Obama’s empty inaugural address offers nothing but more blind leadership.
As if to prove it can do a better job making up the news than reporting the news, the Washington Post reported on President Obama’s Inaugural Address with the sweeping 24-point bold headline, “‘We Must Act,”’ and subhead, “SECOND TERM BEGINS WITH SWEEPING AGENDA FOR EQUALITY.”
Please find the transcript online, print it out, and show me the agenda, any agenda, let alone a “sweeping” agenda for equality. The President did not present to the nation any agenda in his Inaugural Address.
There were only a few code words, with double, even multiple, meanings. That is the fundamental innovation Obama has brought to our politics: deniability. His methodology is, as I have long exposed, Calculated Deception. Use words that allow him later to say, “Oh I campaigned on that, and have long espoused that, weren’t you paying attention?” but which also allow him to deny it as well, “Oh, that just means what Lincoln said, what Jefferson said, what Reagan said.” You remember Reagan, that great champion of gun control, and taxing the rich, and nuclear disarmament?
That is what allows Obama to talk in ways that enable everyone to read into what he says what they want to hear, which is the foundation of Obama’s politics. In other words, more Calculated Deception.
Obama needs that foundational strategy because he is anything but progressive, in the literal meaning of that word. Obama is a man of the early 20th century, riding the cutting edge ideas of the late 19th century. The truth is he is still leading the reaction against the Industrial Revolution. He needs Calculated Deception because he can’t openly reveal that, even though that is where his base of supporters still are too, primarily in America’s utterly brain dead intellectual class (along with those who are bought off by his political machine).
It actually took the even more overtly Marxist New York Times, which is more certain that is where the future of the country is, to brazenly translate the Obama Inaugural agenda into plain English. The Times accurately reported the Obama agenda as, “advancing gay rights, showing more tolerance toward illegal immigrants, preserving the social welfare safety net [no spending cuts, tax increases on the middle class] and acting to stop climate change [more huge regulatory costs].”
But what was most disconcerting about the speech was how discordant the rhetoric was with the real world. He said with a straight face, “We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.” So after 4 years, where is that rising middle class?
Under Obama’s misleadership, median household income has fallen 7.3%, meaning the average family has lost nearly a month of income for each year of work. That loss continues indefinitely now, and will probably worsen under Obama’s socialism.
The decline has already been twice as great since the recession officially ended as it was during the recession, which has never happened before in American history except during the Great Depression.
Obama said with a straight face, “We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.” (Emphasis added.) But under Obama, America suffered the longest period with unemployment above 8%, and real wages have been falling consistently. We have fewer jobs today than when the recession started.
And no that is not because the recession was so bad. The American historical record is that recovery from recession begins within a year to a year and a half and the deeper the recession the stronger the recovery. Based on that historical precedent, we should be in the third year of a booming recovery by now. We are not because every policy that Obama has pursued has been anti-growth, and the opposite of everything that Reagan did.
via The American Spectator : More Calculated Deception.