July 17, 2011
The Conservative Radical in Chief
Yesterday, President Barack H. Obama pooh-poohed the notion that any government program needed radical revamping:
Fighting back against Republican calls for greater spending cuts, President Obama said Friday that the government doesn’t need to make major changes to get its budget back on track and called for that solution to include some trims coupled with tax increases.
“Here’s the good news: that it turns out we don’t have to do anything radical to solve this problem. Contrary to what some folks say that -- we’re not Greece. You know, we’re not Portugal,” Mr. Obama said at his third press conference in three weeks, using his most powerful public relations tool to take his arguments directly to voters.
Well -- not exactly; what he really said was that no government program that was already despicably intrusive, massively overbudget, and growing like a cancer needed a radical trim; he still supports radical "reform" of those fews segments of the universe that have not yet been nationalized, including health care, energy, union-election rules, eating, the planetary climate, the biosphere, and Capitalism itself.
His only consistent philosophy of goverance is that government growth is a ratchet that only allows movement in one direction: towards increasing federal control over the individual. He wants to complete the vision of reconstructing the New Obamunist Man, and deconstructing traditional America.
In Obama's budget and debt crisis of 2011, he has so far identified approximately $2 billion in actual cuts he might be willing to swallow... assuming he gets the $600 billion to $800 billion in tax increases on millionaires (who aren't paying their fair share), oil companies (who work with icky, stinky oil), and any corporation whose employees travel often enough to make it more cost effective for the corporation to own its own jet -- not counting his own administration, which of course maintains a fleet of jets, helicopters, and limos in case the Lord Reformer, the First Family, and the First Entourage desire to travel somewhere for work or play (mostly play).
See? A balanced approach to solving the crisis, something for everyone!
At least he has shown a willingness to be flexible about the negotiations with Congress:
The president said there are three options on the table: a big deal that totals $4 [tr]illion in tax increases and potential spending cuts; a plan about half that size; and a “fallback position” that would increase the debt limit but push off action on the deficit.
In other words:
- A staggering tax increase plus a light dusting of decreases in spending increases sometime in the nebulous future.
- A staggering tax increase without even the illusion of that "light dusting."
- Raising the debt limit unconditionally to any level the resident president demands.
“'If they show me a serious plan, I’m ready to move,' he said." Well you can't say he doesn't give us options!
I think somewhere in his youth, President B.O. misunderstood the phrase, "command economy." Rather than meaning economic decisions under the direct control of a centralized government, Barack Obama misheard it as an economy that responds directly, as if by magic, to any command, demand, or pronunciamento issued by the sorcerer's apprentice -- like a command genie: "I command thee to destroy all energy production but still run all the power devices I think are cool!" *Blink!* "I command thee to double the tax rates but still have a vibrant, growing economy!" *Blink!* "I command the oceans to recede and the Earth to heal!" *Blink!*
Too bad Barbara Eden is no longer working in that line; otherwise, the emperor could command his Jeannie blink him a new set of clothes.
November 2012 cannot come soon enough for me.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 17, 2011, at the time of 12:10 PM
The following hissed in response by: Rovin
I think somewhere in his youth, President B.O. misunderstood the phrase, "command economy."
Misunderstanding, or deliberate actions based on so many calculated moves? Or, do you think this guy is really "just winging it"?
The above hissed in response by: Rovin at July 17, 2011 8:22 PM
The following hissed in response by: MarkJM
What irritates more about this whole discussion is the fecklessness of the Republicans. This is so easy to 'fix' despite the media propaganda hags. "OK, Mr. President. We agree to the balanced approach of revenue and cuts. The best way to increase revenue is to create more taxpayers. You create more taxpayers by creating jobs. You create jobs by LOWERING taxes and burdensome regulations on businesses. ALL businesses. You allow growth and expansion by LOWERING energy costs by applying the same to energy companies and drill, baby, drill. History undeniably proves this. You are doing just the opposite." I've only heard one Republican even come close to this; Marco Rubio. We have a communist as President, aided and abetted by a communist party (democrats). They need to be removed from all levels of governance. They are the enemy of Freedom, the obstacle to opportunity, and the destroyers of dreams. They must be defeated, and exposed for the cancerous freedom killers they have become.
The following hissed in response by: snochasr
Or, do you think this guy is really "just winging it"?
This joker can't even remember what he SAID one day to the next, let alone some grand scheme that takes years to fruition. I think he got elected because he believes he was ENTITLED to it, just like everything else in his life. He thought it would be something fun to BE (as witness his constant vacationing) rather than some job he had to DO. He needs a good spanking, hopefully before November 2012. Maybe "default" is just the thing. Call it a hard reality, the first in his life.
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