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The Washington Post, D.C.'s premier Villager rag, gave space to Reason.com and Reason magazine's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on Sunday. The resultant article is a nasty hitpiece on President Obama weaving a thread equating him with Jimmy Carter....
Like (President Jimmy) Carter, Obama is smart, moralistic and enamored of alternative energy schemes that were nonstarters back when America's best-known peanut farmer was installing solar panels at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
"nonstarters"? I mean WTF, in spades. Carter's alternatives-to-oil energy plan was the smartest energy plan ever set forth by an American president. The proof? 30 years later we're using Carter's playbook to move towards using more alternative energy sources, like solar and wind. The Reason writers, from the get-go, sacrifice their credibility for the sake of being snide assh*les.
What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.
That was an accurate assessment by Carter in 1979. And by the looks of things in 2009, it is still accurate today.
But who cares about truth or accuracy or even basic fairness, when bashing former and current Democratic presidents is the only objective?
As taxpayers with children and hence some small, almost certainly unrecoverable stake in this country's future (not to mention that of General Motors, Chrysler and AIG), we write with skin in the game and the fear that our current leader will indeed start busting out the 1970s cardigans.
Haha. I always find it amusing when assh*les attempt to be humorous. It's oh-so-f*cking-funny that America has spent the last 30 years managing middle eastern affairs with the barrel of a gun because silly, silly Carter's energy programs were scapped by Warrior Ronnie and his Junior Bush ideological spawn. Funny stuff....when thousands of Americans get killed, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis butchered, at least partly because of our worsened state of oil dependency.
Yep,....funny stuff..."busting out the 1970's cardigan." Wouldn't want to have any sensible approaches to problem solving that don't include using all our latest military-industrial-complex weaponry...now, would we?
But wait....there's more...
"...there's no question that Obama's massively ambitious domestic agenda is at a fork in the road: One route leads to Plains, Ga., and early retirement, the other to Hope, Ark., a second term and the revitalization of the American economy."
Why is there, "no question?" Because assh*les say so. Conservative assh*les have only one goal in mind with every approach they take when Democrats are in the majority. Put Republicans back in the majority. And so it is with these Reason assh*les.
See?....Obama will either be a one term president, like the solar-panel installing, truth telling, cardigan sweater wearing Carter....or he will do what corporate whores want him to do, triangulate with the conservative dark-side forces, like Clinton did. To hell with what the American people want.
The Reason assh*les fail to set forward even one GOP'er name who might arguably challenge Obama in 2012. No matter.....because it's 1993 all over again....
After Bill Clinton bit off more domestic policy than even he could chew, leading to a Republican rout in the midterm elections of 1994, the 42nd president refocused his political intelligence on keeping his ambitions and, as a result, the size of government growth, limited. Though there is much to complain about in his record, the broad prosperity and mostly sound economic policy under his watch aren't included.
This shouldn't be a difficult task for Obama. As a political animal, he has always resembled Clinton more than Carter. This might help him avoid the Carteresque pileup he's driving into. Far more important, it just might help the rest of us.
Because of Ross Perot's presence in the 1992 election, Clinton won with a low 40's percentage of the vote. Obama won with 53%. Clinton had no mandate, Obama does. In addition, there's an imminent conservative problem in the Congress. Democrats have 60 votes in the Senate and will most likely add a few more in 2010. The House makeup, if it changes at all in 2010, won't give the GOP the majority.
None of that matters to assh*les. To assh*les, addressing decades-old problems with sound government solutions approved of by a majority of Americans is only driving the country into a "Cartesque pileup."
Did I mention that these writers were assh*les?