Obama fiddles for Democratic money while US and Chicago burn
With (non--to him) scandals erupting around him our what, me worry?! president, Barack Obama jetted to his home city, Chicago, for a group of fund raisers--some hosted by IRS unthreatened liberal organizations--to raise money for the Democratic party to distribute to Democratic candidates.
Speaking to the one per centers--at one funder "Tickets there ran from $10,000 for dinner and photo to $50,000 for a table, photo and preferred seating"--Obama warned the crowd:
Obama said he's willing to work with Republicans, but can get more done with Democrats in charge of the House.
"If day in, day out, what we confront is obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism, and what appears to be an interest only in scoring political points or placating a base as opposed to trying to advance the interests of the American people, then we've got to figure out a way to work around that," the president said. "And one of the best ways to work around it is to have a Democratic House of Representatives.
"We've got a politics that's stuck right now. The reason it's stuck is because people spend more time thinking about the next election than they do the next generation."
The president faces no more elections, but with some fellow Democrats criticizing him in the past for not focusing enough on the party's strength in Congress, Obama has promised to be more involved in the fundraising push this time out. The president intends to hold at least eight fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The fundraising is part of a broader strategy by Obama's team. After his 2012 re-election, members of the president's campaign organization retooled to form Organizing For Action, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money to get his agenda passed in part by helping congressional Democrats.
The retooled President Obama campaign organization had no IRS problems forming Organizing For Action.
While Obama was speaking, some of Chicago's citizens not in attendance at these funders were unproductively busy with other activities summed up by the Chicago Tribune headline: "Woman, 56, Among 4 dead 11 wounded in city shootings."
These shootings took place within several miles of the Obamas' Chicago home. All the perps and many of the victims resembled the sons he would have had; the others resembled Michelle Obama. According to real estate blog NeighborhoodScout, four of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America are in Chicago and that's where most of these incidents occurred.
Although Obama didn't know about the mayhem when he spoke--apparently, as with the other scandals, his aides didn't tell him--even he realizes there is trouble, trouble right here in Chicago.
While reciting a litany of difficulties the country still faces, Obama localized his pitch for gun control, noting Chicago's problems with street violence.
"There are still kids just a few miles from here who are threatened by gun violence, who aren't in a school that is giving them what they need to compete in this 21st century, and whose prospects are dim, if we're honest, not because they don't have the innate capacity, but because we as a society have decided that's not our priority," Obama said.
Uhm, apparently years ago, when Obama served so diligently as a state senator in the corrupt Illinois legislature voting "present", his aides didn't tell him that Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation along with one of the highest murder rates...with guns. And surprise!, like immigration laws and Iran sanction laws, most of the criminals ignore gun control laws. And governments can't and/or won't--enforce them.
As for society's priorities, oh dear, once again, his aides haven't informed our totally oblivious president that billions upon trillions of dollars have been spent on these "kids...who are threatened by gun violence, who aren't in a school that is giving them what they need to compete in this 21st century, and whose prospects are dim..." in the form of liberal decided and developed income redistribution schemes "giving them" "free" food, "free" education, "free" health care, "free" housing, "free" i phones, "free" this, "free" that.
Therefore, by the law of expected consequences, stated by those who the liberals would scornfully describe as "uncompassionate conservatives," these kids are not their parents' priority. Not that the parents don't care. Many of them do. But everything is "given to them." They don't build anything. The majority of these kids are born into single parent families--no, not medical miracle births but households with an absent, non working father; to teen aged or very young parents, minimally educated, no matter how hard teachers try--and they do. The schools can't "give them" an education from any century because so many--not all but enough--of the students are so disruptive, come from unstable, chaotic homes and communities--re read the information above about dangerous neighborhoods--that teachers can't overcome the familial or communal negatives.
Why work hard when deviant behavior is rewarded and responsible, hard working behavior penalized? The education messages are in conflict; cognitive dissonance in elementary (school) action.
Will someone please inform the presidential aides so they can inform the president about the reality?