OK, I'll get the bad news out of the way first. There are more Americans living in poverty than ever.
The ranks of America's poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in more than two decades.More bad news: this was from last year. 2010. Is there any doubt that it's gotten worse since then?
Obama's jobs bill is just more of the same old failed Keynesian bullshit belief that the government can create jobs. It can, but only for the government. I'm hopeful that the country is about to discover that it's really the private sector that is the generator of jobs. As we all should know by now, as exemplified by the Solyndra debacle, that any direct stimulus of jobs is temporary, and that the jobs disappear when the subsidies dry up.
And speaking of Solyndra, Obama is under the microscope, as more details come out about this failed attempt to construct our economy around another failed idea. (Via Drudge.)
You'd think that after some thirty years of trying to compete in the free market, and meeting with, shall we say, something less than success, somebody in Washington would've figured out that there are better places to put the peoples' money. But when your a Crony Capitalist like Obama, what's a few hundred million between political friends and bundlers? It's not like it's their own money or anything.
Now the good news. The special election for disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner's seat in New York has a winner, Republican Bob Turner. That seat hasn't been in Republican hands since the 1920's.
Talk about a sea change, this is going to leave a mark for sure. It's as much a rebuke of Obama and the Democrats as anything we've seen so far. Oh, the White House will try to spin this, but there's no escaping the fact that the country is awake to the damaging horrors of leftism and is ready to change course dramatically. We're getting a big lesson in what not to do when it comes to politicians and their governing philosophies. We got dragged way to the left, and we're just now finding out how and why big government cannot work.
When we get a larger government, we get more restrictions placed on our economy. How's that working out? It's a simple rule, almost too simple for anyone inside the Beltway to comprehend. What we need (and I firmly believe we'll demand in 2012) is for government to be drastically reduced in size and influence. We've progressed to the point where something that was seemingly unthinkable only a few years ago is gaining widespread acceptance, namely the elimination of entire sectors of the federal government. I doubt seriously if anyone would miss the EPA, or the Department of Education, or the National Endowment for the Arts.
If this notion is fully embraced, it signals a bright future for the nation. There is so much pent up demand in the private sector, when it's unleashed, the world will see just how well capitalism can work for the people. We truly have an opportunity to lift ourselves and the rest of the world out of the economic mess we've inflicted upon ourselves by electing the wrong people into power.
I can't wait.
It's coming, this American Renewal. The spirit is there, patiently waiting to be rediscovered.
We truly are different than the rest of the world, and we're about to prove it in a good way.