Archive for the ‘Obamanomics’ Category

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Cupcakes, and other necessities of life

August 10, 2009

“One-third of the entire Recovery Act is for tax relief for you, for families and small businesses… a third of it is going to tax breaks, to individuals and small businesses. That’s money in your pocket to buy cupcakes and other necessities of life.”

— President Barack Hussein Obama, June 30, 2009

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Democracy and dissent: you can’t have one without the other

August 4, 2009

It’s a common scenario these days: Obama stands up at the podium during his press conference, pitches some kind of “reform” that commands a massive government-led assault on the private sector, and he warns Republicans to “stop playing partisan politics and get on board with real reform.” These days, anyone who questions Obama-brand Change™ gets labeled as a partisan fearmonger who should stop questioning The Messiah and jump on the bandwagon. To do otherwise would be to harm the American People.

I am reminded of a quote by Jonah Goldberg when I saw him speak on his book Liberal Fascism a few years ago. Someone asked him what he thought of people who questioned the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies. I’ll have to paraphrase what he said because I don’t remember it verbatim. His answer:

“Dissent is the cornerstone of democracy. You can’t have an effective democracy without a free marketplace of ideas and without someone questioning the status quo once in awhile. When you try to stifle or suppress dissenting views, you end up with a sort of soft fascism–sure, everyone’s happy because they all outwardly agree with each other, but everyone is a little less free because of it.”

It stuck with me because at the time, I was in with the “only America-haters question Bush” crowd. Now although I still agree with many of his anti-terror policies, I know better than to think that elected leaders always know best.

Obama is the quintessential liberal fascist. He believes in massive government takeover of the private sector and refuses to permit anyone to question that policy goal. Accusations of “partisan politics” are just another way of saying “free speech has no place here, because we can’t allow popular opinion to interfere with the ambitious goals of the State.”

The passionate and public displays of dissent against Obama’s attempt to socialize healthcare make me proud to be an American. When I watch videos like this one, I know that the Democrats are not going to be able to ram this one down our throats as easily as they once thought (the best part starts at 1:18):

I’m always afraid that America is becoming more like Europe–more content to live off the government dole and not question the sad realities of the social democratic state. But then I see these videos (like this one and this one which were also featured on DrudgeReport yesterday, as was the one above) and I realize that America’s individualist tradition isn’t about to die quietly. Like I’ve said before, the administration’s policies might be the wakeup call everyone needs before they realize that central planning, government intervention and socialism are the antithesis of prosperity and freedom.

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Obamacare has no choice but to fail.

July 23, 2009

I have faith in the American system as I see this healthcare debate continue. Not only is the public realizing how much money and liberty Obama’s plan will cost them, but the Blue Dog Democrats alike are starting to wake up, and may actually be the ones to protect us from this government invasion of our already barely-free healthcare market.

One news story I read characterized Obama’s plan as something about to “awaken a sleeping giant.” We can only hope that this could be the one event that makes the public realize what this president is doing to exterminate this country’s belief in individual sovereignty. As the American people become less and less thrilled with the accumulation of federal debt and the nationalization of major sectors of our economy, I think that they will turn back towards the light.

I am reminded of a quote from Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You:

“We may dispute upon the question whether the nestlings are ready to do without the mother-hen and to come out of the eggs, or whether they are not yet advanced enough. But the young birds will decide the question without any regard for our arguments when they find themselves cramped for space in the
eggs. Then they will begin to try them with their beaks and come out of them of their own accord.”

As Obama, the self-proclaimed mother-hen of sorts, ramps up his war upon the American Dream, the people will fight back. This is against our Constitution, our free markets, our culture of classical liberalism and pluralism and our way of life.  In the end, it will work out the way it was supposed to. Americans will have to pull the plug on Obamacare or lose their freedom, and when faced with tough decisions, Americans will choose their freedom over involuntary servitude, whether the paternalists in government want to accept that or not.

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The Obamacare restaurant analogy

July 22, 2009

A phenomenally well-done video analogizing socialized healthcare to a government-run restaurant.

I kind of wish they would emphasize the public sector-private sector tidbit they throw in at the very end–about the end of competition (and thus, the incentives to keep prices low and quality high) if government assumes control. Regardless, I think the video does a pretty good job of tailoring the intellectual arguments against socialism to a situation that most people can relate to…waiting forever to get service at a restaurant.  Can’t wait to see Part 2!

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State governors wary of ObamaCare

July 20, 2009

The Boston Globe reported today that the National Governors Association, the bipartisan organization of state governors from around the country, is skeptical of the Obama administration’s universal healthcare tax because of the burden it would place on state Medicaid programs. Even Bill Richardson, the Democratic governor of New Mexico, says he is “very concerned about the cost issue.”

The states are fully aware that they are not prepared to deal with the hellstorm of taxation, spending, waste, and bureaucracy that will rain down upon this nation if the administration gets its way. In fact, ObamaCare would presumably be impossible in many states, as more than half of them have balanced-budget provisions in their state constitutions.

This economic recession may turn out to be a protective shield against the administration’s socialist aspirations. A double digit federal debt is scaring enough people on both sides of the aisle and forcing them to a realization that out-of-control debt-based spending is both unsustainable and disastrous for our nation’s economic stability. The idea of increasing taxes on both energy and healthcare is no longer a viable option to most consumers who can already barely afford to pay for these things to begin with. People are starting to realize that economic recovery is the last thing on Obama’s mind, and he won’t be able to take advantage of this crisis and exploit it to advance his blatantly anti-free market policy program for too much longer, based on what his ambitions and our economic death march are doing to public opinion.

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When pigs fly…out of the public coffer.

July 20, 2009

The daily onslaught of news about the Obama regime’s  “stimulus” package has gotten unbearably depressing to me. But I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about the irony of the latest news to come out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The news is citing Recovery.gov, a website devoted to accountability and transparency with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and where tax dollars are going to “create jobs” and “stimulate growth.” The Federal government has awarded a $2.5 million contract to a Los Angeles meatpacking company for “HAM, WATER ADDED, COOKED, FROZEN, SLICED, 2-LB.” Another contract awards over $1 million to a Cleveland dairy company for mozzarella cheese. The best one is more than $16 million for canned pork. It’s like Obama’s administration took cues from that Alanis Morrisette song.

A press release from the USDA defends the spending, claiming it’s buying goods for a food assistance program. That doesn’t stop the fact that our federal government is now literally spending money on canned pork and frozen ham. This should be downright embarrassing to any and all those responsible. Perhaps so embarassing that the White House should postpone the release of its budget update til the middle of next month. Oh, wait…never mind.

In more upbeat news, a Rassmussen poll shows Romney and Obama tied at 45% for the 2012 election.