Reading Between The Lines: Obama’s Blood Is Starting To Hit The Water
Barack Obama is trying to do nothing less than radically and permanently restructure the United States of America. He has already, in the very limited time he has been in office, spent more money we don’t have on things we don’t need than any President in American history — and he’s just getting warmed up. He still intends to socialize our health care system, impose a trillion dollar tax hike, cripple America’s energy industry with a cap and trade system, nationalize the banks, get another stimulus package going, massively expand unions across the country — it goes on and on and on.
As I have noted before, there is a method to Obama’s madness,
The other option the Democrats have, which is exactly what I would do if I were in their place, is to treat this as a historic opportunity and ram as much of their agenda down people’s throats as they can. That will undoubtedly cost them more seats in 2010, but it’s much easier to enact legislation than repeal it and the Democrats will probably never have a better opportunity than this one.
So, right now, when Barack Obama is at the height of his power because he’s in the honeymoon period, the Democrats are going to try to radically shift our country to the left as far as possible.
They understand that it’s best to strike while the iron is hot. You see, Obama ran as an everything to everybody, centrist candidate — yet he’s governing like Hugo Chavez. Additionally, he’s pushing a lot of huge, radical, unpopular policies. Last but not least, there’s a deep recession going on and traditionally, the politicians in charge fare very badly when the economy is bad.
Obama has already shed 7-10 points of approval in a month. By the end of March, it wouldn’t be surprising if he were in the mid-low fifties in approval. By April (maybe earlier?), it’s possible we could even see him in the forties. In other words, the Dems need to move legislation now, while Obama is still very popular, to maximize their chances of pushing a socialist agenda through.
(Incidentally, the 3/08-3/10 poll of likely voters from Rasmussen already has Obama at 56% approval/43% disapproval.) So, he is dipping — and I have no doubt that the Democrats in Congress are getting a lot of negative feedback from their constituents about the radical changes he’s trying to push through.
How can I tell that? Because a “slow down” message is starting to come across loud and clear, not just from the Republicans, but from the Democrats.
Just to name a few examples,
President Obama benefited from Warren Buffett’s endorsement during the campaign, said John Dickerson in Slate, but now Obama really needs the investment guru’s help. Buffett told financial cable network CNBC that the economy has “fallen off a cliff” (watch the video) and that Obama needs to put other problems on the back-burner so he can focus on winning the economic “war.” Obama would be wise to do as Buffett says.
After passing President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Tuesday that Democrats are open to passing another one, if necessary.
…But on Thursday, after Republicans pounced on the possibility of a third stimulus package within a year and called for an independent audit of the current one to increase transparency, Pelosi stressed that another spending jolt is not in the works.
“I don’t think you ever close the door to being prepared for what eventuality may come, but I think that is not a near, near thing,” she said. “But don’t close the door to some other things. It’s just not something that right now is in the cards.”
President Barack Obama’s proposal for spending $634 billion on revamping U.S. health care threatens to expand a “bloated” system, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said.
“This is an area that gives many of us great pause, because we are already spending one in every six dollars in this economy on health care,” Senator Kent Conrad, the committee chairman and a North Dakota Democrat, said today at a hearing today of his committee.
So, what’s happening? The Democrats in the House and the Dems who are up for re-election in the Senate in 2010 are starting to get nervous. The economy is still bad. We’re running the largest deficit since WW2 — by far, and there are more massive spending projects scheduled as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, Obama is so incompetent that he can’t even effectively put together a cabinet. Plus, even though they’re still losing fights in Congress, the Republicans aren’t acting like patsies anymore.
Now, are the Democrats going to give up on massive tax hikes, massive spending, and massive growth of government? No, but the longer the GOP can drag this out, the less popular Obama is going to be and the more nervous the Democrats in Congress will get. Then, by 2010, they’ll be in full campaign mode and less likely to try to ram through ultra-liberal legislation.
So, the GOP needs to do two things right now.
#1) Relentlessly hammer away at the Democrats’ liberal agenda — and quite frankly, I’m not seeing the sort of urgency, at least from the Senate Republicans, that the situation merits. This year literally has the potential to be a negative turning point in America’s history. In fact, if Obama gets his way, this country is probably never again going to reach the levels of greatness it has achieved in the past. The ferocity of the GOP’s attacks on the Democratic Party should reflect that.
#2) We need to do anything and everything we can to slow the Democrats down. Let them accuse us of obstructionism, call us the “Party of No,” whatever they like. The key thing to remember is that Barack Obama’s approval numbers are likely to continue to steadily decline and the less popular he gets, the harder it will be for him to push through his agenda.
The country is still going to lose some more fights in the coming months, but Obama is starting to weaken and if the GOP can show a little more moxie, the future of this country may be much brighter.