My rebuttal, by paragraph number:
- A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would've known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems Obama inherited as president wouldn't go away overnight.
- During his campaign, Obama clearly said that an economy that took eight years to break couldn't be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a graveyard of empires and would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate Obama didn't feed us happy talk, which is why we elected him. He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps towards fixing problems that can't be left for another day.
- Right after Obama's election, we seemed to grasp this. We understood that companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees, and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we respected him for that.
- But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything.
1. This paragraph is to remind people that the problems Obama faces were inherited from the prior administration. What it doesn't address is the fact that Obama is making the problems worse with record deficits, higher taxes and an attempt to nationalize one sixth of the U.S. economy.
2. "Ellie" is trying to pin the economic meltdown on George Bush with her falsehood that "the economy took eight years to break." This is first class demagoguery. Bush didn't break the economy, the Democratic Party did by forcing banks to make bad loans for the benefit of ethnic minorities. It started with Jimmy Carter and got worse from there. Bush, as well as McCain and Ron Paul, all warned of the coming mortgage meltdown and asked Congress to act YEARS ago. The Democrats DENIED there was a problem and declined to do anything to fix it. Democrats broke the economy.
3. Note the anti-business tone of socialist "Ellie," who says "companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees" and "lying...banks that had extorted us out of millions of dollars." Again, "Ellie" paints a completely false picture. Companies are reeling from the worst recession of my lifetime, and I was born during World War II. The Democrat-engineered subprime mortgage meltdown is why companies are failing and laying people off, not because those companies are run by Snidely Whiplash.
All but one bank who received bail-out funds have repaid the loans with interest. The banks were seriously harmed by the subprime mortgage meltdown, a creature of Democrat politics and policies. The banks did not "extort" billions, hundreds of them went bankrupt. They were badly damaged by Democrat policies, and frankly, THEY ARE OWED. "Ellie" is blaming the victim.
4. Here "Ellie" tries to redefine the public's growing distaste for the inexperienced and incompetent Obama. "Ellie" implies that the public is angry because Obama hasn't yet solved the problems that he inherited. That is false. The public is angry at Obama because he is making the problems substantially worse with ineffective bail-outs, waste, higher taxes, record deficits and his anti-business attitude.
"Ellie Light" is merely the pseudonym for a group of Democratic operatives trying to spread propaganda and make it look like "grass roots" opinion. It is false, but it is useful in one regard: it demonstrates so well the falsity and the cynicism of those who manipulate public opinion through falsehood and fraud.