Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama Bingo and Obama Ego

Obama is perceived as an egotist. There is actually a drinking game in which each player has to take a sip every time Obama speaks of himself in a public speech. reports as follows on "Obama Bingo. and the scoring for the game.

Obama says "let me be clear" Do one shot
Obama says "change isn't easy" Do one shot
Obama says "make no mistake" Do one shot
Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake." He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
Joe Wilson yells something Do two shots
Obama yells back Finish the bottle
Obama says "jobs" Do one shot, two if you're unemployed
Obama says "health care" Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal Do one shot

Unfortunately, the game is actually dangerous. Anyone who takes a shot every time Obama uses a stock phrase or talks about himself is endangering their own life. It's no joke. This game is probably banned on college campuses.

It's no wonder that Obama likes the idea of climate change. That way he can claim credit for the weather. We are the generation that blames the Republicans for bad weather. People who believed they could control the weather used to end up in a psych ward. Now they end up in the White House.

Am I missing something? President Obama's mantra has been "creating jobs". He talks about the government creating jobs. A very basic lesson seems to be getting lost. Even civil service jobs are ultimately created by money collected through taxes. For the majority of Americans, jobs are created by private entrepreneurs. It's not all about Obama.

Even on a bad day at work, I still recognise that the owner of my business has organised the cash flow that enables him to pay for me. I have worked for people who were not the nicest bosses, and I still recognised that their well being was my well being. Even a job that requires that one take a second job or food stamps is still providing a large percentage of a worker's income.

It is in my interests for anyone I work for to prosper. When this ceases to be true, I attempt to go elsewhere. When the government gives you a job, there is usually a price in political loyalty. I am very skeptical of a man who demonises the "big business" that is in fact paying taxes for government operations and social programs. At the same time, President Obama wants you to think of him and the Democratic Party when you think of worker's well being.

Obama wants the grateful masses to thank him for their well being and progress. Unfortunately, he has used his office to create a climate of uncertainty for the economy in which workers earn a living. The only time the government should be a mainstay of public well being is when there is something like a natural disaster, such as in Haiti.

Business is ultimately the engine of compassion. It is the wealth created by business that funds compassionate enterprises. The sooner we act on this realisation, the better it will be for the economy. Obama and the Democrats claim to be the champions of working people. If this is so, they should show it by not talking to us like we are idiots.

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