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Hit the Road Barack: Newsweek cover calls out president on policy promises
Daily Mail ^ | 7-20-14 | Emily Anne Epstein

Posted on 07/21/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by SJackson

Edited on 07/21/2014 6:59:52 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Hit the Road Barack: Newsweek cover calls out president on policy promises and proclaims all-but-certain Republican victory

Niall Ferguson, a British professor of history at Harvard University, relies heavily on the idea of promises to lampoon Barack Obama into submission - a surprising argument for the historically liberal, and pro-Obama publication.

It is urgent, he argues, to lose the rhetoric and spring for reform.

'I was a good loser four years ago,' he writes. As a 'full disclosure' adviser to John McCain, his sentiments are hardly surprising, but he does not rely on opinion to make his case.

Drawing heavily on unemployment numbers, stagnant growth on the economy and expert dissatisfaction, he presents Mr Obama as a lame duck.

'It is five years since the financial crisis began, but the central problems—excessive financial concentration and excessive financial leverage—have not been addressed,' Mr Ferguson writes.

But more than just his policies are the problem, Mr Ferguson says, it's his decision making abilities.

'After the imperial presidency of the Bush era, there was something more like parliamentary government in the first two years of Obama’s administration,' Mr Ferguson writes.

'The president proposed; Congress disposed.'

'The voters now face a stark choice,' Mr Ferguson says.

'They can let Barack Obama’s rambling, solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debt—and real geopolitical decline.'

The nail in the coffin will be Paul Ryan, Mr Ferguson argues. The two met in 2010 at a fundraising dinner.

'Ryan blew me away. I have wanted to see him in the White House ever since,' Mr Ferguson writes.


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1 posted on 07/21/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Big deal, the guy is out anyway. He shouldn’t be the target.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 6:53:43 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: SJackson
Oh here it comes, the cover...


3 posted on 07/21/2014 6:57:04 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SJackson

Too little, too late, sir.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 6:57:21 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Fido969

He has 30 months to go. Lots of executive orders to come plus some possible SCOTUS nominations. He can add even more to the enormous damage he has done. Obamacare is here to stay and an amnesty is on its way. These two actions will transform America forever.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 6:57:47 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SJackson

I can’t believe Newsweak is finally pointing out the emperor has no clothes!


6 posted on 07/21/2014 6:58:49 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want 0bama to make history - First to be IMPEACHED and REMOVED!)
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To: Fido969

Perhaps you missed the real point of Ferguson’s article - that the solution is Paul Ryan.

Have at it.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 6:59:24 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SJackson
“After the imperial presidency of the Bush era, there was something more like parliamentary government in the first two years of Obama’s administration,” (Niall) Ferguson writes. “The president proposed; Congress disposed.” …
That’s not how parliamentary government works at all. That’s how the USSR worked, and how Putin’s Russia, Red China and the EU work currently.
8 posted on 07/21/2014 6:59:35 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Fido969

People should never, never, underestimate the capability the Republican Establishment has for snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. They will do their level best to prop up and even resuscitate the moribund Current Regime, and in doing so, will assure the mistakes and active commission of the decline of the territory once known as “the United States of America”, shall be preserved for all posterity.

Stay on target. There is no need to raise ANY monuments to this total counterfeit. Scorched earth should the only lasting reminder he was ever here.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 7:02:05 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Fido969; All
but, the rancid smell and stain remains..for 34 months.
Alot can "happen" in that time.

10 posted on 07/21/2014 7:02:51 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: SJackson

This magazine cover is two years old. Note the date. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)


11 posted on 07/21/2014 7:03:16 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: SJackson

Read the fine print. The magazine cover is dated 2012.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 7:06:55 AM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Fido969

Obama’s a valid target because we’re sending a message to Democrats: “elect people based what’s between their ears - not based on the color that sits upon their skin.

Same with ‘Hillary’: Don’t elect a person based on what’s between their legs, elect based on what’s between their ears.

