Our President will speak to us this evening and words will not have their normal meaning. More government spending will be called “investment” and the fact that the “investments” will deliver yet billions more of our tax dollars to the public and private unions that spent millions of dollars to elect Obama, we will be asked to believe, is a mere coincidence.
But 200 billion dollars of the last stimulus bill already went directly to education and produced exactly no innovation or improvements, principally because teachers unions like things the way they are. Those who doubt the truth of this statement might seek confirmation from Mr. Obama’s Secretary of Education, Mr. Duncan.
And, if infrastructure “investment” is so critical because of critical infrastructure needs and to boost job growth, why didn’t we spend most of the last stimulus on it just as Transportation Chairman Oberstar and many others, Republican and Democrat, so urgently recommended?
When the President’s speech is finished, as if we were too stupid to have understood,Â media mouthers and political patterers will explain it, mostly by just repeating it more loudly and slowly, the way one treats another who does not speak their language. And it is true, we do not speak their language, they who so admire the theater, the cleverness and the calculation.
As citizen sovereigns we only want the plain truth. Indeed, we need it to effectively exercise our sovereignty. Those who use words not to clarify but to disguise their intent are subverting our constitution by elevating themselves above the people. Those who admire their cleverness and calculation are their abettors. We the people are boss and those who would deceive and manipulate us, whatever their motivation and whatever their party, are the enemies of America.
The fact that our current President, who won election at least partly because he said he would discontinue “politics a usual” but has continued it a fortiori, should, but probably will not, disappoint even his supporters, proving once again, as if any more proof were necessary, that, to far too many, politics trumps principle. If you disagree, please read on.
Mr. Krugman, that hateful but clarifying writer of the left from the New York Times, said this in his column this morning regarding tonight’s speech by our President and his new use of “buzzwords” regarding investments and competitiveness: “Arguably, Obama has enlisted… old cliche’(s) on behalf of a good cause, as a way to sell a much-needed increase in public investment to a public thoroughly indoctrinated in the view that government spending is a bad thing.” Well, it seems to Mr. Krugman that our President needs to fool us by clever language because someone else has indoctrinated us to a view he, and he secretly believes Obama too, opposes! And then this follows from Krugman: ” The favorable interpretation, as I said, Â is that it is just packaging…” (emphasis added)
Mr. Krugman then says something with which we should all agree: “But even if he proposed good policies, the fact that Obama feels the need to wrap these policies in bad metaphors is a sad commentary on the state of our discourse.”
None-the-less,Â Mr. Krugman Â concludes that he would Â ”be pleased” if the President is intentionally misleading the citizen sovereigns of our nation so-long-as it advances an objective that Mr. Krugman believes is good for America. One thing that is not good for America is Mr. Krugman’s total disregard for our constitutional rule “Of The People, By The People, and For The People.”