Jewish World Review Oct. 8, 2010 / 30 Tishrei, 5771
Of Course Obama Hasn't Yielded to Americans' Will
By David Limbaugh
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just in case anyone mistakenly believes Obama has heard (or gives a rip about) the loud voice of the American people rejecting his socialism, appeasement, unconstitutional abuses of power and unpresidential combativeness and divisiveness, let me share a few tidbits.
—After House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a damning critique of Obama's economic policies, the administration's economic philosopher Joe Biden issued a rebuttal, assuring us it was their predecessor who got us into this mess. That's novel.
—Obama renewed his war on Fox News, saying it is a "destructive" force in American society, while the White House lauded MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow as providing "an invaluable service" to America.
—Rep. Paul Ryan reports that Obama's latest "fiscal year ends in fiscal failure." Congress broke for recess, "prioritizing election over stopping looming tax hikes." It failed to complete any of the 12 annual appropriations bills, pass a budget resolution and stop the tax increases.
—The White House produced a bizarre tax video series, with the first one claiming that "objective economists" all agree that raising taxes in this bad economy would be good for the economy. Surreal.
—On a conference call, Obama and top administration officials beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations to "get out there and spread the word" in favor of Obamacare. You've gotta love the left's consistency on church-state separation.
—In Rolling Stone magazine, Obama berated members of his base for their lethargy and "sitting on their hands complaining." One leftist remarked, "I've never seen a politician run an election with the message 'Don't be stupid, quit your bitching and vote for me.'"
—When a coalition of health care groups recently urged Congress to withhold money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obamacare, we were painfully reminded of Obama's corrupt recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the centers. The health care groups are trying to pressure Berwick to answer basic questions about his health policy views. Berwick has advocated rationing and insists that health care funding must be used as a vehicle to redistribute wealth. Obama appointed Berwick not unaware of these ideas, but because of them.
—Obama agreed to donate $100 billion to the United Nations. Andrea Lafferty of The Traditional Values Coalition wrote, "The U.S. taxpayer is forced to pay billions to an inefficient organization run by world leaders who hate America and the free market system." Just so.
—Obama's venerable partner, Vice President Joe Biden, said, "If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them." Yes, how dare Republicans voice the outrage of the people over the bankrupting of our children! And they talked about Cheney.
—Obama, the man who promised he would bring us together, fired yet another class warfare missile into the political mix, shifting his traditional argument against the Bush tax cuts from budget concerns to the "income gap." In other words, the rich make too much and we ought to use the tax code to punish them. This is the same philosophy he espoused to Charlie Gibson when he admitted he favors increases in capital gains tax rates even though such increases reduce revenues — "as a matter of fairness," i.e., punishing the rich even if it hurts everyone else.
—Obama's Environmental Protection Agency admits its new greenhouse gas regulations could very well "slow construction nationwide for years." For what? We know these green policies won't appreciably reduce global temperature over the next century.
—With the disastrous consequences of Obamacare already unfolding before our eyes, Obama has already granted 30 exemptions and waivers to insurers, employers and union plans. If you were king, wouldn't you?
—Rasmussen Reports reveals that just 36 percent of voters believe race relations between blacks and whites are improving — down from 62 percent in July 2009.
—Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says, "Next year, we may even get the public option." Swell.
—Under Obama, the number of people receiving food stamps is at an all-time high: 41.8 million people, compared with 32 million when Obama began.
—The world apologist in chief apologized for experiments that infected Guatemalans with STDs more than 60 years ago.
—At a time when we need to encourage energy production, Obama's Interior Department is poised to begin a major review of the process of approving offshore drilling without advance detailed environmental studies.
—BP spill investigators say the Obama administration was either lying or incompetent.
—Oh, yes, and don't forget that Obama expects us to believe that $50 billion more in stimulus money would "jump-start" the economy, when $868 billion hasn't.
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David Limbaugh, a columnist and attorney practicing in Cape
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© 2010, Creators Syndicate
© 2010, Creators Syndicate