When fingers aren’t enough change the story to Toes.
The Obama administration must feel as if it were reliving the old story about the Dutchman plugging the dyke with his finger.
The story is of a Dutch boy who due to carelessness and slothfulness was in the right place at the right time to see and stop a potentially devastating break in the levy system that protected the entire country of Holland. Picture Katrina except the flooding would be at a National level.
If we picture the economy as the water and the basic concepts of free enterprise as the dykes protecting us from the drowning effects of inflation we can see the poor little well meaning kid as he saw a problem and rushed to fix it. Fix it he did but while he was stuck there the new story shows that the dykes are springing leaks at an ever increasing pace.
What the Dutchman does next is he starts using more of his fingers to plug the holes as they spring up threatening to overwhelm his administration. What can he do except take off his clogs and start using his toes. In this case his Vice President and his phalanges are brought in. Unemployment hits record levels and Joe Biden says heck things are getting better, trying to say the stimulus bill helped unemployment. Oops there goes another dyke.
Now as the Washington Post and columnist Scott Wilson adroitly point out in the next link,there are several people who should be offering fingers and toes to hold back the flood of facts for their leader who are instead starting to point them in an accusing way saying that there needs to be some structural work to the dykes and that there aren’t enough fingers left to plug the damage already caused; and oh by the way we are coming up for re-election in a little over a year and we want you to fix things right.
To me the most telling quote from the article came from his own man in the Senate in charge of the Budget. The guy who should know and not say. Well he’s talking.
But Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said, "The second five years is where we're on a completely unsustainable course."
"People know we have an overall situation here that doesn't add up," he said.
This is an excellent article that lays out all the evidence coming in from public opinion turning to the people the administration should be counting on who are starting to voice doubts, on up to world opinion as evidenced by what the Chinese and Euro leaders such as Germany’s Merkle are saying and doing; which is trying to talk or force some fiscal sense into the US fiscal policy.
As far as rewriting the legend, well while it may not be a very good analogy this legend was a fake to start with so why not rewrite some of it anyway?
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The legend of the brave Dutch boy - by others thought to be named Hans Brinker - who supposedly put his finger in the dyke to prevent a flood, was actually a literary invention by the American writer Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge (1831-1905), who was born in New York.
The scary part is once we pull out the fingers and toes will there be enough where withal left in the country to repair the dams or will we have to suffer the worst before we rebuild them right?
Those silly sign holders in Green Bay may be on to something. Probably just a bunch of Tea Party Right Wing Extremists, what do they know about rewriting history? They're too stupid, clingy bastards besides.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative