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By becoming insufferable our president is becoming his own worst enemy.
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That is why he and his supporters have conjured up a whole series of diversionary issues over the past few weeks.
First, the administration went out of its way to pick a fight with social and economicconservatives who were sure to be offended by the Department of Health and Human Service edict that employers, including religious organizations, must cover the cost of contraception in their health plans. Apart from any moral objections to the edict, why should the federal government tell employers and employees what their health insurance has to cover? Still more, why would the government intervene to cover such a small cost (contraceptive pills hardly fall under the category of a catastrophic expense requiring insurance protection)?
What the brouhaha over contraception has done is to shift the larger debate over Obamacare and the future of the nation’s health care system into a boiling teapot of false accusations to the effect that Republicans and conservatives are waging a “war on women” in opposing a senseless (and, indeed, a mischievous) government edict.
Then there was the rush-to-judgment over the death of Trayvon Martin — allowing gleeful leftists to call anyone a racist who did not join the lynch mob of those who leapt to the conclusion that his slaying must be and could only be a racially-motivated hate crime.
Finally, there is the “Buffett Rule,” which the president mentions at every stop — as if it would make a huge difference in setting the country on the road to fiscal probity as well as “social justice.” The Buffett Rule would oblige those earning more than $1 million to pay at least 30% of their annual income taxes, whether it was earned income (already taxed at a 35 percent marginal rate) or capital gains (now taxed at 15%).
According to the president’s White House National Economic Council, this proposal would do little or nothing to bring down the federal deficit. It would raise a mere $4 to $5 billion a year in new revenue.
Worst of all, in doubling the capital gains rate, the “Buffett Rule” would represent a major new tax on investment coming in the midst of what has already proved to be the weakest economic recovery in the past 60 years.
But no matter.
The Buffett Rule does one thing rather well: It allows President Mini-Me to talk about “fairness” and to wage class warfare against top earners while diverting attention from his own record of economic ineptitude and failure.
The Wall Street Journal concluded its editorial by saying:
Mr. Romney can’t let the President get away with this, or Mr. Obama will conjure a vision of unreality that enough voters might believe. The challenger has to find a way to mock the mirage of an “economy built to last” without sounding arch or personal. He needs his own vision of Reagan’s “there he goes again.”
I would say let President Obama pound the table all he wants — given that he has neither the facts nor any understanding of what it will take to fix an ailing economy on his side. The more the president dissociates himself from the candidate he was four years ago, the better it will be for Romney — and the country. Mini-Me will be his own worst enemy.
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?
H/T to National Review Online