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Reflections on a depressing yet reascendant Obama presidency.
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Make no mistake: BP (in charge of well) is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance…
There has never been a point during this crisis in which the administration, up and down the line, in all these agencies, hasn’t understood that this was my priority.
It’s my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down.
In fact, the government did nothing to help — and everything to distract — BP from plugging the hole. At one point, Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, threatened to push BP “out of the way” if it didn’t move faster. That caused Coast Guard commandant Admiral Thad Allen, overseeing the federal response, to gasp: “Replace them with what?”
BP succeeded in capping the gushing wellhead on July 15, 2010, 83 days after the blowout.
The Gulf oil spill was a preview of other crises to come — in which we would see the president and members of his team play-acting at taking charge of a tense situation — while constantly engaged in fingering the wrong culprits (during the Gulf Oil spill it began by pointing the finger of blame at lax regulation; in the Benghazi disaster, it spent two week blaming the hitherto unknown creator of 14-minute YouTube video for sparking violence half way around the world).
Obama’s Other Legislation
In his first two years in office, despite having super-majorities in both houses, Obama was unable to pass two elements of his leftist agenda. He faced too many defections within the Democratic Party to pass cap-and-trade and union card check bills. The first of those would have resulted in a far-reaching carbon tax and the second would have extended union power over a far greater number of private-sector companies by taking away the right to a secret ballot in union elections. While still a member of the U.S. Senate, Obama co-sponsored the undemocratic and misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, better known as card check.
“If, under an Obama presidency, the unions succeed in organizing Wal-Mart,’ I wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sept. 4, 2008, “it will have one entirely predictable result: not the protection of jobs but the destruction of jobs by slowing or stopping Wal-Mart’s growth. Nor will it help U.S. consumers if Wal-Mart is forced to hang out new signs, saying ‘Everyday High Prices.’”
While failing with union card check and cap-and-trade, the president did proceed full speed ahead with so-called “health care reform,” aka Obamacare. If he is elected to a second term, one of his primary objectives will be to secure the future of this unpopular and indeed despised legislation. There was no great demand for expanded health care coverage when Obama came to office. It was something that he did to fulfill a longstanding dream of socialist glory — being the first to implement “universal health care.”
There is much more to be said of this subject. But this is for sure one of the worst pieces of legislation ever to be visited on the American people. I say ‘visited on’ but it was indeed ramrodded down the throats of the people — who rose up in protest against it (with the creation of the Tea Party movement) and who indicated in poll after poll how much they hated it.
Americans are famous for giving people a second chance.
They have done so for Barack Obama — but only in the most tepid of ways — with a narrow majority of the vote and while keep a strong majority of the opposing party in charge of the House of Representatives.
Obama — and his fellow liberals/progressives/socialists, or whatever you want to call them — may not be on the losing side of history (an arena in which the bad guys often win), but they are on the losing side of economic and human reality — in embracing ideas and policies that can only end in eroding freedom and destroying prosperity.
The fight continues.
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