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No, Don’t Fool America Twice
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No, Don’t Fool America Twice

By Alan Caruba
[Image: Alan-Caruba-125x.jpg]Alan Caruba
Washington, DC -- Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
It’s a cliché but a true one.
After
you have learned someone cannot be trusted, continuing to trust him is
not just naiveté, but delusional. It is also quite common.
I am a
few weeks shy of my 75th birthday and in my lifetime I do not recall a
single speech more filled with demagoguery, division, and deception than
the concoction of lies uttered by President Obama. But he does deliver a
speech extraordinarily well.
Quote:What we need now, however, is not more speeches, but solutions.
Consider
Obama’s usual snake oil that was on display in his acceptance speech
Thursday evening. It was truly a masterful act of deception. “The path we offer may be harder, but it leaders to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future.”
Four more years of high unemployment? Four more years of an economy
growing so slowly it barely qualifies as a recovery? A convention during
which the national debt hit sixteen trillion dollars? Is that really “the path” any sensible person would choose?
His
2012 acceptance speech was full of the last three years of math
trickery and unfulfilled promises. Not mentioned is that the Making Work
Pay tax credit, a payroll tax cut, has been allowed to expire.
Everyone’s taxes will increase next year. The Washington Post awarded him “two pinocchios” for his tax cut claims.
Should
it come as any surprise that Obama was nominated by former President
Bill Clinton who told a real whopper? He said that no previous president
had ever been able to overcome the financial mess Obama keeps telling
us he “inherited” when in fact President Ronald Reagan faced a
similar daunting challenge, a recession left behind by Jimmy Carter and,
within three years, began the turnaround of the economy that was
historic compared to the floundering of Franklin D. Roosevelt who
actually prolonged the Great Depression from 1933 to 1945.
It is instructive to go back to Obama’s equally vaporous and vacuous promises during his 2008 acceptance speech because he repeated many of them.
In 2008 he said, “Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working for less.”
Well, yes, and he could have said that again last night because, during
the last four years, unemployment has climbed to historic heights with
an estimated 23 million Americans worse off than they were when he took
office. Obama’s “path” has been more than forty months of unemployment
at an office eight percent or more, but for blacks, Hispanics and the
nation’s youth, it is far higher.
Quote:Are we better off today than in 2008? The answer is no.
In 2008 Obama cited our ills, but said “These challenges are not all of government’s making.” Well, yes, they were!
The
financial crisis that occurred in 2008 was the oft-predicted failure of
Congress’s housing policies going back to FDR’s era when Fannie Mae and
later Freddie Mac were created with the promise that everyone could own
a home, but not then, nor now was that ever possible except for the
pressures—particularly in recent years—on banks to make bad loans they
knew could not be paid. They then sold them to the two
government-sponsored agencies who, at the time of the collapse, owned
fifty percent of all home mortgages! The federal government was forced
to seize control of both and to pump more money into both.
Obama’s answer, however, was that it was —wait for it—
George W. Bush’s fault; the same President who strove to get Congress
to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and to address the changes needed
to reform and save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
The 2008 acceptance speech was replete with goals —promises made—
such as achieving in ten years an end to our dependence on oil from the
Middle East. That was perhaps the most deceitful promise in the light
of the way his administration arbitrarily shut down drilling in the Gulf
a Mexico after the BP accident and has thwarted all oil exploration and
drilling on federally owned lands and offshore where our nation’s
coasts hold billion of barrels of untapped oil and billions of cubic
feet of natural gas..
Instead, the Obama administration pursued “investments
in the least productive sources of electricity, solar and wind,
squandering billions as one solar company after another went bankrupt
leaving the taxpayers to pick up the tab. Both solar and wind require
backup by traditional coal-fired, natural gas, hydro-electric, and
nuclear power plants to ensure a steady source of electricity, but the
Obama administration has openly waged a war on coal mining and
coal-fired power generation.
To promise that cars will go twice as
far on a single gallon of gas is to defy the laws of physics. There is a
finite amount of power in a gallon of gas and no amount of engineering
can increase it. What can and is decreased is the safety of the car and
its occupants in an accident.
Quote:And for all his talk
about jobs, this President thwarted the building of the Keystone XL
pipeline that would have created an estimated 20,000 jobs and who
admitted that there were far fewer “shovel ready” jobs than he thought.
In the process, billions in so-called stimulus money were wasted.
“I will only send our troops in harm’s way with a clear mission…”
and so he increased troop strength in Afghanistan, a totally stalemated
war, and announced the date the U.S. would leave! And was there a clear
mission in Libya where Obama choose to “lead from behind” NATO to
affect the overthrow of Gaddafi? As for the end of the war in Iraq, the
withdrawal of troops had been negotiated by the Bush administration
before Obama took office.
With the exception of the assassination
of Osama bin Laden, the Taliban are still active in Afghanistan and will
reclaim that nation when NATO forces leave. Al Qaeda has been
diminished to an unknown extent but the Islamic holy war against the
West will continue.
Obama’s approach to Iran has been an
embarrassment and a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the West
because he has shown no resolve beyond useless UN “sanctions.”
And
the 2012 Democratic Party convention had to restore a platform plank
acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to mention God.
Delegates booed that!
To suggest as he did that “climate change”, the code word for “global warming”
is not a hoax is to ignore the greatest hoax of the modern era, one
which his EPA uses to justify more and more and more regulation to
strangle manufacturing and business in America. Mankind has nothing to
do with the planet’s climate. The cycles of the Sun does that.
To
suggest that taxing a few millionaires will cure the budget deficit is a
lie as America borrows more and pays more interest on an hourly basis
while the national debt has reached $16 trillion; more than the value of
all the goods and services this nation created and provided this year.
The U.S. is broke and living off its credit card. We must restore fiscal
sanity.
In one issue after another, in 2008 Obama skated by them
with the oily rhetoric of a snake oil salesman and in 2012 he did the
same, essentially offering the same failed policies, often using the
same words.
He promised a lot of change, along with a lot of hope.
The only hope left for most Americans is that the November 6th
elections will remove him from office and ensure that both the Senate
and House empower Congress to begin the work of real recovery from his
failed policies, programs, and promises.
Quote:He fooled
a lot of voters in 2008, aided in no small degree by a worshipful
mainstream media. In 2012, Americans must not be fooled again!
c Alan Caruba, 2012
About:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs”
his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs.
If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.
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