Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Three Envelopes
by John Alexander Madison
September 25, 2011
What you didn’t know.
When President Obama first walked into the Oval Office placed upon the President’s desk was a note from his predecessor, President George W. Bush, along with three envelopes. The note said, when times are looking bad, open these envelopes in order, one occasion at a time.
Well, somewhat amused, and riding on a tsunami of support from those Americans who bought into his promise of “hope and change, we can believe in” the President put the envelopes aside in his desk drawer.
Yesterday, nearly three painful years after Obama’s historical walk into the Oval Office, the Colorado Republican Party held its Central Committee meeting in Colorado Springs to make plans for the 2012 General Election year, with the idea that “hope and change we can believe in” may finally come in November 2012.
One Resolution which passed selected February 7th for next year’s Colorado Republican Party caucuses, almost immediately after the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. At that time Republicans in every precinct throughout Colorado will participate in a non-binding Presidential Straw Poll. Since Colorado is widely recognized as a swing state in the 2012 it seemed very appropriate to do so by a large majority of those present. As one speaker opined “In 2012 Colorado is relevant and President Obama is not.”
Meanwhile, back at 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue late one evening in the fall of 2009, President Obama found himself alone in the Oval Office as he asked himself ‘what is happening? I was so popular earlier this year, but unemployment has soared to above 9%, a majority of Americans seem to reject my Obamacare individual mandates, and my popularity, is on the decline.’ He was clearly depressed. Moments later he opened his drawer and found the note from President Bush and the three envelopes. Now is the time, he thought, to open envelope #1. The card inside read “blame me.”
Whereupon, President Obama marched forward with renewed confidence and at every opportunity he blamed George Bush for all the ills of our nation.
In the fall of 2010, the U.S. national debt was climbing, unemployment remained at historically high levels, most Americans felt the $1 trillion stimulus package was not working, the cash for clunkers program was an abject failure, and the President’s approval rating continued its decline. The President was upset and wondering what he could do to turn things around when, once again, he thought of President Bush’s thoughtful note and envelopes in the drawer. He immediately open the drawer and pulled out envelope #2. The card inside read “blame Congress.” Brilliant, thought the President and as he headed into 2011 he did just that.
Now, fully nine months later, in the fall of 2011, our country is nearing the precipice of worldwide irrelevance and historical oblivion due to the more than $14.5 trillion in national debt that we have accumulated. Need I remind you that more than $5 trillion of that debt was accumulated by President Obama in less than three years and that represents more than all the debt which was accumulated during the previous 230 years of this country?
In addition, a majority of Americans have seen their life savings go up in smoke, the stock market has collapsed under the weight of never ending tax increases, unnecessary and intrusive government regulations has crippled small and large businesses alike, and unemployment has set records for sustained, record-high levels. To top off the 'good news’ the President’s approval rating on the economy is the worst is the history of the country.
Are Americans confident that President Obama is the person who can lead our country out of the malaise? Absolutely not. They believe our country is moving perilously close to a double dip recession and it is time for change, “change we can truly believe in.”
Someone overheard just last week that the President was considering buying Greek government bonds in an effort to turn things around for America. That couldn’t be true, could it? Let’s put it this way, with this President and his advisors, anything is possible. Regarding economic issues, it’s quite clear #44 is not the brightest bulb in the closet.
Just today, one political pundit suggested that job creating Texas Governor, Rick Perry, had a disqualifying week for fumbling the ball in Thursday night’s debate and, thereafter, losing the Florida Republican Party straw poll on Saturday to a pizza salesman. (For the record, I’ll take Herman Cain, Rick Perry and certainly Governor Mitt Romney to replace the current occupant of the White House, if not any of the nine current Republican contenders…or Governor Christy of New Jersey.)
But with regard to this pundit’s opinion that last week was a disqualifying WEEK for Rick Perry all I can say is the last three years are certainly disqualifying YEARS for any argument that President Obama is entitled to a second term.
Our nation is loved for the individual liberties we all enjoy yet we all know that personal responsibility is an important element to the general success we have enjoyed. One wonders when this President will take personal responsibility for HIS actions and stop blaming President Bush or even Congress.
So, what is the President to do?
Open up envelope #3, Mr. President, for I was there when President Bush wrote those notes to you. And although I was sworn to secrecy as to the advice on the notes inside those three envelopes I feel I can share it just with you, if you promise to tell no one else.
Envelope #3 please….the note inside reads “prepare three envelopes.”
P.S. Were you disturbed today when you heard the two Americans who were released from an Iranian prison just four days ago after more than two years in captivity said that human rights violations on the part of our government were the cause for human rights violations by Iran and other terrorist countries? I was, yet I defend their right to express their opinion. Blame it on America, the most generous nation in the history of the world. Why not.
In the meantime, I am asking for donations for one-way tickets to send them back to Iran.