There are a lot of things in this world I can’t understand.
I can’t understand the logic of the income tax (neither could Einstein so I guess I am in good company.) I can’t understand the asinine rules for the English language that often contradict. For example, -i before -e, except after -c and in words like neighbor. What the hell is that all about? But as confusing as the income tax and the English language are, nothing quite compares to the mind-blowing irrationality that is the dementia of the left. I say this of course with all due respect, but let’s not forget that the respect due the left is only proportional to the respect they have earned.
To express my point I show exhibit A – a recent poll released by the Gallup Organization regarding people’s finances and the things that adversely affect their everyday pockets. The following is the question Gallup asked 1,016 adults aged 18 and older from a telephone interview:
Now I am going to read you some possible situations that could affect your family’s finances. For each one, please say whether that situation is hurting your finances a lot, hurting your finances a little, having no effect, helping your finances a little, or helping your finances a lot.
The respondents to the survey answered that the three most important things hurting their finances a lot are: the price of energy, including gas at 79%, the price of food at 76% and taxes at 69%. The bottom three things hurting finances a lot were: Federal spending cuts at 46%, immigration policies at 38%, and availability of credit at 30%. These bottom three categories were, however, the top three in having no effect starting with the credit category (52%), then immigration (50%), and then Federal spending cuts (35%).
Myriad mind-boggling thoughts flood my head all at once, risking blood leaking from my ears and eyes, or worse, a massive stroke.
First, the chief concern of 79% of American households is the price of energy. So what do the deranged leftists at the White House do? They empower the EPA to go after power plants. Just last week, they curbed the development of a new generating plant in Corpus Christi, TX. Obama himself states that he will bankrupt power companies if they try to build coal burning plants – which just happen to be the cheapest, easiest, and most abundant form of energy on the planet. They give billions to loser companies like Solyndra and wind farms, all of which couldn’t supply a medium sized city with enough energy for a year let alone the entire country.
The second biggest concern is food costs. This is directly related to the cost of energy. It costs farmers and ranchers money to farm and ranch, and then it costs money to ship those goods to be processed. It costs the processors money to make the food ready for market and then ship to market. Finally, it costs the market money to keep the lights on and the food cold and dry – all of these things take energy. So what is the Obama administration doing about this? Absolutely nothing!
They prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from being built which would bring an abundant supply of cheap oil and gas from Canada to our refineries in Houston. You want to reduce the cost of food, reduce the cost of energy – plain and simple. And the whopper of them all, the big kahuna, coming in at 69% of American households affected is taxes. This one really grinds my gears. We just spent six months listening to the boobs in Washington go back and forth on whether our government has a spending problem or a revenue problem. We had to listen to Obama tell us that the rich don’t pay their fair share, and we had to watch Boehner squirt crocodile tears from his used car salesman eyes. We got inundated with false statistics of how Bush ran up more than Obama because of unpaid for wars and entitlement spending. We listened as the left berated us into believing that the key to a balanced budget was to tax the wealthy even more. And in the end, we all got hit with a 2% increase because they failed to extend the reduced rate on our FICA taxes.
The left likes to tell us, and they did an exceptional job during the last presidential election, that the republicans are out of touch with everyday Americans. They say that the left “feels your pain.” Do they really? With overwhelming numbers like this compared to what the government is actually doing to change things, are they really in touch on either side?
I leave you with this – today, the Gang of 8 in the Senate is releasing its proposal for immigration reform. For the next several months this is all that will be talked about in the news (aside from the residual debate of gun control). Immigration was listed by 50% of households as having no effect on their finances, and only 38% listed it as affecting them negatively. So why the hell are we having THIS debate instead of the one that really needs to take place – the one about energy costs?
I ask that you contact your representatives in Washington and let them know where the debate really needs to go. They need to know that they are all out of touch.