By Mistake or On Purpose?

Apparently we are given only two choices in understanding President Obama: either he is intellectually brilliant, a graduate magna cum laude of Harvard Law School, or he is hopelessly ignorant and inept, allowing our economy to slide into disarray without any idea about how to prevent or reverse the slide. We can’t have it both ways.

Whatever description one prefers, there seems to be a tendency, even among some conservatives, to give him the benefit of the doubt on economic issues. I recently attended a conservative meeting during which the treasurer of the organization (a man who knows money) claimed that Obama knows nothing about budgets or how economies work. But even if that were true of Obama himself it can’t be true of all the advisors with whom he has surrounded himself.

I believe that Team Obama understands the workings of economies very well.

I’m reminded of Jack Nicholson’s monologue from “The Witches of Eastwick.” His character, Darryl Van Horne, is having “domestic problems” with the witches. He escapes to the village church during a service. He disrupts the proceedings and starts questioning whether God makes mistakes. When he (the devil) makes a mistake they call it evil, he argues, but when God makes a mistake they call it Nature. Finally, he asks this question about women — “What do you think… women… a mistake or DID HE DO IT TO US ON PURPOSE?”

So now, with Team Obama running the show, we’re experiencing dire economic and political problems. The question is are they mistakes or ARE THEY DOING IT TO US ON PURPOSE?”

I believe that Obama, the Staller-in-Chief, maneuvers around one issue after another until his Team can tie the country in knots from which we can’t extricate ourselves. And yes, they’re doing it to us on purpose and to grant them the benefit of the doubt is dangerously self-defeating.

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