Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Doppler Effect

President Obama's tone is changing, and with good reason. His approval ratings are down, as even his staunchest supporters are unconvinced that he is making good on his promises in a timely fashion. Despite the articles sounding the death knell- and the collective bleating of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Malkin, et al- it's unreasonable to expect the fallout from the worst economic crisis in half a century to be rectified in the first five months of a new administration. But there should be some signs of something happening, of which there seem to be none. After billions upon billions in stimulus money spent, unemployment is still rising, consumer confidence is still falling, and the recipients of most of the TARP dollars seem no better for it. Still, birth is always painful and the status quo must be shifted. What happens now-from taxes to the deficit to health care and beyond- will re-define our nation, one way or another.

Barry definitely picked the wrong time to stop smoking.

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