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Bill Kennedy: Republican Christmas gifts

Right Here Right Now

Posted: December 24, 2009 3:21 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Merry Christmas, all!  This is a joyous time of year, best shared with friends and family as we count our blessings. Cathy and I are fortunate to be in Colorado today, sharing a snowy Christmas with our elder daughter, Laura, her husband, Jerry, and our grandsons Dylan and Lucas.  

I trust you are enjoying an equally fine start to your Christmas Day. As we share the delight of friendship, my wish is that the spirit of Christmas has left you gifts to bring great joy and peace to your heart.

Toward that end on the political front, I hope Santa left the following gifts under the appropriate trees:

For President Barack Obama
The skills needed to live up to his great message of “hope.” As an American, it pains me to see a recent Wall Street Journal poll indicating 55 percent of people feel our country is “on the wrong track.”

Americans by nature want to be self-reliant. Yet during these difficult times, the majority of  programs the administration is offering are in the form of support — extended unemployment benefits, unwarranted Social Security COLA offset payments, stimulus refund checks, extended health care and the like. This is somewhat akin to providing continuous transfusions to a hemorrhaging patient without staunching the blood loss.

What we really need are jobs, not more welfare. My hope this morning is that Santa has also left a dictionary under the president’s tree so he can understand the difference between “support” and “stimulus” and start putting far more emphasis on the latter.

For David Axelrod, senior adviser to the president
Give him the wisdom to believe in the American people and advise his president accordingly.

Making the rounds on political TV talk shows last Sunday, Axelrod attempted to dispute the public’s skepticism about the health care initiative with the notion that the people in Washington know what is best on the issue.

His attitude speaks volumes of why Washington is so out of touch with the people.

I hope Santa has left him a copy of our Declaration of Independence, so Axelrod can refresh his memory that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Please also leave a copy for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, who earlier this year questioned the patriotism of those airing their complaints about the health care bill at town hall meetings.

One would expect — no, demand! — the third person in the line of succession for the presidency to have a better grasp of the basis for our democracy.

For Sen. Harry Reid

Leave him President Abraham Lincoln’s quote “A house divided cannot long stand” as a reminder the highly partisan politics practiced by the Senate majority leader — most recently evidenced by his support of a special deal for Iowa on Medicare to garner votes for the health care bill — can take us to a treacherous place.

For Sen. Barbara Boxer
Leave her the book “From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman,” by Jodi R.R. Smith.

That the senator could benefit from such a book has been displayed on numerous public occasions, including her rebuke of Brig.

Gen. Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army who, following proper military protocol at a hearing of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, addressed her as “ma’am.”

For Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Leave for him the capacity for more public service. He would do the state and our country a great favor by replacing the junior senator from California to give her time to read “From Clueless to Class Act.”

For the California Legislature
Please leave them instructions that the Child’s First Magic Set you apparently left them last year is not to be used to formulate the budget.  The “smoke-and-mirrors” hocus pocus should be reserved for entertainment only and not for serious state business.  

For all my Republican friends
Please give us the wisdom to be open to new ideas and the views of others.
Perhaps a plaque with the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu would serve as a visual reminder: “We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.”

Merry Christmas, all.

Bill Kennedy lives in Valencia and is a principal in Wingspan Business Consulting. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Right Here, Right Now!” appears Fridays and rotates among local Republicans.


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