Shiny Objects

You’ve lost somewhere between $40 and $120 a month based on the President’s ‘tax the rich’ campaign; tax the rich, continue to pay the unemployed and hold the line on payroll taxes. Oh, no, wait, sorry; he never mentioned that last part, oops!

Hey you, the Middle Class; the much beloved of the President, Middle Class; did you see that one coming prior to November 6th? Tell the truth. No you didn’t; did you? Those nasty Republicans did not want any tax increases, the bastards, just out there to protect ‘the rich’.

Hey you, the Middle Class; the President is not worried about how you feel about that missing money. He’s pretty sure you’ll forget all about it in a couple of months. You’ll forget because you’ll cut back to make up the difference, the media will ignore it, you’ll get used to the next new reality and we have lots and lots of shiny objects to distract you. You know, just like the campaign.

Gun control is the shiny object of the moment. The President’s proposals are pure PR distraction. Nothing he wants, save better registration procedures and background checks, is going to accomplish anything, we know it he knows it. It did, however, move the swooning media off the payroll tax issue much to their relief, phew! “Hey over here, shiny object; guns, children, righteous indignation, stage craft, the NRA; we have to do more. You see, we know all about guns; after all, we came up with Fast and Furious.”

“Wait, wait we have more shiny objects up on the shelf, look here. We have Senate Confirmations for Cabinet Secretaries, we have staff changes, we have a ton more demonizing to do and who knows what crisis will pop up and manufacture even more shiny objects for us. It’s a crazy world but they sure can pump out shiny objects. We’ve got a shiny object manufacturing operation up on Capitol Hill as well. They pump out shiny objects that are downright psychedelic, like getting rid of Presidential term limits, and re-writing the Second Amendment to fix that phantom comma. Oh, they’re good, “Damn the torpedoes (facts) full shiny ahead!”

“We will of course, in the interest of the ‘greater good’ carefully pick and choose the shiny objects most appropriate to the task at hand. We don’t want you looking at that damned Debt Clock or, for that matter, your paycheck.