Monday, July 18, 2011
After telling the American people on Friday that our nation faces fiscal "Armageddon" in a handful of days unless immediate action is taken, Barack Obama cancelled everything on his presidential schedule (and possibly a golf game) to hold a high-level weekend meeting with... um... the Dalai Lama.
Despite protests from China about the meeting, the ever-courageous Barack Obama expressed his concern about Tibetans' human rights, basic human values, and religious freedom...then sternly warned China that US policy does not support Tibetan independence, so "please forget about the whole meeting, we didn't mean anything by it. Seriously, the only thing I care about less than independence is Tibet."
Okay, he didn't say that out loud...but any president who is preparing to throw Social Security recipients and Medicare patients to the wolves isn't likely to give a hoot in hell about a bunch of abused mountain-dwelling bald-headed monks in saffron robes who have neither oil reserves nor taxable incomes.
Following this dramatically pointless meeting, Barack Obama began feverish preparations for another week of debt-ceiling negotiations in which he is expected to reiterate his conviction that "we must raise taxes on the evil rich RIGHT NOW la la la la la la la la I can't hear you la la la la la...!"
Because unlike human rights, fiscal Armageddon can't wait.