I’ve been working at avoiding politics because I think it’s getting toxic. I really do. I think I’ve gotten to the point where, as much as the President offered the rhetoric of “hope,” I’ve become more hopeless. He turned hard left and has essentially given the GOP a gift–but screwed everyone else. Because now, the GOP won’t have to work that hard to take back the House or the Senate in 2010. They just have to be a little focused on not taxing everyone, not wrecking the country–and providing a little bit of optimism. This, of course, will make them lazy and when they realize they don’t have to work that hard to take back the Congress, they simply won’t.
Consider: The President’s campaign rhetoric was a soaring panoply of hope, change, the future, and all of it. But now that he’s in office, he talks about how we’re in such bad shape, that no one can save us but the government. Hate to sound cliche, but if the only hope for us is the Feds…we’re doomed. Big time doomed.
So far, since he’s been inaugurated, every time the man opens his mouth, the stock market takes a dump of 100 points. Now, I’m not political genius and I certainly don’t understand the psychology of markets all that well–but I do know this: Markets are inherently rational. They do have their swings, yes–but ultimately, it’s a numbers game. If the numbers make sense, the markets like it. If they don’t–then the markets don’t like it. Well, I ask you to consider–whether you’re a liberal, a conservative, a libertarian, a green–whatever. Since President Obama became President–how come every single time he offers words on the economy–the market takes a dump?
Lots of answers. Markets don’t like socialism, markets don’t like uncertainty, markets don’t cotton to soaking the rich to give to the not so rich. It goes on.
I know–for some of you, I’m preaching to the choir. But I just have to vent this here if for no other reason than this: unless President Obama takes a tack to the right soon (yeah, right), you can count on two things as far as I’m concerned. 1) The economy will not get better under the plans he has laid out and 2) The GOP will take back the House, the Senate or both in 2010. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.