Stating the obvious passes for folk wisdom in remote tribal areas such as the Southside of Chicago, and since we now live in the Chicago-on- the-Potomac, perhaps we should start to take some of this obvious wisdom into account. Take statistics; here is a science that’s used to make judgments and to justify actions. And what’s statistics – just numbers, and what’s in a number? And as the Chicagoism goes, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” How does this help us understand our new Omerica?
Contrary to popular belief as nurtured by the mainstream media, President Obama is not the most popular president in history. His poll numbers are now lower than President Bush’s were at the same place in his first term. He’s even tracking lower than the almost universally repudiated President Carter was at the same point in his first term. The media’s initial announcement was that “Voter turnout in 2008 shattered all records,” and “2008 Could Mark Highest Voter Turnout Rate Since 1968”was trumpeted on the all-liberal-all-the-time news networks, making Obama’s victory appear a sweeping mandate for change. However, the follow-up reporting, which found “That huge voter turnout? Didn't happen” and “Voter Turnout in 2008 Lowest in 12 Years” didn’t receive the same 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage.
In addition, despite being panned and pummeled by the establishment during the election, Sarah Palin was personally more popular than either McCain or Obama. Today, after months of the media telling us how blessed we are to have a president who is like God and that Sarah Palin is barely intelligent enough to breathe, she is only six points off the mark for a rematch with her at the top of the ticket. We’re told by the same people who relentlessly attack her that her decision to resign as governor of Alaska cost her some popularity. These same domesticated journalists ignore or ridicule the idea that her decision allows the people of Alaska to have a state government dedicated to their interests instead of asking the people of Alaska to pay endless legal fees fighting off frivolous lawsuits brought by the progressive attack machine. New media sources insist her numbers are holding steady. As people think this through, they will see that the honest and forthright way she’s moving forward will be a mark in her favor.
A bail-out here, a take-over there – after a while, it’s all just a blur. When financial figures grow beyond experience, they lose all relevance and become just numbers; millions, billions, trillions might as well be gazillions. Yet everyone understands we don’t create wealth by moving it around. This “spread the wealth around” statist thinking leads to saving a failing business like GM.
In the short term, we may save some jobs, but what new industry have we stopped from starting by propping up one that should die? The government can’t give anyone anything unless they take it from someone else. Giving GM $80 billion dollars means there’re $80 billion dollars less for new enterprises. Have you ever asked yourself, why didn’t we bail-out the buggy whip industry? We could’ve saved many jobs, but we might have strangled the auto industry in its cradle. Today, in the Bizarro World of Obamanomics, our government owns two major auto corporations, and now we’re subsidizing the consumer with Cash for Clunkers. What’s the result of these statist actions? Taking from those who produce wealth to give it to those who consume wealth is a disincentive to creating wealth. Why make it if the government is going to take it away? People are already asking, “Why should I keep working?”
It’s just numbers. Who’s counting when it comes to made-from-thin-air money as dollars swoosh through the world at the speed of light? The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to create money. Our elected representatives have surrendered that power to the Federal Reserve System. The Fed is a privately-owned entity operating under a veil of secrecy that makes the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, and the Pentagon envious. According to testimony by Fed Chairman Bernanke, they’ve no idea where the latest half-a-trillion dollars have gone, and they’re surprised anyone has the audacity to question them, let alone hope for an answer. A majority of legislators have joined Ron Paul in his request for an audit of the Fed’s books. The solution to that’s easy; the Fed hires lobbyists and the Obamacrats turn a blind eye. Problem solved; audit, what audit? It’s just numbers; besides, soon our glorious leader will solve the health care crisis, saving us so much money we’ll pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Problem solved. Back when the lottery was called numbers and you bought your ticket from a guy on the corner instead of at the minimart, the smart money would give you ten-to-one odds that the day your number hit, you wouldn’t be on your number. Yes, it’s all just numbers, and what’s in a number? Nothing except when you’re counting cards or your numbers up.
Dr. Owens teaches history, political science, religion, and leadership for Southside Virginia Community College. © 2009 Robert R. Owens. Contact Dr. Owens: http://robertrowens.com. Dr. Owens is available for speaking engagements.