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Mr. President: It's All of The Above

by Christopher Chantrill
April 17, 2012 at 12:00 am


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 don’t think we should mention those guys right now, Mr. President.

And now it looks like the establishment commentariat is turning on the Buffett Rule. It’s 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. It’s all of the above. It’s the stupid stimulus, that is turning into a real bust now that all those women schoolteachers are losing their jobs. It’s the corrupt green energy swamp where the latest scandal has green corporate officers loaning themselves the company green. It’s the war on Big Oil, just as we are entering a new era of fossil-fuel exploration. It’s the death sentence on Big Coal just as coal is getting priced out of the market by fracking natural gas. It’s the utter stupidity of ObamaCare when everyone knows it’s 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 didn’t mention the Trayvon Martin case and the unjust overcharging of accused murderer George Zimmerman. I don’t 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 can’t 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 they’d better not put a foot wrong on race or their lives will be ruined like George Zimmerman.

Here’s where I think the Obamis make their blunder. They don’t 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 wouldn’t pony up their fair share? Not a bit of it. He rallied his troops for the supreme sacrifice, because that’s what leaders do.

Instead of inspiration all we get is confusion. Read how Fred Barnes parses the president’s plan for economic growth:

Obama didn’t 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. It’s 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 doesn’t 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. It’s 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 last word: President Obama “has been an unmitigated disaster for the country,” he mildly suggested.

Hey, it’s not the president’s 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?

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.

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Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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