Last week, I had limited success trying to balance my convention attention, not to be confused with conjunction junction. I honestly tried to catch the Democrats’ playlist but simply couldn’t force myself to listen to the more ridiculous noises coming out of Charlotte.
I guess I inhabit a different universe, where two plus two equals four. In their land, things don’t have to add up and nobody seems to care. Oh well, that’s why they make so many ice cream flavors. Ask Ben and Jerry.
They don’t deny the millions of unemployed but then insist they’re successful in creating jobs. I guess they truly believe it because their speakers say it and those speakers are all honorable men and women. However paraphrasing Shakespeare, I think their party should be made of smarter stuff.
I cringed a little when they took credit for "saving" the automobile industry. Airlines go in and out of structured bankruptcies on almost a scheduled basis and their planes don’t halt in mid-air.
Had GM flew the same route, production lines wouldn’t have screeched to a halt but the company would have shed onerous union contracts and individual stockholders would’ve still owned it. The president was a savior, but only of the United Auto Workers.
There was some humor. When they got to their "God and Jerusalem" floor vote, it was obvious the chairman was trying to herd goldfish. Truth be told, the "ayes" didn’t have it.
I caught most of Bill Clinton’s speech which — as expected — was excellent. He’s definitely a politician’s politician. There’s no candidate from either party who couldn’t learn from him.
I often disagree with his politics but completely respect his ability to function well in any environment. It’s a gift and his party obviously thinks likewise. Clinton competency can’t be passed on, which is unfortunate for President Obama and, by extension, us.
Our debt just passed $16 trillion which was an "unmentionable" at the convention. In a weird sense I guess we should be thankful it isn’t higher. There’s no telling what the number would have been had the 2010 election not closed President Obama’s checkbook.
But the trajectory is pretty clear to all but the mathematically challenged. If this president has four more years, we very well could be dug into a hole from which there’s no escape.
As long as interest rates are at the present low, we can sustain. However, when they cycle to past rate averages, that debt mountain will simply eat our economy like mortgage interest eats your entire house payment.
Now the big dance is less than two months away. As a conservative, I know I’m in trouble. It isn’t good enough to barely defeat Obama. Contrary to conventional poll wisdoms, I’m hoping for a blowout. It must be a ringing rejection of an insatiable Jabba the Hutt government.
We’ll hope and we’ll see. I congratulate the Democrats on a successful convention and am looking so forward to return of regularly scheduled programming.
Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.