When Barack Obama was elected president, I looked at all his promises of free health care, bank reform, business reform, gumdrops, rainbows and unicorns and predicted that within a year he’d fall victim to “The Peggy Effect.” But it happened even sooner than that.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Peggy EffectÃ¢â‚¬Â? Everybody who voted for Obama because of all the free stuff theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be getting, such as a famed freeloader named Ã¢â‚¬Å“PeggyÃ¢â‚¬Â (video of Peggy back in happier, more hopeful times below), have been running to their mailboxes for almost a year now since ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inauguration andÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ nothing. What a letdown this must be, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evidenced in ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s declining approval rating.
But now the Peggy Effect has extended to many members of Congress who supported Obama for the goodies they’d be getting for their districts (thus ensuring their perpetual re-election), and they’re getting restless too:
Members of President Obama’s own political party are charging that the White House and the Democratic Congressional leadership are not doing enough to help the unemployed and are threatening to organize a march on Washington of jobless Americans.
“Obviously there’s something that’s not getting through to them,” said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois. “And we’re going to let the White House and everybody who’s concerned know that we have got people in our districts who are depending on us to deliver for them.”
Reps. Rush and Kaptur, who are threatening the march, say it’s about jobs, but it’s not. Sure, the unemployment rate is higher than a mosquito in Lindsay Lohan’s glove compartment, but the real beef with Obama among liberal politicians is that they’re not getting their hands on nearly enough taxpayer cheese:
Some of the proposals being floated by the caucus include: redirecting existing stimulus and TARP money to jobs programs and pressing for a new jobs bill, which they’re careful not to call a “stimulus.”
“I have been very disappointed in the incomplete manner in which the jobs and the economic recession has been dealt with,” said Kaptur, who added, “We don’t want to be given short shrift.”
It’s not about jobs, it’s about getting their hands on your pie — if you have any left. But that’s the problem. The pigs in DC are as hungry as ever, and we’re running out of food. As evidenced by the above story, it’s no secret who they plan to blame. Honeymoon’s officially over, Mr. President.
I’m also afraid to ask how they expect to pay to get all these “jobless” people to Washington. The time to bring people who need work to Washington would have been late last January — Obama could have paid them to clean up the garbage after his “green” inauguration.
Here’s Peggy back in more hope-filled times, but I’ll bet she’ll be at the “jobless march” in Washington — if she can bum gas money from somebody… and a car:
Update: Another liberal jumps from the sinking SS Hope.