Monday, September 14, 2009

Same Old Game

The Obama Friday Afternoon News Dump included tariffs on tires, as if the Chinese wouldn't notice. So now we have a trade-war. Does anyone remember Baby Bush's steel tariffs of 2002? He was forced to rescind them by the World Trade Organization.
Baby Bush's loyalties were a combination of the obscure and the blatant - oil, Daddy's Carlisle Investment Group, Cheney's Halliburton.

The Anointed Won's loyalties seem to be more consistently blatant - unions (teachers and SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and Teamsters) and trial lawyers. ObamaCare, for example, mandates that all work performed under the new law be performed by union labor; I'm certain that this provision will reduce expenditures. The pro-ObamaCare demonstrators have been SEIU members. Here's a link to teachers' unions contributing more than $1.3 million to ACORN, everybody's favorite neighborhood organizers. If ObamaCare passes in almost any form, the political center of gravity in the United States will be shifted on a seismic scale.

Just because these tricks take place in plain sight does not mean that they are ethical.

Just because Bush did it, too, does not mean that it ought to be done.

This is the open corruption of American government. It isn't a new phenomenon, either. What is new and significant is that the expansion of government makes the expansion of this corruption more pervasive and more destructive than it has ever been. This alone is a sufficient argument for limited government.

The manner in which The Anointed Won has focused appropriations from

TARP and other emergency programs upon constituencies which have supported him is exceptional, both because the amount of these appropriations is extraordinary and because the limited focus constitutes punitive action against future democratic elections. Absent a clear and obvious surge of support for the Republican candidate in the 2012 election to give cover to Republicans, overt opposition to The Anointed Won will require an act of courage. Many individuals and organizations will fear to express opposition to this, The Chicago Way.

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