President Obama’s latest speech should put to bed any doubts that our dear leader is anything but a socialist. The president has incrementally ratcheted up his rhetoric in the radical redistributionist direction whenever it has appeared politically expedient to do so.
In a historically removed and bluntly self-assured pronouncement on the ineffectiveness of free market economics (a paleomarxist blast-from-the-past meme uncommon for today’s pragmatic and amorphous cultural marxists, who had explicitly given up on that line of attack), Obama slammed Reagan’s trickle-down economics as a “failure,” which is an ironic statement coming from someone whose policies trend quite closely with Jimmy Carter’s.
Obama also tried to recast the ascendancy of America from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, which was based on “rugged individualism” and a “skepticism” for big, intrusive government, as nothing but right-wing mythologia.
The Charlatan-in-Chief’s speech, as relayed by the Washington Post:
Obama’s speech in Kansas was not just another attack on Congress, or a plea to pass his jobs bill. He did not roll out a new, snappy slogan – such as telling the audience that “we can’t wait” to enact new laws.
Instead, Obama delivered a searing indictment of Republican economic theory, setting the stage for the coming presidential campaign. Summoning the image of a populist Theodore Roosevelt — in the same town (Osawatomie) where Roosevelt delivered a famous speech on economic fairness in 1910 — Obama deployed the language of right and wrong, fairness and unfairness, in a lengthy address that aides said he largely wrote himself.
The theory of “trickle down economics,” which holds that greater wealth at the top generates jobs and income for the masses below, drew some of Obama’s harshest criticism.
“It’s a simple theory — one that speaks to our rugged individualism and healthy skepticism of too much government. It fits well on a bumper sticker. Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work,” Obama said of supply-side economics, drawing extended applause. “It’s never worked.”
He repeatedly conjured the image of a country that is becoming more divided by inequality. He linked the Tea Party to the Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying it is little wonder that the “breathtaking greed of a few” who caused the financial crisis has generated a “raging debate over the best way to restore growth and prosperity, balance and fairness.”
“This isn’t just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time,” he said. “This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class.
“At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, and secure their retirement.”
Furthermore, the president claimed that the wealth disparity in the country was distorting our “democracy” [sic]. But he said nothing of government bailouts and stimulus that were opposed by the majority of the people, and especially conservatives.
Mr. President, it doesn’t matter what the rich have, as long as everyone’s standard of living is better, and the government behaves itself.