Well, the Democratic Convention has begun and there was a lot of heated talk about the freedom to marry whomever you love, and very little-correct that-no mention of the $16 trillion national debt.
The country is broke, and the current administration just added more than $5 trillion to the left side of the ledger with nothing to show for it on the right side. (Instead of letting the auto industry use Chapter 11 to reorganize, at no expense to the tax payer, Obama stepped in to secure the union vote and billed all of us some $25 billion for the bragging rights.) Equally and painfully absent was any word about:
- Income equality has become worse under Obama than under Bush
- Health care costs have risen dramatically for the majority
- Taxes are going up for everyone
- A record number of people are on food stamps, and poverty has grown back to pre 1960's levels
- And the so-called 4 million jobs created since Obama wandered into office include a lot of low paying service jobs-and even those haven't come close to matching the population growth
- Obama's homebuilt effort to ease the flood of foreclosures has failed abjectly
- Telling the Taliban years in advance the day you intend to stop fighting has had predictable and tragic results
- And finally the combination of all things Obama, including his inability to forge a relationship with Republicans, has created the longest, slowest economic recovery in the history of the Republic. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts talked a lot about leadership. He said Gov. Romney's term in Massachusetts was a failure across the board. First we've heard anyone say that. So we'll chalk that up to partisan posturing. But the Leadership thing strikes a chord. When Obama saw himself down in the polls and suddenly decided he needed to express his approval of gay marriage and flout the law on immigration-well, that's not leadership. There's another word for that. And even Clint Eastwood wouldn't utter it on stage.
There is, however, good news coming out of this convention. The loving and caring and real concern for minorities and diversity is a good thing. It's what made America, America-though it was never loving or caring in the past. And the fact that people can now marry whomever they love is a good thing, too. I mean, thank God, they weren't saying, "Under Obama you can now marry WHATever you love."
Did I say, "Thank God"? Sorry. There is no God in the Democratic Party Platform. Officially.