Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Obama Speech: Light on the Contradictions

Reason Magazine exposed what no others have. Barack Obama's recent speech contained contradictions by, of, and by again, the President himself. For all to see, if they'd only look beyond the style to the content.

By the way, recognizing such in no way accepts that John McCain or a Republican President would have done anything differently (other than upon expiration of the Bush tax cuts, signing an executive order to continue them)

None of the above were acceptable as leaders at any time in our nation's history. All accept participation in the United Nations, expansion of world involvement and the globalist approach to merging economies of different nations, and a host of other matters. There is no difference between the two majority parties.

It is odd that Matt Welch poses he believes Obama is being sincere about being President of all the people.

If that's so why does he bash those making over whatever amount he stipulates is a bit too much out of the 'common' people domain - why should they be penalized for becoming educated and entering an industry where earnings amount into the six-figures?

Other than that, Welch scores with his analysis of President Obama's speech.

The site is a cruel joke - if it ever really does what is promised it will do - watch the money flow to wherever - it's cruel to enable the public a watchful eye without any ability or recourse to stop the flow anywhere in or outside of the United States by citizen protest.

Transparency and accountability. Uhhuh. Watch us spend what we don't have, what we have to borrow (China please, please loan us the dough) or print (keep on doing what you do best Federal Reserve).

Watch and what can you do about it if you don't like where the money is going you ignorant serfs.

Oh and where will all the 'saved' jobs be 'listed?'

That's right, Obama promises the stimulus money will not only create a certain amount of jobs but save existing jobs. So, which state, which locale and most importantly what specific job that otherwise would be eliminated will be saved by a specific amount of stimulus money?

We challenge the site to provide those specifics.

New Website Lets Consumers Track Stimulus Spending

Don't forget the waiver clause, now that's real accountability.

WAIVER.-The Board may exclude posting contractual or other information on the website on a case
by-case basis when necessary to protect national security or to protect information that is not subject to disclosure under sections 552 and 552a of title 5, United States Code.

And we can't wait to see all the money that goes to No Child Left Behind Act grants received by some notable children's television programming. Yep, saved jobs in that let-the-free-market-decide industry.

Net the Truth Online

The Two Faces of Barack Obama
A president contradicts himself all night long
Matt Welch | February 25, 2009

...All night long, with equally sonorous vigor, he served up confident assertions, only to state moments later, with equal conviction, their near opposite...

Better! Stronger! Crippled for a decade!

After detailing some clean-energy advancements in China, Germany, Japan, and Korea, the president averred, "Well, I do not accept"—there's that self-referencing again—"a future where the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders." A few paragraphs later, however, zero-sum gave way to kumbaya: "The world depends on us to have a strong economy, just as our economy depends on the strength of the world's." Just don't you get strong by producing clean energy, Koreans!

It was like this all night. The president's stimulus package "will save or create 3.5 million jobs." One of those, anyway! His administration has "created a new website called so that every American can find out how and where their money is being spent," unless they try to use it to find out how and where their money is being spent. Importantly, Obama vowed to "act with the full force of the federal government to ensure that the major banks that Americans depend on have enough confidence and enough money to lend even in more difficult times," a pledge he took so seriously that later on he stressed, twice, that "it's not about helping banks—it's about helping people."

The contradictions came flying even in his read-my-lips moment: "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year," he said, "you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime." But as recently as the previous paragraph the president vowed to "restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas." And a few paragraphs before that, he called for a "market-based cap on carbon pollution." So: You will not see your federal taxes increased a single dime...unless you own a company that emits carbon or hires some of those dastardly Koreans.

The two faces of Obama reveal more than just a man hard-wired to work both sides of a room. There is an essential contradiction at the heart of his populist economics...

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