Almost three years ago, finding a coupon in my mailbox for discount maid service, I called the company and secured a special rate for two hours cleaning. When the women arrived, I specifically requested that they first clean the bathroom and kitchen and once those were done there, move on to other priorities.
After they had begun their work, I returned to mine, researching a paper for my graduate program. When I needed a certain book, I went to my bedroom to fetch it, finding one of the women languidly dusting the windowsill there. I tried to explain to her that I wasn’t interested in having the windowsill cleaned, but wanted her to first clean the bathroom (her colleague was hard at work in the kitchen). Unable to speak English, she nodded her head, then returned to further polish the sparkling windowsill.
To get her to work on the bathroom, I had to ask her colleague (who spoke English as well as Spanish) to instruct he co-worker on my priorities. Now, the first woman may well have been the world’s best windowsill washer (I grant she did do a good job), but I didn’t hire her to clean my windowsills, but to first tackle the bathroom and kitchen.
So, it is right now with Barack Obama. He may want to focus on health care and cap and trade, but the American people have other priorities. They first want him to address the job situation and federal spending, then to move on to other issues, much as I wanted my windows cleaned, but only after the kitchen and bathroom were spotless.
No wonder Scott Rasmussen’s “latest telephone poll found that 71 percent of those surveyed are at least somewhat angry at the current policies being pursued in Washington, with fully 46 percent ‘Very Angry.’” Obama’s priorities are not America’s priorities.
As Mark Tapscott points out in commenting on the poll:
Three-fourths of the public looks at the nation’s capital and sees special interests feasting with their friends in government at the public till, according to Rasmussen. Nearly as many, 68 percent, believe Big Government and Big Business work together against the public interest.
Obama didn’t bring change; he just brought us more of the same. And as his poll numbers continue to sink, he, like that expert windowsill washer, doesn’t seem understand the complaints on those who hired him.
Alas that we booked him for a term of service considerably longer than two hours.