Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Forward! Uh, Forward...?

How did we ever deal with politics before YouTube?  Here's the latest campaign video from Barack Obama:

Hm.  Interesting.  Let's take a deeper look, shall we?
As the headline for an article by Yahoo News White House correspondent Olivier Knox, put it:
New Obama ad strikes ‘don’t blame me’ tone on economy.”
The new ad plays right into the hands of the Republican National Committee’s effort to re-brand the 2008 Obama campaign “hope and change” theme with “hype and blame.” Worse, after attempting to avert blame by once again talking about the “inherited” recession, and another reminder about getting bin Laden, the ad ends with this admission:
“Instead of losing jobs, we’re creating them. Over 4.2 million so far. We’re not there yet. It’s still too hard for too many. But we’re coming back.”
This is a huge mistake for Obama. Having said that if he doesn’t have this “done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,” admitting that after three years “we are not there yet,” is the same as admitting that he is going to be a one term president. Perhaps Obama was paying attention when Romney said, the presidential campaign is “still about the economy…and we’re not stupid.”
The new Obama ad is also notable for the fact that it fails to mention Obama’s signature still unpopular ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank financial reform, and $831 billion-dollar so-called stimulus package.
The reason why the ad didn't mention those 'signature' pieces of legislation, of course, is that Americans didn't want them at the time, and Americans still don't want them years later.  Obama simply can't run on his record:

That's why he has to attempt to blame someone else and distract wherever possible from reality:

For example, as mentioned in the “Hype and Blame” video:
  • On the campaign trail in 2008, Candidate Obama promised tightening the belt on fiscal spending: three years later, Obama has come up short on his promise to rein in federal spending. After he increased our national debt to more than $15 trillion President Obama has fallen “far short of his goal to halve the deficit in four years.”
  • Candidate Obama promised homeowners relief so they could “get back on their feet”: President Obama has failed to follow through on his housing promise. After more than three years Obama’s efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals.
  • Candidate Obama promised to rid the White House of lobbyist influence. PolitiFact rates Obama’s pledge his biggest broken promise.
  • Candidate Obama promised lower premiums by the end of his first term. Two years after the Democrats passed the unpopular ObamaCare in the dead of night, health insurance costs are rising as fast as ever.
Be warned: the unemployment rate isn't going down.  It's all smoke and mirrors because no President in history has been re-elected with an unemployment rate over 8%.  Wanna bet what the rate will be when November rolls around?  Just watch.  Anyway, even the fudged numbers -- as inaccurate as they are -- are caused by Obama:

No wonder that during his so-called official start to his reelection campaign, President Obama told Americans not to ask if they are better off than they were four years ago, but how they’ll be tomorrow.

Only 115,000 jobs were added in April, far fewer than the 180,000 economists were expecting. The reason the unemployment rate declined slightly to 8.1 percent and the broader “U-6″ measure remained at 14.5 percent is because 342,000 more people gave up looking for work and quit the labor force.
As Mitt Romney said, “It’s still about the economy…and we’re not stupid.”:
  • The unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for 39 straight months.
  • Only 115,000 jobs were created in April, which is the smallest monthly jobs gain in five months. Hiring has now slowed in three straight months.
  • The labor force participation rate declined in April to 63.6 percent, which is its lowest level since 1981.
  • If the size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population was the same as it was when Barack Obama took office—65.7% then vs. 63.6% today—the unemployment rate would be 11.1%.
  • When President Obama pushed through his $800-billion stimulus bill, his administration claimed unemployment would drop to 5.9 percent by April 2012.
  • 22.8 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, or are only marginally attached to the workforce.
Millions of Americans are suffering in silence as a result of President Obama’s failed economic policies. No, they are not satisfied.
"Forward?"  Hardly.  And, if one is inclined to examine history, the phraseology presents a bit of a problem all by itself:
The Obama campaign has announced its new slogan -- "Forward." Despite the fact that his change has nearly crushed hope, he arrogantly decided to double down and press forward, bitterly clinging to failed policies. Sadly, too many voters remain under the delusion that Obama is "winning the future."
The campaign's latest ad recounts numerous "achievements" of Obama's first term, but only after thoroughly blaming George W. Bush for the nation's troubles. Obama stood up to the challenges, even though, as images of the Tea Party flash across the screen, "some said America's best days were behind us." Obama proceeds to brag about how he "saved" millions of jobs with the so-called stimulus, took on the credit and health insurance industries with regulations and "reform," grew green energy with taxpayer cash (though he neglected to mention Solyndra), took over the student loan industry, and socially engineered the military by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Hilariously, he even boasted of $1 trillion in spending cuts, though we're not sure how that's possible while racking up $5 trillion in debt. Obama is aghast that, instead of going along happily with every desire of his heart, Republicans actually oppose his leftist ideology.
One could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps he chose "Forward" as in "Forward to the next campaign fundraiser!" To date, Obama has held 132 such events, far surpassing his predecessor. In fact, he has already held more re-election fundraisers than the last five presidents combined. For our part, we anticipate seeing his mail forwarded back to Chicago.
In all seriousness, "Forward" seems to be optimistic and to exude progress, but the history of the word lies in the socialist and communist movements, which as Ronald Reagan contended lead nowhere but downward. We certainly don't think this choice was by accident or coincidence, either. Leftists have always fancied themselves "progressives," as if only their policies will move the world "forward." In 1905, Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Soviet revolution in Russia, founded a publication called "Vpered," the Russian word for "Forward." Before that, Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky wrote for one called "Vorwaerts," the German word for "Forward." The Communist League featured a biweekly reader by the same name, with which Karl Marx and Engels were involved.
Obama will begin his campaign (officially) on May 5, which just happens to be Marx's birthday.
Obama's policies of taking over industry via regulation and redistribution of wealth are absolutely inspired by and differ only in degree (so far) from those of his socialist, fascist and communist predecessors in Europe. Small wonder, then, that his campaign now features such a prominent mantra of his ideological kindred.
In related campaign news, Obama has devoted much time and energy "celebrating" women, and indeed he should -- because, by a wide margin, they elected him in 2008. More than 56 percent of women voted for Obama versus only 49 percent of men, and women may well be the deciding demographic again in 2012. Check out this 2012 Obama campaign socialist appeal designed to lure female voters with cradle-to-grave Hope 'n' Change. To be fair, Obama should also let each woman know her share of the federal debt. You can calculate yours here.
The fictional "Julia" in the Obama appeal can look "forward" to a life lived at the expense of others, from taxpayer funded school programs to subsidized birth control and single motherhood to retirement drawing from bankrupt Social Security and Medicare. Such a "forward" vision doesn't empower women; it enslaves them to the tyranny of the socialist state. By contrast, the American ideal of Essential Liberty would lead to a Better Life for Julia.
The bloom is off the rose, and Obama has been essentially revealed for what he is.  That's why his official launch event for his re-election campaign looked like this:

Apparently the "Hope and Change" isn't moving "Forward" very well.  Kind of hard, when most people are firmly entrenched in a reality that is obviously less desirable than where we were three years ago.

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