Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone’s Blistering WSJ Oped

In case you haven’t read this epic Obama smack-down yet, (it came out yesterday), I’ll get you started:

Although I was glad that you answered a question of mine at the Sept. 20 town-hall meeting you hosted in Washington, D.C., Mr. President, I must say that the event seemed more like a lecture than a dialogue. For more than two years the country has listened to your sharp rhetoric about how American businesses are short-changing workers, fleecing customers, cheating borrowers, and generally “driving the economy into a ditch,” to borrow your oft-repeated phrase.

My question to you was why, during a time when investment and dynamism are so critical to our country, was it necessary to vilify the very people who deliver that growth? Instead of offering a straight answer, you informed me that I was part of a “reckless” group that had made “bad decisions” and now required your guidance, if only I’d stop “resisting” it.

I’m sure that kind of argument draws cheers from the partisan faithful. But to my ears it sounded patronizing. Of course, one of the chief conceits of centralized economic planning is that the planners know better than everybody else.

But there’s a much deeper problem than whether I am personally irked or not. Your insistence that your policies are necessary and beneficial to business is utterly at odds with what you and your administration are saying elsewhere. You pick a fight with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of using foreign money to influence congressional elections, something the chamber adamantly denies. Your U.S. attorney in New York, Preet Bahrara, compares investment firms to Mexican drug cartels and says he wants the power to wiretap Wall Street when he sees fit. And you drew guffaws of approving laughter with your car-wreck metaphor, recently telling a crowd that those who differ with your approach are “standing up on the road, sipping a Slurpee” while you are “shoving” and “sweating” to fix the broken-down jalopy of state.

That short-sighted wavering—between condescending encouragement one day and hostile disparagement the next—creates uncertainty that, as any investor could tell you, causes economic paralysis. That’s because no one can tell what to expect next.

Okay, that’s all I can post, here  – read the rest at the WSJ.

The reason  Obama is perceived to be wavering all over the map is because he’s a different man to different audiences. He adjusts his persona to whatever audience he’s speaking to, or whatever agenda he’s pushing that day. His true political philosophy, of course, can’t be openly disclosed to the masses.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Which reminds me…

America’s Survival “Unmasking the Progressives” National Conference

Location: First Amendment Lounge

“Unmasking the Progressives” National Conference

The public policy group, America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI), announces a pre-Halloween special: a national conference on “Unmasking the Progressives.” The free once-in-a-lifetime event will cover the politically incorrect topic of “Marxism in America.” The all-day event will be held on Thursday, October 21, at the National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The conference is sponsored and hosted by ASI and its president, veteran journalist Cliff Kincaid.

Topics and speakers will include:

• Bringing Terrorists to Justice by Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground.

• Paul Kengor on his new book, Dupes, and Obama’s communist mentor.

• Inside a Weather Underground bomb factory, a video interview with former FBI agent Max Noel, who investigated Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

• Anti-communist researcher Trevor Loudon, who broke the Frank Marshall Davis and Van Jones stories.

• The “Bad History” of Communist “historian” Howard Zinn.
• The just-released FBI file of gay rights founder and Communist Party member Harry Hay.

Contact info at the site if you’d care to attend.

See also:

So what’s the Tides’ first tendency? As befits a bunch of Marxist whackjobs, it’s to silence free speech. Not sue Beck for libel, I suppose, because they’d get laughed out of court. But to intimidate Beck’s advertisers in order to squelch his message.
Linked by Michelle Malkin, Doug Ross, and Pirates Cove, thanks!


The Tea Party Express IV

Liberty at the Ballot Box! Tour

This 4th Tea Party Express tour starts on October 18th with a rally in Reno, and ends  in Concord, New Hampshire on November 1, 2010 – the day before the big Mid-Term elections.

From the Tea Party Express website:

“You, the politicians in Washington, have failed We The People with your bailouts, out-of-control deficit spending, government takeovers of sectors of the economy, Cap & Trade, government-run health care, and higher taxes! If you thought we were just going to quietly go away, or that this tea party movement would be just a passing fad, you were mistaken. We’re taking our country back!”

I hear, (via email) that America’s toughest, (and Obama DOJ target) Sheriff Joe Arpaio will join the Tea Parties in Las Vegas and Phoenix:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Joins the Tea Party Express
Will Speak at Rallies in Las Vegas, NV & Phoenix, AZ

Here are the details on the two rallies that “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will be speaking at:


Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

9151 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89123


State Capitol Grounds by the flagpole

1700 West Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ

This marks the 4th national Tea Party Express bus tour.  More VIP guests and celebrities for various tour stops and rallies will be announced in the coming days.

If a reporter or news organization is interested in embedding for either part or all of the way along the tour route, please contact Communications Director Levi Russell at:  Levi@FrontLineStrat.com ASAP to try to confirm one of the last remaining seats.


More from the Tea Party Express:

The “Tea Party Express” theme song – after only 2 days of release – has started topping the music charts on SoundClick, where it was first released.  The song features Ron & Kay Rivoli, Lloyd Marcus, and Diana Nagy.  All four of us will be performing it at rallies for the upcoming Tea Party Express tour.  You can listen to the song FOR FREE – HERE.

In fact, the song has jumped to #3 on the Country Music chart there alone (you can see that chart – HERE).


Announcing This Week’s 10 Buck Friday Winner: Congratulations Ruth McClung!

I was pulling for this lady! McClung is a physicist, not a career politician, and based on recent polling, she has a more than good chance of beating Raul (Tarantula face) Grijalva even in the heavily Hispanic Arizona 7 . It turns out that supporting a boycott against your own state is not a smart political move, go figure.

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