Monday, May 5, 2008

"What's up with Michelle Obama"

I just got through trying to read The New Yorker article "The Other Obama" by Lauren Collins. Michelle doesn't seem to inhabit the same America I do:

"life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” . . . “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!”
[she goes on to add]
"Used to be . . . that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. . . Health care is out of reach . . . pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,”. . . “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds . . ."

Of course it's the nature of the game. Democrats have to make things look bleak to get votes. And in Michelle Obama's case, the bleaker the better since BARRACK IS GOING TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES. Hallalouvia but count me out.

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