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Lacking fresh ideas, Obama scares voters with stale tactics

On Monday at the Washington Examiner, Charlie Spiering provided a clip from then-Senator Barack Obama’s speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination not quite four years ago:

In 2008, he derided the very strategy he would adopt four years later. proclaiming that

. . . if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone that people should run from. You make a big election about small things. And you know what it’s worked before — because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty.

Democrats declaring a Republican “war on women” because they disagree with the GOP’s opposition to federal health care mandates sounds like an attempt to paint the opposition as individuals people should run from. That kind of distortion feeds into the cynicism we all have about government.

Now the president is busy scaring voters about the Ryan budget without presenting a one capable of securing a single Democratic vote in the House (indeed without insisting the Democratic Senate pass a budget).  He may be scaring voters about Republican reforms, but still has not put forward a plan to address our growing federal debt or the coming insolvency of Medicare and Social Security.

As president,” Peter Wehner writes, “Obama has not only discarded” the commitment he made in 2008 to “rediscover our bonds to each other and get out of this constant, petty bickering that’s come to characterize our politics”,

. . . he has turned it on its head. Republicans aren’t simply people with whom he has philosophical disagreements; they are members of the “Flat Earth Society” and have embraced a budget that demonstrates their “Social Darwinism.” (more…)

Even Yahoo! is onto Obama’s Oil Demagoguery

Saw this last night on Yahoo! — where the news tends to skew left:

Smoke and mirrors?

Perhaps:

President Obama today raised the ante on his efforts to limit the rise in oil prices. The president, joined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder, called on Congress to adopt tougher rules on speculators in the oil market.

. . . .

The Daily Ticker’s Henry Blodget says the proposal is “embarrassing” because speculators have little to do with the rising price of oil and gasoline. Prices are moving higher, Henry says, because “three billion new capitalists” in India and China are consuming oil and gasoline. It’s the balance between supply and demand that determines whether oil prices rise or fall, not speculators, Henry argues.

And then, of course, there are the Obama administration’s own policies which, by limiting exploration, have made it difficult to increase supply to match increasing demand.  If the president were serious about reducing oil prices, he would eliminate federal regulations preventing exploration and expedite the approval process for drilling on federal lands.

Seems that for this president, the solution to every problem is tougher federal oversight when, in many case, it’s federal meddling which created (or exacerbated) the problem in the first place.

And this time for a change, some in the media are catching on.

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Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:07 am - April 18, 2012.
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