Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Obama Irony: So Far, Worse Than Bush

Great piece By Victor Davis Hanson:
The Audacity of Irony

Some choice excerpts:

But unlike the Bush administration, which took 15 months to prepare the country for a real war in Iraq, the Obama administration gave the public only a few hours to read the final draft of the legislation before it was made into law. Where the polarizing partisan George Bush managed to obtain the vote of majorities in both parties to remove Saddam Hussein, the healing bipartisan Barack Obama lacked the support of even a single Republican in the House and won over a mere three Republicans in the Senate.

Liberals who once screamed that congressional opponents of the Iraq war were being unfairly tagged as unpatriotic by the Bush administration now yelled louder that the opponents of the Obama debt program were, in fact, unpatriotic.

Bush was pilloried for supposedly hyping al-Qaeda in order to create a security state. Obama trumped that by proclaiming that the present recession is a catastrophe, a disaster, a Great Depression. He ceased his scare-mongering only when he had exhausted the vocabulary of doom. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” bragged Rahm Emanuel, reminding us that the envisioned Obama socialism could take root only if a climate of fear was created.

...Obama can end his irony only when he accepts that he and his supporters were never saints, and his predecessor not a notable sinner, and then accepts that history will judge him on what he does rather than what he says he might do.

I also enjoy how Obama keeps saying that he inherited the economic crisis, deficit, and debt while proceeding to make the crisis worse, double the deficit, and skyrocket the debt.


Chuck said...

In less than a month Obama has grown the national debt almost half as much as Bush did in 8 years. How's that for worse.

Anonymous said...

Let's be realistic, Obama have not enough time to do anything special. I think the budget was already prepared and he made only small changes. I don't think it was possible to start from zero in this case.
And more...I think Obama is more just a symbol, but real change? No, he is politician, so hardly...
Take care

RamblingMother said...

Glad I found you via twitter! Keep up the fight!

ChuckyT said...

Way off Toronto. Remember that the Stimulus package ran 787 Billion dollars, not to mention the 85 billion he requested for military spending (when he told us he wouldn't do that) and another 50 billion in a overhaul of 75% of government facilities to be MORE GREEN. Yep, in 100 days he's packed on almost another trillion dollars. Not to mention his promises like back in january when he said unemployment would only hit 7.9% if we passed the stimulus package, but that if we DIDN'T the unemployment would hit 8.1% by the end of the year, Guess what.. He did pass it and today 100 days later we are at 8.5% unemployment. This man is starting out far worse then bush did and that's without a terrorist attack in the homeland