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Obama on the flying trapeze
Globe & Mail ^ | 07/11/09 | Rex Murphy

Posted on 07/11/2009 3:55:40 AM PDT by AKSurprise

"We've seen him [Barack Obama] in action for a bit more than six months. What we can say with confidence, now that we have the evidence of his actions, is that had he run on (a) transforming the U.S. economy by massive federal government intervention, (b) taking an owner's stake in the automobile industry, (c) transforming the rules of America's energy economy, (d) instituting a national health-care system - all of these simultaneously and in the centre of a financial meltdown - Barack Obama wouldn't merely have lost the election, he wouldn't have got as many votes as gnarly old Ross Perot did in an election long past. He wouldn't, in other words, have beaten a bad-tempered, egotistical spoiler."

"It is inconceivable that these ideas occurred to Mr. Obama postelection. His agenda is of such scale and particularity that it is evidence of design and previous contemplation. He knew what he wished to do when he was campaigning, but he was not going to whisper the scale and range of his designs while the campaign was on. It would have scared off people.

"When he borrowed the phrase “the audacity of hope” from his frightful mentor, most people fastened on the word “hope.” They should have highlighted “audacity.” With the smoothest and most finished ease of any candidate since John Kennedy, Mr. Obama glided through the primaries, and barely broke stride passing his hapless opponent"

"He's flying high in dazzling hubris. The American economy is not yet fixed. It may get worse. And it is in this parlous and critical context that Mr. Obama has launched history-making expenditures and a reordering of American governance.

Daring? Daring - if you believe in it. Reckless – to the point of real danger if you do not."

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: globalgovernance; nationalization; obama; socialism
Even the liberals of the great white north are seeing the insane agenda of the Socialist-in-Chief for exactly what they are. I guess everybody is missing GWB right about now...
1 posted on 07/11/2009 3:55:40 AM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

It should be noted that regarding Obama is simply following George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s policies of propping General Motors and Chrysler.

Bush and Cheney kicked the can down the road, so as to deliberately empower Obama on this very important issue.

Don’t forget, George W. Bush was always a “compassionate conservative”.


2 posted on 07/11/2009 4:02:50 AM PDT by steven33442
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To: AKSurprise

During the Campaign What about “I am going to Fundamentally Change America “Didnt you understand?


3 posted on 07/11/2009 4:03:01 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: AKSurprise

When BO told Joe the Plumber that he was going to “spread the wealth,” and when he told his ignorant audiences that they would all “get pie” without saying anything about earning that pie, what did voters think he was talking about?
Independents who now are seeking a fig-leaf to cover their embarrassing votes in ‘08 cannot claim that he did not tell them exactly what he was going to do when he won. Now they will pay for their disastrous mistake. Too bad for the rest of us who were listening and don’t deserve this grief.


4 posted on 07/11/2009 4:15:14 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: AKSurprise

“It is inconceivable that these ideas occurred to Mr. Obama postelection. He has failed the on the job training program and it’s not going to get any better.


5 posted on 07/11/2009 4:16:44 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: steven33442

I distinctly remember seeing Chris Matthews moan last November that the rules of succession should be changed so that Obama’s team could get to work in DC immediately, not waiting for January 20.

According to Matthews’ thought processes the Bush Admin was stifling the promised “change” that would make everything better.

I doubt that he would agree that the Bush admin motives were to empower Obama.

I would love to meet Matthews on the street and ask him how the “change” is working out for him now.


6 posted on 07/11/2009 4:54:15 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: AKSurprise

Will someone please remove the safety net???

That is a metaphor for the next few election cycles...


7 posted on 07/11/2009 5:32:39 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I am a hated person...And I'm ok with that...I'll live...)
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To: maica; steven33442

You are both correct, IMO.

The Bush family presidents are both easily rolled. All it took was to convince them that the economy of the USA was in peril. Recall W admitting that he had to destroy the free market in order to save it. Bush pere sacrificed his own re-election for what he had been led to believe was a budget that had to be passed for the country to succeed.

The Dems rolled W. They wanted him to facilitate their agenda, allowing them to then claim that W started it all. They convinced him and Congress by having Paulson scare the hell out of them. They did demand W step aside early. They did demand that half the first TARP be left for zerO to allocate. They were able, through the media, to make this appear as a national consensus. It worked.

W made mistakes. However, IMO, he made most of them out of naivete, not out of a wish to destroy our country. I think that he believed anyone would rise to the position of POTUS and act rationally once there. He was wrong.

