You're walking down your street, on a warm Spring day. Ahead, there's a sight that takes you back immediately to when you were kid. The sign reads "Lemonade 50 cents." A bit higher in price than your memory might serve, but nostalgic just the same.
The pride swells up in you as you remember Mom giving you a bag of lemons to squeeze. Calling to mind your fondest of memories of her subtle, yet oh so enticing, nonchalant suggestion. You were squeezing, as she almost sang the words "Lemonade Stand" softly in your ear. Her subliminal messaging is surely what led you to believe that independence was at hand. The moment was here when you could make enough money that you wouldn't have to ask her for anything…ever again! Hallelujah!!
Tuesday night, at the second Obama Prime Time Press Conference, Ed Henry asked President Obama why he waited a few days to express outrage over the AIG bonuses. President Obama responded "…I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak."
What? Something tastes very sour here…very sour indeed.
An aficionado of constitutional law does not know immediately that using taxation, after the fact, to punish isn't constitutional? I am floored. Not in just one way, but a few. I believed in an Obama that thinks on his feet, not because he's rash, but because he can. He skirted the AIG bonus question tonight deliberately. And while I know he'll never sign a bill to tax those greedy S.O.B.'s at anything higher than the current marginal tax rate, tonight…I saw something I never thought I would. I never thought in a million years that my Obama, my man of change, my man who has shown me that he dislikes phony politicians with all of his heart…would pander to either the few or the masses with feigned anger over those who are getting exorbitant bonuses from AIG.
Come on, really. This is the most childish thing I've seen since McCain's campaign. Crying over spilt milk is an expectation we can only put on the youngest among us...the very youngest, as in those a far "cry" from being able to vote. When I was a kid, I was taught to live with the consequences of my actions, to live with what life dealt me, and to learn from my, or others' mistakes. Now, could I say to Obama that since he didn't make the mistake that he has a pass on how he deals with it? No. I would say instead…
President Obama, remember your promise to the American people. You absolutely know the ingredients, but just in case, here they are again abbreviated:
You were given lemons, now stop the placating. Tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear, and make some G--D--- lemonade.