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Media: Thanks to Obama, Iraq War Ends

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One of the many absurd fictions that the elite media let Obama get away with is the notion that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is happening because Obama promised it would.  Not only do Obama’s press allies let him get away with this lie, they actively take part in pushing it and always make sure to point out that The One’s rise to power was in large part due to his opposition to the war in Iraq and his dedication to ending it.

The reality, of course, is almost completely the opposite of the Obama/Democrat media machine narrative.  Less than two weeks after Obamessiah’s election, the Bush administration and Iraq signed off on a Status of Forces Agreement that required U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 and to be out of the country entirely by the end of 2011.  The withdrawal was required whether Obama rode his anti-Iraq war wave to power or not.  It was baked into the cake when Obama came into office.  For he and his PR press cohorts to try to pass off the withdrawal as some fulfillment of campaign promises is the height of absurdity.

What makes the narrative even more ridiculous is that Bush’s troop surge, which created the conditions that make the withdrawal possible, was opposed by Obama, Biden and Hillary Clinton.  Of course, it was clear well before the 08 election that the surge had worked.  In a sane world, that alone should have ruined Obama’s chances of winning — he and his running mate were on the wrong side of the war, which had been the most contentious issue for at least the two preceding years.  But when you’re a Democrat in the midst of an “historic” campaign, facts and reality don’t matter.

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August 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Obama admits he was wrong on taxes (sort of)

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From “change” and “hope” to “big problem” and “it’s going to get worse.”  That’s the change we can believe in.  On today’s Meet the Pressed, Obama moaned and groaned about the economy, saying it’s going to get worse before it gets better.  It sure doesn’t sound like he has much confidence in his own big-spending plans to turn things around.  Instead of offering hope like he did on the campaign trail, Obama channeled Jimmy Carter’s malaise.  Here’s why: Obama doesn’t really have any specific hope to offer.  Sure, when he’s on the stump with his teleprompter and adoring crowds, hope is a great catchphrase that makes his followers tingle with excitement.  But when he’s president-elect and faced with real, serious problems, problems that are more serious than whether he gets elected, Obama comes up empty.  Reality is starting to set in for our little Obambi.

Obama also slammed the Bush administration for not moving more quickly on the economy.  This is just a preview of how, during the first 6-12 months in office, the Obama team will blame everything that goes wrong on their predecessors.  But where is Obama?  How is he moving?  His own party is chastising him for not being more assertive and he blames Bush for not being assertive?  As I recall, it was Bush who came out panting and shaking, warning that if we didn’t pass a $700 billion bailout bill in 48 hours, “this sucker could go down.”  It was the Bush White House that pulled together a Citigroup bailout over the period of one weekend.

In moves that will surely rankle his extremist base, Obama signalled that tax cuts for the wealthy and a 16-month deadline for Iraq troop withdrawals may not be in the offing. Of course, Obama has been shifting on Iraq for some time.

On taxes, Obama seems to be thinking out loud: “My economic team right now is examining — do we repeal that through legislation?  Do we let it lapse so that, when the Bush tax cuts expire, they’re not renewed when it comes to wealthiest Americans?”  He just can’t decide the best way to sneak the tax hike in during a recession because he knows it’s unpopular.

But remember when raising taxes on the “wealthiest Americans” was a cornerstone of Obama’s economic strategy, the only way to get things going again “from the ground up“?  Obama indirectly admits that raising taxes is bad for the economy by dithering, and, as such, admits that his tax-raising idea is wrong.

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December 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

Bring the bailout bucks home

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FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair says the government needs an “exit strategy” from the slew of financial bailouts it has issued. I like this kind of talk.

In the rush to bailout, the Bush administration and Congress based their adventure on faulty intelligence—specifically, that the entire economy would go up in a mushroom cloud if allowed to continue manufacturing weapons of mass consumer debt. Never mind that the government itself once supported the Debt regime through the Community Reinvestment Act and by enriching toxic lending with low interest rates. Those who called for sanctions earlier this decade in an attempt to rein in Debt and the housing bubble were thwarted by shady Democrats whose pockets were lined by F.Q. Mae and Freddie Al-Mac in the Money-for-Protection Scandal. After markets began to collapse last year, the handwriting was on the wall.

Finally, with this year’s implosions of major financial institutions, the administration and Congress had their smoking gun. Something had to be done, and it had to be done immediately to prevent economic apocalypse. A bailout invasion to exact economic regime change was engineered. With no strategy for long-term success, the government shocked and awed the markets with massive bailouts. Despite a few initial signs of victory, though, it quickly became clear that the mission was not accomplished. In the midst of the operation, Republicans took a beating at the polls and following their loss launched a last-ditch effort to right the mess with a bailout surge.

We continue to be mired in this economic quagmire, despite the recent spending surge and the promise of more bucks on the ground from Obama (the same Obama who campaigned on reducing the deficit and began modifying his position after the election).

It’s time for America to face reality: We have lost the economy war. The government had no exit strategy when it went in, and we are now draining our national treasure with a bailout scheme that should have never been waged in the first place. It’s time to cut our losses, set a date certain for withdrawal and bring our bailout bucks home NOW.