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Obama's Ongoing Distraction Gambit

By David Limbaugh · Jan. 15, 2013

President Obama's latest news conference was further confirmation that his voracious appetite for spending was not satisfied but whetted by the fiscal cliff deal, which he views as an appetizer.

We were told that the GOP achieved a coup in the fiscal cliff negotiations because they lured Obama into an agreement to lock in the Bush tax rates except for the highest-income earners. Never mind that Obama agreed to no spending cuts or entitlement reform after demanding a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction; they told us he'd be forced to address those matters in a couple of months in the debt ceiling negotiations. They argued that by agreeing to make the Bush rates “permanent,” Obama had tacitly admitted that he couldn't sustain the welfare state through tax increases on the middle class and that he'd now have to – grudgingly or not – turn his attention to spending cuts and entitlement reform.

As I've written before, I never understood this optimistic outlook, because from the get-go, Obama and his Democratic colleagues swore that they had only begun on the “revenue” side and that they were bound and determined to focus on more revenue extraction in the next round of negotiations.

It is painfully naive to assume that Obama is operating in good faith. Throughout his term, he has rarely focused on the merits of policies he's promoted. He has used various scapegoats to distract the public's attention from the substantive arguments in order to facilitate the results he seeks.

With Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, his many environmental initiatives, his assault on religious liberty and his ruthless opposition to Arizona's immigration law, to name a few, he glossed over the substantive issues involved and demonized his political opponents and certain individuals and interest groups in order to make the outcome turn on personal, rather than policy, considerations. This is the stuff of sheer demagoguery.

Similarly, in the fiscal cliff negotiations, Obama wouldn't permit the discussion to focus on the real issue: our crushing national debt. If that had been his intention, he would have used his presidential bully pulpit to steer the conversation toward the major debt drivers, which are spending and entitlements, not a lack of taxes.

But he barely discussed the debt problem. His gambit was to distract the public's attention from our catastrophic deficits and debt and agitate them against the wealthy, whom he maliciously misrepresented as being responsible for these problems in the first place. He made the discussion not about the debt or deficits but about “fairness.” As a result, he succeeded in raising rates (and phasing out personal exemptions and deductions) on the “wealthy” but saw to it that we ignored spending and entitlements.

Now, as we're poised to enter the debt ceiling negotiations, Obama has held a news conference in which he telegraphed that he's going to employ the same type of strategy again: to distract the public's attention from the pressing debt and deficit issues and continue to resist spending cuts and entitlement reform. Indeed, he said he would consider only “modest adjustments” to Medicare and other entitlements. That's it? Modest adjustments? Are you kidding me?

Instead, he aims to spotlight the alleged irresponsibility and partisanship of Republicans who would hold “a gun against the heads of the American people” over the debt limit and not allow him – the paragon of fiscal responsibility – to pay our bills and honor “the full faith and credit of the United States.” Plus, he will aggressively pursue more “revenues” to close unfair “loopholes.”

His purpose is to keep the evil Republicans on the hot seat over their threat not to raise the debt ceiling and over revenue “fairness,” all the while claiming he's pushing for a balanced approach, by which he means a completely unbalanced, one-sided approach that focuses on tax increases only, ignores spending cuts and entitlements, and even includes new spending. If his ploy were to succeed, it would guarantee that America would go bankrupt, yet Obama is masquerading as the responsible one. It's surreal, and I swear I wouldn't believe it is occurring if I weren't witnessing it with my own eyes.

It's time for the naive among us to wake up and help in the fight instead of rolling over to this tyranny. Obama is going to continue his fast march toward fundamentally transforming America into a full-blown socialist state while pretending to be a champion of capitalism and representative government. Can those on our side at least quit providing him aid and comfort by refusing to open their eyes to what is happening?

It should now be abundantly clear what Benjamin Franklin meant when he responded to the question of what type of government the Framers had crafted: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

Well, can we keep it? Do we even want to keep it?



Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

Well, we have just about proved that we could not keep it. "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams, 1798
The truth is only one generation away from extinction. We have failed to pass on to the next generation the moral and religious principles necessary to maintain this Constitutional Government, and we are seeing it implode before our very eyes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

The Outlaw in Middle of Nowhere said:

The Gun control sham is the biggest distracton he coould have inherited. What a gift of distraction that the insane Lanza placed right into his greedy waiting hands, And he grinned the whole time while mourning his good fortune.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

As things go horribly wrong, with the Chicago Neo-Marx/Engels policies, remember this: "It kould not possibly be the fault of Obongo-the destroyer of our Republic!" Pagan reprobates are w/o God, w/o vision,w/o a future, w/o wisdom from Providence. Truth deniers---AWAY!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Tom in New York said:

"Obama is masquerading as the responsible one". More importantly, his posturing will simply allow him to blame the GOP for the next four years of our dismal economic recovery! Or should I say Obamanation?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Kathy in WTexas said:

The 'naive' among us are too infatuated with their free cell phones and their monthly government checks. The ones of us who are paying attention are wondering what happened in DC to put the entire congress into a coma. They must be in a coma because they can't hear us.

For four years, we've been saying "Somebody needs to do something!" "Impeach!" "Congress needs to act!" and it all falls on deaf ears. Sure, there have been a couple of little threats, but never any follow-up action.

Over 500 people in DC are ignoring us and we're still griping about Obama.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Tony in Texas said:

That's what the sheeple voted for a second term. No, I chose not to keep it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

For BHO to threaten SS recipients and Armed Services personnel before Congress and Welfare recipients shows his true arrogance and his inherently uncivil nature. His bullying so far exceeds the given powers of the Bully Pulpit as to be insane.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

sfj in Alabama replied:

He needs to be impeached, arrested for the illegal alien-liar he is, tried in court and sent to a super max prison after his conviction. Those that voted for him are woefully ignorant, paid to vote for him or traitors. As for welfare; unless you are totally disabled, aged with an infirmity or born with a defect that keeps you from working then you're cutoff. No more women with kids by different fathers (not providing support) wandering the malls and shops with EBT cards, SNAP cards, free phones and childcare - ya gotta work if you want to eat and live in a house. If you paid no taxes, you get nothing back. I you didn't pay in to SS or Medicare, you get nothing out of it. If you're in this country illegally, you get no support at all - don't like it - leave it. All of you are nothing but PARASITES.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

sfj, Welfare reform will never happen. The Demorats and Odumbo need to keep them stupid and dependent on the "guvmint" so they will continue to vote for them Bribery and vote buying on an unprecedented scale!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

pete in CA said:

He was allowed to change the definition of "fairness" to mean "everybody but me and welfare cheats."

"fairness" to me means "everybody paying their fair share" including the 49% who pay zero taxes. He'd realize so much more tax revenue if he were to totally scrap our current tax codes and implement a 1% to 1.5% national sales tax at the retail level. Everybody would be paying, those who lived frugally would pay less because they use less, those who spend extravagantly would pay more commensurate with their extravagant life styles.

And best of all, the pampered elites of hollywierd could no longer whine about their ability to pay more taxes. All they have to do to recoup any increase in their taxes is demand another few million for their next project, and charge more at the gate.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

pete, you`re saying exactly what I have been preaching now for years. Repeal and abolish the Internal Revenue and operate soley on a national sales tax. Every one pays and no one gets any special exemptions.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Tom in New York said:

I'm "haftin to be uproared" if this keeps up!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

Obama is just the final nail in our Republic's coffin. It was nearly gone for a long time, perhaps as far back as W. Wilson, with a giant shove by FDR, LBJ, Carter, and Clinton. Now that all 3 branches are despotic it's all but over. Our reps all swore a sacred oath and I can't think of one, not even one that has been willing to give up the office and sacrifice blood and fortune. We've been had. We tried the ballot box, the soapbox, and even the jury box. Only one box left,
God Help Us


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

NormalGuyAZ in Surprise, AZ said:

The "Communist" is on TV. Have to go to work, yet I feel sick to my stomach.
Yes Barry, the reason for high capacity magazines is to pump out as many bullets, as fast as you can. Just ask the Branch Davidians and the ATF.
Sigh... I worry where this country is headed. It won't be pretty when Barry comes for our guns

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM