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Obama promises to revive economy by changing lightbulbs

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Barack Obama loves the economic “crisis.”  Perhaps that’s why he’s been sitting in the background claiming “one-president-at-a-time” while everything comes crashing down.  Yes, it all gives him the perfect opportunity to spend without restraint in the name of “saving or creating” 2 million jobs.

And how will Obama do that?  By replacing light bulbs and making sure everybody has free internet access.

“We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won’t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work,” Obama said today in announcing his New Deal.  Light bulb changers need no longer worry about job security.

Obama also says it’s unacceptable that children can’t get online to make donations to him.  He’s going to fix that and also make schools “energy-efficient.”  Yes, more Internet and more flourescent light bulbs will make us the world’s leader in education again.  And you silly people thought the teachers unions were the problem.

Of course, Obama will also pave some roads and revamp the entire health care system by using electronic records.  All of this will “save or create” 2 million new jobs.

Since nearly 2 million jobs have been lost this year, getting them back won’t be much of an accomplishment.  Preventing 2 million more from being lost doesn’t qualify as an accomplishment at all – especially since there will be no way to verify that it has happened or that Obama had anything to do with it (unless he gets out of the way and gives incentives for businesses to expand).

To Obama, the economic “crisis” isn’t really about jobs, the middle class or even reversing recession, despite his lofty talk about all these things.  No, what it is really about is taking advantage of a situation in which he is expected to “do something” and making the most of it by spending on cute little left-wing projects that under other circumstances might not be so easy to enact.  But most of the country hasn’t learned much from the Great Depression and the failures of the New Deal.  So, we’re about to do it all over again.

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Written by The Parse

December 6, 2008 at 11:32 am

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