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Winny wins big — Demos cry foul.
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(1899, WCS, The River War)
Moderator: You have the last word on this matter, Mr. President.
Obama: (Sputtering — and repeating the same words he used in trying to refute Romney’s spot-on accurate statement in the second debate that fossil fuel production on public land had declined under the Obama administration) What you’re saying is just not true. It’s just not true.
Moderator: We turn now to the economy and domestic policy. It’s your turn to go first, Mr. President. What are your thoughts on the proper role and scope of government? Do we need more government, or less?
Obama: We need more — for two reasons. We need more regulation to keep greedy capitalists from ripping off everyone else. And we need more government intervention and planning to pick the economic winners of the future.
I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for American people to afford these new cars (by providing government rebates). And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind and solar power and the next generation of biofuels, an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.
(August 2008, Obama speech)
We can see the positive impacts right here of Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot. But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those (government-guaranteed) loans.
(2010, Obama speech — before Solyndra went bankrupt, laying off 1,000 workers and leaving taxpayers on the hook for $500 million in loans.)
Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t make that happen. Somebody else made that happen.
(July 13, 2012, Obama speech)
Moderator: What are your thoughts on this subject, Mr. Prime Minister?
Churchill: I’ve said it before and will say it again: “The follies of socialism are inexhaustible.”
I watched the long, slow, agonizing decline of British industry under socialism following World War II… and I know that government only makes things worse by meddling in the economy. Whenever governments try to pick winners and losers, they invariably wind up picking losers and compounding failure. And there are good reasons for that.
When losses are made (under free-market capitalism), these losses are borne by the individuals who sustained them and took the risk and judged things wrongly, whereas under state management all losses are quartered upon the tax-payers and the community as a whole. The elimination of the profit motive and of self-interest as a practical guide in the myriad transactions of daily life will restrict, paralyze, and destroy British ingenuity, thrift, contrivance, and good housekeeping at every state in our life and production, and will reduce all our industries from a profit-making to a loss-making process.
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