A couple headlines from the week really capture exactly where we are under this administration. First up, those impassioned Obama youth at Santa Monica College in California:
Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting, authorities said.
Raw video posted on the Internet Tuesday evening showed students chanting "Let us in, let us in" and "No cuts, no fees, education should be free."
What a great chant. Education should be free. Well of course it should! Just like healthcare should be “free.” And everyone should be “given” a living wage. And housing should be provided because it’s a basic right. And nutritious food should be “free” as well.
What’s also telling is that the media reaction to this incident is focusing on the police using pepper spray to subdue a mob. That’s the question that is being posed: “did the police act too aggressively.” Nary a peep about the chant and the expectation of young people that things be given to them. They are the 99%, you know.
Meanwhile, as students are demanding free rides, a couple thousand employees at Yahoo! got the news that they were joining the ever-increasing ranks of the unemployed. But don’t worry – should Obama get re-elected and maintain the stellar economic growth patterns he has presided over, in a couple years they will give up on finding new work and will no longer be counted towards our unemployment rate. That way, Obama and Biden can tout their steady progress.
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson pledged in a March 14 email to "lean forward" into changing the company's direction. This morning he sent another email, announcing the layoff of 2,000 employees.
Yahoo began its official release with this: "Today's actions are an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo! -- smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require."
It goes on to boast of nearly 700 million users and thousands of advertisers. Layoffs had been rumored since Thompson took over about four months ago.
How appropriate that the CEO use left-wing bastion MSNBC’s motto “lean forward” as he is announcing the canning of 2,000 employees. I am bewildered how liberal progressives consider it a sign of progress when people can’t find work, the economy is shrinking and people’s livelihoods are threatened.
Which leads us into our final news brief. As people are losing their jobs, as families are being threatened, as students are rioting for free everything, the same president who has fueled each of those circumstances is out telling media members how they should report on him and his policies:
"As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago ... would've been considered squarely centrist positions," Obama said.
Simply incredible. The audacity and arrogance is simply breathtaking at times.
A word of advice to media members: maybe you should do your jobs and report on the nation as it is? Maybe you should realize that had you done your job four years ago and properly vetted a guy so unprepared to become president, he wouldn’t have led us to this point? Maybe it’s time for the free press to take its title and its responsibility seriously, and hold accountable those who are leading us into the abyss?
Just a thought.