At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.
“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”
You really don’t need to read any more to confirm that Barack Obama, the career community organizer, is just fine with Occupy Wall Street’s collective stamping of the feet. In fact, Obama has lifted the bar for populist rhetoric the past few weeks, offering student loan “relief” for college students (who have a big presence at the OWS clown parades) among other hand-outs and free passes to various freeloaders, in a pathetic attempt to buy votes.
Moreover, this is the kind of rhetoric that is red meat to the OWS crowd, and the overall base of the radical Democrat party. The politics of entitlement and dependence is a powerful opiate and will be tough for Republicans to overcome.
Indeed the Democrat fringe has used that weapon to enslave generations of blacks and minorities in a ruinous cycle of dependence. Republicans need to pound the message home about alternatives, and to point out these blatant truisms of the Democrat party.
Monty over at Ace of Spades put up his daily Doom post earlier, as he does each and every weekday morning. It’s well worth checking out for your daily fix of financial/economic misery.
As part of today’s lineup, he writes this sentence which stuck out to me and which succinctly sums up Barack Obama, the man and his career:
Obama isn’t trying to solve the problem at hand, but he wants to appear to be solving it.
To that I will add that this is all done to further his and his party’s goals of exponentially inflating the size of government. Plain and simple.
The leftist MoveOn.org/union-sponsored Occupy Wall Street crowd is doubling down on the anger:
Several influential New York lawmakers have received threatening emails saying it is “time to kill the wealthy” if they don’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on the millionaires, according to reports.
“It’s time to tax the millionaires!” reads the email, according to WTEN in Albany. “If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos reportedly received the email, as did Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. The governor’s office did not tell the New York Daily News whether the governor himself received the email.
The email, with the threatening subject line of, “time to kill the wealthy,” was detailed and disturbing.
“How hard is it for us to stake out one of the obvious access roads to some tech company, tail an employee home and toss a liquor bottle full of flaming gasoline through their nice picture window into their cute house,” wrote the author of the email.
The email references terminology that has been used in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement – that of 1 percent super-rich exploiting the remaining 99 percent of Americans. The angry message demanded that Albany politicians “stop shoveling wealth from the lower 99% into the top 1%” and “set aside your ‘no new taxes on anybody’ pledge.” [...]
“You’re going to do [renew the surcharge], or we are going to sow the kind of choas [sic] you are unequipped to deal with,” the email said. “And you’re going to find yourself in a country where you and your wealthy friends are gonig [sic] to be hunted.”
But this is not class warfare. No. That’s legitimate protesting right there.
Question for those Democrats in Congress who have not yet supported this protest–will you be denouncing the vagrants at Occupy Wall Street now, or after blood is shed?
For those who want a brief, succinct explanation of the stench of cronyism, the stench of political corruption that is the story of President Obama and Solyndra, here is a five-panel cartoon.
First one in the series:
Looking for a new tone in political discourse? The Congressional Black Caucus has your new tone–same as the old tone for today’s Democrat party. Which is to say angry, race-baiting politics:
A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.
Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC’s chief vote counter, said at a CBC event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”
Why is Carson using such vile rhetoric? Frustration over the utter failure of the left’s spend and spend some more policies:
Carson’s spokesman, said the comment was “in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’s inability to bolster the economy.” Tomcsi, in an email, wrote that “the congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.
“The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities,” Tomcsi wrote. “We are talking about child nutrition, job creation, job training, housing assistance, and Head Start, and that is just the beginning. A child without basic nutrition, secure housing, and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life.”
Raising taxes on their perceived enemies and spending money to solve any problem are the only solution they have for anything. When that fails then, well, it’s all about race-baiting for Democrats. Their constituents will continue to suffer. And if anyone raises objections (in this instance, the Tea Party), they vilify that person or group as wanting that suffering to continue. Then you have explanations like that from Carson’s office.
It is the vile underbelly of leftist politics. And as the economy continues to sour, we will be seeing more hateful rhetoric from the left.
UPDATE. Video/audio added, via Hot Air:
Carson’s comments start about 10 seconds in, with additional commentary by other angry CBC members throughout the video.
On Saturday in Inglewood, Calif., Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had some harsh words for the tea party.