History will decide how complicit W was in the destruction of the US. Right now, I see little utility in placing blame anywhere except on the those in power at this time. So far, nothing has given me real hope that we will avoid a collapse. It may be delayed a while, but as long as Congress is dominated by dems, zerO is POTUS and the media sees some advantage to continuing their flacking of both, the destruction of capitalism and the Constitution will continue. Of the two, the Constitution is the most in peril. Capitalism is hardwired into humans and all totalitarian socialist regimes do is drive capitalism underground while officially retaining it for themselves. No one profits more than than the dictator and his friends in communist regimes. Meanwhile, that natural tendency to trade for profit remains and also provides an easy target when the regime needs scapegoats. (see rich Kulaks for an example). The energy for socialism is the taxing authority on the middle class. For that to work, they need to keep people employed and companies productive or there is nothing to tax. This is a difficult balancing act. Right now, I think they are finding out just how difficult. As long as they have to keep fixing their fixes, we stand a chance of seeing it all come down. However, I doubt most of us will be able to get out of the way of the falling debris. This is going to hurt badly, no matter how it plays out in the very end.

As for Matthews: how big is his influence? His show has only true believers for an audience. His main value may just be to reinforce the cult of zerO and the donks. Since he continues to be employed and is paid handsomely, likely Hope and Change is working quite well for him.

We need to focus. Bashing W for being soft and malleable may be an easy target, but all it does is divide us and therefore enables zerO.

Americans need to experience their heath care desires and their Green outcomes directly before they will ever admit they made a mistake. We are one of the few countries that had not experienced a true dictatorship before now. FDR was close, but he died in office during a war and luckily, a pragmatic Democrat became President. And after that, a Republican General was elected.

It is going to have to become unbearable for the *poor*, their liberal exploiters and the Green base before there is any change. Right now, we are all, individually and as a nation, living on capital. There was a lot of capital. It will take a while to exhaust it to the point where Americans just cave in order to survive. Hopefully, we will be able to stonewall the more egregious agenda items, like cap’n’tax, long enough to regain at least an effective minority position in Congress. I really doubt zerO will lose a bid for a 2nd term. He knows who must remain comfortable and who must perceive that they are better off and he will be ruthless in promoting those conditions. It will be in the second term that the mask will come off.

These are rulers, not leaders, and only the oldest among us have experienced that before. The entire concept is foreign to most Americans. We need for the majority to become cynical about socialism by experiencing it in all its pain and ugliness. Enough cynicism is needed to overcome the vote fraud of the next round of elections. If all it does is depress the donk vote turnout, we might actually make some progress.

JMO. I hope I am wrong.


8 posted on 07/11/2009 5:36:00 AM PDT by reformedliberal (Are we at high crimes or misdemeanors, yet?)
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To: AKSurprise

The candidate was Karl Marx in Will Smith’s clothing.


9 posted on 07/11/2009 5:59:46 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: reformedliberal

The Dems rolled W. They wanted him to facilitate their agenda, allowing them to then claim that W started it all. They convinced him and Congress by having Paulson scare the hell out of them. They did demand W step aside early. They did demand that half the first TARP be left for zerO to allocate. They were able, through the media, to make this appear as a national consensus. It worked.

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Good commentary. I don’t think you are wrong. But I ‘hope’ that the Republicans can gain more access to the attention span of the average American voter, and drive home the message that socialism is harmful to their health - in every way.


10 posted on 07/11/2009 6:23:07 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: maica

The Repubs have poor PR, and so far haven’t improved much in this area. They need to get louder and start telling it like it is.


11 posted on 07/11/2009 7:27:18 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: steven33442

The Bush’s fault meme is kaputt. Try something else.

Ownership, putting secured bondholders behind others, e.g., unions, nationalizing banks and financial houses is ALL 0bama. 0bama’s fault. Entirely. Breaking contract law breaks Western legal tradition since the 1600s, if not since the Magna Carta.

Last year at this time gas was +/- $4.00/gallon. Come mid-September, suddenly, $557 left the Fed Reserve, and Paulson scared Bush, the House, Senate, etc., s#!tless. WHO DID THESE THINGS? Democrat party people, Soros, the Saudis, and their cabal. End of story.

The dem-fascists own this.


12 posted on 07/11/2009 4:34:36 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Fili et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: combat_boots

SB $557 Bn


13 posted on 07/11/2009 4:37:45 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Fili et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: maica
I would love to meet Matthews on the street and ask him how the “change” is working out for him now.

I would love to meet Matthews on the street and invite him into the nearest alley for a little question and answer session.

14 posted on 07/11/2009 8:03:52 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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