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Obama means 4 more years of disaster

A reminder:

Obama 2012: “I never said it would be quick or easy”

Obama 2009: “If this isn’t done it three years, we’re talking about a one term proposition”

Last night we heard, well, we heard a speech that was not so hot. Oh he said lots of stuff, but we’ve all learned over the past 3 plus years not to really trust what he says, but instead to watch what he does. He knows how to own the rhetoric, he just rarely if ever lives up to it.

He’s the “I want to have it both ways” president.

For instance – last night he said this:

We don’t think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think the government is the source of all of our problems …

And this:

And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It’ll require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.

On the one hand he tells us government isn’t the answer and on the other, he claims it more government is the answer. Which should we believe?

Well in this case, the latter, given his actions (see ObamaCare which he never once mentioned last night, just like the number “8.2%.). He spent two years going the FDR route with a Democratic Congress and had he not seen his party go down in flames in 2010 and a check put on him in the House of Representatives, you can be assured he and the Democrats would have attempted to grow government even more.

This is a guy on whose watch we almost doubled the debt. Yet not a mention of that last night. Instead he tried to tell us how much he was going to take off the debt . 4 trillion he claims.

Independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion.

But another thing you learn listening to this president is to take his claims with a grain of salt. 4 trillion? Only if you believe in “creative” accounting. Jennifer Rubin, quoting the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler’s fact check of that claim points out why it is a load of rubbish:

By the administration’s math, you have nearly $3.8 trillion in spending cuts, compared to $1.5 trillion in tax increases (letting the Bush tax cuts expire for high-income Americans). Presto, $1 of tax increases for every $2.50 of spending cuts.

But virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting. The $4 trillion figure, for instance, includes counting some $1 trillion in cuts reached a year ago in budget negotiations with Congress. So no matter who is the president, the savings are already in the bank.

Moreover, the administration is also counting $848 billion in phantom savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the administration had long made clear those wars would end.

In other words, by projecting war spending far in the future, the administration is able to claim credit for saving money it never intended to spend. (Imagine taking credit for saving money on buying a new car every year, even though you intended to keep your car for 10 years.)

Rather than good arithmetic, independent budget analysts called the maneuver “a major budget gimmick.”

The administration also counts $800 billion in savings in debt payments (from lower deficits) as a “spending cut,” which is a dubious claim. We didn’t realize that debt payments were now considered a government program.

There are a number of other games being played, so fake money is being used to pay for real spending projects. In effect, most of Obama’s claimed deficit reduction comes from his proposed tax increases.

And, as we’ve all learned, those tax increases are but a drop in the sea of red ink this president has unleashed. His appeal to authority notwithstanding, his claim is as empty as his rhetoric.

As most have figured out, the problem isn’t about who is or isn’t “paying their fair share”, it’s about out-of-control spending. In the entire speech last night, that was not a subject that was addressed. Instead, as you saw above, we were given a real preview into what he has in store for us when he can be “more flexible”. FDR type experimentation.

What does FDR type experimentation require? More government and more spending.

Finally, if you missed this, you need to be reminded:

And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax.

That says two things. One, he plans to do the same sort of slow walking for fossil fuel he’s done this past four years while doubling down on his disastrous green policy. And part of the doubling down is undoubtedly to somehow impose a carbon tax that will help feed a ravenous spending machine.

The president who said he would return science to preeminence in decision making during his administration, is now planning on using the pseudo-science of AGW as an excuse to raise taxes on everyone. If that’s not clear, you’ve just not been paying attention.

So he’s right, there’s never been a more clear choice. Continued disaster, keeping a country on the wrong track on that track or an attempt to change that.

Will Romney be better?

He’s actually a turn-around specialist with experience and success in the field. How could he be worse?

I say we make Obama stick with the 2009 statement – for the good of the country.


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33 Responses to Obama means 4 more years of disaster

  • Of this we can be assured; if Obama is re-elected, his drive toward dictatorial power will be turned up several notches, and the extra-legal power-grabs of his Obamabanana Republic agencies will know no practical bounds.
    They have shown contempt for the legislative and judicial branches in the first term, and there is no rational reason to not expect that to be worse.
    He has to be stopped in November, and a process of reformation begun.

  • I’ll be in Texas in early Dec, so I hope you all make the best decision in November so that I can enjoy the usual Texan company without having them all crying into their drinks every evening!

    • IF Obama wins, I will be much too busy to cry in my beer…or Scotch (which damages the flavor).
      If you are in the Houston area, I’ll buy you one.

