Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tommclaughlin@fairpoint.net

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama Fatigue


People must be peeling Obama stickers off their Volvos lately because I’m not seeing nearly as many as I used to. There are holdouts - people who believe the only reason Obama hasn’t been able to come through with the hopes and changes he promised in the forms of green jobs, lowering ocean levels, abolishing nuclear weapons, and making friends with Radical Muslims, is because Republicans refuse to cooperate. Those nasty Tea-Party types are stonewalling him because they’re racist and they don’t want to see a black president achieve marvelous things for America. And, they’re trying to blame poor Obama for the economic mess President Bush caused in the first place.The holdouts won’t change their world view no matter what happens.

Others used to feel good about their Obama bumper stickers - which proclaimed to the world that they were “progressives” who understood it was time America had a black president. They believed the whole world would see, because of the votes of forward-looking people like them, that America wasn’t the greedy, capitalist, warmongering, energy-guzzling oppressor they thought it was. Obama could make speeches all around the globe and people everywhere would see for themselves how smart and how nice he was. They would stop hating us because they would see how a country that elected such an articulate president wasn’t so bad, and might even be good. After enough speeches, the world might well become a place full of smiling, happy people holding hands and celebrating diversity.

Then Congress passed Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, and all those proud progressives with Obama stickers waited for the summer of recovery predicted by the president and his faithful sidekick, Vice President Joe Biden. So many shovel-ready projects were in the pipeline, they’d promised, that unemployment should start diminishing right away. When it didn’t they were patient, realizing that environmental impact studies had to be done. Permits had to be applied for and obtained, so when unemployment numbers continued to rise, they maintained their hope for change. Joe Biden promised them that the summer of recovery would surely manifest in 2010.

But it didn’t. The faithful hopey-changey progressives began to wonder, and their first pangs of doubt followed. They considered that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to borrow all those trillions of dollars, especially when each job Obama “created or saved” was costing hundreds of thousands - even millions - that we didn’t have. Some figured out that “quantitative easing” amounts to the same thing as printing money, and Obama’s Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was using the Federal Reserve to buy US Treasury bonds, creating digital money out of thin air. He had to do that because neither the Chinese nor the Indians wanted to invest in US Treasuries anymore and were buying gold instead.

Yet Obama was still spending dollars hand over fist. They remembered stories from high school history class of the Germans printing marks after World War I and the ruinous inflation that followed. They watch the European model Obama praised and emulated crack up under unsustainable welfare-state spending, government union guarantees, socialized medicine costs, guaranteed vacation and early retirement expenses for their unionized workforces - coupled with shrinking birth rates. They start wondering if maybe the same kind of crack-up could actually happen here in America too. Worse: maybe it already is. Hope and change is turning into despair and disaster.Soon-to-be-former progressives are noticing that Obama isn’t making any progress, and they’re not feeling proud of those bumper stickers anymore. They’re thinking that maybe they made a big mistake in the voting booth back in November, 2008. Any tingles they may have felt in their legs or anywhere else while listening to his speeches have stopped. Even your favorite song gets old when you hear it over and over too many times. You get so sick of it, you’re thinking you don’t want to hear it ever again, but Obama keeps on making speeches anyway because that’s all he knows how to do. Now, as his green-energy projects are going bankrupt, he’s making more speeches and yelling that he wants to spend another half-a-trillion and create or save more expensive jobs.Many are thinking he should just shut up, go away, and take his teleprompter with him.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on as usual!

9/21/11, 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same old bitter grapes crap as usual!

9/21/11, 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on the mark, Tom. As usual, you have produced a very well written piece.

Signed by a California follower.

9/21/11, 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine what that half a BILLION for Solyndra would have produced if we had used it to build hydroelectric capacity in Maine. It would have been like giving a $25 check to every Maine household every month, not to mention how much businesses would save. Instead a half a BILLION dollars is gone as though it never existed, except that we'll be paying taxes to repay it almost forever.

9/21/11, 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Texas Transplant said...

