Commonwealth Journal


October 6, 2011

Fool me once...

Somerset — When putting pen to paper (or fingers to keypad), it is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to denigrate those with opposing views relating to political beliefs and social issues. I try hard to constantly remind myself that there are two sides to every argument, and each side can be as passionate about their viewpoint as the other. It is tempting to accuse someone of being an idiot if we passionately disagree with them. The term “idiot” is used to describe someone who is weak minded, of low IQ, or incapable of learning. Anyone who reaches the hallowed halls of Congress or the Whitehouse is definitely not an idiot, but they can be misguided. George W. Bush, Yale graduate with a Texas size ego, and Barak Obama, Harvard graduate with a Chicago thug style political background, are two such men.

One of my late brothers had a doctorate degree in education. I once told him I had great admiration for him because of his educational success and his intelligence. He readily informed me that he was no smarter than the average guy, that he had simply studied and learned what other people had already figured out. He said the smart people are those who design new innovations, or invents something new that is beneficial to the betterment of mankind.

Of course, common sense (sadly lacking in today’s society) tells us we can learn from the mistakes of others, or once we’ve put our finger on a hot stove, we should learn not to do it again. It’s kind of like the saying “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” This is a fact that Barak Obama is going to learn in about 14 months. He fooled the American people once, but I don’t believe he can do it again.

Common sense is completely missing from within the class rooms of the schools of higher learning such as Yale and Harvard. So if there is an excuse for the damage done to our country by this administration, and the previous one, we can blame it on Ivy League schools and the garbage they feed into the minds of the young people who attend.

Part of that garbage is Keynesian economics, promoting the cause of social liberalism, and the theory that it is the government’s responsibility to regulate the business cycles with fiscal (government) policies. This from British economist John Maynard Keynes who never worked a day in his life, like most of the career politicians in Washington. Also known as macroeconomics, we see it in the way the past two administrations have tried to govern this nation: bail-out of companies too big to fail, deciding which industries will succeed or fail such as Solyndra green energy company, dedicating trillions of unfunded dollars for social programs and public service unions with more borrowed stimulus money, and thousands of regulation policies pouring out of Washington. A good example; the Bush Administration’s law to ban incandescent light bulbs in favor of green energy, hazardous, gas filled bulbs. One result; 200 people lost their jobs in Michigan when an incandescent bulb factory shut down and General Electric contracted the Chinese to manufacture the new bulbs.

The Obama Administration keeps putting their finger on the hot stove, not able to learn that someone is going to get burned; the American people and our way of life. Keynesian economics is responsible for the failures in European countries such as Greece. The Ivy League students are brain washed into this train of thought and they honestly, truly believe this is the way to prosperity for our country, looking outward from their secure, wealthy, isolated bubble in Washington, D.C. We could pity them if it wasn’t for the fact that we the people are the ones on the loosing end.

I’ve heard only one calm, common sense voice of reason from the Republican presidential campaign; Herman Cain. Should he get the nomination, people like Chavez-loving Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, and the radical liberals will no longer be able to play the race card. And without that they’re in trouble because they sure can’t run on their record.

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