Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Philosophy of Persistence

If you really want something in life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers.
-- Homer Simpson
Where has President Obama been all his life? I am beginning to wonder if the loony anti-Obama crowd has been right all along - perhaps he's not an American. I mean, if he's lived here most of his life, surely the man has noticed that Americans WANT IT NOW. A thriving economy. $0 budget deficit. Affordable health care. Compassionate doctors. High achieving students in every district. Top notch teachers in every classroom. Improved SAT scores. Zero emission cars and factories. Green energy grids everywhere. Peace on earth. After all - it's been 64 days! The President has had over two months in office, and what the heck do we have to show for it? He came into power on January 20 with two wars raging and a $1.3 trillion budget deficit staring him in the face. So, what's up with the lolly gagging? Isn't he ever going to fix that stuff? And where's my free health care? The President reminded us all last night that he lives by a "philosophy of persistence." He named banks, lobbyists, Iran, and pork barrel projects as a few of the issues he's approaching with this brand of problem solving. Could he be more out of touch with the people? This is not an immediate gratification strategy. Just take a look at what the word persistence means:
1. continuing steadfastly or firmly in some state or purpose, in spite of opposition; 2. lasting or enduring tenaciously; 3. being insistent in a statement, request, question.
What are we Homer Simpson Americans to do? For a quick fix, we could turn to yesterday news:
New home sales rose 4.7 percent in February - in spite of economist's predictions that sales would fall. Demand for big-ticket manufactured items rose in February, even though the experts expected demand would fall.
No, it's not Happy Days Are Here Again. We're still walking the somber lyrics of Hard Times Come Again No More. But it's something. And we have a president who seizes every opportunity to tell us he can see a future that pulls us from recession to recovery, and "ultimately to prosperity." "This is a big ocean liner - not a speed boat that turns around immediately." That's what the President said last night. But, oh - we do so love speed boats... Here's to persistence. And patience. And, eventually, peace.

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