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Government by Freakout
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/22/2013 1:01:35 PM

The president´s sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in "Network": "Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We´re in a lot of trouble!" It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout. That´s what´s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won´t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: paloalto, 2/22/2013 1:25:38 PM     (No. 9191061)

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.

Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes…

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria!

Or not.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/22/2013 1:50:41 PM     (No. 9191111)

What happened to Peggy? She´s usually on his side. Perhaps reality is setting in and she doesn´t like seeing where this country is headed, unfortunately with her help.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 2/22/2013 1:55:41 PM     (No. 9191124)

I was about to click on the link and read the article. The summary says some things I agree with. Then I saw who wrote it and thought, "Why would I read this by someone who kept telling conservatives that they were overreacting when they said this was what he was?"


Reply 4 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/22/2013 1:58:58 PM     (No. 9191130)

In my opinion. he is a blatant lying con man. The funds being cut are simply slowing the rate of the spending increases, not actually reducing net spending. It isn´t even just my opinion, its fact.


Reply 5 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/22/2013 3:33:21 PM     (No. 9191304)

Another name for the tactic is spooking the herd - something Obama has been doing all along. It is fundamental to so-called "community organizing," which relies upon the emotions and stupidity of the "community" to be "organized."

A more intelligent, principled, and above all, aware citizenry would never have permitted itself to be manipulated and stampeded into gigantic, rash, unexamined acts of legislation by such transparent political hucksterism. Deplorable as Obama and his cronies are, they are not the disease but only symptoms of the disease - political pus oozing from a gravely injured body politic.


Reply 6 - Posted by: ohioTom, 2/22/2013 4:28:24 PM     (No. 9191374)

For once, can the REPS PLEASE call his bluff?! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????


Reply 7 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/22/2013 4:34:52 PM     (No. 9191383)

Remember when Peggy Noonan was relevant? Neither do I.


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/22/2013 4:55:56 PM     (No. 9191433)

Republicans will roll over like a limp, cheap, dirty rug. The fix is in!


Reply 9 - Posted by: K620, 2/22/2013 5:35:32 PM     (No. 9191493)

Very well stated, #5.


Reply 10 - Posted by: pensom2, 2/22/2013 7:23:11 PM     (No. 9191626)

At long last, an insightful column from Peggy, criticizing her favored politician for the huckster he is. Is Peggy no longer a low info voter?



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