Mary Poppins is in Baltimore. She’ll be at the Hippodrome Theatre through May 6, 2012. It’s a limited engagement, complete with the flying nanny and familiar songs, but I won’t be in the audience.
I don’t need another nanny, not even the most famous one. I already have one: the U.S. Government.
Unlike Ms. Poppins, who has only the best interest of the Banks family at heart, Nanny-in-Chief Obama and his ilk are only interested in protecting us from the things that don’t harm us and subjecting us to the things that do.
Currently, the story of our nation reads less like a frothy, musical adapted by the Disney conglomerate and more like a story from the Brothers Grimm collection. “The Story of a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was” comes to mind, but I digress.
The President doesn’t have a magic umbrella and he won’t be floating in to save us from anything or save us any money, either.
There’s only one nanny in the story by P.L. Travers. Typical of Big Government, the “Nanny State” doesn’t have a just one. They have many of them and there’s little chance of a happy ending from any of their actions and antics.
Here’s a grim little tale from Congress to prove the point: In 2007, they launched the Bright Tomorrow Lighting contest, also known as the “L Prize”, a $10,000,000 expenditure to “create a bulb to replace the standard, energy-wasting ‘incandescent’ 60-watt bulb.”
The contest, with its rigorous requirements set in place, was overseen by the Department of Energy. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidociously”, in fewer than four years, the lucky winner—and onlyentrant—was announced: Phillips, a Netherlands-based manufacturer.
Thanks to their valiant efforts, the sale of the new, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient $60 Philips bulb was launched with great fanfare on April 22, 2012, Earth Day.
Here’s the how the award-winning doller-pe-watt bulb works: It only uses only 10 watts of power, equating to about $8 per year in electricity if it’s used four hours a day. The magic bulb is expected to last at least 30,000 hours, or 30 times longer than an incandescent bulb. At four hours per day, that’s 20 years.
Shine a light on that for a while and figure out how much money that’s going to save you, if you live long enough.
To further protect us, the U.S. Government will ban incandescent bulbs of 40 watts and above in 2014.
Want another little grim story? How about ObamaCare? It’s going to take more than “A Spoonful of Sugar” to help jam that plan down our throats.
P.L. Travers’ spectacular flying nanny claims that “anything can happen if you let it.” What is happening to us is quite the spectacle as well; however, neither noble nor entertaining, and unless American wakes up, this Piccadilly-style circus will continue. And we won’t be getting a laugh out of it.
Unless the President and his jesters tumble out of office in November, everything can and will continue to happen, the likes of which we’ve yet to see.
Just wait until the next four-year act, filled with more liberty-snatching, tax grabbing, and actions to keep us under their thumb, like the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act with indefinite detention extended to U.S. citizens.
Maybe Congress will launch a contest for the best helmet for professional bull riders and make it mandatory for all riders. More bull for our own protection.
America needs to wake up and sweep Obama out of the White House, and rejoice on election night with a rousing rendition of “Chim Chim Cher-ee” with a slight change to lyrics: “No where is there a more happier crew than them wot sings, Chim chim cher-ee, chim chim cher-oo, there’s Republican President in the White House for you.”
June Smith is the founder of the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Hopkins and www.FriendsofRonSmith.com ,her tribute website honoring the legacy of her late husband, Ron Smith, who was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.