But the Conquered, or their Children, have no Court, no Arbitrator on Earth to appeal to. Then they may appeal, as Jephtha did, to Heaven, and repeat their Appeal, till they have recovered the native Right of their Ancestors, which was to have such a Legislative over them, as the Majority should approve, and freely acquiesce in.
-John Locke

Friday, July 15, 2011

US Default Watch, Part 6

Where does the President get his numbers?  Today he has claimed that 80% of Americans support the Dem's plan to raise taxes.  I took an informal poll around my office - 0% of them want to pay higher taxes for any purpose.
This is not the first time that the President has invented polls or results to show that he has the support of the American people.  The number that I feel best tells the story is this one: 47%-39%.  Obama is losing in the polls by 8 points to a generic Republican (and, as luck would have it, we seem to have a number of generic Republicans competing in the primaries!).  Obama's response: keep telling lies.
Obama claims to want to see a "serious" plan.  I doubt he'd recognize a serious plan if Paul Ryan took one to the floor of the house complete with graphs and charts.  So, Obama appears to be defining a "serious plan" as one that pleases him.  I guess this means that we have to eat our peas, but he doesn't.  Instead, he threatens - don't call his bluff, he won't send out Social Security checks, etc.
He walks out of meetings, and then scolds Congress for not addressing this sooner, because we are on the verge of an economic Armageddon.  Obama's previous plan and speech were jokes that made no sense and caused no laughter.  He says he is more patient than Reagan was - I have no idea what this comparison is supposed to mean; Reagan was a LEADER.
I think Krauthammer gets it right today when he suggests that we need to call Obama's bluff.  If he won't lead, make him fall in line.

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