Thursday, April 9, 2009

AIG Bonuses: Obama's Issue "Deflection"

On the $165 million in AIG bonuses that transfixed the nation (and Obama loved every minute of it), I had mentioned on a blog that the cost of the bonuses was $56 per American. Actually, as as reader pointed out, it was 56 CENTS.

In other words, it was peanuts. It was nothing. It was irrelevant. It was a phony issue used by Obama to deflect attention from an Administration dedicated to undermining the U.S. Constitution. It wasn't worth a minute of our nation's time.

Okay, regarding the real issues, the $700 billion TARP bailouts and the $748 billion Stimulus: How much was the debt those huge expenditures imposed on every American, male and female, young and old ? About $5,000 for every man, woman, and child!

Of course the MSM played along with Obama's game. It treated the AIG bonuses, a drop in the bucket compared to Obama's ocean of spending, as the only issue that mattered. The U.S. Congress, which had authorized the bonuses, did its best imitation of a lynch mob.

In other words, five thousand bucks each -- versus 56 cents each. And the nation went into a frenzy for the 56 cents -- and basically ignored the $5,000.

This is the true meaning of a technique Obama-Axelrod-Emanuel excell at: deflection, or making us obsess on irrelevancies. Deflection means tilting at windmills. It means fidding while pocket change while the economy burns. It means getting the public to rely on rage instead of reason.

Wake up America!

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