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By becoming insufferable our president is becoming his own worst enemy.
Mitt Romney is running against a different man than the Pied Piper of “transformational change” who danced and floated to victory against John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Romney’s opponent is that man’s clone — scaled down to one-eighth the size. He’s a much smaller and distinctly meaner version of the Barack Obama of four years ago, and he knows how to fight in only one way — small and dirty.
Instead of promising to heal the earth, cause the oceans to recede, and create “new industries and millions of new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced,” President Mini-Me is constantly on the attack — but only over the most trivial or irrelevant of issues. And there is not bit of truth he won’t bend or break.
As the Wall Street Journal commented in its lead editorial on April 26:
One of Mr. Romney’s trickiest challenges will be how to handle Mr. Obama’s, er, veracity. More than any President we’ve seen, this incumbent is willing to say things that aren’t in the same area code as the truth. He gives himself credit for the natural gas drilling boom, the deficits are still Mr. Bush’s fault, Mr. Obama has never raised taxes, and “green jobs” in his dream economy are blooming by the millions.
In fairness to President Mini-Me, one may recall the old legal adage: When the law is on your side, you argue the law; when you have the facts, you argue the facts; and when you have neither, you pound the table.
And so the president goes around the country pounding the table on issues that are totally misleading or grossly overstated. He goes around righting wrongs that exist only within the overwrought imagination of liberals whose minds are permanently stuck in the righteous and indignant mode of thought.
Last week, the president was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to promise more loan forgiveness to college students — as if universal free (i.e. government-paid) college education were the next urgently-needed entitlement… and as if the guarantee of spending four years in college at government expense might solve the problem of extraordinarily high unemployment among college graduates and others under the age of 30.
With his habit of pulling “facts” out of the air, the president claimed that the nationalization of the student loan market two years ago had somehow “saved” billions of dollars — money that might otherwise have gone to privately owned banks in the form of profits. Why should anyone in his right mind think that the worker bees in the Department of Education would do a better job of processing and making loans than their counterparts in the nation’s banks?
It’s too bad one of the students didn’t have the wit to ask the president whether a more profitable bank sector might result in more jobs for graduating students.
A week earlier, President Mimi-Me was pounding the table on another pseudo-issue — in promising to do battle against unidentified speculators said to be manipulating oil and gas prices.
“So today,” he proclaimed in the Rose Garden, “we’re announcing new steps to strengthen oversight of energy markets… I call on Congress to pass a package of measures to crack down on illegal activity and hold accountable those who manipulate the market for private gain at the expense of millions of working families.”
Is there a staler joke in all of politics than the notion that politicians can drive down prices at the gas pump by going after speculators?
Maybe someone will explain to the president that speculators actually play an important role in stabilizing many markets, including the oil market. It is their willingness to take risk that allows others (including utilities and the millions of working families served by them) to control or avoid risk.
Not that he would listen.
Clearly, this is a president who needs every diversion he can find from running on the record of his first four years in office. And the last thing he wants is to do a 180-degree turn in embracing market-based as opposed to government-directed decision-making.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?