Obama: Third Term for Bush
Barack Obama is making the same disastrous mistake that George Bush did, and I am amazed that neither he nor his advisers are aware of it.
Many people have commented that Obama has effectively given Pelosi and Reid free rein to insert as much prok as they wish into their spending bills while pontificating in mock outrage about the need to reduce pork. The question on many people’s minds is ‘why?’
In the meantime, Obama has been stacking his administration with idelogues who are convinced that the only way to save the human race from extinction in the coming years is to radically reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted by human activity by radically reducing standards of living. In effect, much like George Bush secretly preparing for an invasion of Iraq from the outset of his administration, Obama appears to be preparing for a Great Leap Forward to radically alter the production and consumption of energy.
The early stages of these efforts can be seen in the effective take-over of the U.S. car industry with mandates to produce green cars that consume far less gasoline. It also can be seen in the early promises to employ people in “green” jobs paid for by the government. Banks that now have the Federal governemnt as a major shareholder are being encouraged to make loans to ‘sustainable’ projects.
And, in order to get these questionable and expensive bills passed, the government is breathlessly making announcements about the dire economic emergency we find ourselves in, despite the numerous statistics that imply otherwise. More troublingly, the government has moved to cut off debate, painting people who are either skeptical of their aims, or who question the effectiveness of their measures to meet their stated goals as being reactionary ideologues who are obstructing needed reforms mindlessly or out of greed.
The manifold failures of the George Bush administration did not come as a surprise to many. Every major policy initiative, every major hiring and firing decision, every piece of legislation was, to a greater or lesser degree, scrutinized by intelligent people who then accurately predicted the outcome, and publicized it nationally. It was the ability of the Bush administration to marginalize opponents while buying supporters off with pork projects that allowed the Bush administration to veer so far onto dangerous ground before they were forced to rethink their position and alter course. Had these voices carried greater weight earlier in the administration, the Bush administration would not have been able to engage in inflationary spending, and wreck the U.S. military to the degree that they did.
6000 years or so of written history stand in mute testimony to the danger posed by the hubris of kings. We know that the massive increases in government spending will wreck the economy – not improve it. We know that the increased taxes and regulatory uncertainty will hinder investments in capital goods – not enhance them. We know that when workers are diverted from productive tasks to make-work projects, we are all left poorer as a result. We know that increased regulation and surveillance by the government will not result in greater happiness of the population.
We cannot afford Obama to get the same pass that LBJ did. The destructive policies, once put in place, will do great long-term harm to the bulk of the citizenry. We must all do our part to turn the public against the Obama administration’s adoption of Bush’s political strategies.
I call upon all of you reading this, work on the Obama supporters you know. Point out calmly, non-judgmentally, all the dangerous warning signs surrounding his presidency. Turn his base against him, and he cannot do anything but fall.