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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Oh! Bama

Last Sunday morning, I saw Barak Obama's victory speech after the trouncing he put on Hillary in South Carolina. It was electrifying. (What a contrast to the Charmless Hillary, one of the worst speakers I have ever had the misfortune to hear).

I have to admit, his inspiring speech almost gave me goosebumps.

The problem is, the actual content of his speech was downright scary. In a nutshell, he said that the federal government can solve every domestic problem, large and small and that we should abandon Iraq as soon as possible.

Of course, the federal government can't solve every problem large and small. In fact, more often than not, the government screws things up with goofy regulations, wasteful spending and actions that result in unintended consequences.

So, while his argument for change is compelling (can anyone even bear the thought of having to deal with the Philandering ex-Boy President for four or eight more years (to say nothing of the Charmless Hillary)), the change he is seeking is not exactly what I had in mind.



  • At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is about what I would expect from someone whose Federal experience is all of 3 years in the Senate. Glad I made aliyah!

  • At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    3 years? Boy thats generous, not counting all the months on the road campaigning for the last year (and 9more months to go)

    MoC, I agree comepltly, Obama is a great speaker, but as history has taught us, just because someone is a great speaker and moves people, doesn't mean they move them in the right direction.

    The government sucks at everything they do. The schools, the post office, the tax collection, health care, why on earth would you even want them to continue running what they DO run.

  • At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    they seem to be ok with making a good army. and you really think the post office over all for the price that is paid for stamps isnt relatively competent?i should ammend that to the mail delivery, the post office themselves might not be so fun to hang out. And tax collection? they aren't good at tax collection? better we should rely on people to voluntarily give money and send it in?? if they dont give to aish, what are the chances they'll create a road or hospital somewhere where it is needed but doesnt have the cash for it? seems to me the irs are pretty good at tracking down people who are cheating. They caught the spinka rebbe. not so much politics!! more narish.Brad

  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The problem with health care is that the govt has abdicated its responsibilty and accepted the ludicrous idea that employers should pay. Ma Inyan Shmitta Etzel Har Sinai? Meanwhile, Medicare/Medicaid which the govt still runs is pretty good - better than he private sector is doing!!!

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger SuperRaizy said…

    That's what worries me about Obama, too. Great style- but I'm not so sure about the substance.

  • At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Philandering ex-Boy President

    I thought you meant Bush, and was puzzled about the philandering part, until I realized you wrote ex-boy.

    Bush, is still very much an infant, and to him let us say GOOD RIDDANCE

  • At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anonymous....Bush has kept your sorry butt safe since 9/11...however...lets just discount that..huh...

  • At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There's a slight inconsistency here. On the one hand, you believe the government "screws everything up".

    On the other hand, you seem to have faith that if the VERY SAME government does not "abandon" Iraq, everything will be hunky dory (or at least more so than if the government leaves it alone).

    What's up with that? Does the government suddenly get some mysterious aura of competence every time its employees leave the United States borders? Or do you just believe that killing people is so inherently noble that even the government should be allowed to do it as much as possible?


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