Obama as FDR
An un-named senior White House adviser recently stated in an interview with press that Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office have been the most productive since FDR. That depends on your definition of productive. The adviser went on to list Obama’s achievements.
Passing the “largest” economic stimulus bill in American history.
Passing the $787 billion Generational Theft Act isn’t something to be proud of… not in the least. Not to mention the fact that it does very little, if anything, to help the economy – especially given that most of the money won’t be spent until 2010 – 2011. What it does do is pay off political friends, fund pet projects and rob my children and grandchildren’s future earnings.
Ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and abolishing “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
Prematurely ordering the closing of a long standing military prison with absolutely no plan regarding what to do with the prisoners is a good thing? Obama signed an order to close this facility with absolutely no idea as to the consequences, what actually happens at GITMO, nor how dangerous the prisoners are if released. Abolishing “enhanced interrogation techniques” does nothing but kneecap our intelligence operations. Water-boarding works… and it causes no permanent harm. He did this for purely political reasons. He has chosen to risk national security to give the Code Pink crowd warm & fuzzies.
Setting a fixed timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq.
Setting a fixed timetable for Iraq withdrawal? I believe that Bush actually did that with the SOFA. Only certain combat elements will be withdrawn while many more troops will be left behind to continue their duties rebuilding Iraq, as outlined in the SOFA.
Ordering 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and enlisting, with modest new assistance, European allies in a new multi-layered strategy there and in Pakistan.
When it comes to Afghanistan you see a bit of a political shell game. Iraq was wrong, but Afghanistan isn’t? He’s taking troops from one area, risking destabilization, and sending them to another war zone. As for European assistance, modest is the correct word. Europe is sending non-combatants. Essentially their assistance comes in the form of cooks and janitors. Way to get ’em committed to the cause!
“Returning science to its rightful place” by lifting the Bush restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.
Returning science to its rightful place? Correction, funding worthless studies with tax payer dollars. If ESCR was producing any kind of results, the private sector would be lining up with investments. They’re not, because there is a much better way. Adult stem cells. There is virtually no chance of rejection and they’ve been shown to work on a multitude of human treatments as well as in some animals. There is also new science regarding pluripotent cells generated from spermatogonial cells and in the creation of embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells. None of these methods require the death of a budding life. Not to mention that the federal government should not subsidize the killing of children for the sake of science.
Signing laws to expand children’s health insurance (financed by a 61-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax the adviser did not tout).
The expansion of S-CHIP was yet another bad decision. Expanding entitlements leads to more and more problems. The 300% tax increase on tobacco that is funding S-CHIP is also short sighted. If smokers quit smoking because of the price tag… where will the money to fund this entitlement come from? More and new taxes. What happens when the cost of S-CHIP exceeds the budget? More taxes.
Signing a law meant to improve the ability of women who allege pay discrimination to sue their employer.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act isn’t exactly a hallmark piece of legislation. It is, however, another way to antagonize corporations and take personal responsibility off of the table. Extending the statute of limitations to 180 days from each paycheck opens the door wide for trial lawyers. When a person takes a job, they agree to work for a certain amount of money. That amount is what the employee is willing to take… not the pinnacle of what the employer is necessarily willing to pay. It is a bargaining process. One shouldn’t have the power to sue because they are a poor negotiator. Not to mention the stickier points of hiring dates. The job market determines pay, therefor, salaries and wage rates rise and fall. If a woman gets a job during a low point and a male gets a job at a high point, doesn’t this law open the door for her to sue the company. Even though the company committed no acts of discrimination? Great new law, Obama… For the trial lawyers.
Diminishing the role of lobbyists in the White House
Diminishing the role of lobbyists in the White House? If that is what you call hiring half of them as staff… then sure.
“Forge a meaningful statement from the United Nations” criticizing North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile.
I would hardly call the U.N. Security Council statement meaningful. Telling N. Korea not to launch anymore missiles,
Cartoon by KAL, The Economist, London.
which is already against U.N. sanctions, isn’t even a slap on the wrist. North Korea knew that launching a missile was against U.N. sanction and did it anyway. Waggling a finger at Kim Jong Il and saying “bad boy, you aren’t supposed to do that” is almost laughable. Meaningful statement, I think not.
Engaging world leaders in Europe, Turkey, Latin American and the Caribbean with “strength and humility.”
What this should read is: “Engaging world leaders and tin pot dictators with humiliating acquiescence.” Going around the
world apologizing to our long-standing antagonists and enemies for wrongs that haven’t been committed does not a strong leader make. It shows a weak hand to our enemies and a cold shoulder to our actual allies. America has nothing to apologize for, especially to tin pot dictators. Not to mention that no president should be touring the world dogmatically bashing and apologizing for the previous administration. Shame on you, Barack.
While FDR managed to create the Welfare State and extend the Great Depression by at least a decade, Obama is on track to push us into a depression and expand the burdensome welfare state. I cannot say that Obama has been more destructive as a whole than FDR yet, but he is certainly the most destructive since FDR.