~America has always been a “Can Do” nation. It has been a large part of our national identity, and it is what has made us an exceptional nation from the beginning. It is a mindset established by the founding fathers and carried through with each succeeding generation. Whether it was stopping the Nazis, or curing polio, or inventing the airplane or putting a man on the moon, we have always had a “Bring It On” attitude. Contrast that with two major benchmarks from our current administration, both of which have happened within the past week. First, there was U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim “Tax Cheat” Geithner, who told the BBC this: “The world cannot depend as much on the U.S. as it did in the past.” He went on to state that “other major economies will have to grow more for the global economy to prosper.” Why? Where is the “Can Do” in this? Then, there was our Gaffe-in-Chief Vice President Joe Biden, who gave a stark assessment of the economy Friday, telling an audience of supporters, “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.” Appearing at a fundraiser with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) in Milwaukee, the vice president remarked that by the time he and President Obama took office in 2008, the gross domestic product had shrunk and hundreds of thousands of jobs had been lost. “We inherited a godawful mess,” he said, adding there was “no way to regenerate $3 trillion that was lost. Not misplaced, lost.” Here, he takes up the “Blame Bush” torch, yet again, in tamping down the expectations that he has spent the past year building up. Biden is the champion of “the Stimulus succeeded” lie which was perpetrated to justify the expenditure of one trillion taxpayer dollars to create jobs when, in fact, it was used to pay back political supporters. So, where is the “Can Do” in Biden’s gloomy change of heart? Where is the hope and inspiration in this prediction? It looks to me like “Yes, we can” has taken exactly 18 months to be replaced by “No, we can’t.” Even the United States Chamber of Bailouts seems powerless to stem the tide. “Hope and Change” has been relegated to a bumper sticker. No wonder the people are giving up on this administration. Failure is now a part of their mindset. They have given in, quit, given up on the two biggest problems facing our nation – the economy, and unemployment. The “Can Do” America we knew and loved is being transformed, like everything else, by the Obama Administration. Maybe now they can get back to financial regulation to take even more power. Or card check to increase the power of unions. Or ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Important things like those.