“You can’t expect people to unite behind you if you’re trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat” –investor and Obama supporter Warren Buffett
***When, by the way, did supporting a president and supporting his policies become mutually exclusive? (Answer: When the president is a Democrat, apparently.)
I’m not saying one must agree with everything a president puts forth, across the board; that’s ridiculous. But it’s also ridiculous to foresee further economic calamity as a result of your guy’s policies and still support him. At this point, the man and the actions behind the man are pretty much the same thing. Why not just hold him into account? And there’s nothing wrong with this: It’s the way the founding fathers set this place up. We’re supposed to be continually skeptical; it holds everyone accountable, including the guy on top—and ESPECIALLY the guy on top. (Democrats love doing this, by the way. Recall the whole, “I support the troops, just not the war” thing.)
I actually just think we need to scrap the whole failure argument altogether—it’s a complete waste of time.***
I’ve noticed a trend lately of Obama supporters listing off key Obama policies as imprudent or unwise, especially during this economic recession, but then going on to say that they support the man. Fine. But, I–Lindy–am asking, Why did you vote for the man in the first place? If these people are disagreeing with cap and trade, union card check, taking issue with Obama’s condemnation of corporate jet use, don’t like the whole “take advantage of crisis” strategy, and criticize Obama’s stimulus bill, why are they not being called out for hoping Obama fails? Interesting little byplay.
Warren Buffet was on CNBC’s squawk box two mornings ago, and proceeded to systematically disagree with most of Obama’s key policy issues. Here’s the transcript.
It’s quite incredible, really. And it boils down to one thing: Partisanship.
Anyway, let’s move on to an article by liberal Salon columnist Camille Paglia, who likens the Obama White House’s treatment of Rush Limbaugh to a rowdy bunch of drunken frat boys. Ouch.
Some excerpts from her latest, “Heads should roll” (my emphases):
Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.
Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)
First it was that chaotic pig rut of a stimulus package, which let House Democrats throw a thousand crazy kitchen sinks into what should have been a focused blueprint for economic recovery. Then it was the stunt of unnerving Wall Street by sending out a shrill duo of slick geeks (Timothy Geithner and Peter Orszag) as the administration’s weirdly adolescent spokesmen on economics. Who could ever have confidence in that sorry pair?
And then there was the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which was evidently lacking the most basic elements of ceremony and protocol. Don’t they read the “Iliad” anymore in the Ivy League? Check that out for the all-important ritual of gift giving, which has cemented alliances around the world for 5,000 years.
President Obama — in whom I still have great hope and confidence — has been ill-served by his advisors and staff. Yes, they have all been blindsided and overwhelmed by the crushing demands of the presidency. But I continue to believe in citizen presidents, who must learn by doing, even in a perilous age of terrorism. Though every novice administration makes blunders and bloopers, its modus operandi should not be a conspiratorial reflex cynicism.
Case in point: The orchestrated attack on radio host Rush Limbaugh, which has made the White House look like an oafish bunch of drunken frat boys. I returned from carnival in Brazil (more on that shortly) to find the Limbaugh affair in full flower. Has the administration gone mad? This entire fracas was set off by the president himself, who lowered his office by targeting a private citizen by name. Limbaugh had every right to counterattack, which he did with gusto. Why have so many Democrats abandoned the hallowed principle of free speech? Limbaugh, like our own liberal culture hero Lenny Bruce, is a professional commentator who can be as rude and crude as he wants.
And I’m sick of people impugning Rush’s wealth and lifestyle, which is no different from that of another virtuoso broadcaster who hit it big — Oprah Winfrey. Rush Limbaugh is an embodiment of the American dream: He slowly rose from obscurity to fame on the basis of his own talent and grit. Every penny Rush has earned was the result of his rapport with a vast audience who felt shut out and silenced by the liberal monopoly of major media.
And the attack on Limbaugh was just that: An orchestrated, systematic attack, explicitly authorized by the White House. On a private citizen who was just speaking his mind. Wow.
Ms. Paglia persists, still, in holding Obama outside the fray, completely untouchable and unbesmirched by the cesspool that has surrounded him from day one. And that’s what has happened with Obama all through the campaign, as well. He is, for some reason, untouchable. Is it because he’s black, and people are afraid of criticizing him for fear of being deemed racist? Is it because people are afraid of him and his Chicago/Alinsky-style tactics? What is it? No one else on the planet seems to have this luxury. Will it turn, I wonder? It’s not good for someone to have a “king complex,” especially the POTUS. We all need some accountability.
Anyways, it’s a beautiful, sunny, frigid morning. But I continually think about the inevitability of spring. It will be here at some point or another. But my reservoir of indoor children’s activities is rapidly depleting. We are now in the era of balloons. One can do any number of things with the latex phenomenon, including making balloon pictures on the wall using static electricity, filling them with popcorn kernels and batting them around, popping them, playing volleyball with them. But even that is getting old. We need some warmer weather.
Damn global warming.
UPDATE: Back to the whole failure thing: It is worth noting the utter hypocrisy that Democrats are showing, here. Are we supposed to believe that they hoped Bush would succeed? Really?
James Carville–one of the men behind the attack on Limbaugh for saying he wanted Obama’s socialist policies to fail–actually hoped for Bush to fail on the morning of 9/11: James Carville wanted Bush to fail on 9/11
More, Larry Elder: Democrats wanted Bush to Fail
Obama’s socialist policies spell the END of America as we know it. At this point, the success of our country depends upon the failure of his socialist agenda.