President Barack Obama visited Apex, North Carolina on Wednesday, trying to sell his jobs bill to a hand-picked small business. The owner, Erv Portman, is an Obama donor, a Democrat, and a Wake County commissioner in a fight for re-election.
After the President’s speech in Apex, his motorcade drove down I-40 into Raleigh, onto the campus of N.C. State University. He arrived at a nearly packed Reynolds auditorium, where 24 years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan visited. Your blogger was in the house that day, along with Senator Jesse Helms and a number of conservative notables. She remembers it being “wall to wall people”, something that didn’t appear to be on television today.
Twenty-four years ago, President Reagan drew a much larger audience than did President Obama. Four large, industrial air conditioners were brought in to cool the huge crowd. Even so, a number of people passed out from the heat. Mr. Reagan even took off his jacket, revealing his bulletproof vest underneath his shirt, which was soaked through.
Wednesday, President Obama claimed that his jobs program would be paid for via higher taxes on the wealthiest taxpayers. Meanwhile, these people already pay the bulk of our taxes and are our major job creators.
He now wants to tax them further so that the government can provide another “stimulus” of money into our state and others. He even went so far as to promise the collegiate audience summer jobs. Additionally, he promised more teachers and a $1300 “to the average working family”.
Since we are all working families, your blogger wonders who he is trying to push off his class warfare language on?
He then tried to sound like a conservative. He promised that the government would live within its means and began his “blame Bush” tactics when he said that we had lived too well “these last ten years”.
Yet, Obama said “a lot of THEM don’t get it,” referring to Republicans, and added “Raleigh needs people who can put country before party.” Believe us, Mr. President, Raleigh has these leaders and we plan to vote you and Governor Beverly Perdue, right out of office in 2012.
The President gave his students a homework assignment. He told them to put on their marching boots and get to work contacting their members of Congress, “even writing a letter”.
We appreciate your orders Mr. President. KCC will certainly follow up. We will contact our Congressman and urge that he vote AGAINST this expensive and unnecessary jobs bill. Have a pleasant flight to back to Washington. There is a community on the south side of Chicago that is missing its organizer right now.
Word on the street is, that in setting up this visit, the President first tried to rent out a Wake County school. An advance team contacted General Anthony Tata, Supt of Public Instruction for Wake County, gave them the thumbs down. The White House then went looking for higher education. Your blogger assumes that Tata didn’t want anyone exploiting Wake County school children for political gain, and KCC applauds him for his actions.
Editor’s note: The President was very careful to stay on message and avoid using the “s” word. He didn’t want to be associated with either of the two failed stimulus acts.
Your blogger’s husband is a double alumnus of NC State University, having both undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and minors in math.