When the truth is apparent, you continue to spell it out. Funny you should mention the pro-Obama bumper stickers. I don't see many of them here anymore, but there are plenty of the "Change to WHAT?" ones...now, to our chagrin, we have the answers.

Texas Transplant

9/21/11, 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half a billion, sounds like its more than five hundred million, which in this reality is not a lot of money. I just want a small social security increase to make me feel better.

Otherwise I am just tired.

9/21/11, 1:35 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

That's half a TRILLION he wants to spend now, or $500 BILLION. He's making speeches demanding that Congress "pass this bill" which he hasn't written yet. Another of those "pass it so we can see what's in it" deals I guess.

You're perhaps thinking of the Solyndra loan guarantee, which was just over half a billion the taxpayers got stiffed for when it went belly up.

9/21/11, 3:00 PM  
Anonymous DAWN said...

Time for a change. Can't happen soon enough

9/21/11, 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he some sort of foreign agent with a plan to bankrupt the whole country???

9/21/11, 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

No question that the massive psy-op disguised as Obama's campaign was obnoxious, highly annoying and predictably a big lie. Those of us on the sidelines saw it coming. This guy not only extended the bush agenda but intensified it. He lied multiple times. He provoked unconstitutional wars.......and we let him. The only thing the Obama phenemenon prvoves is that presidential elections are a complete farce. There is no difference. Things never change. It's merely a different package. To rail against Obama is pointless. It doesn't matter who wins the next election, barring Ron Paul, and they'll never let that happen. It simply doesn't matter. The president is a corporate puppet. We all know it. Let's all stop playing pretend and end the foolishness of two party elections.

9/21/11, 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"To rail against Obama is pointless".

Yes, but it's so "well written". Anger, bitterness, and cynicism are so easy to convey. I doubt Tom has the ability to write a single truly thoughtful sentence.

9/21/11, 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Solyandra Loan is just one small problem, but its a symptom of the larger disease. I am not disagreeing with you just trying to use a number people may be able to comprehend.

9/22/11, 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about prez Obama!!! We should all be on our way to wall street!!! Thats really the seat of power in this country!!

Occupywallstreet!!!

9/22/11, 5:41 PM  
Anonymous JPR said...

Tom writing a whole column trying to get into "progressives" heads and imagine what they are thinking! Funny...it's like a male trying to get imagine what a woman is thinking - "Ooooh, I can't wait to get home and play with my boobies!!" Or "Ooooh, I really think bitter, simple-minded, old tubs of lard-like men are sexy!!""

9/22/11, 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine how fatigued with Obama Tom is going to imagine progressives are in 2015!

Oh, thanks for reminding me that I need to replace the old worn out Obama sticker on my pick-up with a fresh one!

9/22/11, 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

Hey anonymous! Stumping for Obama only proves you are completely clueless. Obama is a joke. To stand by him is to protect your ego. How about holding him accountable instead of partakig on some fantasy you have about what he has done. Because he ain't done nothing darlin'!! Except lie and start wars.

9/23/11, 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with many of the latter comments. I didn't vote for Barack Obama because his running mate, early appointees & major campaign contributions were sure giveaways that he represented more of the same, not change. Mr McLaughlin has a few people (from CA & TX), thinking that he's adding something insightful. Left V right, left is always wrong is a premise you can't escape, no matter how hard you may try. The president is compromised, what's Mclaughlin's excuse?

9/24/11, 8:05 PM  
Anonymous JeanieD said...

Great piece Tom, your articles give us the strength to endure until this socialist get's booted. Yes, he can take the teleprompter, but leave the trillions of taxpayer's $$ behind, what's left anyway. Tom, keep up the great work. SoCal loves you!!

10/2/11, 1:41 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Thanks Jeanie. I will.

10/2/11, 4:59 PM  
Anonymous OkieTex said...

I'd love to blame Obama for everything, but he's not our biggest problem. Between the self-serving politicians in Washington and the mindless, short sighted voters who put them there, our country is being driven to financial ruin. Put on the financial brakes, people, and play politics later!

10/18/11, 7:06 PM  

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