High-grade Hopium


The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass, whose columns are an eye-opener about Team Obama and the Chicago Way, looks at the farce underway in DC over the AIG bonuses, sees the same thing there that every Chicagoan has seen for years in the Windy City and figures politicians and reporters there must be getting the good stuff, if they don’t see it, too:

Obama told Jay Leno he was surprised that those greedy AIG executives who helped lead the country into financial ruin were in line to receive $165 million in bonuses paid for by bailout cash authorized by his administration.

"Stunned, stunned is the word," said Obama.


It turns out that his Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner—who didn’t pay all of his federal taxes but was still deemed worthy by Obama of collecting yours—knew all about the AIG bonuses weeks ago.

That was long before Washington Democrats began shrieking in pretend outrage over the bonuses, as if they didn’t vote for them, sort of like Chicago aldermen shrieking about corruption from the 5th Floor.

It’s like Mayor Richard Daley saying, "Gee, I dunno" when news breaks that his nephews are in another multimillion-dollar government deal. Or that time that Daley gave $100 million in affirmative action contracts to men he knows well, yet was stunned to learn later that they were white guys, not black females.

These days, the Washington Way is looking just like the Chicago Way. Those of us from Illinois can see it, what with City Hall guys pulling White House strings.

Then again, we’re not surprised because we don’t get the high-grade Hopium out here in the Midwest. The good stuff must be reserved for the Beltway media establishment, since they’re the ones feeling tingles running up their legs.

Yet even they’ll figure out that the Chicago Way runs along Pennsylvania Avenue, once the Hopium wears off and the tingling stops. It’ll probably take about eight years for their heads to clear.

In the meantime, all last week, the ludicrous Angry-Democrat-vs.-Greedy-AIG slapstick was highly entertaining, except when you realize the premise of the joke is that American taxpayers are so stupid we’ll believe anything.

That fly dope may be wearing off faster than Kass thinks; more and more polls are showing the Democrats’ edge among independents, something they’ve had since 2006, is crumbling like a wet cookie. Part of the absurd outrage over the AIG bonuses (a situation they caused and sanctioned) is due to the Democrats’ growing panic over their prospects in the 2010 midterm elections and the 2012 presidential race. Yes, just five months after taking the White House and both houses of Congress, the Democrats are horrified to see the public developing a serious case of buyer’s remorse. And with the prospects of confiscatory taxes, a vastly expanded federal leviathan, growing inflation, and a mediocre at best economy, that remorse is only going to get stronger and stronger.

Kass thinks the Hopium high will last for eight years. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that a majority is willing to go cold-turkey in two. Praying


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