Thursday, 22 January 2009

Four More Years of Statism

The hype around Barack Obama reached new highs yesterday during the inauguration, when hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Washington to see their new President. Now, after the glamourous celebrations, reality is going to start to bite.

During his campaign, instead of outlining policies backed by evidence to tackle the current economic crisis, Barack Obama raved on about "change we can believe in", that we need to get through it "together", etc. Instead of appealling to reason, he simply used a good speaking voice to great effect, appealling to emotion.

Unfortunately for him, he's now the person people look to for leadership and guidance, and expectations are incredibly high. What happens when a man with no clue of how to lead, no rational policies and principles based on "feeling", has his finger on the button?

He cashed on the failure of Bush to extremes -he made himself look like a new hope, a new way forward by simply using the word "change". What he's been advocating is more government regulation, based on collectivism. Bush was one of the biggest spenders in US history, so where's the "change" in advocating big government?

Then of course, there's the race issue. Leftists intellectuals have been raving on about how Obama's election victory is proof of "post-racial America". They're forgeting something -a "post-racial America" would not care about race!

Barack Obama won the Presidency through appeals to emotion, not reason. Given expectations, I expect the next four years to be... hilarious, if not outright scary.

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S.A.Clank said...

Bush may have not been the smartest when it came to economics, but he was at least able to protect the U.S. from any possible terrorist attack after 9/11: something Obama has very little experience in dealing with.

Anyways, the kind of spending that Bush did hadn't been done since FDR, so it wasn't entirely guaranteed to fail since it hadn't been done in a while. Now it only makes Obama look like an idiot because not only did he continue with the spending, but to do something that had failed less than a year prior, he he's repeatedly doing it through the worst economic downturn in 25 years knowing that what he is doing will only create hyperinflation. So not only what he is doing is moronic, it's criminal.