Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, January 13, 2014 – It is a sure indicator that things are not going well for President Obama when a well orchestrated, scripted, and choreographed speech is given complete with the backdrop of well-placed Americans as stage props. Such was the case last week with not just one, but two speeches.
I am reminded of the story in Russian folklore of Minister to Empress Catherine II, Grigory Potemkin. Legend has it that Potemkin built fake settlements along the banks of the Dnieper River to cover up the turmoil and poverty in the Crimea as Catherine the Great rode past.
So why did the Obama administration deem it necessary to conduct two speeches last week?
One speech focused on a socialist theme of income inequality, increasing the minimum wage (I thought those positions were entry level, not a career), and an emergency extension of unemployment benefits (for the 11th time — does that constitute an emergency or a permanent government entitlement?).
The other speech outlined a new government spending junket called “promise zones.” You may recall the late Jack Kemp and Reagan economic advisor Art Laffer proposed urban economic empowerment zones focusing on capital tax reforms that would enable private capital investment into inner cities. That seems like a better idea, and that is what Senator Rand Paul proposes for Detroit.
Given the challenges facing President Obama it is clear why he felt the need to create a Potemkin Village of his own. Let’s have a quick review of what Obama would rather cover up.
First, he would rather Americans stop thinking about Obamacare, especially as many are uncertain as to their healthcare coverage status. We are told millions are signing up, but how many are actually signing up for Medicaid and not actually paying? As a matter of fact, how many have paid at all?
In the first week of the New Year, the Obama administration issued 141 new regulations. Does anybody know what these regulations are and how they will affect their way of life? Probably not.
The December jobs numbers were released and voila, the unemployment rate in America is now 6.7 percent…wait a minute! In December we had the lowest job creation in close to three years, just 74,000 equating to about 1,700 per state. But even more troubling is the workforce participation rate, the lowest since President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Now there is a record to attain.
The new math used to compute the unemployment rate would be highly recommended by Mr. Potemkin; just don’t count all the people. Some 95 million Americans are out of work, in a nation of 350 million, and it will be more if the minimum wage is raised.
Using the U6 computation (the number of unemployed, underemployed and no longer looking) unemployment in America is 13.1 percent. But have you ever heard President Obama or Jay Carney address that number? Of course not.
Thanks to New York Times writer David Kirkpatrick, who tried to set up a Potemkin Village with his report on Benghazi, that issue is burning again for President Obama as well as Hillary Clinton. Within a two-week period, Kirkpatrick and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice not only stoked the flames, but threw gasoline on the embers.
The New Year began with those of us who served in Iraq, were wounded, or lost brothers and sisters watching reports of the black Al Qaeda flag being hoisted above Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar Province where 30 percent of US deaths and casualties occurred. Welcome to the new liberal “killing fields.” President Obama certainly does not want to discuss that.
And an unexpected ambush of sorts was the release of excerpts of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ book “Duty.” There are some pretty damning statements addressing President Obama’s conviction, character, and inner relationships between the administration and senior military leadership.
I keep feeling like I’m living in The Matrix. The Obama administration and liberal progressive media would like to force Americans to take the red pill and stay in fantasyland where everything is lovely. They will cover up the truth by draining our will and energy.
Instead, we must wake up and see the “real world” behind the smoke and mirrors, behind the Potemkin President, and understand the truth of this presidential cover-up.