FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Our Ignorance Is His Strength
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President Barack Obama refuses to release mid year budget numbers on the traditional reporting date. He has put this off until Congress goes into recess for the summer. He does so because he wants both houses of Congress to pass expensive legislation and then adjourn for their August break without the public knowing how poorly Presbud2009 is currently performing.
The Associated Press does a sound job on reporting the facts surrounding the perfidy. The Most Open Regime, er, umm, I mean Administration in US History has been far more parsimonious with data than it has with expenditures.
The administration’s annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama’s budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.
The release of the update – usually scheduled for mid-July – has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess.
When George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece
envisioned Great Britain under fascism, he had them chant a satirical slogan “Ignorance is Strength!” Orwell meant to get the reader to realize this was an awful thing. President Barack Obama has thought outside the box of common decency on this one. He sees a feature where Orwell saw a bug.
With the CBO low-balling the cost (PDF) of President Obama’s signature healthcare reform at $1Tr over the next decade, poor budgetary execution would represent an inconvenient truth. So inconvenient, that it reminds me of what happened when The Tampa Bay Buccaneers first joined the NFL.
During their inaugural seasons, the Buccaneers lost 26 consecutive games. Their Head Coach was asked what he thought of the execution of his team. He quipped. “”I’m all for it!” This may be what the American people would think if they saw the current budget going down like The Edmund Fitzgerald.
So our Fearless Leader backpedals in a manner reminiscent of Steve Spurrier playing behind an expansion-era Tampa Bay Offensive Line. Much of his agenda, like anyone else’s best-laid plans, has failed to survive initial contact with the enemy. Has Fred Barnes points out, Barack Obama has begun reaping that which he sowed with remarkable rapidity.
It usually doesn’t happen this quickly in Washington. But President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are finding that the old maxim that what goes around, comes around applies to them, too. Less than six months into his term, Mr. Obama’s top initiatives — health-care reform and “cap and trade” energy legislation — are in serious jeopardy and he has himself and his congressional allies to blame.
This has happened for two reasons. Barack Obama has scared people into passing dubious legislation and he has tremendously oversold what this legislation could possible accomplish. Barnes lays out the fundamental propaganda strategy employed by King Barack I below.
In urging fast action, Mr. Obama sounded apocalyptic: “If we do not move swiftly to sign the [stimulus] into law, an economy that is already in crisis will be faced with catastrophe. . . . Millions more Americans will lose their jobs. Homes will be lost. Families will go without health care.”
Once the stimulus passed, Democrats said the impact would be practically instant. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) predicted “an immediate jolt.” Economic adviser Larry Summers said, “You’ll see the effects almost immediately.” White House Budget Director Peter Orszag said it would “take only weeks or months” to be felt.
People are getting sick and tired of hearing about emergencies. They are beginning to believe that Barack Obama’s failure to plan should not cause the government to fork over more emergency spending. Senator John Kyle (R – Ariz.) capitalized on this growing public discontent to complain about how poorly the stimulus has thus far functioned. The reply from The Obama Administration was telling in its brute nastiness.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, one of two Republicans in Obama’s cabinet, made no attempt to conceal his needling. Kyl “publicly questioned whether the stimulus is working and stated that he wants to cancel projects that aren’t presently under way,” LaHood wrote Brewer. “If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”
So the current administration has decided it will spend money at a velocity great enough to trigger the relativistic Doppler Effect. It refuses to inform the people of how this money is being expended as effectively as prior presidents of both major parties have done in the past. If the opposition tries to call them on this male bovine scatology, the threats are loosed like missiles from a ballista.
Barack Obama wants you kept uninformed and stupid. Your Ignorance is his strength. Transparency and sunshine are an anathema to his current legislative Dog’s Breakfast of expensive and destructive boondoggles. The deficit clock has run well past $61Tr. Somehow the GOP owes it to America to stop this train before it screams off the track to flaming ruination.