Tom’s Talking Points February 26, 2011

In Memory of Donna Kane

It seems that each week we start by saying, “Wow, what a week,” and this week is no exception. The world still spins on its axis but it does feel as if it is wobbling.

Geo-politics and Geo-economics are clashing with an intensity that I cannot recall in recent history. All across the Arab world and into the heartland of America itself anger ferments. For the first time, the term regime change seems to apply equally to despotic governments in the Middle East as it does to our own State governments in Wisconsin and Virginia. It is Facebook versus dictator; union versus governor.

On Monday Colonel Gaddafi fled Tripoli and is desperately hoping to hold on to the eastern part of his country and wage a war with his own people to hang onto the power he has had for 42 years. Hundreds of Libyans have been killed by his own troops with no end in sight. Foreign nationals are evacuated by civil and military air and naval forces while our American citizens wait patiently for a ferry to dock. And President Obama dances to Motown in the White House; a far different response than that of President Reagan and the Gulf of Sidra incident in 1981.

Tuesday saw oil increase 8 ½ percent in one day on the fear of oil interruption through Libya. And in Wisconsin, Tea Party and Union forces went chin to chin at the Statehouse while Democratic Party lawmakers remained outside of the State in order to avoid voting on limiting the collective bargaining power of public sector unions.

Four American Christian missionaries were killed by Somali pirates while negotiations for their release were being conducted on a nearby naval vessel.

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-OR) apologized to his staff for his erratic behavior while wearing a tiger costume and taking prescription drugs given to him from a campaign contributor. Wu said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that it was “unprofessional and inappropriate” for him to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members. I finally agree with a Democrat.

Oil hit $100 on Wednesday as speculators feared the worst in the Middle East, and why not? And our own Congressman Michael Capuano let loose with a remarkably insensitive and politically incorrect statement that the unions ought to get into the street and get bloody. This comment made just weeks after his own colleague Gabby Gifford was shot by a maniac in Tucson.

Citigroup economists reported on Friday that the US economy would fall behind China by the end of the decade and behind India by 2050. They identified Global Growth Indicators to watch for and noted countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt and Iraq as economies to watch. The United States was not among them.

And Newt Gingrich cautioned the President that even Barack Obama cannot suspend the Constitution and become a one-man Supreme Count as he decided not to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. He simply will ignore it. No, Mr. President, we have a procedure for that. It’s called the Judicial System, the third branch of government.

The world is on fire and the President dances to Motown. I heard that through the grapevine.

Press on.

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