Die Katze Im Sack Kaufen… Buying a Pig In A Poke

Die Katze im Sack kaufen. (German). Kupic kota w worku. (Polish). Acheter chat en poche. (French). Dar gato por liebre. (Spanish). In plain English: Don’t buy a Pig-in-a-poke. That’s what you’re doing if you support Barak Obama for President.

The idiom "pig-in-a-poke" dates from the Late Middle Ages. When meat was in scarce supply, mischievous merchants would sell a suckling pig inside a poke (bag) to an unsuspecting shopper, who upon arriving home would discover she bought a cat, not a pig.

We have Obama’s slogan for Change. Indeed, the latest Gallup poll shows that 26% of Obama supporters stress that he would bring about change and a fresh approach. Yet, as the Wall Street Journal recently opined "The presidency has to be earned, and Americans have a right to know much more about [Obama] who is the least tested and experienced major party nominee in modern times."

Voters supporting Obama also emphasize that they do not want another Republican or a third Bush term (the latter, of course, echoes an often-heard refrain from Obama on the campaign trail) or agree with Obama’s policies. The balance of major responses are either the respondent always vote Democratic or a mere generic "Obama is the better candidate" response.

Of course, the overwhelming number of McCain supporters also don’t want a third Bush term. This is not asserting a oxymoron, but instead the very heart of what the McCain/ Republican/ Conservative battle cry should be: "Don’t replace Stupidity on the Right with Stupidity on the Left." (If you want a milder version, go with "Don’t replace Inexperience on the Right with Inexperience on the Left").

If Obama’s so-called Change means anything it is Neville Chamberlain Foreign Policy and Herbert Hoover Economics. Obama apparently wants to sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yea, and Kennedy sat down with Nikita Khrushchev. In case you missed that history lesson, everyone universally regarded the June, 1961 Vienna summit as a total American diplomatic failure. JFK was only able to eclipse the Vienna failure with his famed Cuban Missile crisis response, a crisis precipitated by Khrushchev’s misreading of Kennedy from his dismal performance in Vienna. If Ahmadinejad or another Islamic crackpot determines Obama is weak, will Obama be able to succeed ala another Cuban Missile Crisis response? Do we really want to run that risk?

And then take Obama’s Hoover Economics. Raising taxes and imposing tariffs is the bottom line why America plunged into the Great Depression. We need lower taxes, coupled with lower, much lower government spending. Less is best. Any fifth grader could figure this out.

And finally, just who is Barak Obama? What has he done? What has he accomplished? What achievement will stand the test of time? In time, we measure our politicians not by what they say but what they have accomplished. The more accomplished, the better. Look at our prior presidents. The successful ones had a resume. Reagan two terms as governor of the largest state in the Union. The first Bush as VP, UN Ambassador, CIA Director, envoy to China, and Member of Congress. Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Eisenhower, Truman, FDR. Even JFK had some experience behind, some exposure to the real world, first as a best-selling author, then as a PT boat captain, followed by service in both the House and Senate, including service on prestigious committees such as the McClellan committee.

Even the recently unsuccessful Presidents such as Carter and Clinton had some executive experience as governors before taking residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

What does Obama have to offer. Four years at the bottom rung of seniority in the U.S. Senate which includes the failure to preside over a single hearing as a minor subcommittee chairman, a post crafted for him on a silver platter, along with a couple years as a Illinois state senator. His campaign theme might as well be "but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"

Compare that to John McCain. Military record. Member of Congress. U.S. Senate. Bills actually passed into law. (No matter if you agree or disagree with McCain-Feingold, at least he did something). Worldwide tours meeting heads of state.

The message is simple (or least it should be). In America, we don’t buy a pig-in-the-poke. On this count alone, Barak Obama should lose.

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I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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