. I'm sure Lake is waiting for the InstaPunk take on
the healthcare bill cloture vote, but I have bigger fish to fry. No
disrespect to Lake. It's terrifying when the gear clicks forward
another notch toward the disaster of an out-of-control rollercoaster
plunge into the abyss.
has to be taking
the long view. Since nobody else will, I guess I'm elected. I'm still
trying to figure out who Obama is and why he's doing what he's doing.
Some of you may remember that we posed the question back in July
about whether Obama is a fiendishly clever totalitarian or a stupid
speechifier over-impressed with his own rhetoric. We pointed out that
conservatives were trying to have it both ways.
If Lowry is right, Obama doesn't care
about the huge political hit he is about to take if he actually
succeeds in his quest for a healthcare bill. His "restructuring" of the
nation is more important than the plunge in the polls he will
experience when another bill read in full by no member of congress
locks every American into a government monopoly of the largest sector
of the economy. Why wouldn't he care? Because he's the
equivalent of a mole-suicide-bomber who would rather complete his
destruction of the American economy and constitution than be reelected?
Because he fully intends such an utter breakdown of the American and
dependent global capitalist system that he will be able to declare
martial law a la Hitler and become the Hugo Chavez of the world's most
powerful nation? Or because he has such infinite faith in the
structural changes he's making in the electorate via billions of
dollars of ACORN funding that he can rig any future election, no matter
how badly the polls go against him? If any of these scenarios are
accurate, we need to know.
If York is right, the President of the United States is actually out of
his right mind. He is so obsessed with his own sense of himself that he
is unable to see how rapidly his support is evaporating, how feckless
he has been in pursuing a foreign policy that is "anything but
Bush" and a domestic policy that is "anything but Clinton." In the
first case, he kowtows to everyone in the vain belief that he will gain
influence by not being the hated American cowboy, and in the second by
abdicating every particular to congress in the vain belief that they
will sustain his reckless and contemptuous schedule because the
legislative nightmare they pass will be their own.
We also suggested that it's important for all of you
to decide which theory of Obama
is correct. Now we have more evidence, and my only purpose here is to
put that evidence before you.
Because it is now possible to restate the question thus: What is the
best possible upside
policies Obama is betting his presidency on? That is, what is he doing
arena to secure his
own reelection in 2012?
Nothing. Think about this for a minute. Oh? You need to see evidence
that this is so before you think? Sorry.
Economy. All the polls indicate that Americans regard the
economy, not healthcare, as the primary issue. Those same polls also
indicate that the massive change represented by both the House and
Senate healthcare bills are scaring people, especially the businesses,
large and small, on whom we all depend to hire people in a recessionary
economy. Scaring people creates uncertainty about the future.
Uncertainty creates caution, delay, and penny-pinching. Note that it
doesn't matter how bad or good this healthcare bill might be (even
though an overwhelming majority believe it's terrible). What matters is
that the prospect of a government takeover of one-sixth of the U.S.
economy paralyzes decision makers at both Fortune 10 companies and
small businesses, including car dealerships, florists, diners, and
shoelace manufacturers. Where's the upside for the Obama
administration? If the economy improves, people who work at diners and
florist shops will still remember that Obama was talking about
healthcare, not jobs, while their bosses were fearfully weaseling out
of their healthcare insurance commitments. If the economy doesn't
improve, Obama is toast anyway. But speaking of...
Healthcare. No 2012 upside here
at all. The taxes, the benefit
cuts, the frightened business and insurance company response will all
occur three to four years before
the first indigent, unemployed, uninsured beneficiaries of the bill
(who are what? maybe 10 percent of the legal workforce?) start
experiencing any improvements in healthcare availability? Think about
the political insanity of
such a political act. Actually, insanity is a mild word. In
what universe do politicians make 90 percent of their constituents pay
four years in advance for benefits that accrue to the ten percent who
already likely pay no taxes? There is
no upside here. Most voters will see no benefit ever, even under the rosiest
scenarios. Their own premiums will increase, their care will be diluted
(rationed?) because of the millions of new demands on the existing
healthcare infrastructure, and they'll be paying the bill for years
before anyone benefits, even
if they actually care about that anyone. Which. They. Really. Don't.
The KSM Trial in New York.
