I can't believe I gave this man's campaign more money than I could afford in the hope of getting him elected president in '08.
John McCain on Congressional "tea partiers" (as quoted in the Washington Times, by way of Weasel Zippers:
"Many in this group didn’t come to power to get things done.
They came to power to keep things from getting done.”
Does it not occur to him that We The People sent folks like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to the Senate precisely to "keep things from getting done," because we were outraged by what WAS getting done? Do I really need to make a list? The 'stimulus,' Obamacare, unemployment, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...
Holy mackerel, McCain is starting to sound like Obama! Whatever happened to McCain (and Graham), happened in a meeting at the White House the week before Obama took 12 GOP senators to dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in March.
From left: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) met with President Barack Obama for a rare dinner... (New York Daily News/Getty Images)
President Obama and his guests ordered from a three-course prix-fixe menu. The White House specifically requested that the staff of Plume restaurant include the Maryland blue crab risotto appetizer and filet of prime beef entree among the options. . . soooo, does that mean that’s what the president ordered? The restaurant wouldn’t say.
But we do know that of the 16 people seated in the hotel’s private Parlor Boardroom (including the 12 senators and presumably a handful of staffers), there were six orders of the filet, five of the Colorado lamb açaí, four Lobster Thermidors, and one special-ordered vegetarian plate. Dessert options included peanut butter crumble, heart of guana chocolate tart and iced Tahitian vanilla and praline bar.
The president had arranged for the $85 per person tab (not including tax or tip) to be billed directly to the White House. The hotel was sworn to secrecy on the question of whether or not wine was ordered or consumed.
Now fast forward four months after dinner, to today:
- Progressive Poverty ~"Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream." (AP, "Exclusive: Signs of Declining Economic Security," July 28, 2013)
- Weakest Recovery ~ "Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest." (AP, "Economic recovery is weakest since World War II," August 15, 2012)
- Hope and Change? ~ Under Obama, the poverty rate grew from 14.3% in 2009 to nearly 17% in April 2013. The poverty rate fell from 15.2% during the peak of the 1982 recession to 12.8% when Reagan left office. (Based on BLS figures. See Peter Ferrara at Forbes, "Reagaonomics vs. Obamanomics: Facts and Figures," May 5, 2011).
- Welfare Explosion ~ "[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year... Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the [Cato] study finds." (CNS News, "Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars..," June 25, 2012)
- More Americans Struggling ~ "About 97.3 million Americans fall into a low-income category, commonly defined as those earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level, based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that is designed to provide a fuller picture of poverty. Together with the 49.1 million who fall below the poverty line and are counted as poor, they number 146.4 million, or 48 percent of the U.S. population." (AP/NBC, "Dismal Prospects," December 15, 2011)
- Long-Term Unemployment ~ "An unprecedented 4 in 10 jobless workers—nearly 5 million people—have been out of work for 27 weeks—nearly six months—or longer, pushing the average duration of unemployment up to 37 weeks, nearly 16 weeks longer than during the worst of the 1980s downturn, according to the law project's data." (NBC, "Slow Crawl to Poverty," April 4, 2013)
- Government Dependency ~ First Lady Michelle Obama recently claimed in a political fundraising email that Barack Obama wants to free Americans from "any form of public assistance." Currently, nearly 110 million Americans receive some form of federal welfare. (Weekly Standard, "Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare," August 8, 2012). President Obama said on the 2008 campaign trail that spreading the wealth around is "good for everybody."
So maybe We The People just don't trust Government when it comes to "getting things done."