A stranger calls you on the phone, trying to sell aluminum siding for your home. You don't want any aluminum siding. He's very persistent, and gives you the addresses of other homes in the neighborhood where he's done some work. He hints that aluminum siding will soon be a neighborhood requirement, and that you might as well buy the stuff now.
You tell him you'll get back with him later. On your way to work the next day, you check out the houses the salesman mentioned. They look horrible. Panels are flapping in the breeze. The colors don't match. Some panels are already missing.
One homeowner is mowing his yard, and you ask him about the siding. He says he hates it.
Now, imagine your motivations for not wanting to purchase any aluminum siding from those clowns. Then imagine reading this analysis of why you didn't want to make the purchase:
"Racial anxiety," guessed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
"Nihilism," theorized Time's Joe Klein.
"The crazy tree blooms in every moment of liberal ascendancy," historian Rick Perlstein proclaimed in the Washington Post.
No, there's a much simpler explanation. This is what I see when I look across the landscape....
I interview kids with diplomas from public high schools who can't fill out a job application or read a tape measure.
I read about the V.A. hospitals.
The U.S. Post Office can't deliver Sports Illustrated to my home when the Dallas Cowboys are on the cover. They seem to have a theft problem.
The Department Of Energy.
The Department Of Agriculture.
The Middle East Military Money Pit.
More than a BILLION dollars has been spent on Fort Worth's Trinity River project, and as best I can tell, they haven't moved a shovel of dirt yet.
Senator Charles Grassley (Ethanol, Iowa)
49-year old government retirees.
The 3-month Cash For Clunkers program ran out of money in 5 days. The website keeps crashing. They're bringing people in from the FAA to help, 7 days a week. Auto dealers are in a blind freakin' panic.
Social Security is as broke as the 10 Commandments.
The Town Hall meeting protests aren't about racial anxiety, nihilism, or the fruit of the Crazy Tree. They're about track records, incompetence, and fiscal sanity.
Plus, Barack Obama isn't the only person who can read Saul Alinsky. Check out Alinsky's Rules For Radicals when you get a chance.