Baby Boomer indulgences: Bush’s stimulus and Obama as skinflint?


File under: It you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?

Greatest Generation Ants, spoiled grasshoppers, the Reagan Revolution interrupted, Wal-Mart moms and the tea partier conservative movement

Will Baby Boomers, who skipped class when Aesop’s thrifty ant and lazy grasshopper story was covered in elementary school and ignored the personification of the internalization of the lessons learned by their Greatest Generation parents, fall for the fable of the latest Boomer to occupy the Oval Office?

President Barack Obama is not touting the results of his signature America Recovery & Reinvestment and Patient Protection & Affordability Acts, aka the “stimulus” and ObamaCare,  respectively, in his bid for re-election, and who can blame him. His Democratic Party’s $800B+ stimulus bill that promised to “create and save” so many jobs that unemployment would never rise over 8% preceded the ongoing record run of, now, 40 months of continuous unemployment above 8%. Meanwhile health care for patients from Obama includes protection from having to pay the full $9/month cost of The Pill at Wal-Mart, even if it didn’t keep private health insurance affordable, or even available (But you are mandated to buy it, at least until the Supreme Court weighs in around the time of the Summer Solstice).

And speaking of Wal-Mart, will the sought-after demographic of  “Wal-Mart moms,” defined as “voters with kids under 18 living at home who shop[s] at Walmart at least once a month,” fall for the President from Chicago’s (which city bans Wal-Mart within the city limits) latest post-Enron/Sarbanes-Oxley accounting pronouncement that his predecessor from Midland, Texas (and an unnamed Democratic Congress that included a junior Democrat senator from Illinois) owned most of the post-Obama Inaugural spending and that our current Chief Executive is the stingiest federal spender since We Liked Ike?

I don’t think so, thanks in part to an ABC story about a recent discussion moderated by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, and Momentum Analysis, a Democratic firm. What they found was that these women are hurting financially.”

Who knew? But as Rush Limbaugh opined, when it comes to the Mainstream/Drive-by/Obama media,

“…nothing can ever be assumed from common sense. You can’t assume that people are hurting when unemployment’s over 9%. You can’t assume people are hurting when their homes are underwater. You can’t assume that people are hurting when their homes are be foreclosed on. Nope, you have to somehow substantiate it. So they did.”

These moms weren’t moved to effusive praise of the Commander-in-Chief on the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden and don’t appear to want the “Life of Julia” as a life-long dependent on Uncle Sam as ObamaDaddy. But they are confused as to why the economy hasn’t come back from the housing bubble-precipitated crisis and Great Recession. They don’t feel the so-called “recovery”, defined as it is, as a rising GDP even if the economy is growing only .02% more than a recession GDP -.01% for two consecutive quarters.

So, why are so many Americans that know “something just isn’t right” in the Camel-Not fashioned during two years of Hope and Change from the First Black President and super-majorities of the Democrat Party (that, we are told, cares so much about the poor and middle class), so confused?

Could it be that too many failed to learn the lessons of the Reagan Recovery from the last coincidence of Democratic Party super majorities under a Democratic president named Carter, and that before Obama became “authentically black” under Mentor Jeremiah Wright, he was already destined to be the “First McGovern, i.e. far left, President”? The assistant campaign manager from Arkansas for the landslide loser to Richard Nixon was scheduled to bear the McGovern mantle before Newt Gingrich and the boys of 1994 de-railed HillaryCare and gays in the military in favor of a Contract with America that continued the Reagan Recovery via welfare reform and capital gains tax cuts.

Maybe many of today’s Wal-Mart moms and others that placed their hands over their ears in 2008 when exposed to the inconvenient promises of the non-Bush/non-McCain to deliver skyrocketing energy prices, bankrupt the coal industry and “fundamentally transform” America, now hear the inconvenient truth of under-and unemployment? Maybe they confused Rose Garden signings by William Jefferson Clinton that continued the prosperity of the Reagan Recovery in the 90s with the party that holds Jefferson-Jackson Day picnics?

They shouldn’t have, much as the former congressman from Alabama and early supporter of Barack Obama, Artur Davis, upon announcing his  switch to the GOP last week, shouldn’t have exclaimed that:

“…This is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party”.

Artur, it never was.

Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party and every version since the early 70s have complained that every Republican President and Congress’s  budget has been too small, even including those submitted by Reagan and George W. Bush. The only Democratic parties that have succeeded in delivering prosperity since JFK are those that contained Boll weevils that feared Reagan or that were minorities to Newts brigades.

This former Democrat hopes that, finally, Baby Boomers, grasshoppers, Wal-Mart moms, and Target dads will finally heed the example of the Greatest Generation ants, and recognize what policies produce recoveries worthy of the name and what party is most likely to advance those policies, i.e. The Republican Party of Mitt Romney. You know, the guy that so many Democrats named Harold Ford, Cory Booker, Bill Clinton, Lanny Davis, Steny Hoyer and Ed Rendell et al, have been racing to defend from Obama’s Bain attacks.

Mike DeVine

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of since 2009.
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E Pluribus Unum
June 5, 2012 8:59 pm

I’m a little late to the commenting party, but….. kudos, Mike!  This particular episode has to be one of the easiest examples to use whenever Dems or pressies say,”what do you mean, the press is in the tank for Obama?”