We have Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, and untold other support groups for people who are addicted to unhealthy behaviors.
It probably doesn't take much imagination to know WHO I am recommending to be the founding member of Finger Pointers Anonymous: Our allergic-to-accountability Celebrity-in-Chief. He absolutely, positively WILL NOT accept responsibility for the wretched state of the American economy, despite the fact his sclerotic economic policies are largely to blame for our economic stagnation.
In today's disastrous press conference, President Obama blamed Republicans in Congress for opposing his jobs bills. In recent weeks, he has blamed economic troubles in Europe, unrest in the Middle East, Wall Street fat cats and even technological advances as being responsible for our high unemployment rate.
Time for an intervention: Barack, you need help! Your finger pointing makes you look pathetic, weak and insipid. Confession is good for the soul. The truth will set you free. But it also might put an end to your European vacations, sycophant groupies and hobnobbing with Hollywood celebrities.
What's next, an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars"?
R.I.P., BOB WELCH — There are two well-known men named Bob Welch: One was a former Major League All-Star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now 55, he was born in Detroit and played college baseball for Eastern Michigan University. The other Bob Welch was a guitarist for 1970s British supergroup Fleetwood Mac, albeit in the early years before they topped the charts with a series of hits. Regrettably, he committed suicide yesterday at 66, leaving a note behind stating he did not want to burden his wife with his debilitating medical condition.
Welch was with Fleetwood Mac from 1971-74, and penned the ethereal, dreamy "Hypnotized," a hit, but not one of their biggest hits (those would come several years later with the wildly popular "Rumours" album in 1977). "Hypnotized" is a unique creation; it boasts an other-worldly guitar and captivating vocals. A few years later, Welch scored big in his solo career with "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."
Welch had spinal surgery a few weeks ago, and his prognosis was not good. May he rest in peace.
DETROIT ON THE BRINK — Stay tuned, we should learn within the next week or two whether the Motor City files for bankruptcy. The city's hidebound (and severely misguided) lead counsel, Krystal Crittendon, is challenging a consent agreement the city reached with the state of Michigan several weeks ago that would give the state broad oversight over the city's troubled finances.
Even the liberal Detroit Free Press is aghast at this boneheaded, self-destructive action by Crittendon, whose department has greater autonomy than in the past under a new city charter, meaning she can perpetrate her destruction without city council approval.
Detroit has been one of America's most important cities, putting the nation on wheels, serving as the arsenal of democracy by cranking out tanks and fighter planes during World War II, blessing us with wonderful Motown music, boasting the nation's first radio broadcast (WWJ in 1920) and being the first city in the world to have a paved road (Woodward Avenue in 1919).
But as I've often said, Detroit is like a highly dysfunctional, drug- and alcohol-addicted lunatic stumbling around on the sidewalk. Intelligence? Yes. Talent? Yes. Innovation, creativity and unlimited potential? Certainly. But a subconscious death wish? Obviously.
Heavenly intervention certainly would be welcome!