The Obama Hofstadter Gambit

by Datechguy | February 21st, 2013

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The Obama Hofstadter Gambit

My name is Dr Leonard Hof­s­tadter and I could never please my par­ents so I need to get all my self-​esteem from strangers like you. (point­ing at Shel­don) But he’s worse!

The Big Bang The­ory: The Cooper-​Hofstadter Polar­iza­tion 2008

One of the things that I’m asked an awful lot by peo­ple is: “How could the coun­try have re-​elected Barack Obama after the last four years.” One of the answers I invari­ably give is this:

“It took Pharaoh 10 plagues to let Moses peo­ple go, per­haps it will take 8 years of Obama for the pub­lic to fig­ure it out.”

With gas prices on the rise daily and things con­tin­u­ing to tank you won­der just how much longer will it take for peo­ple and busi­ness to finally say “Enough!”

I told Michael Gra­ham that the pres­i­dent has no incen­tive to try to change or improve after all he won elec­tion as things were but I sus­pect there is another plan in mind. The Obama/​Hofstadter gam­bit illus­trated by this story sto­ries like this out of France.

Let’s set the stage, Goodyear owns a pair of Tire fac­to­ries they want to dump in the city of Amines (remem­bered for the less than suc­cess­ful Treaty of Amines a tiny bit of peace between Eng­land & France dur­ing the Napoleonic Wars” 1200 jobs are on the line and the only bid­der was a self made US Tire & Wheel tycoon named Mor­rie Tay­lor. But when Mr. Tay­lor com­mented on the lack of pro­duc­tiv­ity it resulted in the fol­low­ing exchange :

“This is the French way.” Mr. Tay­lor told us over the phone that he responded, “Sit­ting in a café is also the French way, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon” if this plant closes.

Mr. Tay­lor also said that the union bosses told him, “You have to do what we tell you, or we won’t let you buy it [the factory.]”

So I told them, you guys go bag it,”

Now when the Amer­i­can with the money walked away this was a prob­lem for the French Social­ist gov­ern­ment, the unions are their back­ers and the loss of union jobs means the loss of pay for vot­ers. The French Indus­try Min­is­ter Arnaud Mon­te­bourg tried to inter­vene offer­ing to bro­ker a fair deal. Taylor’s response was classic

Sir,” he wrote, “your let­ter states that you want Titan to start a dis­cus­sion. How stu­pid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the tal­ent to pro­duce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

This is Barack Obama’s card, the same one evi­denced by Leonard’s speech in the episode, The US econ­omy might be in sham­bles, our debt might be over­whelm­ing and our unions might be chok­ing cities like Detroit, but France and Europe is SO MUCH WORSE.

Well that will be true as there is a Texas and a bunch of Repub­li­can Gov­er­nors to offer other alter­na­tives anyways.

One final note. Check out the com­ments in the orig­i­nal French paper, (you will need to trans­late them) While the MSM & Euro­pean papers are going the full Cap­tain Renault the read­ers in France seem impressed by the truth told to their faces.

Maybe there’s hope for them yet!

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it’s been a slow week over­all in the quest for a pay­check. We’re reached Thurs­day Morn­ing with­out reach­ing the half way point yet. But the nee­dle still moved thanks to three hardy souls to get up past the 13 mark and with the sub­scrip­tion com­men­tary going out before the end of the day to tip jar hit­ters and sub­scribers only per­haps it will be the car­rot of the com­men­tary that makes this shtick successful.





but the nee­dle still moved a tad which is what counts

My name is Dr Leonard Hofstadter and I could never please my parents so I need to get all my self-esteem from strangers like you. (pointing at Sheldon) But he’s worse!

The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2008

One of the things that I’m asked an awful lot by people is: “How could the country have re-elected Barack Obama after the last four years.” One of the answers I invariably give is this:

“It took Pharaoh 10 plagues to let Moses people go, perhaps it will take 8 years of Obama for the public to figure it out.”

With gas prices on the rise daily and things continuing to tank you wonder just how much longer will it take for people and business to finally say “Enough!”

I told Michael Graham that the president has no incentive to try to change or improve after all he won election as things were but I suspect there is another plan in mind. The Obama/Hofstadter gambit illustrated by this story stories like this out of France.

Let’s set the stage, Goodyear owns a pair of Tire factories they want to dump in the city of Amines (remembered for the less than successful Treaty of Amines a tiny bit of peace between England & France during the Napoleonic Wars” 1200 jobs are on the line and the only bidder was a self made US Tire & Wheel tycoon named Morrie Taylor. But when Mr. Taylor commented on the lack of productivity it resulted in the following exchange :

“This is the French way.” Mr. Taylor told us over the phone that he responded, “Sitting in a cafe is also the French way, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon” if this plant closes.

Mr. Taylor also said that the union bosses told him, “You have to do what we tell you, or we won’t let you buy it [the factory.]”

“So I told them, you guys go bag it,”

Now when the American with the money walked away this was a problem for the French Socialist government, the unions are their backers and the loss of union jobs means the loss of pay for voters. The French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg tried to intervene offering to broker a fair deal. Taylor’s response was classic

“Sir,” he wrote, “your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

This is Barack Obama’s card, the same one evidenced by Leonard’s speech in the episode, The US economy might be in shambles, our debt might be overwhelming and our unions might be choking cities like Detroit, but France and Europe is SO MUCH WORSE.

Well that will be true as there is a Texas and a bunch of Republican Governors to offer other alternatives anyways.

One final note. Check out the comments in the original French paper, (you will need to translate them) While the MSM & European papers are going the full Captain Renault the readers in France seem impressed by the truth told to their faces.

Maybe there’s hope for them yet!

******************************************
[thermometer raised=107 target=300 height =200 ]

it’s been a slow week overall in the quest for a paycheck. We’re reached Thursday Morning without reaching the half way point yet. But the needle still moved thanks to three hardy souls to get up past the 1/3 mark and with the subscription commentary going out before the end of the day to tip jar hitters and subscribers only perhaps it will be the carrot of the commentary that makes this shtick successful.





but the needle still moved a tad which is what counts

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