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"We've got to be non-ideological about our approach to [economic policy]. We've gotta make sure that our party understands that, like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning. So we can't be demonizing, uh, every bank out there. We've got to be the party of business, small business and large business, because they produce jobs." --Barack Obama
I'm not sure whether to be happy that Obama has mastered the obvious by realizing that businesses produce jobs, or to be appalled that he has to remind Democrats that we need a healthy financial system whether the Dems LIKE IT OR NOT. What is the alternative to a healthy private financial system of banks ? The alternative is the government nationalizing the banking industry, aka, socialism. It therefore comes as no surprise to find that a majority of Democrats have a favorable view of socialism, according to a Gallup poll. Perhaps Obama is saying we must deal with these nasty private business entities until the Great Socialist Revolution sweeps all those evil businesses away. Which leads me directly to the next quote....
"This is a democracy. Look, I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, you know, academically approved approach to health care [that] didn't have any kinds of legislative fingerprints on it. And just go ahead and have that passed. But that's not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people. Many of whom have their constituents' best interests at heart." --Barack Obama
Here we have the President complaining about our representative government, bemoaning the fact that he can't just pass his healthcare reform from above by royal decree. No, instead The Enlightened One has to deal with the unwashed masses, the interests of the common folk. Ewww. Darn the luck, there are actually people out there who don't agree with Obama (LOTS of people). Obama says he'd L-O-V-E to just sweep the interests of all those people aside. Our President may be a Constitutional law grad, but he doesn't seem to like the Constitution very much. The founders designed things precisely so a wannabe dictator like Obama could be held in check. L-O-V-E those founders.
"...if Congress decides we're not going to do it [healthcare reform], even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not. And that's how democracy works. There will be elections coming up, and they'll be able to make a determination and register their concerns." -- Barack Obama
I hate to break it to you Barry, but elections are already making determinations about you and your healthcare reform. Those elections were held in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The Democrats lost them all. The Dems even lost Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, and Kennedy was their patron saint of healthcare reform. And now, the first post-primary poll of the election for Obama's former Senate seat in Illinois has Republican Mark Kirk with a 46% to 40% lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. The people are speaking, Barry, you just aren't listening. The latest Rassmussen poll has 58% against ObamaCare and only 40% in favor. But the actions of Obama and the Democrats are helping one group of people significantly - the Republicans. Politically dead a year ago after betraying so many conservative principles, Republicans are now even with the Democrats in the november House elections. The Washington Post reports:
Asked how they would vote in the November House elections, Americans split evenly -- 46 percent siding with the Democrats, 46 percent with the Republicans. As recently as four months ago, Democrats held a 51 to 39 percent advantage on this question.
As the old saying goes, nothing helps put Republicans in office more than putting liberals in charge of things. Americans quickly recognize their mistake. Obama has done more for Republicans than they ever could have hoped for in their wildest dreams. Obama has given them life.
On to the terrorism front:
"I think that the most important thing for the public to understand is we're not handling any of these [terrorist] cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11." --Barack Obama
Wait a minute here. Hasn't Obama spent the last two years telling us Bush fouled everything up ? Now all of a sudden he's using Bush to defend himself ??? Also, Bush didn't have the military commissions option available on 9/11. Obama does have them available. The whole idea is to keep IMPROVING how we handle terrorists.
The last quote isn't an Obamanation, but it's worth listing here:
"The Iranian nation, with its unity and god's grace, will punch the arrogance [of the Western powers] on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned." --Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Hmmm. That sounds like a threat, and February 11th is tomorrow. Hey, are the Iranians making it snow ? Stay tuned. Maybe Obama can propose more talks with Iran, without preconditions, of course. After all, it only takes a few words from Obama to change the world. Obama thinks so, anyway.