Obama’s Campaign Theme: Taxation and Demonization
By Ron Hart
Rosemary Beach, FL
Obama will be a formidable candidate with all the money plaintiffs’ lawyers and public sector unions will be giving him. It is estimated that unions alone will shovel more than $400 million his way. Well, actually one guy will be shoveling the money while five others just stand around and watch.
It was not a good week for the President; oil prices continued to skyrocket. He even took time from fund-raising trips, golf, and filling out his NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets (odd how he carefully studied all 64 schools and picked those in swing states like Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and Kentucky for his Final Four) to lift some EPA regulations on refining. There is nothing better Obama can do for you than to waive his own regulations on your behalf.
The good news is that he plans to “get on” this oil price thing as soon as he fills out his Masters Golf Tournament pool. As we know, “getting on it” means Obama makes speeches blaming someone else.
In celebrating his fourth St. Patrick’s Day as President, he has, ironically, not created any green jobs. Obama has proven to be an awful crony capitalist, sending our money to his friends in the green energy sphere with little chance for a positive outcome.
As de facto head of GM – Government Motors – he also drew on his valuable community organizing experience to start pushing the Chevy Volt on the public. No matter how “green” women say they are, not one of them wants to be picked up for a date in an electric car the size of a Kelvinator.
Because it catches on fire, the Chevy Volt has had dismal sales and GM has halted production. For the first two months of the year only 1,626 Volts were sold, and half of those probably went to Brad Pitt, George Clooney and people they met at parties looking to impress them. Since they never planned to drive them, I can only surmise they put their Volts on their backyard decks and used them to barbecue in a “green” way.
Our government sank over $3 billion of taxpayer money into the Volt in the form of grants and subsidies. This brought our average cost to $250,000 for a car they were trying to sell for $39,195 (and, of course, there is another $7,500 give-away, should they sell one, in the form of a tax credit). So Government Motors, instead of lowering the price to generate demand for the product, just stopped production. Perhaps the thinking is: “Yes, the car costs $250,000 and we net $31,695 for it, but we can make that up in volume.”
Only the government gets away with thinking like that, in a business model developed by the U.S. Postal Service.
With mounting, independent accounting evidence that ObamaCare is going to cost twice what he said it would (he said it would not add a penny to the deficit so two time nothing should be zero) and that it will not make healthcare more affordable or efficient, Obama soldiers on. Estimates now have gone from $900 billion to $1.7 trillion, even using the government’s own traditional accounting tricks.
Yet to those who listen to his teleprompted, revisionist recounting of his own successes, he is amazing. He recently compared himself to Gandhi and Mandela in the same paragraph. He may be right about Gandhi — both men, through their policies, helped create many jobs in India.
The only difference between Chicago politician Obama and Nelson Mandela is that Mandela spent years in prison and then got elected. Illinois politicians get elected and then spend years in prison.
Democratic former governor, and Obama-endorsed, Blagojevich was just sent to prison for 14 years. His hair will be sentenced separately. Chicago politician Blago went to jail defiantly, proclaiming that his sentence would soon be “overturned.” I predict that he will be overturned in prison shortly after his debut party there, and that his conviction will not be.
As a result of all of this, Obama’s numbers cratered eight points in the polls this week. You can always tell when Barack’s poll numbers drop: Hillary Clinton starts picking out new pantsuits and getting her hair done.
Perhaps Obama’s campaign slogan for 2012 should be, “Vote for me again. That whole ‘Change’ thing ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.”
Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com