Monday, October 13, 2008

Obama and the promises that he can't keep! (a.k.a. be careful what you wish for!)

In 2008, Barrack Obama was the anti-war and the "hope and change" candidate.

Who can forget the rallies, the promises, and the "hope and change" speeches?

Obama should take a few minutes this weekend and read David Broder's latest column:

"For now, Obama can benefit from the plausibility of his contention that this is "the final verdict" on the policies of the Bush administration, supported for the most part by McCain and other Republicans.

But in a few weeks, the winner of the election will take custody of the problem, and his name and reputation -- not Bush's -- will be on the line."

Broder has a point. If Obama wins then these will be his concerns rather quickly.

Yes, the new president can blame Pres. Bush for a while.

Obama won't be able to do it once you get into next fall or winter.

Can you say Bill Clinton 1993 or Jimmy Carter 1977? Blaming your predecessor works for a while until it doesn't any more!

Eventually, the problems become your problems, the war becomes your war and the recession becomes your recession. Again, can you say Carter or Clinton?

Keep in mind that Carter & a Dem Congress was an electoral disaster for the Dems. It gave us the 1978 Republican gains in the midterms, the Reagan 1980 landslide and a Republican Senate.

Not bad!

Keep in mind that Clinton & a Dem Congress gave us the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress!

Again, not bad!

What happens when Dems finally govern?

They don't govern. Can you say Pelosi and Reid? What are their approval ratings? They are 16% according to the latest RCP! They are worst than Bush!

The Dems are great at bashing Bush and blaming everything on Republicans.

They are not very good at getting things done, largely because the urban left wingers won't compromise with all of those rural southern centrists.

The differences go beyond economics and foreign policy. There are also huge cultural and values differences between rural Dems and urban liberals over abortion, same sex marriage and gun control.

Don't take my word for it: Go back and study the Carter presidency and the first two years of Clinton.

Obama's worst problem is that he has raised expectations beyond any rational level.

I have never seen a candidate promise more and be less specific than Obama.

I have never seen more irrational supporters than the "Obama-tistas" of 2008.

How can you govern when your supporters really think that you "can heal the planet"?

Isn't healing the planet and lowering the ocean levels a bit beyond a human being's pay grade?

It's remarkable that this guy has gotten this far without anyone asking him to explain those tax cuts for everybody making less than $250,000!

Check The WSJ's Obama's 95% Illusion (It depends on what the meaning of 'tax cut'):

"For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn.

In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of dollars in government handouts that are disguised by the phrase "tax credit.""

It's all a big joke. There is no tax cut unless you want to believe that there is a tax cut!

Obama is simply mailing people money. Why? Because 30% of Americans don't pay federal income taxes at all!

You can't cut taxes for people who don't pay taxes!

It's a joke! Yet, no one in the media has challenged the candidate!

Obama has been the luckiest guy in the world so far. He got every bounce and close pitch during the Dem primaries. He got really lucky that the latest economic crisis happened a month before the election. After all, wasn't McCain leading in all of the early September polls?

However, don't they also say "be careful what you wish for"?

Based on today's polls, the good news for liberals is that they are about to get a president and a congress.

The very bad news is that there is no money to keep all of those campaign promises about health care and college loans.

It won't be pretty when they have to say "no" over and over again.

It won't be pretty to fix Medicare.

It won't be pretty to fix Social Security unless you raise taxes, cut benefits or let younger workers invest in private accounts as Pres. Bush recommended in 2005.

Wonder how long before the base directs its rage at Obama as it did to Pelosi-Reid over their failure to stop the Iraq War?

What will happen when they realize that they voted for Obama and got McCain/Bush in Iraq?

Again, Obama should check out Broder's article. He will probably start praying for a McCain victory as soon as he digests Broder's sober analysis.

P.S. Don't get me wrong. I want McCain to win. However, I'm simply warning my Dem friends to be careful what they wish for.

They may get a Dem president & Dem Congress.

They will also get ownership of all of those problems that come with running things. Sometimes, it's a lot more fun to sit in the bleachers and blame everything on Bush or McCain!




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