Again, no possible upside. Even supposing that the administration
anticipated some favorable publicity associated with the defendants'
predictable determination to put the Bush administration on trial,
every likely outcome of such a trial is negative for Obama. The 9/11
victims will be LOUDLY offended. The legal precedents for such a
decision are nonexistent and therefore wide open to negative political
interpretation. If any entity of any kind commits an act of violence in
New York City because the trial is being held there occurs, it will be
laid squarely at the feet of the Obama adminstration. What is the very
best that could transpire? That the conviction which everyone wants
achieves the same result a miltary tribunal could have -- and was in
process of achieving until the Obama administration froze proceedings
-- which will accomplish what? Nothing. Except $100 million in
unnecessary security expense, lavish amounts of anti-American
propaganda boiling out across the worldwide media, and a major
contribution to the worldwide opinion that the American Constitution is
phony because it only pretends (the president and the attorney general
have already pronounced the death sentence?) to value legal precepts
like the presumption of innocence, discovery, the right to confront
one's accusers, and a jury of one's peers. Consider. If there is no
muslim on the jury, what is the meaning of "peers"? If there are muslims on the jury, what is
the likelihood of a hung jury and a mistrial? Again, what is the very
best that the Obama administration is hoping for?
Afghanistan. All the delay. All
the pretense of cerebral agonizing. All the meetings and intervening
golf photo-ops. Guess what. This now, ineluctably, Obama's War. Where's the upside, no
matter what he does and how he decides? Nowhere. Actually winning -- that is, formal
surrender followed by a victory parade -- was never possible. Losing
has always been possible and is now inevitable, no matter what ocurs,
because losing is everything
short of a victory parade.If Obama withdraws, every muslim terrorist
act in the world will be on his head. If he persists, every American
death will be on his head because he didn't give the AMaerican military
what they asked for when they asked for it. Upside? There. Is. No.
Foreign Policy Generally. Iran.
Korea. Israel. Russia. The European Union. N-O. U-P-S-I-D-E. At
all. All that nicemaking is already not working. A nation that worships
the NFL and NASCAR is never going to be impressed favorably by being nice. Worse is the fact that being
nice doesn't work. It simply alerts your enemies to the fact that they
can do whatever the hell they want. Worst of all, even the occasional
diplomatic victory looks as if someone else decided to cut you a break, what with you being
such a pussy and all. If you are always the apologizing petitioner,
they -- the others, the enemies, the troublemakers -- are the decision
makers and you are the prisoner bent over and holding his cheeks apart
for sodomy in the shower. For example, if Iran doesn't go nuclear (HA!), will it
be perceived as a result of Obama's niceness?
Or a cold calculation on Iran's part? Fact is, if Iran doesn't go
nuclear, Obama will get no credit. It will be seen as a stroke of pure
AND we haven't talked about cap-and-trade, card-check, and immigration
amnesty. No upside there either. Energy taxes to forestall a fossil
fuel shortage a hundred years from now, argued sanctimoniously by an
administration that wants to make our grandchildren pay trillions for
depriving them of freedom (and air-conditioning) today? Card check? The
secret ballot is un-American? Right. Amnesty for low-cost labor at a
time when 10-20 percent of native-born Americans can't find work that
supports their families? Right. Tell me the political upside of all
So. There was a hint last week that Obama conceded to members of
Congress that he was willing to be a one-term president. Bad. Very
bad. Un-American, in fact. But
how? Is he already bored with the presidency as he has been with every
other job he's ever held? (Too much work, not enough available cock to
suck in private...) Or is he the ultimate ideologue? Just pass these few measure
s and I will die
knowing that I acomplished the impossible dream -- annihilating the
United States of America.
Overlook my own exaggeration. I ask you to think hard where the
argument for a second
administration will come from. He has failed across the board in
foreign policy. His domsestic policy is likewise a disaster. Other
presidents have been in the same fix. But none have been in this
fix. What would constitute
Tell me. What series of events would make Obama a successful-looking
president? I can't think of any. And what does it mean that he
evidently doesn't care? Too stupid to see he can't be reelected? OR So
shrewd that he knows a president can kill his country in a single
If there's no upside, what's he up to? Simple question. What's the answer?
Which is the ultimate restatement of the Obama Mystery. I know what I
think. Do you?