Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Earthly woes mount as Obama's rhetoric soars(One of today's Must Read)
Posted on 06/15/2012 6:19:34 PM PDT by radioone
Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: "Ask yourself are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
But, in fact, you don't need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans' median net worth fell 38.8 percent or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. Oh, dear. As I mentioned a few months ago, when readers asked me to recommend countries they could flee to, most of the countries worth fleeing to Americans can no longer afford to live in.
Which means we'll just have to fix things here. How likely is Barack Obama to do this? A few days ago he came to Cleveland, a city that is a byword for economic dynamism, fiscal prudence, and sound government. He gave a 54-minute address that tried the patience even of the most doting court eunuchs. "One of the worst speeches I've ever heard Barack Obama make," pronounced MSNBC's Jonathan Alter, as loyal Democrat attendees fled the arena to volunteer for the Obamacare death-panel pilot program. In fairness to the president, I wouldn't say it was that much worse, or duller, or more listless and inert than previous Obama speeches. In fact, much of it was exactly the same guff he was peddling when Jonathan Alter's pals were still hailing him as the world's greatest orator. The problem is the ever-widening gulf between the speech and the slough of despond all about.
(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...
You seriously think your guy is going to put up another Hoover Dam? Let me quote one Deanna Archuleta, Obama's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, in a speech to Democratic environmentalists in Nevada:
"You will never see another federal dam."
So today our money-no-object government spends lot of money but to no great object. What are Big Government's priorities now? Carpeting Catholic universities with IUDs. Regulating the maximum size of milk-coffee beverages. As Obama told us: "'That's how we built this country together. We constructed railroads and highways... Together, we touched the surface of the moon, unlocked the mystery of the atom.' And as we will one day tell our grandchildren: 'Together, we touched the surface of the decaf caramel macchiato and deemed it to be more than 16 ounces. Together, we unlocked the mystery of 30-year-old college students' womanhood. One small step to the IKEA futon for a lucky Georgetown Law freshwoman, one giant leap for womankind. Who will ever forget the day when the Union Pacific Board of Health Compliance and the Central Pacific Agency of Sustainable Growth Enhancement met at Promontory Community College, Utah, to hammer in the Golden Spike condom dispenser?'"Steyn is en fuego.
"But these days we can't build a new Hoover Dam, only an attractive new corner office for the Assistant Deputy Assistant Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Secretary of Deputy Assistants at the Department of Bureaucratic Sclerosis, and she'll be happy to issue a compliance order that the Hoover Dam's mandatory fish ladders are non-wheelchair accessible, and so the whole joint needs to close. That we can do! If only we dare to dream Big Dreams!! Together!!!"and then this one:
"And as we will one day tell our grandchildren: 'Together, we touched the surface of the decaf caramel macchiato and deemed it to be more than 16 ounces. Together, we unlocked the mystery of 30-year-old college students' womanhood. One small step to the IKEA futon for a lucky Georgetown Law freshwoman, one giant leap for womankind. Who will ever forget the day when the Union Pacific Board of Health Compliance and the Central Pacific Agency of Sustainable Growth Enhancement met at Promontory Community College, Utah, to hammer in the Golden Spike condom dispenser?"LOL!!
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Hoover Dam was built by a private consortium of Construction firms with their own mone. They were known as the Big Six.
It would never get past the EPA or 100 other federal regulatory bodies today.
They would have a thousand OSHA violations in the first week.
I like the “We . . . “ pose: This joker is not even an American!
Not only did he not take any part in ANY of these accomplishments, but he’s not even part of the nation that did, and in fact he despises it.
Our accomplishments as a people are just a prop to him.
What a piece of trash.
We used to have three branches of government. We have drifted to only one, and the perpetrator deems himself untouchable. Somewhere along the way, someone decided that "Executive Orders" trumps Congress, and can nullify legislative actions, those pesky constitutional laws.
And Congress (both branches) seem to allow it. No Problem. No instant appeal to the Supreme court. Is this what was meant by WTF (win the future?)
The First Criminal can choose which laws he executes and which he ignores.
Lost in all the rhetoric is the obvious demonstrable crime of violating his oath of office.* Is it still perjury if he made his oath on the koran?
All those clueless congresspeople had better figure that out soon, before the faggots and pitchforks come into play.
