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Going “all in”

February 15, 2011

Many bloggers are commenting how the President’s budget is a deeply cynical and calculated move, just like voting “present” on any controversial issue as a senator. The strategy would be brilliant in a different time and place. From Powerline

What we see is an effort to lock in the enormous increase in the federal budget that has taken place in the last two years, followed by a resumption of accelerating growth in the public sector….Obama’s game is transparent, isn’t it? He is playing a game of chicken

 The ability to execute and really pull it off comes down to

  1. the global community playing along (buying treasuries)
  2. the fundamental culture of the USA vs. that of Europe and Russia (centuries of independence striking out for individual opportunity or centuries of dependence & subsistence, whoever the ruler happens to be at the time)
  3. The willingness for the Baby boomers to leave the planet with one last joy ride even if it means they rob their grandchildren blind in the process because they are entitled – “We’ll be dead, who cares?!”

Obama’s strategy is to do whatever it takes to execute what he is convinced the RIGHT policies are – data on the results of the policies be cursed, just  try harder, spend more to make his vision work.

His next strategy is to get re-elected. That’s pretty much the strategy – it’s  HIS vision, HIS goals, HIS ambitions. And holding onto power – whatever it takes.

Andrew Sullivan…this president is too weak, too cautious, too beholden to politics over policy to lead. In this budget, in his refusal to do anything concrete to tackle the looming entitlement debt, in his failure to address the generational injustice, in his blithe indifference to the increasing danger of default, he has betrayed those of us who took him to be a serious president prepared to put the good of the country before his short term political interests…

To all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected, know this: he just screwed you over. …. On the critical issue of America’s fiscal crisis, he represents no hope and no change. Just the same old Washington politics he once promised to end.

It’s an easy predictable algorithm: Whatever works to accomplish his goals is exactly what he will do. In that sense, it really is the most transparent administration ever – the dissonance is that “the believers” were hoping to see something different behind the curtain because he said it was going to be “different.”

He wasn’t lying – it IS different – it’s HIS buddies benefiting from the palace patronage, instead of someone on the other side of the aisle.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 4:10 pm

    Well, the main contributors here aren’t registered Republicans, so we can’t vote in OR primaries. I’m sure if he gets through to the nomination, we’ll treat Ron Paul like we treat everyone else…

    But thanks for the political advertisement.

  2. Liberty permalink
    February 16, 2011 8:11 am

    We all want Obama out of the White House, and there is no Republican nominee who can beat Obama. Except Paul. The only way to beat Obama is to steal his votes, and the only who who will do that is Paul. Obama only won the election because he got the Independent vote- it was anyone other than McCain/Palin. Independents and Democrats alike love Paul.
    This is a serious situation. We can’t just wait until 2016 when any old Republican is a shoe in. I fear the economy- and the dollar- will not last that long. It’s time we stop worrying about the reputation of the Republican party (who will be their puppet) and start worrying about the future of this country.
    Please, don’t give up on Ron Paul. Reconsider what you think you know about him- the media has not done a fair job. He was completely ignored in the 08 election.

    “Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.”
    -Ronald Reagan

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