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Obama, killing Bank of, and America, softly with his song

Listening to our new President’s bank and American free enterprise killing words of late reminds me of Roberta Flack’s 1973 box office hit, “Killing me softly with his song“:

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I am struck by how perfectly Flack’s phrase, “strumming pain”, fits President Barack Obama’s governing style. This decidedly un-FDR, un-Reagan affirms no confidence in the ability of the American people to right the economy (nor even a passion that it be righted) and sees no vision of a Shining City on a Hill. No only should we fear fear, itself; the only thing we need not fear is the Shining Obama behind a teleprompter.

Rather than allow Americans to relieve their own pain, he prefers to strum it as the chords that provide an ongoing opportunity to fundamentally change America.

I heard he sang a good song
I heard he had a style
And so I came to see him
To listen for a while
And there he was this young boy
A stranger to my eyes

The Hope and Change song and “cool” style gave life to his campaign to make the young stranger President of the United States. Obama is still cool, but his latest solos and Geithner duets kill all that they serenade.

Was President Obama guilty of attempted murder or reckless homicide against Bank of America last week with his hints of a possible “Swedish” bank nationalization. He has since backed off, but the damage is done. Why would anyone buy BofA stock now? CEO Ken Lewis had the bank’s stock back on the upswing despite being forced to buy toxic Merrill Lynch and take federal funds before Obama’s slip. Was it intentional? Bank of America made a profit last year. It pays it bills. It makes money. Yet, it gets labeled “underwater” given the low value of its stock assets as compared to its liabilities. But it makes money and pays its bills, so does Obama want BofA to be owned by the USofA?

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Telling our whole lives with his words and still strumming the pain. Yes, he wants to tell the banks how to live, but doesn’t stop there by a long shot.

Home loan borrowers before 2003 shall help irresponsible such post-2003 borrowers who have a right to stay in “their” homes (even if they paid little or nothing down and haven’t made payments in months) make their payments. Obama wants Bankruptcy judges to be empowered to re-write mortgage contracts, so wedded is he to these special 2003-date borrowers. Does he understand that he is abrogating two of the most fundamental underpinnings of American prosperity in one fell swoop, i.e. the right to contract and the rule of law? But remember, he wants to “fundamentally change” America. You know, the America that is the most prosperous in the history of the world.

Does he understand that such a change would mean that most all future mortgages would only be written by his government and that every foreclosure would be on the taxpayer? Does he understand that the federal government would be seizing American’s assets right and left? I think he does.

There is another group that he tells how to live via his stimulus bill: the unemployed. Don’t worry about getting a job. Obama killed welfare reform as we know it. Obama will take care of you while you volunteer for ACORN.

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarrassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Obama is keeping right on by halting the process to expedite leases for offshore oil drilling, bankrupting the coal industry and calling what you breathe out “pollution” so that the government can dispense with puny stimulus bills and bailouts and just out and out tell all businesses how to live, as he kills them. He’ll really have some pain to strum when Boston returns to wood stoves for heat and is as smoggy as 18th Century London.

He sang as if he knew me
In all my dark despair
And then he looked right through me
As if I wasn’t there
And he just kept on singing
Singing clear and strong

(Repeat Chorus)

Turn off the American free enterprise killing music and sing your own song in your Representative’s and Senators’ ears. Instead of letting Obama and the Dems fundamentally change America, let’s fundamentally change where they go to work in 2-4 years.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report