It is well past time for real Democrats and even Hopium addled Dimocrats to oppose Barack Obama.
It is well past time for Republicans to recognize how they hurt the country when they abandoned their alleged principles with unwavering support of irresponsible, if not criminal, George W. Bush policies and begin to intelligently oppose Barack Obama.
Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republican must realize the essential facts about Obama: (1) Obama is a flim-flam man; (2) Obama is a confidence artist who only cares about his advancement; (3) Obama race-baited his way, with help from powerful Dimocrats like Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry to the Democratic nomination; (4) It was only disgust with George W. Bush and the massive economic crisis during the last month of the election that allowed Obama to overcome John McCain’s lead; (5) Obama employs distraction as a key weapon to forswear responsibility; (6) Obama never takes responsiblity. Further, Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republicans must realize that
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
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Barack Obama, like George W. Bush, is employing fear to ram through wasteful spending and long repressed Democratic wish-lists. Democrats who rejoice in the looting of the American economy today will in the very very near future rue their support of Obama in the same way Republicans today rue their support of George W. Bush.
On September 11, 2001 when the planes brought down the World Trade Center towers Americans united behind George W. Bush. Prominent Democrats (like Rosie O’Donnell and Barbra Streisand) and powerful Democratic elected officials joined with Republicans in calls for unity. Unity was a big mistake. What Americans needed was accountability and rational thought followed by action.
But no, the demands for “Unity” cowed Democrats and emboldened Republicans. George W. Bush used the national emergency to evade responsibility for the massive national security intelligence failure. George W. Bush also attacked the halcyon Bill Clinton presidency in order to evade his responsibility to the American people.
However, George W. Bush bore ultimate responsiblity for the massive intelligence failure which took down the massive World Trade Center towers. Bush tried to place the blame on Bill Clinton for Bush failures for years. Now Obama tries the same trick and blames George W. Bush. But the White House desk has a sign “The Buck Stops Here“.
In other words there is no passing the buck, no passing on of responsibility. The man (and it is a man) behind the desk bears the responsibility. Obama will never accept responsibility though, he never has. Ask the freezing tenants in his Chicago district.
George W. Bush used the crisis of September 11, 2001 to push through the wish lists of the neo-conservatives; now Dimocrats want to push their wish lists using the economic crisis.
Obama continues to blame George W. Bush even though the elections were held over 4 months ago. The political campaign lasted for years. Obama understood, or said he understood, the problems America faced. Obama also chest-thumped and said he too would be ready on Day 1. Obama was not ready on Day 1 nor is Obama ready today.
What Americans are witnessing is the politics of distraction and the dangers of the Obama cult of personality.
The American people desperately need an economic policy. Obama will distract and take a trip to Europe at the end of March with
Mary Todd Michelle Obama.
The purpose of the Obama European Vacation is distraction. There is no economic policy nor plan for America. There is a tourist itinerary and doll houses on the White House lawn instead.
Bill Clinton “Put People First”. Cult of Personality Obama prefers to Put Obama First. Bill Clinton cared about policy and his first thoughts and appointments were directed towards appointments to policy positions. With Obama we witness continued chaos in policy and in the government departments because Cult of Personality Obama gave priority to his White House staff.
Americans need an economic plan and intelligent economic policies instead we have more “quits”. While Sanjay Gupta’s departure has little economic effect (it is interesting that Gupta quit on the day of the so-called Health Care Summit) other “quits” do matter.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s top pick to be his deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, a setback for the agency as it confronts the worst financial crisis in decades.
Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrew after several interviews and vetting of her financial history, a person familiar with Nazareth’s decision said.[snip]
Nazareth’s withdrawal from consideration comes as critics say Geithner’s lacks the senior staff he needs to make critical decisions about the financial crisis. Not one of his top 17 deputies has been named, let alone confirmed.
Without senior leadership, lower-level Treasury employees can’t make decisions or represent the government in crucial conversations with banks and others.
At a Senate hearing Thursday about failed insurance giant American International Group Inc. — which has received four separate bailouts totaling more than $170 billion — Sen. Chris Dodd said he had asked Treasury for someone to appear, but that no one was available.
Nazareth was not the only “quit” yesterday. Mr. Geithner’s pick for undersecretary for international affairs, Caroline Atkinson, has also withdrawn.
The responsiblity for the economy and fully staffing the government unfortunately belongs to Obama. Bill Clinton is not responsible for the current mess. George W. Bush is not responsible for the current mess. The mess now belongs exclusively to Barack Obama. Bill Clinton Put People First, Cult of Personality Obama Puts Obama First.
We wrote about Bill Clinton’s concern for policy and Barack Obama’s concern for himself a short time ago:
Ambinder’s protection of Obama actually highlights that Obama’s much ballyhooed “greatest transition ever” focused on the White House staff which still managed to bungle. Ambinder’s protection of Obama highlights that Bill Clinton cared and focused on POLICY. That is the difference – POLICY. Hillary Clinton cares and focuses on POLICY.
