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by Christopher Chantrill
April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm
EVEN MSNBC reckons that the president had a bad week. The bad-hair week, according to Chuck Todd, included the tax-fairness issue over the weekend, the stock market loss on Monday, the rallying round Romney after the Santorum exit, the Rosen flap, and then a local reporter asking the president about jet-set vacations while the America people suffer. The president blamed the Secret Service and Air Force One for that. Secret Service? I dont think we should mention those guys right now, Mr. President.
And now it looks like the establishment commentariat is turning on the Buffett Rule. Its a gimmick, they say.
The Obama campaign problems go beyond the tone-deaf community-organizer politics on the stupid Buffett Rule and the Rosen flap, and the naughty boys at the Secret Service. Its all of the above. Its the stupid stimulus, that is turning into a real bust now that all those women schoolteachers are losing their jobs. Its the corrupt green energy swamp where the latest scandal has green corporate officers loaning themselves the company green. Its the war on Big Oil, just as we are entering a new era of fossil-fuel exploration. Its the death sentence on Big Coal just as coal is getting priced out of the market by fracking natural gas. Its the utter stupidity of ObamaCare when everyone knows its going to raise their health care costs.
How many issues can you get wrong in four years, Mr. President? Are you going for the Guinness Book of Records?
Chuck Todd didnt mention the Trayvon Martin case and the unjust overcharging of accused murderer George Zimmerman. I dont know whose brilliant idea this was, whether the Justice Brothers or the Obama campaign, but it contains nothing but land-mines for the president. What does it say to the white working class if they cant defend their neighborhoods against teenage hoodies without permission from Reverend Al Sharpton? What does it say to Latinos when it seems that the Democrats will always side with blacks against white Hispanics? The president and his people are sending a message to independent voters that theyd better not put a foot wrong on race or their lives will be ruined like George Zimmerman.
Heres where I think the Obamis make their blunder. They dont understand that left-wing community-organizer politics is as fake as a $3 bill. The left-wing rent-a-mob tactics, courtesy of Saul Alinsky, works well as a media melodrama, a shabby little shocker starring activists, the media, the helpless victim, and a hapless local politician. But the president is president of all the people. Did Henry V complain before Harfleur about the stingy London bankers that wouldnt pony up their fair share? Not a bit of it. He rallied his troops for the supreme sacrifice, because thats what leaders do.
Instead of inspiration all we get is confusion. Read how Fred Barnes parses the presidents plan for economic growth:
Obama didnt suggest, much less propose, a single incentive or spur to private investment, yet he insisted we continue to make investments in growth today. These consist solely of government-funded jobs, such as putting some of our construction workers back to work and helping states to rehire teachers.... Restoring huge cuts in state and local government is part of the challenge we have in terms of growth.
Mr. President: a word to the wise. That Clinton era wheeze of cut-and-pasting investment in for programs is way past its sell-by date.
We know why the Obamis seem confused. Its because they are confused. They confidently implemented all the programs that liberals have been advocating for decades and sat back waiting for the applause. Instead they got raspberries. Their liberal ideas are all played out.
The big social programs are failing. They are failing because they violate the Hayek Rule, that government just doesnt have the bandwidth to do complex tasks, and the Thatcher Rule, that eventually socialists run out of other peoples money. This is not rocket science. Its not even North Korean rocket science.
Then there are the cunning wedge issues by which liberals inject naked fear into their base, to keep blacks or Hispanics or women or gays on the liberal plantation. The trouble is that the Romney campaign seems ready to neutralize them, if the exemplary execution on the Rosen flap is any indication.
As usual, Dick Cheney had the Hey, its not the presidents fault. When he first sat down in the Oval Office on January 20, 2009, he checked all of the above on the Democratic Party platform, just as his advisers advised. How was he to know that every single idea was a complete dud?
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