* "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
I doubt that claiming genetically impaired ability will be accepted as a legal excuse.
No Hoover dam, but I bet there is a room for Hoovers at the gay pride celebration at the WH. Lots of foot tapping goin’ on.
Given we have already dammed everything worth damming, all that is left is to start damning some things.
Every one of those listed huuman exceptional achievements could not be built today under the oppresive ignorant administration of the EPA, The Corpse of Engineers, and the hundreds of unaccountable bureaucrat administrators.
Arbitrary and capricious is the rule of the day. And the ordinary citizen is helpless to find champions to challenge the new unconstitutional self-appointed delusional emperor.
Obama bragging abut the Hoover Dam as a success? I’d bet any amount of money his administration would look to tear it down because it displaced a piping plover or spotted owl rather than find somewhere to repeat its success.
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If he has lost sycophants like Alter, he really is in trouble.
One of the best Steyn pieces ever. And that's saying something!
I remember him having to take the oath twice.
Is that correct?
I seem to remember that he apparently made some sort of mistake or omission taking the oath publicly the first time, and had to repeat it a second time—privately.
Is my memory mistaken?
Yeah, he screwed up the oath, then had Roberts redo it in the Oval Office, IIRC.
This dip wad is blowing them up!!!!
Things were definitely different in those days. I toured the Hoover Dam and went to the museum. In the museum, there was a picture of a powder monkey priming dynamite. The picture showed the guy sitting on a crate of dynamite, pushing a primer (with fuse) into a stick of dynamite, while he was smoking a cigarette.
Unless we can get rid of this tyrant and his hordes of control freak minions, we are good and truly f*cked!
Obama whines... the 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...
An absolute masterpiece. ; )
They are too in love with Obama and themselves to notice. MSM will wake-up one day but it is already too late.
I still think of it as Boulder Dam. I’ve liked that name better since I was five years old.
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As usual, Steyn makes me laugh ... because otherwise I would have to cry.
This is the one point that Steyn surprisingly missed. It's a matter of understanding your enemy. Most still consider Obama just another politician. That's not the case. Obama's administration is designed to fundamentally 'change' America. Obama said it in the campaign. He says it today. His mission is to destroy this country.
I'll quote Ms. Barnhardt here:
Barack Obama is a slack-jawed, mouth-breathing imbecile who doesn't have the brains God gave a goldfish. He is also a hard-core drug user. He smokes weed in "Choom Wagon One" to "mellow" and smokes crack, and probably does cocaine when he needs to be "up" for campaign appearances. He has no idea what he is saying most of the time, and is so stupid that he lacks the self-awareness to know when he has said something monumentally stupid, such as we saw this morning. He is not smart, hence his complete inability to speak extemporaneously and his mere passing familiarity with the English language. He is in no way competent on any level, hence his staggering lack of command on any topic except sports involving big, sweaty mens. He is not actually engaged in any meaningful policy discussion or formation. Obama himself is a puppet front kept entertained with drugs, golf, and gay sex, and the golf may only be a cover for the gay sex. People who play golf with any frequency tend to develop something that resembles a golf SWING. Barack Obama can not swing a golf club competently despite playing more golf than the avid, semi-retired, country club golfers I know.
Billions of dollars have been directed by this administration to their cronies, sycophants, and supporters. We are watching the rapid deterioration of our country.
A year or so ago you could be sure to find several Prog “Yeah, but Bush...” comments on a regular basis; not anymore - nobody bothers to defend Æthelblack the Unready now...
Love Ann Barnhardt. I have said this from day one. No matter where Obama was born he is not American. Like Anwar al-Awlaki who was born in Colorado, moved back to the Middle East and then went to school on the backs of good hard working Americans. Obama did the same and went to school here on our dime as a foreign student.
He has reaped every advantage from life in America but like a junkie to his enabler he resents all the help.
Yes, he hate himself and all he surveys, he is a demon!
A demon who speaks to the lazy and the greedy. Keep me in power and I will give you everything. This is like a very bad movie with obvious villains and a more obvious outcome.
Obama the demon is the best thing to happen to America. Now we must turn to God and claim this nation back. Even halfwits who vote realize the danger we are in with this evil degenerate running the country.
HE WILL NOT WIN ONE STATE IN NOVEMBER
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