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Crashing and Burning in 2013
PJMedia ^ | 12-29-13 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 12/30/2013 2:29:16 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why?

In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years?

But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.”

~snip~

Why so? Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was always characterized by rhetoric in lieu of achievement. By that I mean I don’t know how his transcript merited admittance to Harvard Law School; what publications he authored as editor of Harvard Law Review; on what basis he was offered tenure at Chicago; how his record in the Illinois legislature prepped a U.S. Senate career; or why his brief sojourn as a U.S. senator qualified him as president. But I do concede through it all he sounded pretty confident and mellifluous.

~snip~

Putting higher taxes on the productive classes, discouraging energy exploration of federal lands, adding more regulations, chronically bad-mouthing the successful, borrowing $6 trillion to waste on stimulus and handouts, and socializing a sixth of the American economy with an unworkable Obamacare plan apparently had nothing to do with our non-recovery.

The flip side is that public efforts to subsidize failures like Solyndra or shut down federal leasing of new gas and oil drilling have mysteriously led to record energy production — thanks to Obama! The more you try to shut down Keystone or block drilling in Colorado, the more you become the gas and oil president.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cyrus; kanyewest; kardashian; obama; oprah; sequester; vdh
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1 posted on 12/30/2013 2:29:16 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“on what basis he was offered tenure at Chicago”

This is an error. He was never offered tenure at Chicago or anywhere else. He was never a professor. They didn’t even like him.


2 posted on 12/30/2013 2:50:47 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: MestaMachine

I noticed that too. He was a part time lecturer.


3 posted on 12/30/2013 2:57:24 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
“you can keep your plan, period.”

This, and variations of it, will go down in our lexicon of jokes about liars.

It fits right up there with "We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it"(Nancy Pelosi on Obamacare) and "I actually did vote for the 87 Billion before I voted against it" (John Kerry on funding US Troops during war).

4 posted on 12/30/2013 3:04:06 AM PST by sr4402
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It is the issue of transparency.

As time goes by, more people are beginning to see through the BS.

5 posted on 12/30/2013 3:08:56 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: leapfrog0202

Ping


6 posted on 12/30/2013 3:17:32 AM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Servant of the Cross

VDH ping


7 posted on 12/30/2013 3:50:55 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sometimes, people start to wise up to sociopaths and serial liars.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 4:20:24 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

- http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/29/obamas-federal-government-funded-hardcore-porn-project/


9 posted on 12/30/2013 5:09:16 AM PST by devolve (- "He's (Obama) just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." - "All this for a damn fag!" -)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bfl


10 posted on 12/30/2013 6:20:01 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: freeangel
Sometimes, people start to wise up to sociopaths and serial liars.

Decent people are typically unaccustomed to recognizing or dealing with sociopaths. I know I was not at one time. I am sure that the joe-six-pack voter was all but incapable of looking at Obama for the first time and recognizing a con-man.

11 posted on 12/30/2013 8:00:27 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: MestaMachine

~~~He was never a professor~~~

Yeah, most Obots, if not all, can’t figure that out.


12 posted on 12/30/2013 9:16:26 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bkmk


13 posted on 12/30/2013 8:44:48 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Wishing all a very Merry Christmas)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What is it with her and her tongue?

14 posted on 12/31/2013 3:55:15 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan
Isn't she lovely?

Ewwwww...

15 posted on 12/31/2013 4:01:25 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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