My first thoughts about a deep-down bunker would be of the reports of Adolph Hitler’s last days at the end of World War 2. He hid out in the deep bunker beneath the Reichstag building in Berlin while the city was being destroyed by bombs and invaded by Americans on the west side and Russian troops on the east side. I have read more than one account of those final days of the Nazi’s “Thousand Year Reich” which ended pretty quickly after only about 10 years.Â Hitler and his closest aides hid out in the bunker til the bitter end…when some killed themselves and others surrendered to face trials in Nuremburg later.
But the deep bunker I read about the other day in an article by Rich Lowry was not the Hitler Bunker, but the Obama bunker….not a true under- the- earth- place under a governent building, but a bunker nonetheless….a mental and emotional Â hiding place from the increasingly “madding crowds” who are being polled endlessly and telling the pollsters that they disapprove more and more with every passing week….with the current President and his policies.
Another thought I ran across recently was Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over even if it fails over and over. That is a pretty fair description of the Obama policy called “stimulus spending”. Our government had passed several acts since 2009…stimulus plans…that were supposed to bring an end to unemployment, provide jobs galore and cause the faltering economy to recover.Â Â But it has not happened; our job losses and unemployment are greater than several months previous and the promised 8% unemployment figure (Christina Romer) has never materialized.Â Â ( And Romer has “gotten out of Dodge”)Â Â Â The last time I checked, the rate was 9.6% Americans still unemployed and that doesn’t measure those who are UNDER- employed.Â Â But still the stimulus goes on…but it is not called a stimulus any longer after the failures to bring about the promised results.Â Â Now it is called something like “recovery” or some such elusive terminology.Â Â It is still Einstein’s definition of insanity: trying the same thing over and over even when it fails over and over. Â The newly promised recovery is going to cost another 50 billion dollars which we do not have even though the President said it was already paid for.Â Â Â I wonder with what?Â Â Â Monopoly money??Â Â Â The Chinese won’t even lend us any more money so how is it paid for? We simply do not have the money for any of these fairy tale stimulus/recovery acts or whatever they call them.Â Â Â Â Throwing non-existent money by the billions does not work nor will it work….that is clear to the American people who seem to have a great deal more economic expertise than the President or his cabinet….. including the hapless, Â tax- evading Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner.Â Â Â Â Â Â That brings to mind a recent event in my own life. I was notiifed by the IRS that I owed them money. It was a relatively small amount of money as government spending goes, but nevertheless a mistake in returns two years ago did not account for the money I was required to take out of an IRA account at age 70.Â Â So we will pay up what we owe.Â Â Isn’t it amazing how they can track down a retired teacher on a very low retirement income to dun a few dollars out of….the IRS seemed blank and helpless and incapable Â when the taxes not paid by Timothy Geithner and former Senator Tom Daschle came to light in early 2009.Â Â Â How odd that they did not track that missing tax money because it was a heck of a lot more money than what I now owe!!!Â Â Â Â It never ceases to amaze me…this taxation system of ours. I would go for the Flat Tax that Steve Forbes proposed a few years ago. It would surely make things simple and there would be NO loopholes for anyone.Â Â Â Wouldn’t that be fair….and nice????Â Â Â Â I thinks so.
But back to the deep, deep Whitehouse Bunker that the Prez and his cabinet and advisors are huddled in.
From the Lowry article of Sept. 8:
“The administration already lavished more than 100 billion dollars on the first “stimulus ” bill. This new round of proposed spending is supposedly different because it ‘will be fully paid for’ in Obama’s words, but Congress has been struggling to reauthorize the transportation bill that expired more than a year ago precisely because it’s so hard to cover its costs.Â Â As for jobs, only the handful of believers in the ‘summer of recovery’ will think another shot of infrastructure spending will do anything for the job market soon, if ever.”
Another thing the deep mental bunker is shielding the Dems in the Obama government from is “the entire political-media establishment awakened to the catastrophe awaiting Democrats in the fall. A CNN poll found that among voters who dislike both parties—-one in five voters—Republicans now lead by 38 points. That’s a landslide, among voters who don’t even like them!” (Rich Lowry)
The political tactics being developed deep down in the Obama bunker go like this:Â Â Obama wants to write George W Bush’s name on the ballot (figuratively speaking) and keep blaming the man who has been out of office for 2 years for everything that has gone wrong for Obama.Â Â Â Â Another obvious tactic is what we didn’t think Obama was standing for…..slashing partisanship on everything but foreign policy.Â Â Â Most recently on Labor Day at a rally of Â his ardent Union supporters, the President said his opponents have treated him ‘like a dog’ …..a “line that demeaned the arguments of the opposition and revealed an unflattering flash of self-pity” (Lowry)
What the Bunker folks may not have “gotten” is the tremendous wedge that has been driven by the President’s policies…a wedge against a huge percentage of American voters who thought he represented some real changes…but he does not, obviously. “While most people want less of of the Obama program, his base wants more.”Â Â Â Â Any easing off of spending by the goverment would anger his leftist-liberal base. “His new proposals for business tax breaks are paid for not with spending cuts. but with contervailing business tax increases, lest the Left throw a fit.” (Lowry)
And if anyone deep down in that Bunker thinks that is going to turn our economy around…..I have a piece of real estate in the Okefenokee Swamp that I would like to sell to the Boobs in the Bunker.