Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fair shot?

The slobbering love affair rolls on in the liberal media with Obama's dubbed 'fair shot' speech in the state of Tex...uh, nope, the state of KANSAS today invoking Teddy Roosevelt's progressivism...



There's no question about who this man is now, as he continues to blame everyone and everything but himself, including the internet.  The mask is off, Alinsky and Marx are revealed, and there's some very astute observations being made about Obama's classless speech among the conservative blogosphere, a few of which I'd like to share with you.

From Tina Korbe at HotAir:

Today in Osawatomie, Kan., Barack Obama laid bare his progressive agenda, calling for more federal involvement in education, increased spending on infrastructure, an extension of the payroll tax cut and increased taxes on the rich. He even invoked Teddy “the Trustbuster” Roosevelt, who, if you’ll recall, became increasingly socialistic as the sun of his national stardom began to set.

But, on the whole, the president was pretty transparent about his belief that big government makes everything better. The speech reads like a compelling essay in defense of government interference in free markets at every level. Read it and you’ll wonder why we’re not rushing to increase unemployment benefits, hike taxes, tighten regulations and expand government programs. But then you’ll remember the president’s own advice: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

As tempting as it is to think not only that the government could supply us all with a comfortable living but also that it should, I’m tempted by something else far more. That “something else” is the Founders’ faith in self-government and voluntary associations in and through civic society. Obama said today “we can’t return” to a “do-it-on-your-own” economy, but what he fails to realize is that, for Americans, it’s not a choice between going it alone and going it with the government.

Today, the president did sweepingly what he has done patchily for the past few months, did at last what I have long wished he would do. He honestly argued for a welfare state and directly stated his disbelief in trickle-down economics. For once — again, except in a few places — this wasn’t conservative rhetoric to cover up progressive policies. It was progressive rhetoric to promote progressive policies. Nobody who reads this speech should be in doubt as to what he’s selling — but they should think deeply about how much freedom they’re willing to give up to buy it.


He says "trickle-down economics" rather than capitalism, but "trickle-down economics" is merely an argument in favor of capitalism. There is no such thing as "trickle-down economics." There is capitalism, and the argued advantage of it, which is the trickling down of created wealth.

So he is in fact saying, as the headline puts it, that capitalism has never worked.

And in referencing Tina Korbe's piece, 'Ace' properly asks, "We can't return to a "do it yourself" economy? Jesus God. He's really pretty much making the case for socialism, isn't he?"

And if you happened to have caught Tuesday evening's Mark Levin Show, you received some fantastic commentary from 'the Great One' concerning this speech (from the website recap):

President Obama gave a Chavez-like speech in Kansas Tuesday. He talks about ‘fairness’, while claiming to represent the middle class because it is the middle class that is abandoning Obama's socialist ideas. This is a counter-revolution against the freedoms that the American Revolution was all about. President Obama says that he will be giving you back $1000, which is $3 a day; are you willing to be sold and lose your integrity for just $3? The Democrats are increasing the size, reach, and disruptive power of the federal government, at the expense of the free market capitalist system.

One moment that stuck out for me was Mark's observance, or rather juxtaposition, of Obama's multiple mentions of 'fairness' and the difference in interpretations of that word between his anti-capitalist rhetoric, which is more propaganda than practice, and the very pro-capitalist promotion of 'fairness' and 'equality' from the late, great Milton Friedman (this is such a powerfully brilliant piece)...



The differences in this piece of video and the first clip of Obama could not stand in more contrast.  It's the difference between America as "a shining city on a hill," as "the last best hope for man on earth," and only believing in American exceptionalism, "just as...the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."  It's not that Obama doesn't get it; it's that he simply doesn't believe in America's greatness or liberty's 'fair shot'.

ADDENDUM: Here's an interesting little Hoover Institution piece I ran across that speaks to and expands on the Friedman piece, as well as my closing statement concerning Obama's disbelief in American exceptionalism...

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