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better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by mrskeet410, Jan 20, 2012.

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    by Charles Krauthammer -

    "Are you better off today than you were $4 trillion ago?" - Rick Perry

    "It’s the campaign line of the year, and while the author won’t be carrying it into the general election, the eventual nominee will.

    The charge is straightforward: President Obama’s reckless spending has dangerously increased the national debt while leaving unemployment high and the economy stagnant. Concurrently, he has vastly increased the scope and reach of government with new entitlements and oppressive regulation, with higher taxes to come (to offset the unprecedented spending)...

    ...For the first few weeks, the class-envy gambit had some effect, bumping Obama’s numbers slightly. But the story was still lagging, suffering in part from its association with an Occupy rabble that had widely worn out its welcome.

    Then came the twist. Then came the most remarkable political surprise since the 2010 midterm: The struggling Democratic class-war narrative is suddenly given life and legitimacy by … Republicans! Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry make the case that private equity as practiced by Romney’s Bain Capital is nothing more than vulture capitalism looting companies and sucking them dry while casually destroying the lives of workers.

    Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO nods approvingly. Michael Moore wonders aloud whether Gingrich has stolen his staff. The assault on Bain/Romney instantly turns Obama’s class-war campaign from partisan attack into universal complaint...

    How quickly has the zeitgeist changed? Wednesday, the Republican House reconvened to reject Obama’s planned $1.2 trillion debt-ceiling increase. (Lacking Senate concurrence, the debt ceiling will be raised nonetheless.) No one noticed. It made page A16 of The New York Times. All eyes are on South Carolina and Romney’s taxes.

    This is no mainstream media conspiracy. This is the GOP maneuvering itself right onto Obama terrain.

    The president is a very smart man. But if he wins in November, that won’t be the reason. It will be luck. He could not have chosen more self-destructive adversaries."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-legitimize-obamas-reelection-rhetoric/2012/01/19/gIQA5pB5BQ_story.html
     
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    For those unwilling or unable to read the Washington Post.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/01/20/charles-krauthammer-obama-has-a-friend-in-self-destroying-gop/
     
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