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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Wheels Are Falling Off The Obama Administration

Oh boy, has this administration become unhinged in its efforts to force through Obama's "bet the farm" economic plans.

Rahm Emanuel runs anti-opposition campaigns from inside the White House against Rush Limbaugh to take down the leading opponent of Obama's economic plans. The White House coordinates attacks on Rep. Eric Cantor, another leading opponent. Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs takes on CNBC's Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer after they criticize Obama's economic plans. The Clinton "war room" is back.

Liberal journalists get caught coordinating their pro-Obama "journalistic" stories. What little credibility the mainstream press had left is gone.

The legislature is no better. Chuck Schumer wants a 90%+ tax rate for AIG executive bonuses, in clear violation of the Constitution which prohibits laws directed at individuals. Chris "sweetheart mortgage loan" Dodd foams at the mouth that the AIG executives are taking the bonuses that Dodd helped implement so that the executives wouldn't leave AIG. Even Republican Charles Grassley momentarily joined the administration in this effort, suggesting that the AIG executives commit suicide (of course, he later "clarified" his remarks).

This is what happens when you have a President who sets up the attack as a method of governing, who peddles hope but uses fear, whose natural inclination is to set up domestic enemies against whom to rally the nation. First it was the wealthiest 5%, then the wealthiest 2%, now a couple hundred AIG executives. It all sounds so familiar.

Here is a letter I previously posted prior to the election, when Obama's tactics already were clear to me. The letter was sent by a famous historical figure. I have substituted names, but it rings as true today as it did in 1918:
[Poor and Middle Class of America]! The revolt by the [AIG Executives] must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us our final decisive battle "with the [AIG Executives]." We need to set an example.

1) You need to hang (hang without fail, so that the public sees) at
least 100 notorious [AIG Executives], the rich, and the bloodsuckers.

2) Publish their names.

3) Take away all of their [bonuses].

4) Execute the [AIG Executives] - in accordance with yesterday's telegram.

This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking [AIG Executives]. Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this.

Yours, [Chuck and Chris and Barry]

P.S. Use your toughest people for this.

This administration treats legitimate opposition as traitorous revolt. The politics of personal destruction are back, big time. There is a deliberateness to the seemingly disconnected attacks, with the media and legislators taking cues from the White House war room.

But this chaos cannot endure. It may work for short periods of time, or to get a specific bill passed, but it reflects an administration that has lost its ability to motivate people through a positive message.

The wheels are falling off the Obama administration after barely two months. Like a car spinning out of control, the end result will not be pretty, unless Obama acknowledges what is happening and takes corrective action.
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Update: This post concerns the wheels falling off domestically. But the Obama administration's antics have international repercussions. As pointed out at the American Power blog, the exhaustion the public is feeling is reflected in declining domestic support for the war in Afghanistan. Not good.

4 comments:

  1. "reflects an administration that has lost its ability to motivate people through a positive message."
    Has Obama ever had a positive message? His "hope and change" crud was basically an attack centered against Bush (remember the tasteless Inaugural Address?). He really ran a campaign against Bush not McCain, and exploited Bush's unpopularity and the BDS.

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  2. FALLOUT GROWS: Those who voted for the stimulus supported the clause to protect the AIG's bonuses. Obama's Own Stimulus Bill Protects the AIG Bonuses He Now Condemns —


    http://www.butasforme.com/2009/03/17/obamas-stimulus-bill-explicitly-grants-aig-the-legal-right-to-hand-out-bonuses/

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  3. It is even more complex when you start digging for little facts. One of the things that came to my attention recently was that Obama prevented the Congress, prior to his inaugration, from passing any legislation that would have prevented these bonuses from being paid.

    I keep finding Obama's finger in the pie. It might not always be obvious to the onlooker but the finger is there.

    For example, Obama and his minions are everywhere - including Australia - and trying to blame Bush for what has happened. However, despite the fact that Bush was not 100% fiscally responsible, the housing bubble was not his baby. The history of the housing bubble goes back to Carter who signed the CRA. It then moves forward to Clinton who was responsible for the legislation that made it possible for the subprime loans to be packaged as deriviatives in the first place. The name of the lobbyist who was most keen to have this change was none other than a young Obama.

    The issue of the AIG bonus to those executives is a side issue. However, it is proving useful to Obama because he can use it on his sheeple who cannot think for themselves, but believe every word that comes from the now disgraced office of POTUS. The anger of POTUS was fake. He actually worked to make sure that these bonuses went ahead because they provide a useful distraction to his other plans.

    What is truly alarming though, is not only Obama's links to Bill Ayers, but his link to the Sojourners. The leader of the Sojourners is Wallis, and he uses religion as a disguise for his Marxism. The history of Wallis is an eye opener.

    Then there is the matter of the Obama foreign policy. The gift of the button was truly alarming. The message that it sent was probably not understood by the messenger. However, the Russians could perceive that gift as a signal that they can once more resume their expansionist policies in Europe. It is good to keep in mind the period just prior to the 1956 Olympics - and then the bloodbath in the water polo pool. The gift of the button was probably better than the Neville Chamberlain appeasement that led to the invasion of Poland.

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  4. dude, who are you? what delusional world do you live in? Did you make up this kind of shit about the previous administration too? (in which case you might have slightly more credibility) or are you just ranting about whatever the situation is to get attention?

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