Obama Logic Hit with a 10-Piece
Victor Davis Hanson is confused about the national logic since November 4th, 2008. Some things just don't seem to make much sense and he's jotted down a ten-item list to help out. THE BUZZ will keep score with Zing points.
"1. The budget. Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for new programs is "stimulus." The old phrase "out-of-control spending" is inoperative."
Zing! And that sound is China laughing all the way to the bank.
"2. Unemployment. The number of jobs theoretically saved, or created, by new government policies — not the actual percentage of Americans out of work, or the total number of jobs lost — is now the far better indicator of unemployment."
Zing again. South Carolina's May unemployment was 12.1 percent.
"3. The private sector. Nationalizing much of the auto and financial industries, while regulating executive compensation, is an indication of our new government's repeatedly stated reluctance to interfere in the private sector."
Zing! We won't call the man a Socialist BUT that does go against our market system. If you manage your business poorly and you lose, you're technically not supposed to get a do-over. Toyota isn't getting incentives for doing very well is it?
"4. Race and gender. Not what is said but who says it and about whom reveals racism and sexism. For example, a Hispanic female judge isn't being offensive if she states that Latinas are inherently better judges than white males."
.25 Zing points - Sure, perceptions of racism has a slant but the example given was taken out of context too much to be respectable.
"5. Random violence. Some assassinations represent larger American pathologies, but others do not. When a crazed lone gunman murders someone outside the Holocaust Museum or shoots an abortion doctor, we should worry about growing right-wing and Christian extremism. But when an African-American Muslim convert brags about his murder of a military recruitment officer or an Islamic group plots to kill Jews and blow up a military jet, these are largely isolated incidents without larger relevance."
.75 Zing points - Stellar point BUT the assertion that all can be classified as 'random violence' is troubling. All lean toward the pathological.
"6. Terrorism. Acts of terror disappeared about six months ago. Thankfully, we live now in an age where there will be — in the new vocabulary of the Obama administration — only occasional "overseas contingency operations" in which we may be forced to hold a few "detainees." At the same time, ongoing military tribunals, renditions, wiretaps, phone intercepts and predator-drone assassinations are no longer threats to the Constitution. And just saying you're going to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay is proof that it is almost closed."
Zing! And the DOJ is pretty thrilled to avoid that paperwork.
"7. Iraq. The once-despised Iraq war thankfully ended around Jan. 20, 2009, and has now transformed into a noble experiment that is fanning winds of change throughout the Middle East. There will be no need for any more Hollywood cinema exposés of American wartime crimes in Iraq."
Zing! Funny what a simple "asalaam alaykum" will do.
"8. The West. Western values and history aren't apparently that special or unique. As President Obama told the world during his recent speech in Cairo, the Renaissance and Enlightenment were, in fact, fueled by a brilliant Islamic culture, responsible for landmark discoveries in mathematics, science and medicine. Slavery in America ended without violence. Mistreatment of women and religious intolerance in the Middle East have comparable parallels in America."
.25 Zing points - Uh, a good deal of the above is actually historically accurate so...
"9. Media. The media are disinterested and professional observers of the present administration. When television anchormen and senior magazine editors bow to the president, proclaim him a god or feel tingling in the legs when he speaks, it is quite normal."
Zing! Zing! Zing! Zing! You could try to deny it, but why?
"10. George W. Bush. Former President Bush did all sorts of bad things to the United States that only now we are learning will take at least eight years to sort out. "Bush did it" for the next decade will continue to explain the growing unemployment rate, the most recent deficit, the new round of tensions with Iran and North Korea, and growing global unrest."
.05 Zing points - Victor didn't finish strong here. Yes; we do have to live in the now but the now never existed ina vacuum. Come on, man. You're gonna try to bring Bush into the mix? WHOEVER was president was gonna be done a disservice by the man that preceded them. Obama, McCain, even Palin would have been sitting in the Oval Office at some point thinking "Wow, that dude totally screwed me."