Will someone please tell the president the campaign is over? He is back out on the hustings reading from the old class warfare script. He preens. He fabricates successes where there are none. He makes promises he has no intention of keeping.
He says he is reaching out to the people to support his tax and spend program. That’s as much of a con as emails from that benighted soul in Nigeria who needs X thousand dollars for this week’s scam.
What the president needs is the adulation of the masses. He feeds on it. It is what sustains him. It seems he cannot thrive without it. He draws oxygen from the carefully cued cheers and applause.
He is free to indulge his craving for adoration because he doesn’t care about jobs or the economy. He said he would transform the nation and that is what he is about. He needs economic collapse, or the fear of one, to amass the power he requires. Obama won’t let a crisis go to waste, even if he has to create it. John Hinderaker on POWERLINE summarized the nation’s predicament: “[T] he entity that is most bent on destroying the private economy of the United States of America, until recently the envy of the world, is our own government.” Hindraker asked, “When, in human history, has the government of any nation consciously set out to weaken that country? Sure, it has been done by accident from time to time, but on purpose?” He asks blog readers if they can think of “of a precedent for the Obama administration.”
The president has had (and still has) myriad opportunities to facilitate job growth. As the WSJ recently pointed out, America can be a major oil producer for the world and reap the benefits of a reinvigorated economy. The Keystone Pipeline alone would produce thousands of jobs.
Coalmines, strangling on Obama administration regulations, are instead shedding thousands of workers. When the rest of the EPA regulations (delayed until after the election) kick in more jobs will be lost and jobs that could have been created won’t be.
Unless the Republicans totally surrender (and they might) there will be no way to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff. It’s not that taxing the rich would come even close to solving the nation’s budgetary problems. That’s not important. What is important is wealth redistribution. For Obama it’s heads he wins, tails the nation loses.
This post was about half written when Michael Barone observed in his syndicated column that Obama does not want a resurgent economy because the wrong people tend to get rich. “Obama seeks to advance, what Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, called ‘soft despotism,’ with a ‘network of small, complicated, painstaking rules’ –– think Obamacare –– to ‘finally reduce …each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid industrious animals of which government is the shepherd.”
Of course, that will require a massive transfer of constitutionally protected power from “we the people” to would-be Washington masters. That transfer, not yet fully accomplished, could present a problem.
Even Obama’s teleprompter isn’t omniscient.