Friday, July 17, 2009

POTPOURRI POLITICAL 7/18/09

"Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory" (John Kenneth Galbraith)

If my memory is correct, far more than a year ago President Obama's cheerleader in our community was Rashid Burney. At the same time both Govenor Corzine and Green (this name was apparently bleeped out when first posted) were active supporting the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for the Democrat Party's nomination.

Thursday Govenor Corzine spoke how he had recognized Obama's greatness when he first met him in the Senate four years ago. Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Green keeps reminding us how he delivered Plainfield to the Obama camp. Both seemed to have forgotten that it was not until the nomination seemed secured that they like good soldiers and party members put all their effort into campaigning for Obama.

I mention this because it should be the yardstick by which we can judge all the other statements these political leaders make.

The President's visit will not be the only one, there will be many more between now and the first Tuesday in November.. The Democrats are in real danger of losing New Jersey, a state that they have had almost complete control for perhaps almost two decades. If they lose the governorship in this off year election they will probably lose the Assembly which it up for its biannual election. Even in this district which is heavily Democrat in voter registration there is a possibility that Green and Stender may be defeated.

We know that power corrupts. The longer an elected individual is in office the more omnipotent he believes he is. At the Federal Level after FDR's election for a third term, this country adopted the 22nd Amendment to the constitution limiting the Presidency to two terms. Perhaps there should be some similar limiting the number of years a legislator can serve at the national and state level.

As Napoleon Bonaparte remarked;"In politics an absurdity is not a handicap". That has been a truism in Green's campaign for re-election. He has gone repetitively to the point of absurdity of blaming the Bush administration for all the ills that befell Plainfield.

If we wished we could go back to that great Democrat President , Jimmy Carter who so mismanaged the Iran crisis that we have had an antagonistic dangerous government in power ever since . A government that is thumbing its nose at the world in its intent to become a nuclear power.

We should blame and rightly so, the first Bush's failure to complete the goal's of the Gulf war and eliminate the Sadam dictatorship. If he had done so we would not be in Iraq today.

It would not be out of line to charge today's health care crisis to the Clinton Administration's high handed attempt to force Hillary's version of reform upon the public. That failure made it a no-no for 16 years. Let us also not forget that it was during the watch of that man who "never had sex with that woman" that the lowering of standards for issuing mortgages became the law. Both Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were instructed to grant substandard mortgages to people who had no idea for what they were committing themselves. The variable rate loans with artificial low initial interest rates suckered so many innocent victims who could never stand an increase interest rate.

I will agree with Green, the Bush administration stunk. However it was not responsible for 9/11 and much of the planning and the ease which the terrorist came into the states and received training also belongs to Clinton's years.

The Republican failure was in letting Cheney and Rumstedt's egotism mismanage a war so that it could not be won. That is not the first time it has happened, Under Johnson the Vietnam war escalated to a point where we could not commit enough resources to win and withdrew in a defeat.

It is easy to cast blame on others to hide one's own short comings and failures.

Note: Before I am accused of being a reactionary Republican in sheep's clothing, a.k.a a new Democrat, I wish to make my political position clear: I not pro Christie. I have many reservations about him, but I am anti Corzine and have been so from the day he used his Goldman Sach's wealth to buy his Senate seat.

I inherently distrust any politician who uses personal wealth and political and business contacts to in effect buy the office. That person's motives are personal egotism and not the public's welfare. The only exception is New York's mayor who I am convinced that his motive is his true concern and affection for his city.

At the county and local level I will speak out against any politician who is not positively transparent in his role. If I suspect shenanigans I will say so. And you are welcomed to answer me as long as you are in good taste and not personally vindictive. It would be nice if you were identifiable for a personal response,but that is too much to ask.

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