Congressman Paul Tonko (D-Albany) needs a serious reality check. In this op-ed, Tonko asks the question, "where are the jobs"? The problem is, he's asking it of former President George W. Bush. I've got a little secret for freshman Congressman Tonko: GWB isn't the President anymore - hasn't been for two years now. The President is Barack Hussein Obama.
Now, I'm not defending Bush. He did some good things and he did some bad things. As someone who voted for him, I am man enough to acknowledge this. That being said, this continual blaming of Bush as the reason for the country's woes is sickeningly pathetic. Obama has had two years to enact his own policies. I take responsibility for my President's failures and successes, Tonko should learn to do the same.
When Obama was running, he promised Hope & Change. Millions of people bought this garbage. They didn't ask for specifics or action plans, they simply believed. Now that their savior has proven to be an unmitigated disaster, they are scrambling to deflect attention away from him. Thus we get moronic propaganda pieces like the one from Tonko.
This would be the same Paul Tonko that spent 24 years in the New York State Assembly, from 1983-2007. He presided over the most dysfunctional state government in the country during a two-decade era of massive decline in the state's prosperity. Obviously he's well qualified to speak about governmental failures.
Tonko's misdirected diatribe reminds me of the scene in Silence of the Lambs when, after Hannibal Lecter verbally dissects Clarice Starling's psyche, Starling retorts, "You see a lot, Dr. Lecter. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? How about it...? Look at yourself and write down the truth. Or maybe you're afraid to".
How about it, Paul...are you strong enough?