President Obama has done his darndest to go around Congress on a number of issues. His latest attempted end-run is for those who are in over their heads with their mortgages. Not just any mortgages, of course – only those by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You know, the very institutions which helped to get this country in the mess we are in now, thanks to people like Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank. Indeed, Obama wants to make it so people can re-finance their homes, even if it means up to 125% of their homes.

Um, isn’t that what helped to get us into this mess in the FIRST place? Good thinking there, Obama – oh, wait, no, it isn’t. And not including the CONGRESS is just a bit of a problem, too. Typical Obama.

Meanwhile, now that Libya has made it clear that they are in a Sharia frame of mind, concerns are escalating about how things are going to turn out in the Middle East. Add to that Afghanistan saying they will stand with Pakistan against the United States, if push comes to shove. Oh, yippee. More good news from the diplomatic efforts of this Administration. Ahem.

Back here in the good ol’ US of A, seems folks are not too optimistic about the outlook of the country. In fact, over two thirds of voters feel the nation is in decline. Wow. That is pretty significant. Americans have been an optimistic bunch generally. We have believed if we worked hard enough, we could achieve great things. Now, not so much. That is a sad state of affairs, indeed.

Okay. Just getting us started. What is on your minds?