THE RMS Titanic and the Andrea Gail went down in the North Atlantic hundreds of miles and 79 years apart. Both disasters generated books and movies. Only one was titled “The Perfect Storm.”
That's an apt description for economic conditions facing some Americans today in the Obama economy. Yet for all his expressed concern for the poor, the president's policies seem to be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
The six-man swordfishing crew of the Andrea Gail was lost at sea in 1991. The Titanic went down on April 15, 1912. Andrea Gail crew members were of the same socio-economic class. The 1,316 Titanic passengers were striated into three economic groups. The Titanic hit an iceberg, the result of human folly and hubris. The Andrea Gail encountered the “perfect” storm.
Barack Obama striates people into those he wants to give more money to and those he wants to take more money from. His policies have continued the nation on a course toward a fiscal iceberg. Yet he shows no signs of seeing the dangers ahead.
Newt Gingrich got a storm of protest in describing Obama as the “food stamp president,” but the facts are on the leeward side of truth: A record 44.7 million Americans — 1 in 7 — were on food stamps last year.
In Tulsa, nonprofits are sailing against the wind to keep up with increased demand for food and housing assistance. “It seems to be the perfect storm,” soup kitchen director Connie Cronley told the Tulsa World. “Low-income, unemployed and working poor people are struggling to pay their bills and put food on their tables.”
While the flood of the poor continues and donors are deluged with funding appeals, she said, social service agencies “are caught in the middle, standing on a smaller and smaller piece of dry land and calling out ‘Help!'”
On the island of irresponsibility that is Washington, D.C., Obama's coordinates for solving this problem have us headed for harder times. Why haven't his policies helped so far? If the economy is getting better, as Obama claims, why are nonprofits like the one Cronley runs getting swamped by requests?
A second Obama term is a guaranteed shipwreck. If that happens, it will be too late to send an SOS to the Carpathian.
The latest challenge to a family's fiscal seaworthiness is gasoline prices. Obama is fixated on solar power and electric vehicles. Families are fixated on filling their cars with gas. The perfect storm for lower-income working Americans is having a job but having trouble buying the gas to get to work. Higher gas prices also float up grocery prices.
Sometimes, a rising tide really can lift all boats. That's not a Gingrich zinger but a John F. Kennedy platitude. From JFK's native Massachusetts, the Andrea Gail set sail on Sept. 20, 1991. It never returned to port.
Another Massachusetts politician wants to put the disastrous Obama presidency in dry dock. Mitt Romney is our best hope for avoiding the economic iceberg of another Obama term. Remember this next month as the Titanic sinking's 100th anniversary is noted.
Republicans need to lock in the coordinates for victory in November now by putting Romney in the wheelhouse.