April 11, 2011

Lucid Links (041111, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:22 am

In a Wall Street Journal editorial

The Tea Party’s First Victory
Obama opposes spending cuts right up to the time he calls them historic.

This is getting to be a habit. President Obama ferociously resists tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts—right up to the moment he strikes a deal with Republicans and hails the tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts as his idea. What a difference an election makes.

This is the larger political meaning of Friday’s last minute budget deal for fiscal 2011 that averted a government shutdown. Mr. Obama has now agreed to a pair of tax cut and spending deals that repudiate his core economic philosophy and his agenda of the last two years—and has then hailed both as great achievements. Republicans in Washington have reversed the nation’s fiscal debate and are slowly repairing the harm done since the Nancy Pelosi Congress began to set the direction of government in 2007.

This is nice, but “slowly” isn’t good enough, as readers will see here and elsewhere this week.

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An indication that the Journal’s take in the previous item is correct:

White House: Obama to lay out spending plan

A top White House political and economic adviser says President Obama will lay out new plans this week to reduce the federal deficit.

Obama adviser David Plouffe, speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” says Obama plans to offer ideas for what Plouffe calls “long-term deficit reduction” as Congress begins to debate raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

Plouffe is giving few specifics on what Obama will announce, but he says that the president believes taxes should go up on higher-income Americans.

What a joke.

They’ve had two chances to deal with this already: the Deficit Commission Obama pointedly ignored, and the delusional, unsustainable, gutless piece of garbage he put out in mid-February.

My words aren’t too harsh. By coming out with another plan now, Obama and the White House are admitting that the mid-February piece of garbage was indeed a piece of garbage. On top of that, just four months after giving in on letting the current tax system continue because the economy would tank if taxes were hiked, AND throwing in a 2% Social Security tax CUT, Plouffe is out there trying to cool down the President’s Kos-kook base by talking up tax increases.

These guys are flailing. The tide may indeed be turning.

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Further evidence supporting the first two items — After watching others at the wire service go through post-shutdown prevention weekend first trying to portray Obama as the facilitating hero (gimme a break), then calling it a draw, Charles Babington at the Associated Press now says that:

Republican conservatives were the chief winners in the budget deal that forced Democrats to accept historic spending cuts they strongly opposed.

Imagine that.

What this represents is a typical AP propaganda operation: Get the lefty spin out to the relatively disengaged in the immediate aftermath, and then correct yourself for the historical record so you can say you really got it right.

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Johann Hari: We’re not being told the truth on Libya.

It’s more like we’re not being told anything about Libya, which General Barry McCaffrey has called “a Bizarro World military operation.”

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Savor the pictorial headline at Ann Althouse’s place: “Kloppy beats Prosser.” Not.

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Note to Ohio lefty bloggers: Make space in your calendar for this week’s White Privilege Conference in Minneapolis. After all, “white privilege” is the reason, seemingly transcending all other considerations, why Barack Obama got your guilt-ridden vote in 2008, and the only conceivable reason, accordingly to the egregiously misnamed Tim Wise, why the presidential election in 2008 was even close. “White privilege” rendered any and all arguments about Obama’s inexperience, his racist and radical ties, his socialist views, his unacceptably aggressive anti-life positions, his anti-Second Amendment history, and his personality traits (punk arrogance, hypersensitivity) irrelevant.

I’ll help you guys and gals with your prep. Here are “46 types of circumstances in which white skin is an unearned advantage,” along with a free bonus: “8 areas in which being heterosexual is an (unearned) social asset.” Zheesh.

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4 Comments

  1. please add me to mailing list

    Comment by leroy sylvania — April 11, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  2. #1, first I need to work one up. That’s coming, and when it does, you’ll be on it.

    Comment by TBlumer — April 11, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  3. The republicans Lost the budget battle. They are pathetic. They sold out the prolife movement. The only ones who did not want government to shut down were those sucking at the public trough
    Creative minority report has the best take on the whole stinking affair……
    http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2011/04/make-no-mistake-republicans-lost.html

    Comment by Greg — April 11, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

  4. That McIntosh piece has got to be one of the biggest wastes of time I’ve ever seen. Bunch of Ivory Tower doublespeak.

    #3, Greg, I understand the complaints, I really do, but Rome was not built in a day, removing two decades plus of government largess is not going to happen in one fell swoop or overnight. As for the government shutdown, if it had happened, the Republicans would have gotten all the blame by the media, we would have seen endless media stories about schoolkids not being able to go to Yosemite Park and the Smithsonian and pablum crap like that, and it would have hurt Republicans in the long run with voters. The President was going to veto anything that defunded PP. You have to crawl before you can walk. The day will come.

    Comment by zf — April 13, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

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