November 6th, 2008


On recent discussions about the election

I've made several comments on the election and Obama's policies, and ended them with "wanna buy an airplane"? Some folks have taken that as a "let them eat cake"-style argument. That couldn't be further from the truth.

My airplane is the culmination of a lifelong dream. I've actively wanted one for 20 years; before that, I'd wanted to learn to fly, and having an airplane was a smaller part of it. Once I learned to fly, I found that yes, the average person can indeed own an airplane. There are several at the Fairmont airport owned by average working stiffs, in among the high-performance singles and light twins that the folks snarking at me would probably think are typical. I've found from experience that, as the aviation writer Gordon Baxter once observed, an airplane is the finest thing a man can own. Barack Obama has that dream firmly in his sights. Anyone who thinks I'll greet the death of that dream with anything but deep displeasure is delusional.

When my job goes away, the airplane will have to go, but it'll be just the first of lots of things.

There were a few comments about having huge medical debts, and why should I complain about an airplane? I've answered the latter; the former is something I deeply sympathize with and am sorry that the person has to deal with - but how, exactly, does that justify government sticking a gun in my face and demanding I pay the bill?

The discussion devolved into accusations of class warfare. I'm sorry if telling the truth is offensive, but I'm not going to stop doing it. The politics of envy practiced by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are just that: class warfare against the successful, by those who can buy votes by committing to "major redistributive change".

Finally, there's the question of "why don't we let the people we elected start doing their jobs before we complain"? There are two objections to be raised here: 1) The policies I'm objecting to are the promises that Obama used to get elected, along with what little legislative record he has; he's got no reason to do anything different, especially when he's aided and abetted by two Democrat leaders who've been working toward the same goals for years; and 2) If someone walks up to me with a pistol pointed at my nose, I'm not going to wait until he pulls the trigger before doing something about it.
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