Obama’s Deception: Keep The Economic Crisis Going While Pushing Through A Radical Agenda

Back in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, William F. Buckley was considered to be the best political writer on the scene. Now that Buckley is gone and his own son has renounced whatever birthright he was entitled to, Charles Krauthammer has become the premier political pundit of the day.

Krauthammer has penned another awesome essay that is so simply stated and so heavy-hitting that it must be reprinted far and wide.

His latest column deals with Obama’s claims about the causes of the current financial crisis and the cures. I don’t think any other columnist has looked at the issue this way and certainly no left-leaning columnist would even think these things.

From Real Clear Politics;

“Our economy did not fall into decline overnight,” [Obama] averred. Indeed, it all began before the housing crisis. What did we do wrong? We are paying for past sins in three principal areas: energy, health care, and education — importing too much oil and not finding new sources of energy (as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf?), not reforming health care, and tolerating too many bad schools.

The “day of reckoning” has now arrived. And because “it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament,” Obama has come to redeem us with his far-seeing program of universal, heavily nationalized health care; a cap-and-trade tax on energy; and a major federalization of education with universal access to college as the goal.

Obama seems to be blaming the economic crisis on the absence of three things: socialized health care, an economy crushing energy tax and a free college education for everyone.

But, Obama either doesn’t understand the true cause of the economic conditions we now live under or he is deliberately ignoring those causes.

More:

At the very center of our economic near-depression is a credit bubble, a housing collapse and a systemic failure of the entire banking system. One can come up with a host of causes: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pushed by Washington (and greed) into improvident loans, corrupted bond-ratings agencies, insufficient regulation of new and exotic debt instruments, the easy money policy of Alan Greenspan’s Fed, irresponsible bankers pushing (and then unloading in packaged loan instruments) highly dubious mortgages, greedy house-flippers, deceitful homebuyers.

And here is the stroke of insightful genious that is Charles Krauthammer:

The list is long. But the list of causes of the collapse of the financial system does not include the absence of universal health care, let alone of computerized medical records. Nor the absence of an industry-killing cap-and-trade carbon levy. Nor the lack of college graduates. Indeed, one could perversely make the case that, if anything, the proliferation of overeducated, Gucci-wearing, smart-ass MBAs inventing ever more sophisticated and opaque mathematical models and debt instruments helped get us into this credit catastrophe in the first place.

And yet with our financial house on fire, Obama makes clear both in his speech and his budget that the essence of his presidency will be the transformation of health care, education and energy. Four months after winning the election, six weeks after his swearing in, Obama has yet to unveil a plan to deal with the banking crisis.

Exactly! Obama and his socialist cronies are more than willing to allow the banking crisis to continue so that they will always have a continuous excuse to enact more socialist policies that will allow the government to take more control of our lives. Obama has plans for socializing just about everything, but has absolutely no plan to resolve the economic problems that are most pressing to the American people.

Either Obama is completely clueless about the economy, or he knows it all too well and is deliberately using it to push through a radical agenda.

Wake up, America! If we let this go too far, we will be in the same dire straits as Europe and will have no way of getting out of it any time soon.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Deception At Core Of Obama Plans
Charles Krauthammer
Real Clear Politics
March 6, 2009

Ordinary Americans Cut Back While Obama And The Privileged Elite Live It Up

I remember during the campaign last year that Obama had said that we Americans are going to have to sacrifice. Apparently, he meant that you and I have to sacrifice while he enjoys a life of luxury along with his socialist cronies.

Take for example his setting of the thermostat in the White House. While every other American family is being forced to cut back on energy consumption so that they can make their next mortgage payment (and possibly their neighbor’s mortgage payment as well), Obama is cranking up the heat so he can have warm comfort.

Writing for Town Hall, Michelle Malkin has a few observations:

An online Zogby International survey this week reported that 70 percent of households are foregoing movies and restaurants. Forty percent of those polled said they were delaying the purchase of major items such as automobiles, home entertainment electronics or a computer; the same percent said they were giving up vacations. Notably, Reuters pointed out, “nearly 80 percent of younger adults, aged 18-29, said they have scaled back on going out, compared to 55 percent of people 65 years and older.”

But, does the socialist politician who made the remark about Americans having to sacrifice do the same thing as the common man?

Not in the least bit:

President Obama, celebrated by his liberal media admirers for a miraculous ability to groove with the common man, hasn’t yet caught on to the new age of individual austerity. As always, he talks a good game of “personal responsibility” and “sacrifice.” But while penny-pinching Americans head to Sonic Drive-Ins for $1 everyday value meals or stay at home for cheap cube-steak dinners (sales of the inexpensive meat are up 10 percent), the White House serves up high-grade Wagyu beef to congressional revelers. The luxury item was on the menu for the bipartisan stimulus dinner in January, and was also served at the governors’ dinner hosted at the White House two weeks ago.

Team Obama’s image experts, perhaps hung over from all the Camelot-re-creating Wednesday cocktail parties that are now a signature of the new administration, have fallen down on the job. The man who scolded Americans for wasting energy and turning their thermostats too high still hasn’t lowered his own. “He’s from Hawaii, OK?” senior adviser David Axelrod snickered to The New York Times in January. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

So, the fact that “he’s from Hawaii” makes it okay for him to practice his hypocrisy?

Obama is nothing more than a socialist elitist and it will be a pleasure tossing his hypocritical rear-end out of office in 2012.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Cube-Steak Americans Vs. The Wagyu-Beef White House
Michelle Malkin
TownHall.com
March 6, 2009

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