Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Paper Tiger

Here is a line from George Lakoff's analysis of president Obama's speech, called "The country we believe in", that resonates well with me:

"The fact is that the rich have gotten rich because of the government -- direct corporate subsidies, access to publicly-owned resources, access to government research, favorable trade agreements, roads and other means of transportation, education that provides educated workers, tax loopholes, and innumerable government resources taken advantage of by the rich, but paid for by all of us."


I think that if we had a president that we could believe in we might have something. I have noticed, time and again, that president Obama serves Wall Street exclusively. This was highlighted by the BP oil spill, for which no laws have been passed, by The Great Recession, for which no bad reckless deed went unpunished, and total silence on labor issues.

If it weren't for the GOP's field of candidates for the top job, Obama could not sink any lower in my esteem. It's a pity, since on paper he is a tiger.

I believe that if George Lakoff says this speech is important for the vision it projects, then voters ought to read the speech. They must guard against getting their hopes up, however.

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"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge"

Charles Darwin