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A bit of politics

One of the weird things about the Y in the "better zip codes" is how much schmoozing and Old Boys Network sort of stuff happens in the sauna. I am, fortunately, in a career that does not involve as much of that. Every job has some, of course, but mine is about as low as it gets. I try to sit it out. Keep my mouth shut, no matter how much stupid crap comes out of some idiot's mouth.

So, last night after my workout, I'm sitting in the sauna with an older man. He wasn't really schmoozing, but making conversation, when he asked what I thought of President Obama. I'm always hesitant to discuss politics with people I don't know, particularly here where it's so conservative, especially in the ritzy neighborhoods. I answered truthfully, though. I said I thought about the same of him as the day he got elected.

I did not drink the Kool Aid. I know an awful lot of people who expected Obama to make grand sweeping changes. They thought they were electing Jesus Christ. But he's a Chicago politician. And he can't change it alone. He needs an effective Congress, which he clearly does not have. I understand people's frustration, particularly with this health care debacle. I'm blessed with good insurance through my work, and I still feel strongly the health care system in this country is a nightmare and something has to be done. I wonder if Congress's ineffectiveness lies with the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. They've been noticeably quiet. I wonder if they purchased benchwarmers on the Hill.

No matter what happens, I still cannot believe this news story. Apparently, in Wyoming, which is something like the HBO show Deadwood, some businessmen purchased a billboard with a picture of George W. Bush and a caption that reads, "Miss me yet?" My answer: FUCK NO!!!! The problems Mr. Obama is struggling to fix were not of his own creation. How quick conservatives are to forget that. I think it has something to do with their diminished brain capacity.

Other conservatives continue to piss me off. In a forthcoming book, Karl Rove claims Bush wouldn't have started the Iraq war without their "intelligence" about W.M.D.'s. This is bullshit of the highest stank.

In other conservative book news, Sarah Palin plans to write another book. Which means she'll have written more than she's read. Making fun of Sarah Palin is like shooting fish in a barrel, though. I don't think she's interested in the presidency. I think she's just cashing in while she remains in the public eye. I don't know if I can blame her for that. But I have a feeling those lunatics who think she'd make a good president (dear Lord, writing that phrase makes me throw up in my mouth a little) are in for the same rude awakening the Obama fanatics are getting.

Okay, I can't write this anymore. It's too much bile. It's time to just look at the bright blue sky and sunshine and think nice thoughts.


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Mar. 5th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
He needs an effective Congress, which he clearly does not have.

This is the problem, exactly. Every time someone starts blaming everything on the president, I want to sit them down with a diagram of how the government is really (dis)organized. The president is a driving force, but not the only one involved.
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
It's true. Thankfully, we don't live in a dictatorship.

Nonetheless, people and the media want someone they can point the finger at. They want to make it simple. I understand this, but I don't approve. One of the problems with being president is how much blame is put on your shoulders for things you can't control.

When things are going well, though, people, congressmen, and the media are quick to throw around credit. *sigh*
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