Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Posted by redsatellite on November 18, 2008

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain sometimes
When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live, Or let go
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don’t find roses growin’ on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well, if sweet-talkin’ you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

Ruh roh. Dark clouds….on the horizon. Barack Obama was suppose to put the CLAMP down on lobbyists. Yep. Remember, he was going to march in and clean up Washington. He said so- dammithe promised!

Obama already struggling with lobbyist promises

“I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”

Just this weekend The New York times published a list of names — a rather long list of names of people – who are working on Obama’s transition team or who have accepted jobs in his White House who are either former lobbyists or who have close ties to lobbyists.

The Times reports that some of those people were lobbying as recently as this year.

Hmmm….now wait just a Jack Abramoff minute…what’s going on here? Where’s the Hope and Change?

And it’s true, you could argue the reality of Washington and our government is that lobbyists are often the most informed people on a given issue. But we certainly never heard Obama articulate it quite that way when he was candidate Obama.

What he said then was:
That’s what happens when lobbyists set the agenda and that’s why they won’t drown out your voices anymore when I am president of the United States of America.”


And that is a promise that he may already be struggling to keep.

Awwww…someone call a Wahhhhhhhhhhhhmbulance.

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