Our comments were precipitated by Marc Ambinder’s fawn over Obama which unwittingly exposed the non-entity which is Barack Obama:
Remember how bad that Clinton transition was? All the nominee juggling. The stronger-than-expected prerogatives of Congress? Early White House chaos? Communications problems? The point is: transitions are very hard. Maybe it’s not fair to compare them. Depending upon your point of view, Obama’s transition was stunningly efficient (thanks in large part to the Bush White House) or it vindicated the decisions that Clinton’s planners made. In late 1992, Clinton decided to focus on cabinet nominees and policy first, and put off the organization of the White House staff until later. Some of Obama’s policy reviews, by contrast, still haven’t been completed. The White House staff had weeks to prepare, but in retrospect, the building is like a gravity field operating on energy: everything slows down, regardless of input. Metrics don’t tells us everything either; by this point in 1993, every cabinet member sans one — the Attorney General — was confirmed.
Here we are in March still waiting for “policy reviews” and the White House staff which Obama gave priority to is a mess and the rest of the government is non-existent. The Treasury Department continues to be a one-man operation and no plan nor policy is present. Obama, as usual will take a trip. A flim-flam man is always on the run.
Obama is taking a trip.
Mary Todd Michelle Obama presumably is exercising her arms and ordering new sleeveless dresses to display. The economy… well the economy has become the Obama “Did I do that? Urkel economy.
The Barack Obama/Urkel “take no responsiblity” economy. Businesses and predatory lenders who looted the economy continue to loot the economy and instead of accountability they are rewarded with taxpayer dollars. 651,000 jobs were lost in February and unemployment is the highest since 1983 at 8.1 percent. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel with these numbers,” said Nigel Gault, economist at IHS Global Insight. “Job losses were everywhere and there’s no hope for a turnaround any time soon.”
Food stamp enrollment is up to 31.8 million (up 700,000 in one month). The FDIC which insures banks, as we wrote yesterday, will soon be penniless and will borrow $500 Billion. Obama is taking a trip. Barack Obama/Urkel now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market – The Obama Bear Market.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gauge has lost 53 percent from its October 2007 record of 14,164.53, slipping 4.1 percent to 6,594.44 yesterday.
More than $1.6 trillion has been erased from U.S. equities since Jan. 20 as mounting bank losses and rising unemployment convinced investors the recession is getting worse. The president is in danger of breaking a pattern in which the Dow rallied 9.8 percent on average in the 12 months after a Democrat captured the White House, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“Obama should be listening to the stock market more than talking to it,” said Kenneth Fisher, the billionaire chairman of Woodside, California-based Fisher Investments Inc., which oversees $22 billion. “He hasn’t gotten out of the gate well.”
Obama is not ready. Not on Day 1, not on Day “infinity”. Obama is not ready.
Dimocrats are still making Obama excuses and attacking Pink websites for telling the truth – the Obama Budget: Sleeveless, Clueless, Truthless, Hopeless, Penniless.
Others however are beginning to echo Big Pink:
The specific problems, however, far outweigh the positives. First are the quite optimistic forecasts, despite the higher taxes and government micromanagement that will harm the economy. The budget projects a much shallower recession and stronger recovery than private forecasters or the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are projecting. It implies a vast amount of additional spending and higher taxes, above and beyond even these record levels. For example, it calls for a down payment on universal health care, with the additional “resources” needed “TBD” (to be determined).
Obama dinner partners too are beginning, finally, to echo and repeat Big Pink:
Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. Forget the “$2 trillion dollars in savings” that “we have already identified,” $1.6 trillion of which President Obama’s budget director later admits is the “savings” of not continuing the surge in Iraq until 2019 — 11 years after George Bush ended it, and eight years after even Bush would have had us out of Iraq completely.
Forget all of this. This is run-of-the-mill budget trickery. True, Obama’s tricks come festooned with strings of zeros tacked onto the end. But that’s a matter of scale, not principle.
All presidents do that. But few undertake the kind of brazen deception at the heart of Obama’s radically transformative economic plan, a rhetorical sleight of hand so smoothly offered that few noticed.
Krauthammer is echoing our catechism in his own words: Obama can’t be trusted.
The markets’ recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering on fear-itself panic — for enacting his “Big Bang” agenda to federalize and/or socialize health care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.
Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core. Health, education and energy — worthy and weighty as they may be — are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure. The fraudulent claim that they are both cause and cure is the rhetorical device by which an ambitious president intends to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime.
The Republicans are finally hitting their stride in opposition to Obama. We have been the very first to write about the multiplying and growing NObama coalitions. A NObama coalition had a big victory last night which makes Harry Reid look extra foolish after the many times he has said he has the votes, but it has been proven that he does not have the votes. The big victory against wasteful spending:
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had been confident Thursday evening that he had the 60 votes needed to cut off debate. But a half hour after the roll call was to begin, Reid admitted he was still one vote short, forcing a late night meeting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office over where to go next.
