SARGE: Obvious Shortcomings

I’m at a loss at this time. I recently ran into a situation where I found myself in agreement with (of all people) Alec Baldwin. I’ll address this anomaly approximating an abject and total capitulation on personal principles in the future but this isn’t the time.

Today I want to address an Op-Ed offered in The Advocate for 2-26-2014.

I find myself in the same condition concerning Bobby Jindal as I was with Baldwin. I don’t agree with Jindal most of the time because of his translucence concerning public records of his actions and negotiations while he demands ethical compliance from those he deems inferior. He requires transparency of all others while concealing his actions behind a wall of Executive Privilege.

Da Bobby, after enjoying tea and crumpets at the National Governors Association meeting called by Obama and held at the White House, showed what’s alleged to be bad manners by challenging Obama’s obvious schmoozing to gain support for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. In the manner Obama’s so well noted for, he massaged those who agree and tried to strong-arm those who don’t.

Da Bobby, obviously wanted Samosas, a pastry stuffed with potato and green peas rather than stale Ritz and Wheat Thins, threw his small but personally effective snit mere feet from the back door he’d been ushered out and through moments before. Da Bobby criticized Obama as Obama “seems to be waving the white flag of surrender” rather than approve the construct of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Da Bobby then continued piling the potato, green pea paste on the White House linen by saying: “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that.”

Oops! Da Bobby stated the obvious and for this Governor Dan Malloy, of Connecticut threw himself before the press to admonish Da Bobby for his faux pas (that’s French for the Cajun – f*^#-up). Malloy said: “Wait a second; until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road. So let me just say that we don’t all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy.”

No, Mister Malloy, not everybody agrees with you or your lord and massa Obama. Some people want to create industry and jobs rather than print worthless scrip; like Democrats do.

Malloy also alluded to the idea: “Jindal’s ‘white flag statement’ was the most partisan of their weekend conference and that many governors support a minimum wage increase.” (The Advocate 2-25-2014) Then he said: “What the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week?” Malloy snapped. “I mean, that’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.” (ibid.)

Well, let me try to clarify the insanity. Many people will accept the minimum wage increase as a pay raise, and as such might not seek better employment and greater wages requiring more work and greater effort. In other words they’ll be given a “bigger slice of the pie” made with the greasy crust and non-nutritive filling progressive, spendthrift politicians drop on the table before them. A bigger slice of a rancid pie is still nasty and dangerous. It may look good when you’re hungry but rotten food poisons and poisons kill.

Obama said: “Even when there’s little appetite in Congress to move on some of these priories (sic), on the state level you guys are governed by practical considerations, you want to do right by your people.” You can bet his tongue stuck in his cheek on that one. You can also bet he wasn’t looking at Republicans when he said it.

Ed Kilgore, in The Washington Monthly, said the NGA is designed to be bipartisan. Kilgore went on to criticize Da Bobby with this statement: “During my days as a staffer for three governors, there were always a few show-up-late, leave-early, hog-the-spotlight chief executives at those dreary, wonky NGA meetings — and always someone who would disrupt the carefully controlled (my emphasis) bipartisan atmosphere of the organization, without which it could not function.” “Looks like Jindal’s the whole prima donna package.” (ibid)

The Advocate then concludes its opinion with: “That’s what the governor ought to reflect on. Outspokenness is one thing, even if carried a bit far for emphasis. A reputation for not playing well with others is not a good thing in national politics, just as it is not in Baton Rouge.”

It might be observed that “playing well with others” is more the problem than the cure for our national problems, just as it’s not good in Baton Rouge. We need people to stand solidly in the path of the parade, bow graciously and tell the adulation addled King he has no clothes and he’s displaying his short-comings for all to see.

Thanks for listening.

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