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Or is he just an “untouchable” member of the Ruling Class?
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But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed… when the roar of the crowd fades away… when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot — what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing our planet? The answer is to make government bigger… take more of your money… give you more orders from Washington… and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
What has the onetime community organizer learned since the last election — with nearly four years of on-the-training as president of the United States, which happens to be the first real executive position that he has held?
The policies are no different today than they were four years ago: he still wants to make government bigger… to take more of your money… to give more orders from Washington. The one things that is truly surprising here is how far and how fast he has moved in turning the Democratic Party into the party of all-encompassing government.
I was somewhat disconcerted when I read this comment from Mitt Romney in the latest Time magazine: “My campaign is focused on his policies and on the failure of those policies, in my view. But I will not waste a campaign attacking him as an individual.”
That seems to me too impersonal and non-judgmental. It is not just that Obama’s policies have failed. He himself has failed and proven himself unworthy of the office he holds. He learned nothing from (or cares nothing about) the failures of policies. He presses forward (the campaign slogan) with the same conceit and the same absence of any sense of personal responsibility that have propelled him throughout his life.
Since when does government have the right to tell private companies — and even religious institutions — what they will be required to offer in their health plans? Of course, that’s already happened. His Health Czar, Kathleen Sebelius, has told all employers, including religious institutions, that they must offer their workers free contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs.
Nothing he said he would do has turned out the way he predicted or promised.
He said the biggest stimulus bill of all time would result in a swift and robust recovery. It obviously didn’t.
He said in his first state-of-the-union address that he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead the national debt has skyrocketed — going from $10 trillion to $16 trillion.
He said that Obamacare would allow all those who liked their current health plans to keep them and that it wouldn’t add a single dime to the deficit. And that’s absolutely untrue. Millions will be forced off their current plans in the next couple of years as Obamacare takes effect and the slew of new mandates will inevitable cause costs to spiral and the medical profession to spend more time catering to the wishes of government masterminds and less to tending to their patients.
He promised great transparency in government and he has delivered a black hole — where hopelessly long and complex laws are passed before anyone reads them and where government bureaucrats are empowered to make rules as they see fit.
And through it all, Obama somehow remains “likable” to half or more of the American people — if you believe the polls, which I do.
At a dinner party the other night with a dozen old friends from both sides of the political spectrum, my wife happened to mention a run-in that she had had with a certain “commie” — this being the president of a condominium association in which we own and let one of sixteen apartments.
My wife was ticked off at the way the president of the association took it upon herself to tackle the problem of a buildup of personal junk in common areas outside of the fenced-in spaces reserved for individual owners. The president decided to call for a “free haul” day to be paid for out of association dues to get rid of the buildup of personal junk in the common area.
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?