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…
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.
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.