by Mel Griffith
The Obama family's specialty seems to be vacation. They seem to be on vacation most of the time. This is a good thing. Since most of what they do is wrong, the less they do the better off the country is. The most outrageous example is Michelle's grand tour of Spain. Her contempt for ordinary Americans makes her look like the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette, the high-living Austrian princess who became queen of France, and famously dismissed complaints that the people had no bread by saying "let them eat cake." The people didn't appreciate the remark and eventually cut off her head. One hopes Michelle will fare better.
Despite some token payments so they can say they are paying their own way, most of the costs of Michelle's junket and the Obamas other vacations will be paid for by the taxpayers. Michelle, a smart lawyer, was bound to know that thumbing her nose at hard working Americans who can barely afford any vacation was bad politics, but did it anyway. This suggests that the Obamas have concluded that he is going to be a one-term president no matter what they do, so they might as well live it up while they can. Michelle could at least have taken her high-dollar vacation in America, but since she is not proud of America, we couldn't expect her to enjoy herself here.
Many Americans believe that the country's biggest problem is unemployment but dealing with that is not a high priority for the president. The president's top priority is to centralize power in Washington. He believes that the federal govermnent should have tight control over business as well as state and local government. That was what he meant by "change you can believe in" during the campaign. Unfortunately, many of the steps necessary to centralize control in Washington also cause job losses instead of gains. Raising taxes so that Washington can control the way money is spent forces businesses to hire fewer workers. More regulations drive up costs, delay projects and cause uncertainty, which result in more job losses. Reducing unemployment and centralizing control are mutually exclusive goals and it is clear that the administration has decided to focus on control while only giving lip service to increasing employment. They hope to fool the public into thinking they are concerned about unemployment long enough to finish grasping control. They cranked out a high-priced "stimulus" bill which they pretended would create lots of jobs but most of the money was actually soaked up by states maintaining bloated bureaucracies and very little went into creating jobs. Now Obama is running around the country (what time he can spare between vacations) saying the economy is recovering when all the facts say otherwise, in the hope of keeping the public confused until after the election. We shall soon see if it works.