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I had a little fun recently with Obama's Saturday Radio Address, during which he suggested Republicans actually WANT people to suffer in order to gain a political edge. That the Democrats have made this approach to governance a cornerstone of their success should not be lost on anyone here; Democrats get elected when they have more handouts to promise to potential voters than Republicans. Then, they go about the business of keeping their constituents down so they can up the ante come the next election cycle.
This is a terribly cynical approach to life, and a wholly unproductive way to move America forward. It is also the best way to lose an election at a time when the country has finally been awakened to the class wars this Administration has been quietly waging across America. Republicans might be the party of "NO" but Democrats have been busying themselves with the business of becoming the party of "LOSE" and it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.
Barely 2 days after suggesting that Republicans were intent on making "their stand on the backs of the unemployed," Obama once again ups the ante:
President Obama Monday called on Congress to pass an extension of benefits for out-of-work Americans, accusing Senate Republicans of a "lack of faith in the American people" for repeatedly blocking passage of a bill.
After introducing three Americans whose benefits are expiring, the president complained that "after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit," Republicans "who didn't have any problems spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn't offer relief to middle-class Americans like Jim or Leslie or Denise who really need help."
"That attitude, I think, reflects a lack of faith in the American people," said Mr. Obama. "Because the Americans I hear from, in letters and town hall meetings, Americans like Leslie and Jim and Denise -- they're not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work. It's just, right now, they can't find a job."
I'll not bother re-arguing Obama's outright lie about the surplus, I'll ignore his willful ignorance about the extent to which he is directly and personally responsible for why Leslie and Jim and Denise can't find a job...hell, I'll even let go that little flash of stupidity about tax cuts for the rich (refusing to point out how much Fed revenues actually increased after them)...but I can't give Obama a pass on his suggestion that Republicans somehow have a "lack of faith in the American people."
The lack of faith in the American people is based on Obama's belief that "we, the People" are not capable of making our own decisions about what might be best for us without the constant drumbeat of Legislative intervention(s) in the daily dealings of the private sector (Erick Erickson sums this up quite nicely, by the way). These things are Democrat perversions of Liberty and Freedom, not Republican ones. Further, Obama's suggestion later in this piece that this is a time in our nation when elections should be put aside in the interest of taking care of the people is stunning, if not hysterically funny:
"These are honest, decent, hardworking folks who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own and who have nowhere else to turn except unemployment benefits and who need emergency relief to help them weather this economic storm," he said.
"It's time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics," said the president. "It's time to do what's right, not for the next election, but for the middle class."
"I know it's getting close to an election, but there are times where you put elections aside," he added. "This is one of those times."
It's getting close to an election, and Democrats know they are about to lose it...specifically because of what they've done to this country. Note, for the record, that Obama is NOT campaigning on what he HAS done but rather he wants us to focus on what the Minority has not allowed him to do. The problem here, however, is that the Democrats have been in the Majority in Congress for the past two legislative sessions. Democrats have held both gavels of Leadership and have done what...exactly...about the hostages they've been holding? When Obama says "people have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own" just where does he want us to lay blame? At the feet of the minority in Congress, through sessions of Congress where bill after bill has been shoved down the throats of the minority with no time to even read them, let alone be allowed to offer amendments?
How stupid must Democrats think we are, that we would allow their Leader to tell us not only how to live, where to go for our entitlement checks, what healthcare coverage to get, and whether or not we're too fat? How naive must they also be to presume we need them to tell us who to blame for not getting MORE than they insist they have already given us?
So long as Obama and the Democrats are allowed by us to get away with praising themselves for what they've accomplished, are given a pass on the fact that takeovers on a massive scale of the private sector have destroyed it, and that they have made these things more of a priority than easing the struggles of the American people...they will get re-elected.
More and more, people are beginning to realize that just can not be allowed to happen.
[Note: This post originates at 73Wire]