Political Commentary by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Obama and his staff have proven policy chops but are terrible at politics—they cannot, or will not, sell their ideas, especially in a sharp-elbowed partisan climate. It is a bizarre political universe in which the passage of health-care reform is actually being used to campaign against Democratic politicians. – Newsweek, Politics by Ravi Somaiya
It is a bizarre reporting environment when major “news” magazines, newspapers, and web sites are reporting on the great successes of a president that the majority of the citizens opposed, that failed miserably to do what they were passed to do, and contributed to worsening the worst economic environment since the Great Depression (which may soon succeed the Great Depression in the category of worst).
It is even more bizarre when the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States (and if it continues may qualify as the worst in the world) is occurring yet the effects are barely being reported (toxic rain, coastal populations falling ill, tens of thousands out of work with the impact spreading) and the actions of the federal government are stopping relief efforts (because stopping oil intrusion may affect sand bars or spawning regions for now-dead sea creatures, and therefore don’t pass environmental impact studies and analysis in the midst of a disaster).
It is completely bizarre when I have friends and family members (and blog readers) out of work, under-employed (grocery cashier instead of store manager), lost their homes, lost their cars, when millions of citizens are about to expire 99 weeks of unemployment support (that’s 2 years and moves them to the category of permanently unemployed – which are DROPPED from unemployment statistics), and the focus of news reports is immature star-lets going to jail, the president attacking a state for trying to not be overrun by illegal immigrants, and whether the iPhone 4 gets proper reception or not…but barely a thing about the economic situation, it’s impact on people, how people are coping, advice on making wise decisions in such situations, and how moves the government has made have failed while putting the government in such debt it can’t make any additional moves (while states and localities are literally going bankrupt).
It’s a bizarre world where reporters live in a bubble but pretend they represent the average person.