Obama’s next act; The Tactician vs. America

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By Charles Krauthammer

July 16, 2010

The real prize is 2012. Obama sees far, farther than even his own partisans. Republicans: Underestimate him at their peril.

In the political marketplace, there’s now a run on Obama shares. The left is disappointed with the president. Independents are abandoning him in droves. And the right is already dancing on his political grave, salivating about November when, his own press secretary admitted Sunday, Democrats might lose the House.

I have a warning for Republicans: Don’t underestimate Barack Obama.

Consider what he has already achieved. Obamacare alone makes his presidency historic. It has irrevocably changed one-sixth of the economy, put the country inexorably on the road to national health care and, as acknowledged by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus but few others, begun one of the most massive wealth redistributions in U.S. history.

Second, there is major financial reform, which passed Congress on Thursday. Economists argue whether it will prevent meltdowns and bailouts as promised. But there is no argument that it will give the government unprecedented power in the financial marketplace. Its 2,300 pages will create at least 243 new regulations that will affect not only, as many assume, the big banks but just about everyone, including, as noted in one summary (the Wall Street Journal), “storefront check cashiers, city governments, small manufacturers, home buyers and credit bureaus.”

Third is the near $1 trillion stimulus, the largest spending bill in U.S. history. And that’s not even counting nationalizing the student loan program, regulating carbon emissions by Environmental Protection Agency fiat, and still-fitful attempts to pass cap-and-trade through Congress.

But Obama’s most far-reaching accomplishment is his structural alteration of the U.S. budget. The stimulus, the vast expansion of domestic spending, the creation of ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see are not easily reversed.

These are not mere temporary countercyclical measures. They are structural deficits because, as everyone from Obama on down admits, the real money is in entitlements, most specifically Medicare and Medicaid. But Obamacare freezes these out as a source of debt reduction. Obamacare’s $500 billion in Medicare cuts and $600 billion in tax increases are siphoned away for a new entitlement — and no longer available for deficit reduction.

The result? There just isn’t enough to cut elsewhere to prevent national insolvency. That will require massive tax increases — most likely a European-style value-added tax. Just as President Ronald Reagan cut taxes to starve the federal government and prevent massive growth in spending, Obama’s wild spending — and quarantining health-care costs from providing possible relief — will necessitate huge tax increases.

The net effect of 18 months of Obamaism will be to undo much of Reaganism. Both presidencies were highly ideological, grandly ambitious and often underappreciated by their own side. In his early years, Reagan was bitterly attacked from his right. (Typical Washington Post headline: “For Reagan and the New Right, the Honeymoon Is Over” — and that was six months into his presidency!) Obama is attacked from his left for insufficient zeal on gay rights, immigration reform, closing Guantanamo — the list is long. The critics don’t understand the big picture. Obama’s transformational agenda is a play in two acts.

Act One is over. The stimulus, Obamacare, financial reform have exhausted his first-term mandate. It will bear no more heavy lifting. And the Democrats will pay the price for ideological overreaching by losing one or both houses, whether de facto or de jure. The rest of the first term will be spent consolidating these gains (writing the regulations, for example) and preparing for Act Two.

The next burst of ideological energy — massive regulation of the energy economy, federalizing higher education and “comprehensive” immigration reform (i.e., amnesty) — will require a second mandate, meaning reelection in 2012.

Continue reading here……..

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Obama has already circumvented Congress. http://americansforprosperity.org/obamachart.php

America:  “Had Enough” of the Obama policies and agenda?

The ONLY thing Obama and the Progressives FEAR is the BALLOT BOX.


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NOT RACIST.

NOT VIOLENT.

JUST NO LONGER SILENT.


Obama a “Wannabe” King? Another Grasp At The Crown

 

Hat tip to http://www.theobamafile.com

Paul Ibbetson says that we here in the United States have long since separated ourselves from our former position as a colony of England.  In doing so it would seem that our people’s direct interaction with a king as our designated sovereign would be forever over, but is it?  It is painfully apparent that currently Barack Obama seems more accurately described as a king than a U.S. president.

First, and most painfully obvious, Barack Obama has recreated the “taxation without representation” scenario that led to the American Revolution as though he were rigidly following a historical script.  Eliminating the Bush tax cuts, implementing a socialistic healthcare bill that will require higher taxes, and starting Cap & Tax in the wings have placed the colonial-style yoke of oppression on the American people.  Equally as disheartening to the subjects of Obama, is that he has the same royal disdain and mental detachment from the reality of the growing anger of his subjects as did King George III.  From his perch within the walls of the White House, Barack Obama was reported to be “amused” by the millions of Americans protesting in Tea Parties around the country.  His flippant attitude was much worse when he showed his complete break with reality by attacking Tea Party-goers saying that they should “thank him” for the dire economic situation in the country that he has created.

Second, as was pondered during the times of the great Kings, Americans today argue amongst themselves as to whether Obama is crazy, dangerously misguided, or just plain evil.  Hereditary fits of insanity were shadows upon some of the royal bloodlines of the past.  During the War of the Roses King Henry VI was periodically locked away with fits of insanity as was King George III while the colonists fought a revolution.  Can we watch as Obama drains the American coffers dry and then borrows from our competitors in China until the country is no longer economically viable, without asking where the sanity in this course of action is?  Are we simply to smile politely as Obama tells the masses of unemployed that his reckless spending and government expansion can now be considered a historic success?  In these dark days of American woe might we find it prudent to bring back bloodletting and exorcisms in the search of a cure for the mental disorder of liberalism that surely affects the king?

Third, what we do know, is that Obama, like past Kings, has acted to amass power by bringing the competition (free market) under the royal tent.  You can call it socialism, communism, or whatever term is still legal to utter within the realm, but they all include a powerful dictator with random arbitrary edicts flying left and right that benefit only those in power.  They all include extended government control and loss of individual freedom.  They all end in slavery, suffering, and death.

While the United States is quickly sinking under the weight of its growing debt, Obama is portrayed as a savior, not unlike the kings of the past that were seen as divine in nature.  The Obama camp has simply replaced the term “divine” with “historical,” but the same projection of mystical power is still modeled, and it remains an act of heresy to question the validity of this title.

Some in the country fear that Obama will take one of the many momentous calamities that he has brought about and use it to seize permanent control of the country and avoid being removed from the throne in 2012.  These ideas would seem far-fetched if it were not for the fact that we know kings actually do crazy things.  The saving grace from our knowledge of the kings with their destructive nature and irresponsible ways is that they often underestimate their subjects.  Americans have already shown one king that we will not be slaves, and it is time to show another.

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Keep an eye on this bill in Congress:

H.J.RES.5
Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
Sponsor:
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] (introduced 1/6/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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