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If you’ve lost Redford …

Reality is definitely dealing President Obama a different plan than he and his supporters intended.   All glistening with “green” credentials and riding the hopes of environmental extremists into office, both expected to be able to push their agenda through while he occupied the Oval Office.

Then he’s faced with the reality of a recession, job losses and economic misery, all of which the agenda he backed would make worse.

Then there’s the added pressure of re-election looming and the fact he has to run on a record this time.  What’s a president to do?

Well set priorities apparently, and it seems the green agenda takes a backseat to re-election, much to the chagrin of his erstwhile supporters, such as Robert Redford:

One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?

Since early August, three administration decisions — on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog — have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands.

Really, Mr. Redford?

He “stands” for re-election.  That’s why he’s in the midst of throwing your agenda under the bus along with much of the rest of the left.  He knows perfectly well you don’t have any place else to go. And, he also knows that he must do what he can to stimulate job growth before November of 2012, and that doesn’t include onerous and costly new regulations, further stifling the jobs possibilities associated with oil drilling or killing off those that the Keystone XL pipeline bring with it.

But he’s not worried … you’ll still be there for him in 2012.  My bet is you’ll show up with money in your hand to help him along again when he calls on you for it.  And all for more empty promises to be chucked out the window at the first sign of political trouble.  Real hope and change, huh Robert?


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14 Responses to If you’ve lost Redford …

  • He “stands” for re-election.  That’s why he’s in the midst of throwing your agenda under the bus along with much of the rest of the left.

    Not really, McQ.  It is a head-fake.  They all really know that his heart is in the Collectivist war on modernity.  He will be back without inhibition if he is re-elected.
    Redford is typical of the anti-science Greenies.  It isn’t like we have no standards for ozone now on the books, or that there is ANY real cost/benefit that could be shown under the proposed new regs.  To that kind of mind, only absolute zip is clean enough.

  • Oh look, another expert actor.  Thank God they use their money, time, and fame for peaceful purposes.   Because, you know being an actor qualifies you as an expert on most anything, why, at one time or another he may have played a part about a person who actually knew or did something useful.
    Let me think…  Ah, got one,
    He was in A Bridge Too Far.  Played Maj Julian Cook, 3rd Batt, 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne – See, right there, a person who knew something and/or did something useful.
    So, we should listen to Bob.

    • My favorite line in the movie Get Smart, as the supervillian is about to blow up LA:

      Siegfried’s assistant: Too bad about all the dead movie stars.
      Siegfried: Yes. What will we do without their razor-sharp political advice.

    • Q: What can a Hollywood actor bring to an political debate ?
      A: the coffee.

  • Still, it’s satisfying to see the left imploding as they realize that the country has turned against them and the Smartest Man in the Room — their leader, Barack Obama.

    • I don’t think that they’ve grasped that the country has turned against Bad Luck Barry.  Indeed, I don’t know if that can be fairly said.  Yes, his polling isn’t very good just now, but there’s still a solid minority of drooling idiots who actually seem to think that he’s doing a good job and would vote for him tomorrow if they could.  If the GOP does the totally expected and shoots itself in the foot, we could have a second term.  Heaven help us…

      But for more rich, sweet, delicious, tasty lefty lament about their disappointment in their erstwhile messiah, check out Matt Taibi:

      I just don’t believe this guy anymore, and it’s become almost painful to listen to him.

      (H/T AoSHQ)

      • I’ve heard the new meme several times in the last month:

        “Obama is have a hard time fixing the economy because the Republicans are blocking everything he wants to do.”

        As a meaningless meme for clueless people, this is absolutely perfect. It carries the hidden assumption, which appeals greatly to Obamabots, that what “he wants to do” is automatically right and correct.

        When questioned, they can’t really tell you what he would do to fix the economy if only those dastardly Republicans would let him. He’s the Lightworker. In their eyes, he just knows what to do, and he’s so far above them, they don’t expect themselves to understand the gritty details.

        It’s disgusting to hear such people talk. Their veneration of Obama is contrary to the American spirit, as far as I’m concerned. We don’t have kings with some divine powers, we have presidents who are citizens like us. Plus, the implicit admission of their own cluelessness on economics and politics depresses me. And finally, based on performance, this guy is about as far from being worthy of veneration as is possible.

        It’s a variation on what happened with Clinton. Clinton inherited an economy still powered by Reagan’s tax cuts and Carter/Reagan deregulation. He got a GOP Congress after two years and split governing with them for three quarters of his term. Yet, when you talk to the clueless Democratic bots, they moon about how Clinton did such a great job with the economy. When you ask them specifically what he did, in my experience, not a single one has ever had an answer.

        That’s because the only answer that makes any sense is “he mostly stayed out of the way”, and that’s contrary to these people’s core philosophy. And, of course, Obama is never, ever going to go that way.

        • I’ve taken to asking how a Republican House stopped him 2 years ago when Nancy Pelosi ruled the roost.

  • Redfors is a worthless piece of sheet.  Again, how does he expect the lights to stay on at his house? Hamsters on a really large treadmill?  What powers the steam tables that keeps the soy-crusted salmon w/ asiago and arugula warm at his stupid film festival?

    When did Keystone pipeline become evil?

    • “Again, how does he expect the lights to stay on at his house?”
      It’s not the lights at their houses that greenies are worried about.  It’s the ones at yours, and your smog spewing SUV, and your 5 cord per session Bambi the deer smoker, and your daily driving to your pollution producing job.  YOU need to be curbed and stopped.  They, on the other hand, only use pristine wind, water or solar power, that never harms the environment and never inconveniences snail darters or birds on the wing.  You are the rule, they are the exceptions.  You must be stopped, Gaia for Barack, America, and Saint Gore!

    • Perhaps we need some eco-fuel, sort of like that “green electricity” that you can buy for extra money.  We could tax the living shit out of it then sell it to Hollywood types to soothe their consciences.  If they don’t buy it, simple extortion would do the trick.

  • I don’t think that I ever had a real look at Redford until I saw him interviewed by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.

    Good grief. I’ve liked his acting. I know he’s a liberal and an elite environmentalist, but the personality that he showed in that interview was just ghastly. Effete in a way I would never have imagined. Gagging. He had his head in the clouds and the clouds wer up his ass.

  • Obama isn’t throwing anything under the bus; he just isn’t the dictator he’d like to be.