama’s America; our America.

We are the media.  Let’s keep the pressure on, and eventually the dam will break.  It has to.  Because the truth will always emerge, sooner or later.  And you can all be part of making that happen.

This national nightmare can be over if we all work hard to spread the word.  That’s how they did it back in 1776.  And we have many more ways to inform others than they did back then.

Critical mass is building.

We’re almost there.

Here comes the sun.