Monday, August 1, 2011

Hope and Change: My First Full Day Being Unemployed

Business As Usual Continues in Washington

While I worked on resumes, met with a Small Business Admistration representative and reviewed my finances to make the necessary adjustments (I was unable to raise my debt ceiling, so I had to make cuts), business as usual continued in Washington today as the House of Representatives approved the Smoke and Mirrors Act of 2011, otherwise known as the debt ceiling deal. As an unemployed American, there are no triggers, committees, revenue enhancements or loophole eliminations that will fix my situation. The only answer to my situation is to be able to live in a country where its government isn't collapsing its economy whether due to incompetence or intention.

Until we can clean out the Senate and the White House, nothing is going to change. As Mitch McConnell said, "After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable." He's right.

This is not about me being unemployed. This is about millions of Americans who are unemployed and the millions more who will become unemployed because of our inexeperienced and ideologically challenged head puppet of the Soros agenda to take down America is leading our country over a cliff. Maybe I'll get another job soon. Maybe I won't and I'll lose my house. That's neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is regardless of what happens, the big picture - that hope and change bullcrap that a majority of Americans fell for in 2008 - is bleak as it's ever been in our history because we have come up a day late and a dollar short in our electoral cycle.

Steve McCann at American Thinker writes:
The Obama Presidency is over. He has abdicated all responsibility to the Congress, in particular the House of Representatives, which has little choice but to assume a role they are not structured to do: lead the country as best they can until November 2012. The American people, suffering under the burden of high joblessness, eroding housing values, inflation and dramatically declining economic growth with no prospect of any immediate relief, are increasingly resigned to the fact that they must focus on surviving as best they can until the election.
This writer believed that if we could just hang on until 2012 and if we could just build our movement and show the American people in black and white with cold hard facts how the media has lied to us and how the liberal agenda is a moral and philosophical failure, that we could elect someone like Sarah Palin in 2012 and fix this thing. We may be running out of runway. The plane may go off the end and break up before we can get a new pilot.

That doesn't mean we give up and throw in the towel. It means we ramp it up. Our economic building is collapsing and we need to get first responders to the scene. Those first responders are us, the American people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We must sweep in and clean up whatever mess we have in 2012. Believe me, the mess is going to be worse than it is now. We must be ready for the daunting task ahead of us or we must be prepared to fade off with a whimper. The choice is ours.

The American people are going to have to face facts. We need to ask ourselves, what the hell is a trigger? What is a committee? Is this what our leaders in Washington call a debt ceiling deal? It's not a real victory. Yes, it proves the Tea Party was able to move the needle and stop the president from getting an automatic hike on the debt ceiling and yes somewhere in there it keeps the balanced budget amendment alive. But, ultimately it doesn't address the core issues. Sarah Palin said (h/t The Right Scoop - commentary is at the 5:39 mark):
We're handing a very liberal president and his colleagues a check in order to spend even more money that we don't have. We're not taking the steps still to reform entitlements so that those safety nets can be there for future generations. And, we're not taking steps, Greta, to become energy independent... one more step to get the economy back on the right track.
While Governor Palin praises the Tea Party for at least pushing Washington in the right direction, there are still aspects of this deal that smell of business as usual as the government kicks the can down the road once again. It's akin to finding the money to get more economic alcohol to stop the shakes until the next crisis.
We're not just raising the debt ceiling. We're lowering rock bottom. Every time we hit rock bottom, we lower the bar and dig ourselves in deeper. If the American economy had a liver, it would be in an increasing state of cirrhosis. Our leaders in Washington's response? Have another drink of the Potomoc water.

The Tea Party is America's family telling it that it has to stop drinking. The RINOs and party establishment are the enablers and the liberals are the drunks.

The truth of the matter is we are going into a double dip recession at best or in the beginning stages of a depression at worst. When you look at how many people are out of work and how many economic indicators are flashing like red lights on the dashboard of our political car, you know it's just a matter of time before you will find us broken down on the road just like Greece is. And, there is no tow truck. We're the tow truck.

The layoffs are coming at breakneck speed. Cisco just had a mass layoff. Each month we hear about more and more companies laying off, going into bankruptcy or going under. It's really this bad.

The Left portrays the Tea Party as a bunch of angry Americans. You bet your behind we're angry. If you can look at what's going on America and not be angry, you're brain dead. We can't be about letting brain dead people go into the voting booths in November 2012 so they can continue the decimation of our nation. It's one thing to respect people's rights to their votes and to their opinions. It's another thing to let them go into voting booths across America so they can destroy good hard working peoples' lives with their electile stupidity.

We're not terrorists. That vile rhetoric only angers us to be even more motivated. Those who want to say things like that can shove it. We're not going to take it. We're not going to stand for it. We will not compromise on it. We're patriots trying to stop the real economic terrorists in the Obama Administration from destroying our country even more.

The time to educate is now. The time to mobilize is now. If we can't get a majority of Americans to the polls to offset the idiocracy that voted in the 2008 election, then we either suck or there is just not enough of us good folks left. If the latter is the case, you can bend over and kiss it goodbye. We'll never know, though, until 2012. Until then, we must rock and make it happen. Until then, we must look at the disaster we have in front of us and do all that we can to fix it through the electoral process.

So, this is hope and change? My first day of unemployment is full of economic news about double dip recessions, a decline in the manufacturing numbers, the passage of a debt deal that does nothing but manipulate numbers and push real solutions even further down the road, reports on GDP numbers being revised down and news of more unemployment on the horizon. Way to go, Obama voters. Like cogs in the wheels of life and like the idiot drivers on the roads, you have collectively brought the United States to a halt. Are you happy now?

Although I have hope that there are enough good people left in this country to fix this situation, never in my adult life have I ever been more ashamed of my country than I am now.

2012 really can't come soon enough.

Don't miss Patrick's World USA Wednesday night on BlogTalk Radio at 11pm ET and 8pm PT. Frank Aquila, author of Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere will be my guest.

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