In a press conference Thursday morning, President Obama addressed the end of the government shutdown, and urged members of Congress to “move on from the manufactured crisis.” You know, because our government being unable to work together and compromise is manufactured.
So if this whole thing was a “manufactured crisis,” then who manufactured it? His normal go-to culprit in the blame game is the GOP in general, or President Bush or Rush Limbaugh specifically, but this time he went more personal.
Bloggers! Yup, we bloggers are finally getting a little credit around here. He said:
All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio, and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do.
Ok, so I guess Rush still got a little bit of the blame, with the radio talking head comment, and then the professional activists (funny he'd blame his own side, since it's leftist activists that get paid, not conservative ones). But still. Did you know that bloggers could shut down the government? Because I didn’t. I also want to know exactly how rich he thinks us bloggers are, or how we “profit from conflict.”
Bloggers who get paid are far and few between, Mr. President-of-the-People. So sorry to burst your bubble on that one, but it’s true. And the ones that do get paid aren’t exactly making a fortune. We’re making a living.
Speaking of making a living ... bloggers don’t profit from conflict, they profit from writing about stuff that’s happening. If there’s a government shutdown going on, then that’s what they’ll write about, if that’s what they think will bring some traffic. If not, they’ll write about whatever else is going on in the news they think people will want to read. I know capitalism is a difficult concept for the Prez, but sheesh!
Anyway, I’m glad the shutdown is over, and even though President Obama wants to give me all the credit, I’m going to have to pass.
Who do you think is to blame for the shutdown?
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