Frank Rich lays it on the line. And you know if he is willing to come to grips and talk about the thus far total incompetence of the Obama Administration, you know that covering for him is becoming impossible.
From the New York Times op-ed:
A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won’t fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. It would be foolish to dismiss as hyperbole the stark warning delivered by Paulette Altmaier of Cupertino, Calif., in a letter to the editor published by The Times last week: “President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.”
And yet they don’t get it. I heard yesterday that he was sending out his little ACORNs to go door to door like a bunch of beggars to get some petitions signed to support the massive spending. Come on. But this is all he knows, this is his only experience – community organizing.
And so Rich goes on to say they seem to have failed to get the message:
Otherwise it [the Obama Administration] never would have used Lawrence Summers, the chief economic adviser, as a messenger just as the A.I.G. rage was reaching a full boil last weekend. Summers is so tone-deaf that he makes Geithner seem like Bobby Kennedy.
Bob Schieffer of CBS asked Summers the simple question that has haunted the American public since the bailouts began last fall: “Do you know, Dr. Summers, what the banks have done with all of this money that has been funneled to them through these bailouts?” What followed was a monologue of evasion that, translated into English, amounted to: Not really, but you little folk needn’t worry about it. [Another version of the ‘chattering classes just don’t care about all these little porky projects.’]
The only good thing I can see from all of this is that it is heartening to see the citizen voices are finally breaking through. The people are being heard.
But then on the other hand, we better be careful. Obama says he is mad, too. So in some way, I think he is misreading what we are saying. I believe the Saul Alinsky student is looking at it through that prism and is going to try to use the discontent to expand his agenda, that agenda being the total gutting of America as we know it. This is the Alinsky model, and I believe it is Barack Obama’s view, as well:
“”Saul Alinsky’s worldview was that the United States is an oppressive and racist society where most people (the Have-Nots) are the victims of economic injustice with a future of despair. He wanted a radical change of America’s social and economic structure, and he planned to achieve that through creating public discontent and moral confusion. His goal was not to arrive at compromise or peaceful solution; his goal was to crush the Haves and transform society.””
It’s something to think about.