Posturing, Pledges and Promises

Posturing, Pledges and Promises

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By: Joseph Frymire

On Monday, President Obama announced his plan for reducing our national deficit. The plan will impose new taxes on those who make over 1 million dollars, end tax breaks on big oil and gas companies and will make it illegal to discriminate against the unemployed.

Some have called these ideas idealistic, others call them provisions for class warfare. But you know what they really are? Ammunition.

Politicians coming up on campaign season are like department store managers looking forward to Christmas; they would put the decorations up in March if they thought they could get away with it. From now until next November, everything you hear is going to have a political slant to it. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the right or left. Party A will promise something that sounds reasonable to their base, Party B will demonize this idea and come up with a reason why it will bring about the apocalypse, and Party A will use this denouncement to vaguely explain how Party B is evil.

That’s all Obama’s plan amounts to; political posturing. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell it gets past a congress that wouldn’t like the President if he bled white and blue along with the usual color. Our Commander-in-Chief is doing what, in the internet world, is called trolling. Obama and his cabinet got together and figured out exactly what would really make Republicans mad, and at the same time give Democrats what they want to hear. Tah-dah, there’s your plan to reduce the deficit.

This is our political system: posturing and pledges that ultimately amount to the same schoolyard antics we thought we left behind with our trapper keepers and Scooby-Doo lunchboxes.

It’s only going to get worse. Here come the campaign tours, the fundraising phone calls, the public appearances and the unbelievably obnoxious and endless commercials. The campaign holiday has come early this year.

Don’t you want to start shopping now?

 

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