Monday, March 23, 2009

Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned

Why am I reminded of this? Every morning when I wake up with good ideas about writing, publishing, editing, etc, they are overshadowed by things that seem so much more important. Honestly, since I started watching Fox news and reading some of the affiliated blogs, I can't stop...and I'm scared. I fear President Obama has his hand in so many pots, he really isn't concentrating on our safety. How can he be, when the woman he appointed as the head of Homeland Security won't even allow the word 'terrorist' in her vocabulary. Janet Napolitano previously oversaw the glorious state of Arizona, where the greatest infiltration of aliens still takes place. She didn't want a wall guarding her borders.

Michelle Malkin had this on her blog: http://www.michellemalkin.com
While a few big firms, such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase, have curtailed their campaign giving, others are quietly doling out cash to select members of Congress, particularly those who serve on committees that oversee TARP. In recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, the political action committee for Bank of America (which got $15 billion in bailout money) sent out $24,500 in the first two months of 2009, including $1,500 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and another $15,000 to members of the House and Senate banking panels. Citigroup ($25 billion) dished out $29,620, including $2,500 to House GOP Whip Eric Cantor, who also got $10,000 from UBS which, while not a TARP recipient, got $5 billion in bailout funds as an AIG “counterparty.” “This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions,” says Brett Kappell, a D.C. lawyer who tracks donations. (A spokesman for Cantor did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Hoyer said it’s his “policy to accept legal contributions.”


Is everyone corrupt in Washington? I'm still stewing over the billions given to Palestinians. Has the President forgotten we have homeless and needy people wandering the streets of this country, too? It pains me to admit that I used to be one of the 'uninformed' whose curiosity was piqued by the high numbers of homeless men until I discovered why. Under our current laws, they are not eligible for anything other than food stamps. Shelters are full, they have no access to homes, so I can imagine that bridges and overpasses might look pretty appealing when the temperatures dip into the teens. People complain about them pissing in the streets...where would you suggest they pee? I guess the old adage, "Walk a mile in my shoes,' takes on new meaning, but who among us would want to step into their worn and frayed boots? Yes...most appear to be Vets. Somehow that makes it even sadder in my book.

Sadly, it seems President Obama is destined to destroy our alliance with the leaders of other countries. He threw Poland under the bus when he withdrew our support for their safety, he sent a letter to the Russian President that was construed in a cowardly light, and now after many years, they are rearming their nuclear weapons. When the English Prime Minister visited...after Obama returned the bust of Churchill which had been prominently displayed in the White house, our President treated him poorly then insulted him further with a set of DVDs that only formatted to play in North America. Now he's followed a video to Iran, also marking him as a coward and asking for peaceful surrender with a letter to the President of France in which Obama states he looks forward to future joint endeavors. He sent the letter to Jacques Chirac who hasn't been France's President for TWO YEARS! It should have gone to the current President, Nicolas Sarkozi.

A recent criticism stated Obama used the word "crisis" twenty-five times in a speech, then complained that people are too negative about the economy. If none of this makes you worry, then you must have nerves of steel. If we keep our heads buried in the sand, pretty soon the remainder of our bodies will be buried there, too.

4 comments:

Lillie Ammann said...

Ginger,
I'm terribly worried about our country. Too many people—and companies—want handouts; that's what got us the government we have. People voted and act on their selfish interests rather than the welfare of the country.

Ginger Simpson said...

Lillie,
I'm sure you and I aren't alone. My biggest problem is with Congress...they are a large part of the problem but continually refuse to accept any of the blame. Too much greed, but then hasn't there always been?

Ginger

Carolyn Matkowsky said...

I thought this was a writing blog, not a political blog. I'm a political junkie, but I don't expect to find politics on a writing blog. For the record, I love Obama and support him.

Ginger Simpson said...

Carolyn,
This is what my blog description says, "Author, mother, grandmother, wanna-be comedienne. Forrest Gump aptly described my page, "...never know what you're gonna get."

I am an author, and I do devote lots of time to my craft, even invite others to visit and blog about novels, but that doesn't mean I can't have an opinion about politics and the mess we are in. I've been on a continued rant because of what I consider idiotic moves by the present administration. But, good for you for supporting Obama. We all have our own opinions and I use my blog to voice mine. I planned to support him, too, but his actions have definitely changed my mind.

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