Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

My Thoughts on the Bin Laden Killing

May 10, 2011
  • I have to give President Obama credit.  He could’ve done three things.  (1) Nothing because it was too risky politically.  We’ll call that the Bill Clinton choice.  (2) Bombed the hell out of the place, killing lots of other people and destroying any proof of death; aka the George Bush choice.  Or (3) gone in with special forces in a daring raid, also known as the “Jimmy Carter that went right” choice.  Obama, correctly, chose #3, despite the huge risks.  If something had gone wrong, and we had another Black Hawk Down event, with the economy in the tank, Obama’s presidency would’ve been over and Al Qaeda reinvigorated.  Took big guts for him to make that call.
  • On the Friday before the assault, during the UK Royal Wedding, I commented to my wife that I had heard nothing about terrorists threats or security measures, etc.  While I’m sure security was tight, I remarked how inconsequential Al Qaeda had become.  Amazing what another 72 hours meant.
  • A football analogy…it’s not game over yet with Al Qaeda, but it’s late in the 3rd quarter and we’re up 34-10.  Yeah, could they grab a few turnovers, run a kickoff back and get in the game.  But most of us are switching to another game.  We’ve won this war.
  • The Obama administration really messed up the messaging after the operation.  It’s ok to say you killed an unarmed terrorist mastermind and show us the pics.  We can handle it.
  • This bump will not last for Obama.  It’s a great success, but doesn’t fix the economy.  However, it does show that Obama is willing to make tough calls.  He can use that, tangentially, with fiscal matters.  The problem is, he doesn’t want to.  He likes the government the way it is (big).  He has political capital with no market to spend it in.

When Did I Sign Up for this New “Social Compact”

April 22, 2011

President Barack Obama kicked off his “Shared Responsibility, Shared Prosperity” tour last week with a spirited defense of progressive principles — hereafter known as America’s “basic social compact.” Now, for those of you who believe we already have an American compact in the Constitution, your selfishness is undoubtedly clouding your feeble memory.

There are several good things in this post, but my favorite is the simple point about how the only true social compact in American is the Constitution.  How liberals miss this and come up with their own “social compacts” – which they then go about forcing us to adhere to with new laws – shocks me.  But, to a liberal, they don’t even see the intellectual inconsistency of this.  To them, makes perfect sense.


The Medicare Politburo

April 22, 2011

It sounds absurd, but there the President was last week, gravely conceding Mr. Ryan’s analysis of Medicare’s balance sheet and then claiming that the solution is to give a lot more political power to an unelected board to control health costs. Democrats believe this board will play doctor and actuary and allocate health resources better than markets, so allow us to fill in some of the details of this government-planned future.

The WSJ’s editorial early this week on Obama’s Politburo….err…”Independent Payment Advisory Board” is spot on.

Why do liberals think that a board of 15 smart people can somehow discern the healthcare needs of 100 million Americans living in a huge nation with an innumerable combination of needs, wants, and motivations?

When Obama gets Jesus to serve on this board then I’ll support it.  Till then, I’ll stick to free markets and individual responsibility to pick what is best.

Simple Economics (in a Cartoon)

April 19, 2011

Wizard of ID

Good cartoon.  The more government gives to people, the less the incentive there is to be self-sufficient.  Simple economics.  But of course, this is what Obama is after.  If you rely on government for everything, that government then controls you.  Just what liberals love.

From Dan Mitchell