Monday, May 19, 2008

Obama: Modern-Day Jimmy Carter

Forget the media reports that Obama could be the next Michael Dukakis. It's far worse. Judging by his published statements he is the new edition of (as Homer Simpson would say) "history's greatest monster", Jimmy Carter.

Malaise will be the buzzword come January 20, 2009. From the full story at AFP:

Obama camp spies endgame in Oregon


During a rally in Roseburg, Oregon, Saturday, Obama presented himself as the front-runner almost without question, attacking presumptive Republican nominee John McCain on foreign policy, the environment and healthcare.

Reviving Friday's furious row sparked by President George W. Bush's suggestion that Democrats wanted to appease terrorists, Obama said that not talking to North Korea and Iran had only made those states stronger.

"I want everybody to be absolutely clear about this because George Bush and McCain have suggested that me being willing to sit down with our adversaries is a sign of weakness and sign of appeasement," he said.

He also attacked McCain's plan for a gas tax holiday to cope with rising pump prices, which Clinton supports, as well as his other environmental plans, saying the Republican had consistently opposed fuel efficiency standards.

"For him to come to Oregon as an environmental president, but his big strategy is to do more drilling and to have a gas tax holiday for three months, that's a phony solution," he said.
Pitching his message to Oregon's environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.

Ahh, yes... shades of the great Jimmy Carter, whose solution to the economic woes caused by a stifling welfare state was to learn to do with less and stop complaining as your taxes are raised. I would like to know why I should care what any other country thinks of how Americans decide to govern themselves.

Will we see Obama in a cardigan one January to come asking us all to turn down our thermostats as the Chinese roll into South Korea? It will be too late by then to further emulate Carter by boycotting the Beijing Olympics.

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