“I am my brother’s keeper.”
It’s kind of hard to attribute that quote. I could either attribute it to a dozen or so Ayn Rand villains who at the time I first read her books appeared to be farcically overblown caricatures of a philosophy she was fighting against—an embodiment of collectivism, slavery, oppression, evil, an echo of the rhetoric of Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, that our lives belong to others and the individual is nothing. Or, you know, I could accurately attribute it to President, and asshole-in-chief, Barack Obama.
I want to deal with the quote above…but before I do I need to deal with all the other lies and rank idiocy in his speech before I drive the dagger home in to the heart of the darkness that is Obama’s vision of America.
Okay, but before we dig into the details of this heart of darkness and lies, let’s take a simple look at the stupidity he’s been hyping for the last few weeks. The Buffett Rule. If you’re reading this blog you probably already know that the Buffett Rule is a joke. Appropriately it is named after a man whose company has evaded paying its taxes for years and done so with impunity because of its connections to Washington. The rule, a fancy name for an increase in capital gains taxes on the richest Americans, would according to conservatives raise only about $40 Billion a year…but liberals say it will raise a whopping $50 Billion a year. And when you’re running a Trillion Dollar plus deficit every year that will make up for maybe 5% of the deficit (less really because you’ll see it bring in less and less with every year as investment dries up). And it will further encourage people to not bother investing. So in other words it doesn’t even begin to solve the problem, it only appeases the Occupy schmucks by making it look like you’re sticking it to rich people. Further it stops businesses from investing as much (they will probably hoard more now as they become afraid of even more being taken) and allows government to throw away more on useless causes!
In the speech where he states he’s his brother’s keeper…you begin to see exactly why outside of playing to his base, who seem to believe what he says, he will not be able to actually run on his record. His listing off his accomplishments is a list of lies and denials of reality peppered with stupidity and idiocy. I’m only going to go over it in general…if you want to waste your time the full text is here.
(By the way, is it standard to always include applause in White House speech transcript? Because if it is, then every president is just pathetic, if it’s just Obama, pathetic doesn’t even begin to cover it.) it would be standard in any transcript to not the pause for applause – what we do not know is if it is like television where they put up signs and let you know when to applaud and also add laugh/applause tracks??
He goes on forever about “change” in a string of lies and perversions. He brags about “fair pay act” for women that will help only trial lawyers and hurt everyone else (regardless of gender) He talks about the auto bailout as a good thing and not an attempt to have the government assert control over industry, and set precedent for breaking contract law…not to mention preventing the whole industry from actually recovering by allowing the creative destruction all economic growth is dependant on. He actually said that he signed legislation that “saves the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump. That’s what change is.” Which will do wonders for the 50K in debt they’re going to have to go in just to get through this summer’s outrageous gas prices caused by Obama’s bad domestic policy, bad corporate policy, bad energy policy, and bad foreign policy. He brags about nationalizing the student loan industry as if further causing the insane inflation of college tuition is a good thing. He touted the Obamacare as change for the better…because Obama is clearly either mentally insane or mentally challenged. He gives himself credit for ending don’t ask don’t tell…when he did nothing, when Democrats did nothing when it could hurt them, and only passed it in a lame duck session…showing that they didn’t believe in it so much as believed in pissing off social conservatives…if they really believed in it they would have done it sooner rather than later. “Change is the fact that for the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq.” A bold face lie as we still have people in Iraq….and again he patted himself on the back for taking that brave stand that I’m sure all 43 other president (and most of their opponents) would have taken in the same position and ordered Bin Laden’s hit. Then, my favorite lie about his accomplishments “Our economy is getting stronger. The recovery is accelerating.” Exactly what figures is he using to justify this statement? The fact that real unemployment is unspeakably high? The fact that Bernake clearly has never read anything by the Chicago or Austrian school and is inflating our money to near worthlessness? This inflation being worsened by the stifling rules of regulation? Barry I know the a man who’s power you clearly envy and want said “The bigger the lie the more people will believe it” but even if you fool your idiot voters into believing it, it still doesn’t even come close to making it true…and I have my doubts that the majority of the American public is going to believe your pathologic lying more than their own wallet.