Really, democrats need to grow beyond shallow symbolism.


13 posted on 07/21/2014 7:13:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
oboe embarks on new career as an itinerant Hobo Musician.....


14 posted on 07/21/2014 7:14:34 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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.....Obama’s administration is best described as 'The president proposed; Congress disposed' ....

Yup--lock-stepping party loyalty not seen since 1930-40's era Europe.
Heck, it's dam hard for loyal Dummycrats to restrain themselves.

Kinda reminds me of Peter Sellers trying to subdue
his natural instincts to salute smartly to der leader.

15 posted on 07/21/2014 7:15:10 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: SJackson

Back to good cop in 2016?. Either way, we end up in the penitentiary.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 7:17:06 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: All
At the Hay Literary festival in Wales, author and PBS historian, Niall Ferguson, spent much of his time dissing one of Obama's first "smart power" speeches, delivered in Cairo in 2009......describing it as "touchy feely nonsense"...

Ferguson has sent out warnings about Obama's failure to come to terms with what Ferguson sees as the potential rise of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and the possible "restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia"........themes at the heart of this new book "Civilization: The West and the Rest"...............

Ferguson's standpoint is that Western dominance has been a progressive civilizing force.....his new book reinforces these arguments postulating that there were six killer "apps" which propelled the West to a position of predominance.

These were competition, science, property, modern science, consumption and work ethic, each with a dedicated chapter in the book.

Ferguson contrasts how China was the world's most advanced civilization in the 15th century but stagnated and was overtaken by Dutch mercantilism and the rise of capitalism employing the six "skills".

In his books, and on his compelling PBS series "Civilization," Ferguson lists "morality" as a strategic strength of Western Civilization. He points out the successful Chinese business city Wenzou also has 1,400 churches.

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Note: "SMART POWER"---is a post-Bush term coined by Hillary Clinton.

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Behold what "Smart Power" hath wrought:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn) says WH foreign policy talks 'bizarre'
The Hill | May 23, 2014 | Justin Sink / FR Posted by Cincinatus' Wife

Top White House officials have reportedly been holding private meetings with lawmakers this week to boost support for the president’s foreign policy strategy, although the outreach effort appears to have left some lawmakers confused and upset.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described a meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice earlier this week as “one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.”

“I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker added, according to Yahoo News. But White House officials said the effort was a bid to address lawmaker concerns over the defense budget, the president’s approach to the civil war in Syria, and when U.S. troops will fully withdraw from Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

Lawmakers also discussed efforts to find nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls who have been kidnapped by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

On Thursday, the House passed a $521.3 billion version of the defense bill, which rejected calls from the president to retire expensive defense programs, reduce troop raises and benefits, and close excess bases, as well as the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The White House has threatened to veto the House bill.

Obama announced he was dispatching 80 Air Force personnel to Chad to assist in the search for the Nigerian schoolgirls. ---SNIP--

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OH, BTW, AT THE SAME TIME Smartpowertics, O and HILL, staged military raids in Libya, they gained access to the National Bank of Libya. (No, no paper money there---just solid gold bars. Solid Gold. Not the Chinese tungsten filled bars that flooded the gold market).

17 posted on 07/21/2014 7:24:26 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Fido969
Bingo.

It's all about position the next "rat candidate to appear as though she or he is running against Hussein's record.

18 posted on 07/21/2014 7:25:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Reo
Read the fine print. The magazine cover is dated 2012.

And look at the damage he's done since then. The next two years ought to finish us off - while Congress hangs their head and draws circles in the dust with their toes.

19 posted on 07/21/2014 7:47:04 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: ecomcon
this JUST IN.....




20 posted on 07/21/2014 8:31:20 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

What’s your secret formula? Is it enlarging his head or shrinking his body? Whatever it is . . . I love it!


21 posted on 07/21/2014 11:32:09 AM PDT by Oratam
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