Here's an Obama spam making its rounds among us neocons. It reminds me of A lesson in economics using beer. These allegories are always a bit oversimplified, but they are important in that they:
- Communicate the essence of the proposed plans in a simple to understand analogy
- Communicate the clear and simple problems of the proposed plans
- Communicate the real concerns, fears, and anger of the opposition
- Involve ridicule from the minority, which should be viewed as a warning that failing to heed the concerns will lead to the next step – public defiance (can you say "Town Hall meetings"?)
What such allegories lack in sophistication they easily make up for in clarity, something most political plans, including Obama's, lack.
Don't know? It's not because it does not exist, it's because the MSM could care less, and so could the Obama administration. It seems to me that all he is doing is trying to streamroll his ideological and non-sustainable program through as fast as possible.
But ask Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona if the GOP is just trying to make Obama fail, he responds "that's just a political ad." In a short interview this morning on NPR, he was clear, calm, and sensible. Please, may sense prevail, because
- Health care in America is still better than elsewhere in the world, not on the verge of catastrophe (like all liberal issues which are trumped up to emergencies)
- The Obama plan will make it WORSE, not better.
I mean, wanna see government run healthcare? Look at Medicare (insolvent), Veterans Care (poor), Native American Care (poor), and Social Security (insolvent). They can't even run the "Cash for Clunkers" program well.
The minority whip sounds sane. Obama's plan is insane, just like a real Joker might promote. Give a listen to Kyl: Health Care Fix Should Be Right, Not Just Quick.
The CBO brings a little reality to the Hope and Dreams machine (HT: James).
Perhaps we would have been better off WITHOUT the 'recovery' plan, eh? (HT: James)
The American Thinker has published a very interesting article entitled Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis, in which the author examines what amounts to a liberal socialist conspiracy started by radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.
This strategy, now known as The Cloward-Piven Strategy, is what The American Thinker is accusing Obama of being a pawn of, and perhaps to some extent, a pawn that knows what he is doing.
As the image to the right outlines, the links between Cloward and Piven, the many modern socialist thinkers, the founders and activities of corrupt organizations like Acorn, and Obama are too numerous to ignore. This is not just some kookie conspiracy theory, this is how the power of ideas corrupts higher education and government, and can lead to a nation's downfall.
And to me, it in part explains why liberals can so enthusiastically buy into the social and scientific negligence of Global Warming Panic and the absurdity of the astronomical debt of Obamanomics. It is an exercise in mass brainwashing, and like watching the Communist revolution all over again as if we never saw it happen before.
Der Spiegel had an article on the five fallacies of the Obama economic
debacle plan. You can read the English version of Chancellor Merkel Visits the Debt President for the details, but here are the five fallacies:
- It's not as bad as it seems. The US amassed much more debt during World
War II, it is often said. That, though, is not true. According to
conservative forecasts, Obama's policies could end up being three times
as expensive as US expenditures during World War II.
- The money is part of an effort to resuscitate the crisis-plagued
economy and is thus serving a good purpose. The truth of the matter is
that the bulk of the borrowed money will be used to finance the normal
- When the crisis ends, borrowing will automatically fall. The truth is
that it could climb afterwards. The graying of American society creates
a new fiscal policy challenge for the country that so far hasn't been
reflected in any budget plan. According to calculations by the
International Monetary Fund, Washington would need to spend several
times more than it is now just to service current pension entitlements.
- The world believes that the US is borrowing money from capital markets.
It is often said that the Chinese and the Japanese will buy government
bonds. But the truth of the matter is that trust in the gravitas and
reliability of the United States has suffered to such a great degree
that fewer and fewer foreigners are purchasing its government bonds.
- The additional money is harmless because the economy is starting to
pull together again and there is no threat of inflation. The truth is
that the quiet on the inflation front is deceptive. The hot money is
accumulating in people's savings accounts and in the balance sheets of
banks that aren't keen to lend money at the moment. The supply of money
has increased by 45 percent in the last three years and there has not
been a corresponding rise in hard assets or production. That imbalance
will eventually make itself felt in the form of inflation.
In my opinion, if Obama succeeds in all of his spending (which it looks like he has), we will spend the next 40 years trying to get out from under it. As my mom, who is a lifelong Kennedy Democrat said to me this week "I don't think I'll live to see the economy recover from what Obama is doing, but I can damn well vote Republican in the coming elections." Now that is saying something.
Judging the success or failure of the stimulus spending has always been a difficult task. To evaluate it, you have to determine what would or could have happened had it not been implemented. That uncertainty allows both sides to play up the issue. The administration can say things would have been worse. The GOP can say things would have been better. It would seem a generous way to judge the stimulus' impact would be to evaluate it in terms of Obama's own projections.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at President Obama's proposed mortgage rescue plan and finds that it could create far more problems than it solves:
Obama yesterday announced his plan to prevent home foreclosures, saying
he wanted to be "very clear about what this plan will not do: It will
not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer
money after bad loans . . . And it will not reward folks who bought
homes they knew from the beginning they would never be able to afford."
really do wish he were right. In fact, the details released yesterday
suggest the President's plan will do all of the above. The plan will
help some struggling homeowners. But by investing in failure, the
Administration will also prolong the housing downturn and make
financing a home purchase more difficult for future borrowers.
Meanwhile, the plan isn't likely to slow the continuing decline in
The President's plan is predicated on the
false belief that everyone deserves to own a home. The fact is that not
everyone can afford to own a home. The efforts of Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac to make it easier for people to buy homes they could not
afford are at the heart of the current financial crisis. Unfortunately,
the President's plan does nothing to address this fundamental issue and
instead just prolongs the crisis and leaving taxpayers on the hook.
As CNBC's Rick Santelli correctly points out in this clip,
this is an example of government rewarding bad behavior. Unfortunately
it's the 92% of honest, hardworking Americans he refers to that will
pay the price.
There is a simple solution to the current political showdown in Washington over the stimulus bill – pass Obama's stimulus plan. Pres. Obama campaigned and won the election. The American people saw the policies he was proposing. With the election, they gave Obama and those policies a mandate. The only problem – Pres. Obama is no longer proposing the stimulus bill on which he campaigned and was elected.