You can either laugh or you can cry. But in case you have any doubts, this past week provided proof that the world has indeed gone mad.
The Supreme Court found that racial inequities stemming from Jim Crow laws have been rectified based upon objective racial voter turnout and vote outcomes. Rather than declaring victory and celebrating that federal government’s intervention succeeded in reversing a history of discrimination, the left went into a full-on pout.
Ironically, the vaunted Obama voter turnout machine is most likely responsible for achieving this parity in voter turnout and outcomes, proving that in the future if disparities emerge, they are not based upon race but perhaps instead upon inspiration and inclination to vote for the candidates offered for election.
On a similar front, at the same time Obama’s Justice Department has been decrying voter identification requirements in states as being racist, Obama was touting a $53 million voter identification card system in Kenya. Kenya, a place that you can bet Obama would never have visited before he was reelected.
During the same African trip, Obama announced a plan that could give $7 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds to Africa electricity development, calling electricity, “the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs, and it’s the connection needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy. You’ve got to have power.”
Perhaps the president should tell his EPA this secret, as its plans to eliminate coal-fired electricity generation in America jeopardizes our nation’s domestic power grid, threatening blackouts as dozens of plants are scheduled to go offline in the next couple of years.
Also on the homefront, it was announced that a group controlled by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will be giving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton their Liberty Medal in a presentation in Philadelphia on Sept. 10. Hillary will be getting the award one day shy of the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. Apparently Hillary and the younger Bush both agree that it just doesn’t matter.
The stock market curled into the fetal position after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the “quantitative easing” morphine drip that has been at the heart of the markets’ rise would be ratcheted down if the economy showed it was reviving from its five-year coma. One can only imagine the carnage if this week’s unemployment report shows a lower unemployment rate. Only under Obama’s new normal could Wall Street embrace bad economic reports in its desperation to avoid the shakes of withdrawal.
Perhaps the Betty Ford Clinic should open a new Goldman Sachs wing to keep Lindsay Lohan separated from these much more dangerous addicts.
Finally, not to be outdone, a government audit revealed that those wild and crazy guys at the IRS have been busy using their taxpayer-funded government credit cards to purchase porn and copious amounts of wine. Just try getting those business expenses approved in your next IRS audit.
It is all enough to make you want to laugh, cry or perhaps a little of both.
Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.