The “One” Returns

The “One” Returns

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By Alan Caruba

OZYMANDIAS
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Occasionally, when I am watching or listening to Barack Hussein Obama, I am reminded of the poem, “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Shelley was an English romantic poet who hung out with Lord Byron and John Keats, all authentic literary giants. Shelley died at age 30 from drowning. Bryon contracted a fever, dying in Greece at the age of 36. Poor Keats died at age 26. All were dead by 1824. Rediscovered by later generations, they gained immortality.

“Ozymandias” is a poem about a life of over-weaning pride that ends poorly and forgotten. Obama has the first part down. After all, he wrote two memoirs about his life and deep thoughts before he was elected to be the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004.

By 2007 Obama hit the presidential campaign trail and ended Hillary (and Bill) Clinton’s dreams of returning to the White House. He gave her a consolation prize. He then defeated yet another lame Republican candidate simply by showing up, being younger, and being able to read a TelePrompter better.

What Obama’s campaign is now remembered for is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, telling Joe the Plumber he wanted to redistribute everyone’s wealth, and for throwing his grandma under the bus.

From a very young age, Obama believed he would become President. It might better be called a fixation or obsession.

Obama only met his birth father once in 1971 at age ten, but here again this idea of fixation plays a role. In reality his father was a bigamist (he had a wife or two back in Kenya when he married Obama’s momma), a drunk (he died behind the wheel while soused), and fancied a political career in Kenya that never materialized. One of Obama’s two memoirs was titled “Dreams From My Father.” Yeah, sure.

After Obama Senior, his mother married an Indonesian who adopted their son. His formative years were spent there until his mother divorced again and shipped Barack to Hawaii to be raised by his white grandparents. Progressives, they were friends with Frank Marshall Davis, a communist, one of Obama’s many very left wing influences and associates over the years.

I think that, early on, Obama decided to become the communist messiah to America, but like all communists, he kept that part of his political philosophy a secret from the voters, while dropping hints of it in his memoirs.

When Obama returns from his vacation in Hawaii, he is going to face the toughest two years of his life. Not since 1946 have the voters turned so deliberately on a Democrat president. In 2010 they voted in a Republican majority to the House and narrowed the Democrat margin in the Senate.

Obama called it “a shellacking” but it is better described as a rejection.

Other presidents in the modern era lost their party’s majorities in Congress. Clinton comes to mind and, of course, George W. Bush. Obama’s loss was more than just political, it was personal.

Beyond Congress Obama will have to deal with a vibrant, energized movement, the Tea Party that intends to ensure the Republicans trim government spending and turn back the policy gains Obama put in place with Obamacare at the top of the list.

As far as the rest of the world’s movers and shakers are concerned, Obama is little more than a charming cocktail party guest with little to offer than small talk and leftist bromides.

Only one thing is certain. Obama will be running for re-election the minute he returns to Washington, but he is going to need more than his former vacuous “hope and change” motto and there is small chance of that. In a very real way, the nation has already moved beyond him.

When I see Obama these days, I think of Jimmy Carter, a pathetic former president soundly rejected by the voters, the “author” of endless, largely unread books, and grateful that anyone takes notice of him.

When you see Jimmy Carter today, you’re looking at Barack Obama in fifteen or twenty years.

© Alan Caruba, 2010

White House attempts to quiet revived talk of ‘death panels’

White House attempts to quiet revived talk of ‘death panels’

By Jason Millman – 12/27/10 09:31 AM ET

 

The Obama administration is trying to quiet talk about so-called “death panels” after The New York Times reported Sunday that a new Medicare regulation includes incentives for end-of-life-care planning.

The Medicare policy will pay doctors for holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the Times. A similar provision was dropped from the new healthcare reform law after Republicans accused the administration of withholding care from the sick, elderly and disabled.

However, an administration spokesman said the regulation, which is less specific than the reform law’s draft language, is actually a continuation of a policy enacted under former President George W. Bush.

“The only thing new here is a regulation allowing the discussions … to happen in the context of the new annual wellness visit created by [healthcare reform],” Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin told The Wall Street Journal.

In 2003, Medicare added a consultation visit for seniors new to the program, according to the Journal. Another 2008 law, enacted under Bush, said the visit can include “end-of-life” planning discussions.

Sarah Palin, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, sparked controversy last summer when she said the reform law’s end-of-life provision would create “death panels,” in which “government bureaucrats” would decide who receives care. President Obama countered the claim by saying his administration didn’t want to “pull the plug on grandma.”

 

111th Congress ‘Most Productive Ever’ — In a ‘Termites Devouring a House’ Kind of Way

111th Congress ‘Most Productive Ever’ — In a ‘Termites Devouring a House’ Kind of Way

By Doug Powers  •  December 27, 2010 05:29 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

In the past month, story after story after story has been published mentioning how the 111th Congress is the “most productive in decades.”

What a nice spin on an absolute disaster. These people would have reported the Titanic sinking as “Ocean-going public bathing more than ever.”

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it depends on what your definition “productive” is:

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government has accumulated more new debt–$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.

That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.

The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

In fact, the 111th Congress not only has set the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history, but also has out-stripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.

Voters rewarded that kind of “productivity” with a drubbing last month. If anything about the last two years deserves to be referred to as “productive,” it was election day.

**Written by Doug Powers

Obama: The ‘Temporary’ President

Obama: The ‘Temporary’ President

Steve McCann

In the December Jobs Report the overall news was grim — the unemployment rate rose to 9.8%, the under-employment rate exceeded 17.2%.  However one notable statistic that was overlooked and under- reported was that the number of temporary workers continued to climb.  In November 40,000 temps were hired while the overall workforce expanded by 39,000.  Since September of 2009, over 494,000 temporary jobs have been added with the overall jobs increase of 901,000 in the same period.
Many economists think this recession may have produced a structural shift towards temporary workers making up a larger proportion of the labor force.  However, the recession is not the primary driver of this trend.  It is the regulatory, tax and anti-capitalist policies of the Obama Administration and their fellow travelers in the Democrat caucus in Congress.
The cost of doing business in the United States is rising exponentially when the new health care bill, financial regulations, environmental fiats, the highest corporate taxes in the world and a myriad of state laws and regulations are factored in.  Those who must continue to do business in the United States have to look to reducing fixed costs.
The ability of businesses to raise prices to offset these mandates is limited, particularly within the current economic climate and international competition.  Labor is the largest single cost item for business — both manufacturing and services — and it is increasingly the only place cost reductions can be made.
Unfortunately, it will be the worker who suffers as benefits paid to permanent employees will not be available and the overall take home pay of temporary employees is significantly less.  As ours is a consumer driven economy, the more this trend continues the less money there will be for spending within the economy.
As an article in the Financial Times highlighted, a business in Cleveland, Ohio (Great Lakes Integrated) started to hire temporary workers over the past six months.  This printing company does not plan to use the temporary workers just for the recovery’s shaky beginning; it plans to keep up to 90% of its temporary workforce permanently.  This process is being repeated throughout the country.
Thanks to the Obama Presidency the middle class will suffer yet another blow to its future.  Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce stated:  “Employers have shifted risk to employees and as many other employers as they can.  If you think this is temporariness you haven’t seen anything yet.”

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