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Bismarck on the Potomac: Obama calls for, ahem, “economic patriotism.”
National Review ^ | 07/28/2014 | The Editors

Posted on 07/28/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

President Barack Obama, who in his political dotage is enthusiastically getting in touch with his inner Otto von Bismarck to such an extent that we half expect him to start sporting a walrus mustache and a pickelhaube, on Saturday treated the ailing republic to another lecture on the theme of “economic patriotism,” by which he means an arrangement under which companies adopt tax strategies that maximize the amount of money they send to President Obama and his colleagues to dispose of as they see fit. He demanded that companies “embrace an economic patriotism,” presumably one defined by Barack Obama, rather than “cherry-pick” their tax liabilities.

There was a time, not long ago, when questioning someone’s patriotism was considered unseemly in a political leader. For that, we may consult the wisdom of Barack Obama, who vowed in 2008 that he would “never question the patriotism of others,” and who proclaimed that “the question of who is and or is not a patriot all too often poisons our political debates.”

That was then. Now, President Obama is one-upping Charles Wilson and his de facto declaration: What’s good for Barack Obama is good for America.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bismarck; economy; obama; patriotism

1 posted on 07/28/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Every morning the first question that enters my thoughts is “Why isn’t this bum in prison or exiled”?


2 posted on 07/28/2014 5:40:40 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

You first Obama. I’m all economically patriot’d out.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 5:41:38 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmm....

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country....


4 posted on 07/28/2014 5:41:57 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The moral equivalent of whore.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 5:42:57 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Every American has the duty to pay their taxes — and the duty to owe as little taxes as legally allowed.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 5:45:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, the massive, sprawling, Welfare State beast needs to be fed and its your patriotic duty to do so.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Steely Tom

You shouldn’t slander working girls like that.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

He means that ‘economic patriotism’ is demanding more and more free stuff from taxpayers : Obama voters.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 5:52:50 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: SeekAndFind

Eventually, in the not-too-distant future, they will “call for economic patriotism” at gunpoint.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 5:57:07 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: SeekAndFind
... instead of enacting a better and fairer corporate-tax regime, they chose to take the current system, already riddled with political favoritism, and lard it up with still more favoritism,

I'm retired and I look at all the "patriotic" things he's done for me. He raised my Social Security benefits .1% during his terms in office. True, welfare recipients got a 30% increase during that period, but look at their contributions to the economy versus what I did. Giving away free cell phones to deadbeats is not politically motivated, either. A look at his brilliant idea of going after the "rich fat cats" who don't pay their fair share. Yep, never mind that the top 10% income earners foot almost 70% of all Federal tax receipts, we need to punish them. He knows that it's the poor who hire people and create jobs, not those dirty fat cats. And those fat cats have the gall to take advantage of the tax loopholes Congress wrote into the tax code to keep themselves in office. Shame on them! Yep, we are so lucky to have such a brilliant leader in the White House.

11 posted on 07/28/2014 5:57:18 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: EBH

“Ask not what you can do for your country, but what the tax payers can do for you”


12 posted on 07/28/2014 5:58:55 AM PDT by ETL 2
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To: SeekAndFind

IOW, socialism stops working once productive members start shrugging their harnesses.
FUBO.
Go Galt!


13 posted on 07/28/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: SeekAndFind
Economic patriotism is when politicians assure that the tax rate is not above the point of diminishing returns.

The only economic patriots I’ve ever seen have been Republicans - and not even all of them.

14 posted on 07/28/2014 6:06:01 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Half the U.S. Population pays no federal income taxes. These people are not economic patriots.
15 posted on 07/28/2014 6:06:34 AM PDT by 4Liberty (Obama is O'Bryan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUoPNpa9Rrw)
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To: SeekAndFind

A corporation’s job is to take care of the stockholders.
If you try to screw them, they will move, as is their right.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 6:09:57 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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17 posted on 07/28/2014 6:22:02 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BenLurkin

RE: Every American has the duty to pay their taxes

What if you have no income?


18 posted on 07/28/2014 6:54:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you lived in Nazi Germany, you were a patriot if you supported Hitler and an anarchist/traitor if you opposed him. Bear that in mind whenever a politician blows gas about patriotism.


19 posted on 07/28/2014 7:47:49 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The comparison is very unfair to Bismarck.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 7:58:04 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“economic patriotism” smells like an Orwellian euphemism for socialist confiscation.


21 posted on 07/28/2014 8:26:55 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: SeekAndFind

What no pix of our fearless leader with a walrus mustache
and picklehaube ?


22 posted on 07/28/2014 8:48:03 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: mosesdapoet

23 posted on 07/28/2014 8:49:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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