Well, I guess we know what the talk around the water cooler is at the New York Times. There seems to be a theme running through the op-ed page at this once proud journal. Unfortunately, their hatred for all things Republican/Conservative has overwhelmed them. Here you have two columnists dreaming about the new Obama posse. . .er I mean administration. Apparently, it’s not enough for them to win, now they want to change the Constitution so they can get their guy in NOW, DAMN IT!!!
As you will see, they are very concerned about the looming financial crisis and what a horrible job Bush is doing handling it. They need Obama and they need him NOW, DAMN IT!!! Never mind that Bush has kept Obama totally in the loop, or that Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary has been intimately involved in the ongoing bailout strategy, even before he was nominated. No, they are completely blinded by their hatred for Republicans in general and Bush in particular.
Too me, they sound like a bunch of spoiled brats. They want their new toy for Christmas and they want Christmas to come in October. Friedman even goes so far as to suggest they suspend the big parties and the fancy coronation. . .er I mean inauguration and go straight to the swearing in. “Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible,” says Friedman. Well, in the immortal words of Kevin Spacey in that great movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “that is not going to happen – definitely NOT!” There is NO WAY the Dems are going to miss a bash like this. Think of all the great funk and R&B music we’re going to get to hear this year!
To me, this hints at something far more ominous than the looming financial problems. These people are willing to set aside the Constitutional provision for the peaceful transition of power just to get their guy in a couple of weeks early. This is the problem with setting the government/President up as the be all/end all of their lives. Without the right person in office the economy will continue to flounder, they speculate. That is why it is so dangerous to have the government involved in the economy. It has failed everywhere it has been tried. The only fix for this economy is the painful process the free market will inevitably exact on these failing industries. No one is looking ahead to the brave new world we will have when the pain is over. Someone or something will have to take the place of these companies to provide the services or products that they do. We need to let these processes take their time and work their way through. Besides, I STILL don’t think it’s as bad as their telling us.