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Confidence Artist in Chief

January 30th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Politics

Several times during the “President-Elect” period I wrote something like, “We still don’t know how bad Obama will be.” It was impossible to know because he spoke in happy generalities that sent a tingle up Chris Matthews’ leg and bored the rest of us into complacency.

After two weeks we’re beginning to see that Obama will be bad. Very bad. His agenda, both foreign and domestic, is pure liberal-left.

Obama is a smooth con artist in his methods, much more effective than the hapless Carter or Bill Clinton with his compulsive psycho-drama. Obama is bloodless compared to those men: he is a cool, disciplined technician of state power. He understands the fundamental principle of the radical left: to be effective at expanding the state in America, one cannot be honest about one’s intentions. His rhetoric is the ink that squids shoot to hide the work of destruction their tentacles wreak. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say he is the most dangerous president in American history, more so even than FDR. When Obama finishes his work, America will be a different country — one that is poorer and less free.

Look at the “stimulus” bill.

Obama has boasted of how transparent his “stimulus” bill will be, and yet the very title, “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” is a fraud. The entire bill is a fraud. The bill is spending on everything at which the Democrats have longed to throw money. The purpose of the act is to reward pressure groups that give Democrats money so that legislators will be reelected in 2010. It should be called the “Democrat Reelection Act.”

The bill has $2.25 billion for the National Parks Service, whose lobbyist happens to be Congressman Obey’s son.

It gives everyone $500 in “tax credits,” even to those who don’t pay taxes. Since no social security number is necessary to collect this $500, illegal immigrants will be eligible. The purpose is to expand the permanent welfare class that votes Democrat to keep the gravy on the train.

It advances the socialization of medicine. The Democrats have learned from Hillary Clinton’s health care debacle that the secret is not to advertise what you’re doing, but to sneak socialized medicine into a vast bill that few will read. This bill is a deceitful power grab by the state.

The bill has a protectionist provision that could prove as destructive as Smoot-Hawley:

The stimulus bill passed by the House last night contains a controversial provision that would mostly bar foreign steel and iron from the infrastructure projects laid out by the $819 billion economic package.

A Senate version, yet to be acted upon, goes further, requiring, with few exceptions, that all stimulus-funded projects use only American-made equipment and goods.

I could go on and on. From the Wall Street Journal:

We’ve looked it over, and even we can’t quite believe it. There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.

Here is an interesting illustration:

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Pejman Yousefzadeh lists some of the things “we lost” with this bill. Or you could say they are things statists won at the expense of our freedom. 

  1. The ability to restore fiscal discipline, given that we passed a stimulus bill in the House that spends more than did the massive New Deal boondoggles of years past.
  2. The ability to have a separate and vigorous argument over education policy, given that federal education outlays have been doubled in the stimulus bill.
  3. The ability to have a separate and vigorous argument over health care policy, given that the states are receiving $87 billion in Medicare funds, and that Medicaid and SCHIP coverage is being determined through the stimulus bill.
  4. The ability to have a separate and vigorous argument over redistribution of wealth, given that the stimulus bill engages in redistribution.
  5. The ability to crack down on the culture of earmarks.

No more messy, time-consuming debate with the neanderthals on the right. Now the left merely need scream, “Crisis! Crisis!” and behold — instant socialism! This bill is the most efficient power grab for the state in American history.

This massive waste of money will have to be paid back in the future with interest or paid through the hidden tax of inflation — and all of it extends government power in our lives and rewards pressure groups so that today’s politicians will remain in power.

Now we see why Democrats are impervious to any argument that the bill will fail to stimulate the economy. First, it was never meant to stimulate the economy. Second, considering how useful the present crisis has been for the left’s project of socializing America, why would they want to end the crisis? If this bill only makes things worse, the Democrats will be elated. They will put on their serious face and lecture us, “The Republicans stopped us from spending enough! Now we must spend much more! Hurry, no time to waste!”

The bill is a moral enormity (in the proper meaning of the word, an outrageous offense, not “enormousness” or magnitude). And it is HR1 of the Obama era. Are we beginning to see how fortunate we have been that the only two Democrat presidents for the last 40 years have been two weak Southern governors?

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Today Obama signed three executive orders giving unions more power.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, unions donated $68 million directly in the 2008 election cycle, 91 percent of which went to Democrats.  But they also provided campaign volunteers (often paid union staff), printed campaign literature, and mobilized voters to get to the polls.  It’s difficult to know exactly how much unions spent on these activities, but some estimates put the number at 10 times or more than what they give directly.

And finally, to show how seriously Obama takes power and its proper cultivation, he is centralizing power in the White House — away from his cabinet! Those who feared Hillary would manipulate Obama in her position as Secretary of State got it backward. The Clintons are pikers compared to this man.

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