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The case against reelection
The Washington Post ^ | 8/9/12 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 08/10/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT by Lakeshark

There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.

The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.

The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of your smarts and sweat? he asked mockingly — but to government that built the infrastructure without which you would have nothing.
In 1988, Michael Dukakis famously said, “This election is not about ideology; it’s about competence.” He lost. If Republicans want to win, Obama’s deeply revealing, teleprompter-free you-didn’t-build-that confession of faith needs to be hung around his neck until Election Day. The third consecutive summer-of-recovery-that-never-came is attributable not just to Obama being in over his head but, even more important, to what’s in his head: a government-centered vision of the economy and society, and the policies that flow from it.

Four years of that and this is what you get.

Make the case and you win the White House.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; abo; carter; debt; failure; ideology; krauthammer; nobama; record; unemployment
I don't much care for Krauthammer, but this is a worthwhile read. ABO.
1 posted on 08/10/2012 10:27:40 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark
0 = fascism

Romney = ?

2 posted on 08/10/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: Lakeshark

I like Krauthammer most of the time, and he is certainly right, in this one.

3 posted on 08/10/2012 11:25:11 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Lakeshark
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama said. “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry."

Awaiting other off teleprompter Marxist comments from Obama.

Repeat 24/7 TV and Radio ads in September and October and election won.

4 posted on 08/10/2012 11:43:23 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Lakeshark

Rush is praising this right now, as we speak.

5 posted on 08/10/2012 11:43:57 AM PDT by fish hawk (phobos)
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To: the anti-liberal

THe Dims have run the blacks on their plantation, and I am afraid the GOP E is trying to do something like that with conservatives and other tax payers.

They basically are threatening us into socialism, guilt tripping where there was no gloating, and souring everything, making their targets worry, using Alinsky techniques on the American people.

This of course is because they themselves are the b!tches of the Chinese, Saudies and Euros etc... because they all are so weak and cowardly.

America has become very sad looking under the stewardship of this mismanaged world peace making that is turning into a farce and a nightmare.

The Churchiness of the UN as in fact a beacon of hate and blame of Israel and America does not help either. These losers are going to have to find another rock to blame or spin around at the Mecca.

6 posted on 08/10/2012 12:47:29 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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