CHICAGO, November 8, 2011- The Traveling President is soon to embark on another international tour. This time to the South Pacific. He is going to give assurances to South Pacific nations in regard to their economic concerns.
As for our economic concerns, the President is is telling the American people that Asia’s production and exporting of goods to our country, that we are supposed to buy with money from jobs we don’t have, will create American jobs.
Somehow he still does not believe that American production of goods and the export of those goods for other countries to buy creates American jobs. Good jobs for middle class families.
The President just came back from his European economic tour and now he is heading to the balmy South Pacific. So one might presume that either the President cares more about foreign economies, while doing little to fix our economy, or he just really likes to travel around on Airforce One.
President Obama will invoke class warfare as an excuse for American economic failure. He is known to use inflammatory rhetoric to denigrate everyone who makes more money than anyone else (which should include Michael Moore and Mr. and Mrs. Obama who reported 2009 earnings of $5,505,509 in 2009, doubling their 2008 income)
President Obama campaigned and won on a platform of hope and change, but I am not sure it is the change we were hoping for. The Obama dministration policy has been one of mope and blame, which should be the new campaign slogan for his re-election bid.
Yet, quite sadly, he is continually given the benefit of the doubt by many of his liberal and socialist supporters. They enable and abet his failures every step of the way, smiling and clapping at his every action. The enablers are very good at publicity and propaganda. I mean, if we see pictures of happy smiling people standing around a happy smiling President, then we are to blame if we are also not happy and smiling, right?
So what is he going to tell the Asians? What kind of economic assurances can he give them? The Asian Tiger is eating our lunch. They surely do not need our advice. They are doing very well for themselves. All he can do is assure them they will have no trouble exporting their goods to our shores so we can scoop them up and make their economies grow.
By the by, when is our President going to give our country some economic assurances? When is he going to start selling America and American made products, or what is left of them, overseas?
European leaders are working overtime to avert an international monetary crisis and economic collapse. They are doing all they can to save their countries and the fragile European Union.
Our President is off on a South Pacific tour assuring Asia, while the Gang of Twelve in Congress will be meeting trying cut 1.2 trillion dollars, facing a deadline to the American people in two weeks.
One must question when will President Obama’s input come in? What is he going to do to help the ole’ Gang of Twelve out? While on the beach, is he available to them to offer support, encouragement, leadership? Will he accept their package, criticize it, or do the only thing he is good at, mope and blame their efforts as not good enough while he was off down-selling America?
Don’t argue that a leader can govern from anywhere with technology. Physical presence is a mighty symbol. It gives the perception a leader is actually doing something, he cares, he is gravely concerned. His office is open to any and all for discussions.
President Obama is ignoring a real crisis right here, right now to attend a conference in Bali Hai. He could have just stayed home and watched South Pacific.
If this President is guilty of anything it is “Mopery with intent to gawk”. He stands around watching the economy burn down around him. When he is asked what he is doing about it he never directly answers the questions. He just goes off on a riff about the evil bankers, greedy wall street types, and the wealthy.
Then he blames it all on the GOP.
Responsibility and fault slide off him like water off a duck. He always has someone else to blame. If President Clinton was good at triangulation, President Obama is great at misdirection. Nothing is his fault.
This President ushered in what he called the non-partisan era of politics. Yet, he has been the most-partisan President he can be. He will not put partisanship aside for the good of the country. He will not put politics and campaigning aside for the welfare of the people.
He is the President. For better or worse, he is our leader. He should give the perception he is leading. He should, at least, look like he is doing something instead of blaming someone.
What can you do to combat our President’s agenda? While shopping for Christmas*, give America a gift. Read the labels. Study them as close as you do when buying your supposed certified organic food at Whole Food or Trader Joes.
Look where the stuff you are buying is made or assembled. Whether it’s clothes, toys, or electronics. You will see that most of it comes from Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the South Pacific. Just as a test, see if you can find something really cool made in America.
Support products made within our boarders, or better yet, in your own neighborhood. Support the small business and give one meaningful gift, versus two or three made in China, or the South Pacific.
The bottom line is that the President is traveling to countries that produce what we buy to assure them that we will continue to buy their products. He is assuring them there will be markets for their products in America and that the big box stores that sell cheap products and pay non-liveable wages to their employees are flourishing.
And while giving those assurances to those other countries, our President is telling the American people that our purchasing products from Asia will create American jobs.
Maybe he is right. Those goods do have to be unloaded from their ships, shipped to where ever, stocked and sold by someone. So polish off your resumes. We will need longshoreman, dockworkers, and truck drivers.
Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Cosco, Target, and all the other big box stores have careers waiting for you - as marginally paid stockers, cashiers, and salesclerks. And by selling other countries’ goods you will be making Asian companies obscenely profitable; creating good jobs for Asian families and your President will finally be proud of you and America for not being greedy, horrible, bourgeois Americans.
Oh, and don’t forget to pay off those college loans to keep Wall Street, which resides totally in this President’s pocket, in business. We need those Ph.D greeters at WalMart.
*Christmas- It is Christmas, not the “Holidays”. If you don’t like it move to Secularistan.
Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant. He is a passionate cook and eater. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, annoys, and provokes. His opinions are his and his alone.
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