I don’t mean to suggest that honesty is what separates the two parties. Increasingly, the crucial distinction is between the minority of serious politicians in either party who are prepared to speak directly about our choices, on the one hand, and the majority who indulge the public’s delusions, on the other. I would put President Obama and his economic team in the first group, along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Republicans are more indulgent of the public’s unrealism in general, but Democrats have spent years fostering their own forms of denial. Where Republicans encourage popular myths about taxes, spending, and climate change, Democrats tend to stoke our fantasies about the sustainability of entitlement spending as well as about the cost of new programs.
Except that the President and his administration don’t speak realistically to our choices at all. The President lies to all and sundry when he claims that 95% of the populace will not see tax increases under his plans, when he claims that he’d like to see the health care reform debates televised on C-SPAN, when he claims that the vast majority of the negotiation was in fact carried on that network, when the Democrats attempting to ram the legislation through hold behind-closed-doors meetings to determine how best to structure the legislation so as to game the CBO scoring, when Senators claim that others are lying when they state that most of the health care coverage wouldn’t kick in until 2013, when Obama tells people that they are going to be able to keep their coverage if they’re happy with it but then turns around and admits when it’s dead that some provisions were “snuck” into the bills that would have prevented that, when Geithner uses AIG to bail out financial firms with whom he’s had close relations and then attempts to stonewall . . . the list goes on and on.
And I personally believe that there’s another major actor in this equation that somehow gets elided in Weisberg’s account, and that is the legacy media, who were so busy shilling for this one-term Senator and presenting him as a secular messiah that they overlooked his strange associations and socialist leanings, his lack of real accomplishment in any department beyond autobiography and general self-promotion, and the likely real economic impacts of the Keynesian fairy dust that he used in an attempt to wrest control of large swaths of the economy. They soft-peddled the grotesque behavior of Fannie and Freddie in the creation of the mortgage meltdown that swallowed our economy. They helped to provide cover for the financial malfeasance that emanated out of Congress, in an attempt (informed or uninformed) to back Obama’s strategy of blaming Bush, as though there were but one branch of government responsible for spending gone amok, and as if Bush had not at several points in his terms attempted to bring the lenders under control. They continue to provide massaged statistics, just as they promoted the Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud. The legacy media conned a lot of people. They got what they wanted, politically. Now, it’s not their fault, oh no.
This is just a restatement of the you people don’t deserve to prosper because you aren’t smart enough to understand the benefits of Obamaism meme.
Tell you what, Jacob. There are a lot of people who are paying for bad decisions made by government in their name. Those representatives aren’t really feeling the pinch, most of them. Shut the fuck up, do your job, and make sure that your colleagues are doing theirs, thank you very much. And, hey . . . grow up.
We don’t need lecturing from the likes of you. That’s Obama’s job, apparently.
P.S. There’s a lot more pabulum for whiners linked under his post.