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We are right now living through Jimmy Carter’s second term if by some quirk of time travel we could go back to 1980 and reelect the vicious little peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia. From appeasement of Islamic radicals, waging an undeclared war on our friends, hamstringing our military, to excessive moralizing and sanctimony, high unemployment, no growth, inflation, and a hectoring style trying to tell us that our good days are behind us, Barack Hussein Obama is Jimmy Carter’s political son.
by Charles Hurt
It has taken three decades, but Americans are finally living through Jimmy Carter’s second term.
These are just the latest in a long line of nagging lectures. Already, we have been taught how we should sneeze into the crook of our arm. We need to drive less. And we need to caulk up those drafty houses of ours.
What ever happened to the soaring rhetoric and big bold ideas President Obama promised us in that historic election of his?
Is this what he meant by a new kind of politics? If so, no thanks. Oh, and it is not new. Jimmy already dragged us through all this once and we just barely survived it.
One of the most unpleasant things about Mr. Carter was the condescending disdain he could barely disguise for struggling Americans and their irritating malaise.
Increasingly, Jimmy Jr. is having difficulty concealing that very same disdain for us as the political winds around him turn hostile and all of his bright ideas lie fallow as nothing more than socialist hocus-pocus.
The problem with reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling, he explained in a long sermon, is that there is this huge wave of Republicans who won control of the House in the last election by promising not to raise any more taxes and to cut the absurd overspending that has driven this town for decades.
He bemoaned – in public – that these Republicans are more concerned about the “next election” rather than doing “what’s right for the country.” In other words, he is saying the honorable thing would be for these Republicans to ignore the expressed wishes of voters, break their campaign promises and raise taxes. Wow.
As if the whole problem of Washington spending us into oblivion is the fault of stingy taxpayers and stupid voters. And what we really need is Jimmy Jr., who knows what is best for us despite what we may think.
So when would these tax hikes that he is demanding take effect?
In 2013, well after Mr. Obama must face voters for re-election.
Lucky for us, it appears more and more unlikely every day that we will have to suffer through a third term of Jimmy Carter‘s.
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Michael Goodwin makes a good point that in listening to Obama’s speeches and press conferences, there is something of the movie “Groundhog Day” about it all. The same moralizing, stupid metaphors, immaturity, and barely concealed contempt for the American public seems to characterize it all. “There’s a novel campaign theme: Elect me because you’re too dumb to understand how smart I am.” lol!
by Michael Goodwin
When President Obama started talking at his news conference Monday, I listened intently for 15 minutes or so. Then I got fidgety as his half-truths about the debt grew into full-blown whoppers. As he droned on, I did something I never did before during an Obama appearance: I turned off the TV.
Enough. He is the Man Who Won’t Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him?
But for now, I will leave that unhappy duty to others. I am tired of Barack Obama. There’s nothing new there. His speeches are like “Groundhog Day.”
His presidency is a spectacular failure, his historic mandate squandered by adherence to leftist ideology and relentless partisanship. His policies are crushing the prospects for growth and dooming the hopes of 24 million Americans who are unemployed or working part-time.
Yet he is not going to change. He listens only to his own voice, which is why he has lost virtually his entire economic team.
The biggest media myth is that he is a centrist. Oh, please. It’s a theory without evidence, for there is not a single example on domestic issues where he voluntarily staked out a spot in the American middle.
Sure, on occasion, Obama will be to the right of the far, far left, but that is not the center. That just means he’s not Michael Moore.
That’s the subtext of the debt-ceiling talks and his press conference. He voted against raising the ceiling as a senator, calling the need for an increase a “failure.”
Now he is not embarrassed to demand a hike of about $2.5 trillion, and more hair of the spending-and-taxing dog. He reveals his belief that your money is really the government’s and it will decide how much you can keep. The only cut he is comfortable with is in the defense budget.
He says it’s time to “pull off the Band-Aid” and “eat our peas.” Translation: It’s time for Republicans to give him everything he wants. That’s his definition of being an adult and acting in the national interest.
In answering a question about a poll showing that two-thirds of voters don’t want the debt ceiling raised, he blew off 70 million Americans by saying they aren’t paying attention.
There’s a novel campaign theme: Elect me because you’re too dumb to understand how smart I am.
Harry Truman ran against a “Do-Nothing” Congress. Obama is running against a “Know-Nothing” nation.
Rodan Update: Here’s a video from 2008. We are now in 2011 and it was spot on!