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Politicians, Economics and Honesty

April 12, 2008

Barack Obama made a problematic statement in his effort to fully explain the reality of the working class. Some folks took his talk as strictly negative as he discussed guns, religion and hard feelings.

“Here’s how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it. And when it’s delivered by — it’s true that when it’s delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism.”

Obama described the issue of trust. He is simply asking for trust because he considers himself different from politicians of the past. He cares about people. When Obama spoke, he did so in his typical matter-of-fact posture with a large measure of respect for people. “I’m going to have a big table and will invite everybody. I’ll have the biggest chair because I’ll be President.” He loves to engender consensus and understanding.

The conversation sounds warm and fuzzy with a note of humor. The press only heard the bitterness, clinging to guns, religion and resistance to people that aren’t like them. Then, there is this new sanitized word the press uses called “xenophobia”.

Obama talks to people. Back in 1991, Bill Clinton chose to talk about small town folks behind their backs. “The reason (Bush tactics) works so well now is that you have all these economically insecure white people who are scared to death.” Touché Mr. Bill.

Clinton then accused Bush of scaring the living daylights out of economically insecure white men. “They know if they can keep us looking at each other across a racial divide…What happened to everybody’s job…income?” The old problem still exists without any noticeable change. That is the failure of politics and lawmakers. The willingness to exploit the failure in a mean-spirited way has no reason. Plenty of money has been spent along with copious doses of new legislation with little or no results.

Years later, Uncle Bill has a charity that has collaborated with the Chinese government against Tibet. You’ve heard all about it. The outrage, the talk of boycotts and now an American politician is involved along with his candidate wife. Uncle Bill is a public speaker that enjoys considerable appeal and makes a tidy sum doing it. Enter Alibaba, a Chinese Internet company that runs Yahoo’s Chinese operations. Last month, this company has worked with the Chinese government seeking reprisals against Tibetan activists. Instead of taking his standard speaking fee awhile back, Clinton accepted a private donation to his international charity, the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Clinton’s reliance on influential foreign donors and his foundation’s refusal to release a list of donors have led to repeated questions about the sources of his fund raising while Hillary Clinton discusses relying on him as a roving international ambassador when she is elected president. It sounds lucrative Uncle Bill.

The Clinton foundation and Presidential Library in Little Rock have received millions of dollars in donations from the Saudi royal family, the Middle East sheikdoms of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar and the governments of Taiwan and Brunei.

Considering the past of the Clintons, you can easily understand why Americans, fellow politicians and the press are concerned. When Bill Clinton was asked about the matter, he claimed that he wasn’t aware of human rights connections to his activities. Nice call.

The White House should run an ad.
Wanted: President. Honest, truthful, sincere. Corrupt politicians need not apply. Contact White House.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2008 8:39 pm

    Obama is a liar. He’s a racist. He’s an elitist. He hasn’t served one term as a senator. And he isn’t a very good senator at that. Check his voting record, what there is of it. His stand on immigration reform alone is enough to make me vote against him. He wants to grant citizenship to 21 million illegal aliens. Then they can add them to the social security rolls.
    He has done NOTHING to warrant being president of this country. His wife thinks “white people are ignorant”. She’s not proud of our country. She is a loser.
    I don’t want her as first lady.

  2. couldabeen permalink
    April 14, 2008 6:19 am

    You know, Obama accepted donations bundled by the director of General Dynamics and then gave GD an “earmark.” (See Washington Post). I don’t think he’s able to hold himself up as unaffected by his donors.

    I saw the “compassion” forum and I came away with a very different impression. I thought Obama seemed hesitant and evasive. She was smiling and answering in a lively manner and he was frowning and say “you know” and “um” a lot.

    I think Obama does have disdain for working class white people, or maybe working class people of all colors. He often finds ways to blame others for his “clumsy” words, this man who is praised for his eloquence.

    I used to think the two candidates were very close, and I was really undecided. I liked her healthcare policy more and so I chose her. But the more I hear him make remarks that “we” allegedly miscontrue, the more I think he can’t accept responsibility.

    And what person who is 46 years old acts surprised and says he hasn’t made up his mind yet whether life begins at conception? I think most adults know what they think about that, one way or another. Every woman sure does.

  3. April 14, 2008 3:52 am

    This nation’s capitol has become a very “dirty sandbox” where the powerful, the privileged and the politicians go to play. A seat of power wrought with lies, distrust and mangled rules. You see for me all that is required are two things. First, that our elected officials follow the rules as clearly spelled out in our Constitution. And secondly and most importantly, serve at the pleasure of and on behalf or their constituents with sincerity and a modicum of decency and integrity. What a concept!

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