Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you´ve been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women who, although they answer to your command, answer to duty first. And it is difficult to imagine
This is excellent, a must read. It is clear Mr. Obama was taught the economics of a hunter/gatherer society where there is some truth to zero sum. He hasn´t a clue about wealth creation, the hallmark of American productivity and uniqueness in this world and a place where zero sum has no meaning. Until now.
It has been more successful at its one true purpose than any foreign enemy could have ever hoped for. The premeditated and now guaranteed economic destruction of dear leader´s only stated enemy: The God fearing, Constitution loving, gun owning and largely conservative American middle class. If you live in a "Red" state or county this means you!
Comrade ObaMao´s economic terrorism has now escalated into full-blown warfare. If this country had a press instead of a propaganda ministry everyone would know this
The spectacle of ignorant voters eagerly falling for this man´s crap is saddening and exhausting. When he was first elected the blacks were literally dancing in the streets thinking they had found their Mecca and finally it would all be all about them. Only Obama doesn´t see himself as a fellow African American. He brought them higher unemployment and more government dependency then patted them on the head and told them to shut up and do what they´re told. So they did. White people found out they could take slither into the same lifestyle and there you have it. I never thought I could take pleasure in America´s undoing but until we hit bottom there is no road out of this.
Obama and his Democratic Party cronies are cynically testing the boundaries beyond which the incentives to existing Makers to expand their businesses are significantly diminished and are no longer sufficient to encourage entrepreneurs to take the risks necessary to start new businesses.
History demonstrates time and again the dismal consequences of zero-sum, redistributionist, centralized government economic dominance. It succeeds only in spreading misery and always ends badly.
Congress, the president and a few thousand powerful government bureaucrats are incapable of managing any activity remotely as complex as our economy. Centralized government control of the marketplace has never worked anyplace it has occurred.
Circumstances change with the times, but human nature does not. There are limits beyond which free men and women refuse to be beasts of burden for their government and the people voluntarily dependent on that government. It appears that limit will be reached during Obama’s second term. And as O’Rourke points out, Obama’s foreign policy will encourage hostile foreign powers to hasten our decline and expand their regional and global influence to the detriment of all mankind.
I´ve been reading Ludwig von Mises, who states that the division of labor and all that it entails is the only means for the advancement of mankind. This requires cooperation, and all that that entails. And all this means that politics should have as its aim the fostering of cooperation among citizens.
And then there´s the Dims who believe in compulsion. "Liberal" used to mean promoting policies which foster cooperation.
When I was young it used to be a common expression that "you can´t legislate morals." Now the Dims have the mob ginned up to legislate morals as a smoke screen to increase compulsion and loot the treasury.
A terrific article, but I have to say that it irritates me greatly when a noted writer/commentator just can´t bring himself to call Obama what the entire thrust of the article has conclusively proved he is...a Marxist. The truth, I suppose these days, is impolite. None dare say it, and so none dare stop him. So, politely we all go over the cliff.
This is a good article, many more like it are needed but I fear that the message of zero sum and the need for growth still do not break it down enough to reach an Obama voter. We need to point out that the hated rich will be poorer but the poor will be much poorer. One of the articles I saw here not long ago mentioned that under Obama the gap between rich and poor is widening. Another element is that Obama redistributes wealth not from rich to poor but from makers to takers. In many cases the makers are far from rich but they are making it on their own without becoming dependent on the government. They are part of the private sector and they are being impoverished to pay the bloated pensions and save the jobs of a burgeoning unproductive public sector who are usually better off! Obama is hiring hundreds of people per day in the public sector and the unemployment rate in the public sector is near zero while the unemployment rate in the private sector is really 15% or higher while Obama declares the private sector is doing just fine. We are not far from the day when two poor private sector workers will he hiring one well paid public sector person to make regulations and harass him for everything he does. On top of this he is expected to generate the wealth to look after another person who refuses to work. Clearly this cannot continue!
I disagree with #4 that Obama is knowledge-deficient. He knows exactly what he is doing, and he knows exactly what the result will be. He also knows how to format what he wants to do in terms the average low-information, touchy-feely Liberal can internalize.
Ldotters know how to politely disagree when we can´t agree and I take issue with #24´s view:
"He knows exactly what he is doing, and he knows exactly what the result will be. He also knows how to format what he wants to do"
Obama knows nothing, understands nothing, plans nothing. He is a stooge, cardboard cutout, marionette, brainless mouthpiece for the communist cabal, led by Valerie Jarrett, running the WH and the country.
Jarrett tells him what to say when he opens his mouth. Sadly, she often forgets to tell him to shut it.
I have a piece of news for Obammy and his uninformed minions. You can only have America AFTER you pry it from my cold, dead hands! I don´t give a damn if it´s the 13th day of the Alamo siege --- I intended to go down swinging my musket after I run out of ammo. And just like Crockett did, I´ll blow up the entire ammunition & power dump rather than have it fall into your hands. If it´s no longer mine, it will NEVER be yours!
"I have not yet begun to fight" - John Paul Jones, September 23, 1779.
Where is PJ when we need him? Hiding out? In the dark? Is he actually an elder RINO? #21 Planetgeo is right on! Says PJ does not mention Marxism, Obama´s Communist ways the underlying threat to all Ob destroys. Making fun of the dictator and all of his little Commie Comrades is one way to get a lot of attention and to attack dictatorship. PJ can lead the way if he is not drug or alcohol debilitated, if he´s ready to come out of the closet and play. He´s a natural leader, a fill-in for HL Mencken, if he´d just come out. He´s not even a regular in the really long Drudge list of columnists. Making pie-in-the-face, Keystone Kops, fun of this desparate Zero Sum Commie bunch, is what we all need on a daily basis. The TV Diane Sawyers propaganize us on a daily basis. She and all the other Commie TV NewsLiars need humorous insults hearled at them every day.....just to stay even. Communist Hollywood will not make fun of its own collectivist leaders, so it´s up to comedy veterans like PJ to get out there daily. PJ: Come Back Out And Play !
Historically have loved PJ, but in a world where powerful interests have a choke hold on the money via lower interest that is *not* trickling down to small business, so that these corporate thugs might ´make more pizzas´ in freaking China, this philosophy is outdated.
Beyond that, it comes dangerously close to New Age "the Secret" Thinking, which is complete bs.
Which is not to say Obama´s acceptance and perpetuation of that situation isn´t wholly depressing - because it is.
PJ is certainly right about the perils of redistributionist policies, both within our country and from us to the rest of the world (it never goes the other way).
But his first 3 points about the Taliban, Iraq, and the EU suggest he doesn´t understand that really curtailing the gifts from the U.S. taxpayer to the world should also encompass military excursions that are of evident worth to other countries and limited worth to us.
We should stop intervening in religious and tribal wars, and we should stop financing the defense of European nations, Japan and S. Korea. It is time to let other cultures solve their problems within the context of their own cultures, instead of trying to bribe everyone into acting like Americans.
What we must do is retrench, stop making international donations,and be a shining example of the glories of freedom and capitalism, for other countries to emulate as they wish. Of course, this is impossible while Obama and the Democrats have their boots on our necks.
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