President Barack Obama got the $825 (or $1.2 trillion over a decade) stimulus package through the House of Representatives but the 244 to 188 vote is a hollow victory indeed. Without a single Republican voting for the bill, his high-profile visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday came to exactly naught - at least on the House side.

Obama vowed to change Washington and usher in a new post-partisan era. The mood music and optics were pitch perfect as he trekked up to the Hill. Republicans praised his gesture, welcomed his sincere demeanour and appreciated his willingness to listen.

Problem was, he wanted only to listen and did not want to act on what Republicans said. When he was asked if he would re-structure the package to include more tax cuts, he reportedly responded: "Feel free to whack me over the head because I probably will not compromise on that part."

He apparently added: "I understand that and I will watch you on Fox News and feel bad about myself." (Used with permission. Read Toby Harnden's full, unedited article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

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In his song, Everybody Knows , poet/singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen, captures the present mood for America.

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows that the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That's how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied

Everybody's got this broken feeling

Like their father or their dog just died...

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The dice are loaded and the fight is fixed. Those who played by the rules will pay for those who lied and cheated. This is how the American Dream has turned into the American Nightmare.

And so, as I pen these thoughts, my heart is heavy for our children and their future. Where is their American Dream? Where is their hope? How can we honestly say we have unselfishly taken care of our children?

We haven't. Not one bit and Washington could care less.

What America needs, America doesn't want. We have placed our hope in all the wrong places therefore living out the consequences of trusting in man and not God.

The only hope for our America is God.

How much further must we fall before we "get it?"

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Following video, God In America, courtesy of You Tube.

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