The Republicans caved when Boehner offered a tax increase for the rich. Obama said no and offered nothing in return. The Republicans caved on the debt limit. Obama said no and offered nothing in return. An uncompromising stance is a win-win for the president. Either he gets 100% of what he wants or he gets a crisis, a crisis that the majority will see as Republican caused. Resolution isn’t the road to more power; a crisis is.
Obama may not know (or care) how an economy works but he does know how to get elected and how to maximize his power. He is the product of democracy predicted by both Plato and Aristotle. One who is put in power by the masses due to his ability to charm them, not for his knowledge and ability to govern for their benefit.
The community organizer will certainly take us to the brink and maybe over. Our best hope is that he sees a last minute compromise as a dramatic way to claim he fought to the bitter end then finally saved the country from the radical right.
Will he or won’t he, no one but he knows; however, president Obama is very capable of letting the economy fall over the fiscal cliff. After all, it would mainly affect old white men because it’s old white men who own stocks and engage in private enterprise. The Republicans would be to blame for the economic collapse due to their obstructionist policies designed to return the country back to the horse and buggy days rather than progress Forward into Obama’s New America.
Remember, the modus operandi of a community organizer is to gain power by taking advantage of a crisis. Then Saul Alinsky taught that, if you can’t find a crisis, make one. Remember also the answer Obama gave when an interviewer suggested that the consequences of raising capital gains taxes might be a loss of revenue. The simple answer would be “I don’t believe it would.” but that’s not what the president said. He said that spreading the wealth around was worth the cost of a little lost revenue. That reply revealed where his priorities lie. Add a dash of “Never let a crisis go to waste” and you have a formula for a return to economic recession.
The free market system results in unequal prosperity but that beats socialism which leads to equal misery. Or as another wise man said “You can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor.” It’s too bad the president doesn’t know that.
Post script: However, you can make the poor poorer by making the rich poorer.
Peggy Noonan, always interesting had this to say about the narcissism of Barack Obama. Considering that his programs are not working, Peggy said,
It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. It’s another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.
That’s our President. The Democratic Party has gone far astray from the days when the Party’s President kept a sign right on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here” and he took that very seriously. In case you are too young to remember who that was, here’s a clue or two. His adult daughter played the piano and the President lived with his wife in a very modest home smack in the middle of that now disdainful fly-over country. Mr. Barack H. Obama is the very antithesis of Harry S. Truman.
From Caroline Glick, denouncing the Dunham sex ad designed to appeal to young voters with the message that voting is like a woman giving up her virginity; it should be done with the right man and that man should be Barack Obama, Glick’s response is:
It is demeaning and contemptuous of women. It reduces us to sexual objects. When called on to vote, as far as Obama is concerned, as slaves to our passions, we make our decisions not based on our capacity for rational choice. Rather we choose our leaders solely on the basis of our sexual desires.
Beyond the ad’s bald attempt to impersonalize, generalize and cheapen the most personal act human beings engage in, the ad is repulsive because it takes for granted that what happens in our private lives is the government’s business.
That’s our President. Here is one more snippet from elsewhere.
“Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge — for revenge,” Romney said. “Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”
That’s our next President. How refreshing. It is a breath of fresh air coming out of a world of pollution.
Have you noticed that right up to this hour the President’s campaign is not aimed to appeal to the center? Class warfare remains paramount in his strategy. He is sacrificing his likeability in the closing days in an effort to strengthen his appeal is to the far left. John Heilemann explained the strategy back in May when he wrote “Hope: The Sequel,” for the New York magazine
Stanley Kurtz puts it in simpler words,
He’s shooting for a “realignment.” Obama is trying to shape a new kind of electorate, creating a long-term Democratic majority that would allow him and his successors to stop catering to the center and finally govern decisively from the left.
Obama and his advisors never abandoned their quest to shape a permanent leftist majority, a coalition that would forever put an end to Clintonian triangulation and usher in unfettered leftist Obamaism instead. Obama’s frantic efforts to gin up the women’s vote and the youth vote aren’t only desperate attempts to secure his base. They flow from a deliberate decision not to fight for the center, but to build an independent majority on what is supposedly the “demographically ascendent” left.
Obama is going for broke, the whole magilla, Reno or bust, all or none and he is almost there. Look at how close the polls have remained. It’s a strategy guaranteed to lose some votes from the swing voters in the middle. With polls narrowing to the region of 47 to 49 percent for each candidate, Bill Clinton would appeal to the center to win the prize. Obama is not about to do that; it’s against his religion, metaphorically so to speak.
The President is counting on voter fraud, community organizing style, to pull him through with little ACORNs working quietly around the country and Somalis being bused in to Ohio to vote. The Democratic demolition team is threatening the very infrastructure of the American voting process. Don’t let that happen. Vote.
If you watched the third Presidential debate you heard Obama say
“Americans should be proud of [*] this nation, [pause] ME…”
Click on the President’s nose to play the 35 second video.
And they said G.W. was arrogant because he was from Texas.
* a parenthetical reference was made that was only a distraction from the President’s main point which was that Barack Obama IS America.
Thanks to The Foundry for this report:
So far, 36 green companies that received federal support from taxpayers have either gone bankrupt or are laying off workers and are heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
- Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
- SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
- Solyndra ($535 million)*
- Beacon Power ($69 million)*
- AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
- Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
- SunPower ($1.5 billion)
- First Solar ($1.46 billion)
- Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
- EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
- Amonix ($5.9 million)
- National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
- Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
- Abound Solar ($374 million)*
- A123 Systems ($279 million)*
- Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
- Johnson Controls ($299 million)
- Schneider Electric ($86 million)
- Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
- ECOtality ($126.2 million)
- Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
- Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
- Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
- Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
- Range Fuels ($80 million)*
- Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
- Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
- LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
- UniSolar ($100 million)*
- Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
- GreenVolts ($500,000)
- Vestas ($50 million)
- LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
- Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
- Navistar ($10 million)
- Satcon ($3 million)*
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
Only a government could compile such a list of economic failures. Chalk it up to economic ignorance if you wish but that is being charitable. Taking Solyndra and A123 as examples, considerable sums of money were legally channeled away from taxpayers, to the US Treasury, to Solyndra and A123 and their founders, to the coffers of Democratic campaign funds. That money is not going back.
Community organizing activities are constantly in need of money to support their agenda. We learned from the book Radical-In-Chief that community organizers consider any program that brings in money to support their activist agenda is considered a success. Whether or not the program accomplishes its ostensive goal, in this case green energy, is secondary.
Obama scored points for himself and all Democrats for showing moral responsibility and smart government when they heralded the financial support given these companies. Very fewof those points were lost when the companies and programs failed.
The Party solidified its base for at least trying to do something for the environment and raised some money for campaign funding. It’s has been a win-win for the Party, a lose-lose for the taxpaying public.
The troubled battery maker won a private meeting and phone call with Obama, a trade mission slot and $250 million in stimulus money before it went bankrupt this week.