      • Heh heh, well actually probably be hanging round somewhere between the woodlands and the airport (unless I get dragged off to some god-forsaken gas rig). If there is a risk I am in town I’ll let you know 😉

      • Look at this positively.
        Nancy Pelosi uttered some words that she might step down from her “leadership” post if the Republican hold the House.
        I’m ready to say goodbye now.

        • Don’t let the door hit you in that cute tush (Lord, sexist ol’ me apologizes!) on yer’ way out!

    • Nah, I’m sure my fellow Texans will be talking, once again, about secession if Romney doesn’t win.   😉

  • Annnnnnnnd the jobs report is out and it’s not good for Baracky. Don’t fall for the “he’s confident he’ll win, that’s why his speech was like the prevent defense” spin.

  • “$1.5 trillion in tax increases (letting the Bush tax cuts expire for high-income Americans)”
    The entire “Bush tax cuts” cost $200 billion a year.  The “rich” account for $60 billion of that.  Simply multiply that by 10x.
    It’s obvious that it’s more than the “rich” paying more.

    • The Bush tax RATE cuts didn’t cost anything, they brought in MORE revenue; you do understand dynamic/supply side, right?

  • Oh, come on!  Who would not want 4 more years of this!
    Courtesy of Nemo over at Dailypundit.

  • The best part of Obama’s speech …

    As Americans, we believe we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that no man or government can take away.  We insist on personal responsibility, and we celebrate individual initiative.  We’re not entitled to success. We have to earn it.

    We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk- takers, the entrepreneurs who have always been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known.

    Now if only his Administration acted like they believe it.

  • In learning to speak ‘conservative’, I’ve learned they don’t what the Principle of Non-contradiction (-[P & -P]) really means.

    • I’m trying to learn to speak Progressive, but the meanings of the words in the language keep changing at random.

      • Did you ever notice that only Progressives and Communists can pick out all those special “code words” in the speeches of conservatives ?  It’s like they wrote the damn code book themselves.

        • Very attuned to dog whistles they are.  Must be something about calling dinner home to be cooked.  Sort of like “Woooooo, Pig, Soooie”, only from the Indonesian hill country instead of the hills of Arkansas.

    • You moron!  You don’t “speak conservative”.  You can’t comprehend on article of conservative thought.

      Did you note the Democrats have posted “For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. We are the party of Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR, and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union.”
      DNC website, ‘the history of the Democratic Party’.
      I guess the first draft version “We are the party of Jefferson Davis and the Ku Klux Klan, leading the fight for the rights of white people to own black people for the first 81 years of the country” didn’t play well with some of the colored folk in your voting bloc eh?   Tell me, is that where the got the idea for the brilliant “Government is the only thing we all belong to” ad?
      “why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

      • Yeah what a joke, They were the party of Jim Crow right on up until 1964, then they continued to be the party of race baiting and divisiveness, they just switched sides.

        • ” they just switched sides.”

          Are you sure? Have you noticed there are no blacks in leadership positions in Congress? They have a ‘separate but equal’ caucus.

    • Deflection.
      Care to point out the contradiction? Punk!

  • How ’bout this cluster-fluck of a convention…!?!?
    Balloons… They couldn’t even manage balloons…!
    The whole thing was a type of the last four years. Hate. Divisiveness. God as an afterthought. A shrinking, declining, hopeless dog’s breakfast, presided over by a gaggle of the worst liars in American history.

  • It would be nice if someone called Obama out on Roosevelt saving the economy.  He didn’t.  He spent a lot of money and made things worse.  Winning WWII and demobilizing afterwards (akaL shrinking government) is what finally ended America’s economic troubles.
    And then there are other things about FDR that don’t get said.  Internment camps.  If you think GITMO is wrong then why should FDR get a pass?  He appointed a KKK member to the supreme court.  Should I did up some of the praise the fascists had for him?  Dealing with Stalin?

  • Neo- Liar is accurate. Obama, Clinton and DWS are confirmed liars.

  • “Independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion.”
    Wow. I am truly impressed. We now have a deficit of about $1.2 trillion.  Cutting that by $4 T will give us a heck of a surplus. Hooray!
    But seriously, folks…..
    Both parties have so corrupted the budget and fiscal process so much with their ten-year projections and ‘baseline budgeting’  that any numbers or financial discussion coming out of Washington are meaningless. At this point ‘fact checkers’ are worse than irrelevant, they contribute to the problem by accepting many of the premises.