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#1 Panthers_Lover

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 10:44 AM

http://www.realclear...cky_budget.html

By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. Forget the "$2 trillion dollars in savings" that "we have already identified," $1.6 trillion of which President Obama's budget director later admits is the "savings" of not continuing the surge in Iraq until 2019 -- 11 years after George Bush ended it, and eight years after even Bush would have had us out of Iraq completely.

Forget all of this. This is run-of-the-mill budget trickery. True, Obama's tricks come festooned with strings of zeros tacked onto the end. But that's a matter of scale, not principle.

All presidents do that. But few undertake the kind of brazen deception at the heart of Obama's radically transformative economic plan, a rhetorical sleight of hand so smoothly offered that few noticed.

The logic of Obama's address to Congress went like this:

"Our economy did not fall into decline overnight," he averred. Indeed, it all began before the housing crisis. What did we do wrong? We are paying for past sins in three principal areas: energy, health care, and education -- importing too much oil and not finding new sources of energy (as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf?), not reforming health care, and tolerating too many bad schools.

The "day of reckoning" has now arrived. And because "it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we'll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament," Obama has come to redeem us with his far-seeing program of universal, heavily nationalized health care; a cap-and-trade tax on energy; and a major federalization of education with universal access to college as the goal.

Amazing. As an explanation of our current economic difficulties, this is total fantasy. As a cure for rapidly growing joblessness, a massive destruction of wealth, a deepening worldwide recession, this is perhaps the greatest non sequitur ever foisted upon the American people.


This is their attitude. This is what they've "done."

Four months after winning the election, six weeks after his swearing in, Obama has yet to unveil a plan to deal with the banking crisis.

What's going on? "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," said Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. "This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before."


I agree with Charles:

Health, education and energy -- worthy and weighty as they may be -- are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure.



#2 Matt Foley

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 11:00 AM

The libs thought Obama's dealings with Reverend Wright and his end around on his campaign financing handshake deal with McCain were just minor things to be swept under the rug. They were true insight into this man's character. After all, who writes two books about himself before he's even done anything? Seriously, who?

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 12:31 PM

Health = health care costs are a big deal.
Energy = made us have huge wars and make us dependent on "people who don't like us"
Education = US lags behind the rest of the industrialized world in our citizens knowlege of most subjects (except maybe creationism and making french fries).

All of them are in fact, critical to address. It's what Obama told us he would do.

Now go back to your mutual suck-fest.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 12:41 PM

Health = health care costs are a big deal.
Energy = made us have huge wars and make us dependent on "people who don't like us"
Education = US lags behind the rest of the industrialized world in our citizens knowlege of most subjects (except maybe creationism and making french fries).

All of them are in fact, critical to address. It's what Obama told us he would do.

Now go back to your mutual suck-fest.



You don't have just a smidgen of a problem with Obama's lies about earmarks?

#5 Matt Foley

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 12:46 PM

Obama: "These vacations that CEOs are taking are a disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money....what's that Nancy? Millions for pig odor research in Iowa? Let me tell America this bill has to be passed right now or we'll all be standing in bread lines..."

#6 Panthers_Lover

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 12:51 PM

Health = health care costs are a big deal.
Energy = made us have huge wars and make us dependent on "people who don't like us"
Education = US lags behind the rest of the industrialized world in our citizens knowlege of most subjects (except maybe creationism and making french fries).

All of them are in fact, critical to address. It's what Obama told us he would do.

Now go back to your mutual suck-fest.


He didn't say they weren't important. They just aren't the cause of our current financial woes and are not the way to bring us back.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:15 PM

He didn't say they weren't important. They just aren't the cause of our current financial woes and are not the way to bring us back.


believe it or not, "current financial woes," while important, are not the only job of the president.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:35 PM

believe it or not, "current financial woes," while important, are not the only job of the president.


Believe it or not, the point is that HE (Obama) has said these things are what he's addressing to correct those "current financial woes." Explain it to him, not me!

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:49 PM

The idea is that we will try to address both. Instead of just "tax cuts for the rich" that ignore some very basic issues, the idea is to balance both out - going for the more long term view, which is pretty freaking alien to Washington, and actually constitutes the "change" that he campaigned on, not that you all are not too busy calling him a liar to notice it.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:05 PM

The idea is that we will try to address both. Instead of just "tax cuts for the rich" that ignore some very basic issues, the idea is to balance both out - going for the more long term view, which is pretty freaking alien to Washington, and actually constitutes the "change" that he campaigned on, not that you all are not too busy calling him a liar to notice it.


I love the liberal concept of "tax cuts for the rich" when they are actually paying a higher percentage of their income to fund your little give-away programs.

Ever wonder who it is that fears a flat tax the most?

Edited by Meat, 06 March 2009 - 03:28 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

Didn't the bush tax cuts benefit the poorest americans the most?

One of the biggest pieces of false rhetoric ever widely accepted by the general public, right behind Saddam being in cahoots with Al quaeda.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:32 PM

Jase, I am sure the Bush tax cuts will trickle down to the poorest Americans real soon - right after Reagans.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:33 PM

The idea is that we will try to address both. Instead of just "tax cuts for the rich" that ignore some very basic issues, the idea is to balance both out - going for the more long term view, which is pretty freaking alien to Washington, and actually constitutes the "change" that he campaigned on, not that you all are not too busy calling him a liar to notice it.


Nobody's saying "tax cuts for the rich" is the way to go. You're ignoring the issue altogether because you've got your head so far up his ass you can't see what's going on.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:34 PM

Jase, I am sure the Bush tax cuts will trickle down to the poorest Americans real soon - right after Reagans.


Yeah, and Obama says there will be tax cuts for 95% of Americans. Guess what ... some of that 95% don't pay taxes. Another handout.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:36 PM

Yeah, and Obama says there will be tax cuts for 95% of Americans. Guess what ... some of that 95% don't pay taxes. Another handout.


I guess you have never heard of payroll taxes.


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