Saturday, October 22, 2011

With all due respect...

Don't you hate that phrase? Invariably, someone uses it just before saying something disrespectful. Plus, suppose someone's not due any respect? Then the phrase is pointless. Yet, it's become a time honored tradition of saying this--or something like it--as a means of absolving oneself of blame for crossing a line of good manners, taste, or decorum. With that in mind...

With all due respect Mr. President, who do you think you are? Following the failure of the teachers and first responders  jobs bill--the one that caused Reid to claim that the private sector is "doing just fine"--President Obama said the following (my boldface):
For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again. That’s unacceptable. We must do what’s right for the country and pass the common-sense proposals in the American Jobs Act. Every Senate Republican voted to block a bill that would help middle class families and keep hundreds of thousands of firefighters on the job, police officers on the streets, and teachers in the classroom when our kids need them most. Those Americans deserve an explanation as to why they don’t deserve those jobs – and every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what’s necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now.
"That's unacceptable"? Really? Nevermind the most obvious problem: it's not the job of the Federal Government to hire teachers, firefighters, and policemen. Nevermind the silliness of claiming this type of bill will "grow the economy." Nevermind that a couple of Democrats voted against the measure, as well. Nevermind that a Republican proposal--that another piece of the American Jobs Act--failed to pass, yet came much closer than this legislation (57 to 43 for the Republican bill, 50 to 50 for the Dem one). Nevermind the ludicrous proposition that voting against the bill is identical to telling people they don't deserve a job. Why is it unacceptable? Because you don't like it, Mr. President?

Let's be clear: there's a conflict of visions here, with regard to the role of the government in growing the government. There's even more of a conflict of visions with regard to whether or not something like this bill will grow the economy, at all. And empirical evidence suggests that it won't. Period. End of story. Still, Obama and those of a similar mindset are free to believe in the fantasy version of reality, wherein they can dictate economic growth by government mandate. That's not unacceptable. Stupid and naive maybe, but not unacceptable.

But mounting the outrage pony because others have a different point of view? That's what is really unacceptable. And I'm sick of hearing about it.

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