“I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California congresswoman told constituents in footage that appeared on ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, not backing down from comments made about President Obama earlier in the week. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell.”
That proclamation was met with cheers from the audience, including attendees sporting purple SEIU T-shirts.
Tone down the rhetoric, indeed.
The Democrats thrive on hate and anger, and this story is just another example of that. And make no mistake, if it was up to progressives, Maxine Waters would be President and not Barack Obama. She’s right up their alley.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
Results be damned, it’s all about electing more and more liberals to positions of power, to keep blacks more and more suppressed:
[T]he bad policies that have always failed are the big government liberalism that has defined modern black politics.
With further thought, blacks might realize [...] that growing government and electing black politicians would make blacks better off — that explains why blacks have remained disproportionately “hurtin”.
Take the Congressional Black Caucus itself. The average poverty rate in Black Caucus districts is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. Yet, these black politicians have 100 percent re-election rates.
Maybe blacks will realize that they should blame Obama. Not because he is black, but because he is a liberal.
Or maybe it’s because of those racist, terrorist Tea Partiers. Read the whole piece.
Appealing to the credulous resentments of ignorant mobs has long been a political speciality of the Democratic Party, which habitually excites the fears and hatreds of its constituencies, even as it exploits their foolish hopes [...]
Democrats execise power through such cynical manipulation of their supporters’ dreams and nightmares. The Democrats grow rich while the people who elect them grow poor and yet always — always — the blame for their failures is externalized onto [...] the Republicans.
[T]he fools who vote for Democrats certainly deserve no better than what they’ve gotten from Obama: Absolutely nothing.
Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.
The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.
I know I’ve been dismissing criticism of the Obamas trip to MV in recent posts, but I’ve also acknowledged that the optics are tough. Stories like this only add fuel to the fire.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
This is Maxine Waters, the resident idiot in the Congressional Black Caucus speaking about the President and his current jobs tour through white America:
“We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, ya’ll. We’re getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he’s prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community. We don’t know that.”
Here’s the thing Congresswoman Waters. Liberal Democrats like President Obama already assume they have the black vote in the bag, regardless of how hard Hope and Change
fifty years of liberal policies has thrown them under the bus. And it’s not so much that he’s going to see white people on his lame bus tour, but rather middle America, which includes whites, as well as blacks, as well as Hispanics, as well as Asians, etc., all across the fruited plain. With that in mind, it’s no wonder he’s out there because those are the votes not in the bag, as it were.
And of course, he needs those votes to get re-elected and continue dragging this country downward. Got it?
UPDATE. Video of the CBC meeting via Big Government:
You really feel the angst in that video. This is the failure of liberalism personified—the uncomfortably dumbfounded look of Ms. Waters (emphasis on the “dumb”), the plight of the people these liberals and their socialist policies were meant to help. All in one clip. Politically, it’s bad news for Obama—coupled with liberal supporters screaming down Debbie Wasserman Shultz in Iowa last weekend—these incidents speak volumes.
Yep, the natives are getting restless, as they were promised big government lollipops, (to borrow a phrase from Mark Steyn) and all they got were…well…nothing.
Swiped this from Ace’s Headlines sidebar. Watch as Rick Santelli smacks around the smug Ezra Klein:
It’s fascinating to watch. I love how Klein’s assertions are based on a book that “people say” was the best written on the financial crisis.
Here you have the intellectual Klein, learning about the world from university lecture halls and think tanks, while Santelli earns a living in the real world and dares speak truth to power on CNBC. What do you think would happen? Reality beats ivy-league utopianism every time.
It reminded me of this:
Tax cuts do not . . . create jobs . . . When we do not ask the super rich and the corporations who make billions of dollars of profits off of the American economy [for more taxes], we will not have the funds to keep that engine running . . . to make sure that we can meet our nation’s obligations to our seniors, our children and our poor.”
That was Congresswoman Barbara Lee, of the uber-liberal, progressive caucus in the House of Representatives. Both Lee and Klein share the same mindset–that the free exchange of capital and resources should be left to the discretion of the government, that is to say, not as free. That’s a scary prospect, as we are seeing the real-time results of those policies throughout Europe. Their ideology is a failed ideology of government control and power in the name of social “justice”, with dismal outcomes.
It’s telling that networks still listen to people like Klein, and people elect politicians like Lee.