By Alan Caruba
Having been around since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt, I have seen twelve Presidents come and go prior to the $160 million coronation of Barack Hussein Obama.
I have got to tell you this guy scares the heck out of me.
I am used to guys like Harry Truman who, when the job was done, got on the train and went home without any fanfare. He was so broke Congress had to vote him a pension so he could afford to buy postage stamps. He turned away offers to sit on the boards of corporations because, as he put it, he wasn’t President anymore and he wasn’t going to sell the title for a few bucks. It’s called integrity.
It’s not that we haven’t had our scary Presidents before. Nixon scared me because he just looked like a creep. In fact, CREEP, the Committee to Re-Elect the President, was the actual name of the group that got him his second term. Unknown to the rest of was another group working out of the White that was called “The Plumbers.” You can read about it in the dozens of books that were written about the Watergate scandal, most of them by Woodward and Bernstein who have dined out on it ever since and several by the perpetrators themselves.
Carter gave me the creeps, too. He was barely halfway through his term in office before a whole bunch of people came to the same conclusion and then we all had to wait around to get rid of him and get our diplomatic hostages back from Iran.
Reagan, God bless him, made us all proud to be Americans. He wasn’t a saint, but he sure was a happy warrior. He was so good at it the Russians pretty much threw in the towel.
I’m going to give both of the Bush’s a pass because they have been so beat upon that it would be gratuitous to say anything. Let history do that and my bet is it will be a lot kinder than that howling, raving pack of liberals that want to blame them for everything short of the War of 1812.
Obama is a whole different creature. He’s half black and half white. He spent the early part of his life being raised by a Muslim stepfather in Indonesia. His actual father was from Kenya where he had another wife, was Muslim, and ended up dying in a drunken car crash because he had blown a promising career. Later Obama’s mother divorced and came home, handed the kid off to be raised by her parents, and, well, who knows?
We’re supposed to know a lot about Obama because he wrote, before the age of 50, two books about himself. Two! Then, after getting elected Senator from the great State of Illinois where everything is strictly on the up-and-up (like Minnesota), he decided he’d rather spend his time running for President before even serving half of his first term!
His mission, he kept telling us was to "change" D.C. so that all those lobbyists weren’t running everything and only people with impeccable resumes would solve the great problems of our times. Only he picked most of his administration from the failed Clinton debacle (saved only when voters put Republicans in charge of Congress) and, it turns out, a whole bunch of former lobbyists! Plus a couple of tax cheats.
By the end of his first two weeks, Obama was so punch-drunk from the reality of being President, he and the wife snuck out of the White House to go read stories to second graders. Never mind that his predecessor, George W. Bush, found out about the 9/11 attacks doing the very same thing!
Obama doesn’t think that cutting payroll or corporate taxes will get us out of the present crisis. Instead, he wants to blow a trillion dollars on what everybody knows is pure political pork. Meanwhile governors, mayors, and everybody else are lining up to get a piece of the Great American Taxpayer Handout Jamboree!
History tells us that Obama’s “solutions” are the same failed ones that FDR tried. Ten years after the Crash of ‘29, they still weren’t working and the soup kitchen lines were around the corner and down several blocks. Yet, in a February 5 opinion published in The Washington Post, he said “the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems” was “misguided”, adding that “I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.”
No, just barely over 50% of the voters elected him and, as usual, some 50% of all those eligible to vote stayed home. So there’s no overwhelming mandate for change. The election was a vote to blame George W. Bush for all our current problems when, in fact, Congress gave its blessing to his agenda, rarely opposing any of it including the Iraq war. Bush had warned against the disastrous actions of Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae, but Congress refused to listen.
Obama’s acolytes keep babbling about “green jobs” and a “green economy” when the only kind of green anyone wants to see is a paycheck that can be turned into greenbacks.
His Washington Post opinion promised “more than three million jobs over the next two years” but neglects to mention that most would be government jobs. The claim is absurd. The demand for quick action echoes the same demand by former Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, when he asked for $700 billion in bail-out money. Half of it is now largely unaccounted for and word from Capitol Hill is that they overpaid for a lot of whatever it was they purchased.
Meanwhile, Obama also called for “energy independence”, decrying “Our dependence on foreign oil" and calling for wasting more money on “renewable energy” (solar, wind and ethanol). No nation on Earth is or can be energy independent. We import the bulk of our oil from Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela, along with Saudi Arabia. We have billions of barrels of our own oil, but Congress will not allow companies to drill for it.
At last count fourteen ethanol producers had filed for bankruptcy and the use of corn for fuel had driven up the cost of food and feed stocks around the world. His “solutions” are stupid.
He’s surrounded himself with loonies that want to take away our guns, that think coal-fired plants to generate electricity are evil (they provide over 50% of all the electricity!), wants Detroit to make cars that no one wants to buy, and to make nice with Iran while they kick sand in his face.
This guy is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. To be charitable, let’s give him a whole month in the White House and then find a way to impeach and remove him.