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Monday, October 25, 2010

"Just Words" and Too Late Besides: AP Reports Obama Will Focus on Deficit


The AP is now reporting that Obama is bracing for a Republican takeover in Congress and will focus on deficit (a little late for that buddy-- after a $3 trillion spending spree). Can blaming newly-elected Republicans for economic woes be too far behind?


"Preparing for political life after a bruising election, President Barack Obama will put greater emphasis on fiscal discipline, a nod to a nation sick of spending and to a Congress poised to become more Republican, conservative and determined to stop him.

"He is already giving clues about how he will govern in the last two years of his term.

"Obama will try to make gains on deficit reduction, education and energy. He will enforce his health care and financial overhauls and try to protect them from repeal should Republicans win control of Capitol Hill. He will use executive authority when blocked by Congress, and steel for scrutiny and investigations if the GOP is in charge.

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"Moving to the fore will be a more serious focus on how to balance the federal budget and pay for the programs that keep sinking the country into debt."

Hmm. "Programs that keep sinking this country into debt"?-- maybe like the unpopular, economically fascist, $1 trillion ObamaCare for instance... Oh, no. That was a "health care overhaul" that he's going to protect it. I remember Obama saying "Go for it" back in March when there was talk of repealing ObamaCare.

From the March 25th AP article by Darlene Superville that I quoted from (link down and no longer available):

"President Barack Obama dared Republicans to try to repeal his new health care law, telling them Thursday to 'Go for it' and see how well they do with voters in November.

"'Be my guest,' Obama said in the first of many planned appearances to sell the revamp before fall congressional elections. 'If they want to have that fight, we can have it. Because I don't believe the American people are going to put the insurance industry back in the driver's seat.'"

Well, it's November and Obama doesn't seem quite so cavalier and confident now, does he?

More from Ben Feller's recent article:

"The president has signaled that at the start of the new year, he will speak more directly to the country about the financial choices ahead. 'If we're going to get serious about the deficit, then we're going to have to look at everything: entitlements, defense spending, revenues. ... And that's going to be a tough conversation,' he said."

Because we all didn't get enough of Obama while he was campaigning for "stimulus" pay outs, ObamaCare, and claiming he couldn't "dive down there and plug the hole [the Gulf Oil Spill]" nor "suck it up with a straw," etc. We all need more of Obama condescendingly explaining that our common sense is actually illiterate nonsense.

Of course isn't this strategy essentially doomed to failure by Obama's own voiced convictions? Did Obama not just say that (quoting from Charles Krauthammer's Obama Underappreciation Syndrome") "[t]he electorate apparently is deranged by its anxieties and fears to the point where it can’t think straight. Part of the reason 'facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time,' he explained to a Massachusetts audience, 'is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared.'

"Opening a whole new branch of cognitive science — liberal psychology — Obama has discovered a new principle: The fearful brain is hard-wired to act befuddled, i.e., to vote Republican."

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"Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the 'facts and science' undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high."

Not to worry though. Obama now seems to be saying that he's going to cut through our unreasoning, fear-addled, bigoted minds and patiently explain to us how this whole economic mess was the fault of "Bush's failed policies" and how he absolutely had to sign a $787 billion pork-laden, political payout to stimulate jobs (it worked! Right?!) and make sure that unemployment wouldn't rise above 8%. Remember, White House projections said that without the stimulus, unemployment could reach 9%...

Obama would have us all believe, without a doubt, that unemployment is solely the fault of Republicans. Earlier this month Obama said (video available here): "There are three million Americans who would not be working today if not for the economic plan Joe and I put in place. That’s the truth... The hole we’re climbing out of is so deep. The Republicans messed up so bad, left uh... left uh... such a big mess, that there is still millions of Americans without work."

Obama would have us all believe that he and the Dems are responsible for nothing in the past two years except the "success" of ObamaCare and the stimulus. Not only that, but we're also too unemployed, gun clingy and bigoted... uh wait... no... we're all too frightened and can't think straight enough to understand his clear-thinking "facts and science and argument." Right.

This pompous elitism is just too difficult to take. Two years is enough. It has to end. Send a message. Vote.

And then do not forget that the tsunami of taxes that will hit us all in 2011 was not the fault of the 2011 Congress. I guarantee Obama will make that claim. No more "just words" i.e. lies. No more uninformed, pretend science blaming our hard-wired, neurological responses to fear.

Most of all, no more complacency from us, the voters-- no more of our uncritical trust in the media. Not this next year, nor in 2012, nor ever again. We have the internet, access to countless sources of information, and we have our critical and discerning minds. A socialist democracy will not be laid out in this country by accident, nor in secret, nor without our uninterested and tacit consent.

Douglas MacArthur once said "No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation."

How right he is.

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