The stupidity of the Senate Dimocrats is compounded by their excuses. Apparently they were too busy at an Obama publicity stunt to get real work done, Part of the confusion may be explained by the fact that so many top senators, including Reid, spent so much of Thursday at a White House summit on health care reform.
Did we mention Obama is taking a trip? Obama does not want to get the work done either so he will go off on another publicity stunt instead of getting the job done. Maybe he will take Senate Dimocrats with him on the publicity tour of
Mary Todd Michelle’s missing Winter sleeves.
Republicans will appropriately be labeled “hypocrites” by Dimocrats and Democrats but they are doing the right thing for the American economy. Now Republican John Boehner is calling for a “spending freeze” instead of the wasteful 2009 spending porkfest Obama wants to sign.
Democrats and Republicans need to fight back against the Obama deceptions and gambles.
Some Democrats are beginning to remove themselves from the B.O. stink.
But among people I talk to there’s a growing sense of frustration, even panic, over Mr. Obama’s failure to match his words with deeds.
Obama is all talk, and travel, no action. We have been saying that since April 2007. Krugman exposes the fakery at the center of Obama’s “plans” for the economy – one failed plan gets gussied up and paraded as new. Moneymen however are not fooled.
Even long-time PINOs are moved to reject Obama. Stuart Taylor:
Having praised President Obama’s job performance in two recent columns, it is with regret that I now worry that he may be deepening what looks more and more like a depression and may engineer so much spending, debt, and government control of the economy as to leave most Americans permanently less prosperous and less free.
Other Obama-admiring centrists have expressed similar concerns. Like them, I would like to be proved wrong. After all, if this president fails, who will revive our economy? And when? And what kind of America will our children inherit?
The house is burning down. It’s no time to be watering the grass.
But with the nation already plunging deep into probably necessary debt to rescue the crippled financial system and stimulate the economy, Obama’s proposals for many hundreds of billions in additional spending on universal health care, universal postsecondary education, a massive overhaul of the energy economy, and other liberal programs seem grandiose and unaffordable.
With little in the way of offsetting savings likely to materialize, the Obama agenda would probably generate trillion-dollar deficits with no end in sight, or send middle-class taxes soaring to record levels, or both.
Real Democrats must stand up to the flim-flam man who gambles with the American economy with George W. Bush type panache. Some real Democrats are joining us in opposition to the flim-flam man and his flim-flam scams It is not Rush Limbaugh that threatens Obama the most. It is Democrats who threaten the flim-flam man and his flim-flam scams:
I don’t like talking politics. It is personal, but some things are a matter of public record, including my substantial six figure donations to the Democratic Party before I was no longer allowed to contribute by contractual agreement. I regard two Democratic governors as my friends, and helped back one of them in a major financial way and spoke and campaigned directly for the other.
I also made it clear in a New York magazine article that I favored Obama over McCain because I thought Obama to be a middle-of-the-road Democrat, exactly the kind I have supported all my adult life, although I will admit to being far more left-wing during my teenage years and early 20s.
To be totally out of the closet, I actually embrace every part of Obama’s agenda, right down to the increase on personal taxes and the mortgage deduction. I am a fierce environmentalist who has donated multiple acres to the state of New Jersey to keep forever wild. I believe in cap and trade. I favor playing hardball with drug companies that hold up the U.S. government with me-too products.
But these are issues that we have no time for now, on the verge of a second Great Depression. This is an agenda that must be held back for better times. It is an agenda that at this moment is radical vs. what is called for. I am proud to have voted for the Obama who I thought understood the need to get us on the right path, and create jobs and wealth before taxing it and making moves that hurt job creation — certainly ones that will outweigh the meager number of jobs he’s creating.
Most important, I believe his agenda is crushing nest eggs around the nation in loud ways, like the decline in the averages, and in soft but dangerous ways, like in the annuities that can’t be paid and the insurance benefits that will be challenging to deliver on.
So I will fight the fight against that agenda. I will stand up for what I believe and for what I have always believed: Every person has a right to be rich in this country and I want to help them get there. And when they get there, if times are good, we can have them give back or pay higher taxes. Until they get there, I don’t want them shackled or scared or paralyzed. That’s what I see now.
If that makes me an enemy of the White House, then call me a general of an army that Obama may not even know exists — tens of millions of people who live in fear of having no money saved when they need it and who get poorer by the day.
Now is not the time for “unity” nor silence. Now is the time for full throated opposition. Obama is gambling with the American economy and with America itself.
When the first two planes hit, America became tranquilized with the narcotic of silence in the name of patriotism.
The economic planes are hitting now.
Now is not the time for Hopium induced slumber.
Now is the time to strike against the fear mongers and for our future.