American Elephants

Short of Campaign Funds? Desperation Sets In? by The Elephant's Child

The Obama campaign has been complaining that Romney may raise more money than Obama this time around.  Obama completed his 150th “campaign event” last week, which is more fund-raisers than those of all recent presidents put together.  Aside from that, many campaign trips are anchored by a trip to a manufacturer of solar panels or other manufacturer so that he can call the trip “official business” and the taxpayers get the bill.

They have a wide array of designer created Obama merchandise for sale, to raise money. And there are the regular auctions of “dinner with the Obamas,” and all the fancy $40,000 a plate events at the homes of the glitterati, and I guess he’s still coming up short.

But this one takes the cake. Getting married? Big wedding? Birthday? Tell your friends to skip the presents and send the money to the Obama Event Registry. Support the President on your Big Day. Can it get more tacky than this? 
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Obama Unintentionally Reveals His Failure to Understand His Country. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama is back on the campaign fundraising tour, in San Francisco today, and self revealing in ways that he perhaps did not understand. Here’s how abc News described the event:

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a painful era of self-reliance in America.

OMG! Self-reliance! Well, lets parse that sentence. At a million-dollar fundraiser, the supporters have to pony up a big check just to get in the door. These are not the folks who are “recession-battered.” They are Obama’s favorite “fat cats.”And how revealing that Obama sees self-reliance as “painful” and a bad thing.

He is living in a world where the money is government money, and he— the God-like being in charge of it all, running America like he owns it— will, as David Freddoso described it  “behind a thin veneer of concern about average Americans, display aggressive favoritism to the groups that got him elected.  This favoritism comes at average Americans’ expense, and at the expense of government integrity and effectiveness.”

So Obama is trying to play the class-envy game by claiming that the Republican idea that government spending is the primary problem, is a hands-off approach harmful to middle class families who deserve government help. And yet all that spending  that cannot be cut  has come from middle class taxpayers, and been distributed to the unions, to campaign supporters, to cronies, and to groups whose votes can be bought. How many straw-man arguments can you find in these remarks of Obama’s?

I reject an argument that says we’ve got to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from exploiting people who are sick. And I reject the idea that somehow if we strip away collective bargaining rights, that we’ll be somehow better off.

We should not be in a race to the bottom where we take pride in having the cheapest labor and the most polluted air and the least protected consumers..

I count seven straw-man arguments in those three sentences. It’s a pure appeal to emotion. Love me because I am the source of all bounty, and you can feel good about helping the middle class and the poor and the little children if you just give me your money to reelect me so that we can all prove how nice we are — with other people’s money.

He has no understanding that self-reliance is what Americans have always been about. Americans just want government to get out of the way and leave us free to work without interference. The notion that we are all children and must be helped and controlled and made to behave in the approved way by our betters in the federal establishment. He doesn’t understand this country at all.

The event was Obama’s eighth fundraiser in California in the past month. He billed his bus tour of the Carolinas to the taxpayers. Wonder if these fundraisers go on our tab as well.

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