American Elephants


Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste! by The Elephant's Child
March 16, 2009, 9:24 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Global Warming | Tags: , , ,

Here’s British columnist Janet Daley writing in The Telegraph, exposing the effort to make an “opportunity” out of the present financial crisis:

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama — who gives the impression of being considerably out of his depth in the economic maelstrom — talks of an “opportunity” to “reorganize our priorities.” He gave a major speech last week in which he actually seemed to suggest that the present crisis had been caused by America’s failure to develop a universal health care system and to attend to the impending environmental disaster of global warming (“we made the wrong choices”), and that by focusig on these matters a way can be found out of the country’s economic problems.

Is he quite mad?  Does he really believe that the banking crisis and the recession were some kind of divine retribution for the absence of universal health care, and excessive carbon emissions?

You can read the whole article here, and another from the same author.



Obama’s message machine launches a new war. You are not supposed to disagree with Obama! by The Elephant's Child

The White House, beginning Sunday, will harness every part of the Democratic Party’s machinery to defend the indefensible.  They will defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.

A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats’ silly message that Rush Limbaugh is the Republican party leader.  “We have exhausted the use of Rush as an attention-getter,” the official said.

O.K. I added a bit of editorial comment there.   The Democrats have majorities in both houses of Congress.  They can pass pretty much what they want to, but some Democrats are rapidly losing enthusiasm, and at least Republicans know what is damaging to the country.

Democrats  plan to hammer the idea that Republicans are just saying “no” to the president’s budget plans without offering their own alternative. Hmmph.  Seems to me that we have loudly been offering alternatives for some time.  Like suggesting that trying to do everything at once was a poor idea.  Or indicating that health care, energy, the environment and education are all hugely expensive policies that will involve not only vast costs, but will raise taxes on everyone — in the middle of a recession.  Very bad idea.  A cap-and-trade policy alone is estimated to raise every family’s energy costs by over $300 a month.  Contrary to claims, health care will not save money — even Obama’s budget director has said that it will be far more expensive than it has been portrayed.

The permanent campaign is ratcheting up.  All those folks who gave Obama their email address will be asked to pledge their support.  Perhaps they haven’t heard that Obama’s budget calls for the largest deficit in U.S. history and a doubling of the national debt to $23 trillion by 2019.  The message is designed to distract from the size of the budget, and by trying to smear Republicans with “political motivation” they hope to keep wavering Democrats on the party line.

New ads will call “No Responsibility”, but how can anyone claim that trillions in new spending is responsible?  The budget spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much, and does way too many of the wrong things.




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