“We’ve got to make sure that the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in Asia, not in Europe, but in factories of Detroit and Pittsburgh and Cleveland. […]I want us to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas — reward companies that are investing right here in the United States of America.” First, I’m glad that Obama and Rick Santorum are on the same page of “we need to focus on manufacturing” because clearly it’s 1870 and this is the future of America…you know let’s just ignore Gates and Jobs and every other expert in economics and industry that says the future of America is in high-end technical and information jobs…no clearly low education, low skill jobs of manufacturing are our future. And yes we want to prevent jobs from going overseas…because if they did it might actually improve the economies of third world nations, bring stability, prosperity, and markets that are buying the high-tech stuff that only we can produce…no, no we can’t have that. And I love how we’re “rewarding” companies for leaving, not, you know, punishing them with high taxes, high regulation, complete devotion to unions and corruption on our part…no it’s that they’re rewarded for leaving…because the laws of capitalism don’t stop no matter how hard you want them to.
Near the end of his speech he goes into some other stupid statements. “I want to make our schools the envy of the world.” You just don’t want to do what is necessary, like not only stop giving into the teacher’s union but actually working to gut them of their anti-education pro-corruption pro-incompetence stances. I don’t see you stopping the obscene amount of waste that is passed off as professional development. The useless bureaucracy. The lack of school choice. The lack of nation wide standards. The massive drain in money, time, and energy caused by educating the children of illegal immigrants. You don’t seem to want to deal with any of the real problems. You just want to raise union salaries, yes I’m sure throwing money at it will solve the problem.
“An economy built to last is one that supports scientists and researchers and science.” But again I don’t see you doing anything to protect intellectual property rights and royalties. I don’t see you doing anything to encourage discovery by lowering useless regulations. I don’t see you doing anything but funneling money to your supporters into scams like Solyndra. I wonder what we’re going to find your kickback on that was in 10 years?
“I want our businesses and our people to have access to the best roads and the best airports, faster high-speed rail and Internet access.” Okay, take away the regulations and let them build it themselves. If they need it they’ll build it.
And then there is this utter lack of economic knowledge.
“The American story is not just about what we do on our own. Yes, we’re rugged individualists and we expect personal responsibility, and everybody out there has got to work hard and carry their weight. But we also have always understood that we wouldn’t win the race for new jobs and businesses and middle-class security if we were just applying some you’re-on-your-own economics. It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked. It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression. It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade. We just tried this. What they’re peddling has been tried. It did not work.”
First, moron, the phrase is carry “their OWN weight” emphasis on the own. You seem to suggest we need to carry the weight of others, and I’ll get to how unspeakably evil that is in the next blog, but for now let’s just say that in addition to being morally reprehensible it shows no knowledge of how people act. And actually it is competition, survival of the fittest, and you win or you lose on your own economics that has worked throughout all of human history. When there is no competition there is no need to keep prices low and quality high (just look at the POS’s Government Motors puts out). And jackass it did work in the 20’s. What didn’t work is government interference at the first sign of a problem (see the collective work of Milton Friedman, especially A Monetary History of the United States or The Forgotten Man by Shlaes…but I get the feeling Obama’s understanding doesn’t go beyond the childish Keynes and Krugman)…and, uh, I don’t think we can call the first decade of the this century a decade of capitalism. When the president raises entitlements and Congress continues to try and rig whole markets, inflating prices to beyond unsafe levels (not to mention a buildup of decades of corporate welfare, Democrats and Republicans are to blame). No what caused our problems from this last decade was, oh, gee, guess what, over spending! Over regulation in the wrong sectors. Under regulations in the wrong sectors! You know Obamanomics-lite! In your weekend address you like to point out that the 90’s was a time of economic prosperity…and stupidly you said it was because taxes were high? Which not only begs the questions did he miss the GOP reigning in a little spending or welfare reforms (two things that will only happen if Obama is removed from office come January) … no it was only taxes. conversely let’s look at the last time Obama’s economics were tried…the Carter years. When unemployment and inflation were high…wait that sounds familiar.
Okay I could keep going but it should be obvious that A. I’m angry at Obama’s incompetence B. Obama is incompetence defined when it comes to economics (and regulation, and taxation, and foreign policy, and ….you get the idea), C. 4 more years of this dipshit will leave us a third world nation…I don’t need some grand conspiracy theory that he’s a socialist trying to destroy this country to believe that, I just need his absolute idiocy tempered by his raging ego.