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Another Failed President?

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In Year One of the Reagan Revolution, in which he was a shining star, Budget Director David Stockman told reporter William Greider: "Kemp-Roth (President Reagan's 1981 tax cut) was always a Trojan horse to bring down the top rate. ... It's kind of hard to sell 'trickle down.' So the supply-side formula was the only way to get a tax policy that was really 'trickle down.' Supply-side is 'trickle-down' theory."

An astounding admission. The president's principal salesman of tax cuts was confessing that the altarpiece of the Reagan policy was a ruse — to cut tax rates of the richest Americans.

Stockman had dealt a pair of aces to the president's enemies.

Yet, a betrayed Reagan did not fire Stockman. Instead, he walked him down "to the White House woodshed."

Few suggested that this showed that Reagan was weak.

For Reagan had already survived an assassination attempt, summarily fired an entire union of air traffic controllers and rammed through a hostile House led by Tip O'Neill the largest tax cut in history.

Yet, most everyone here said Barack Obama had no choice but to fire Gen. McChrystal, or reinforce the impression he is weak and indecisive.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll out today confirms that the nation that entertained such high hopes for Barack Obama has lost confidence in his capacity to lead.

Sixty-two percent of all Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction. For the first time, more Americans disapprove of Obama than approve. Fifty-seven percent would prefer someone else, rather than the member of Congress they now have.

Though green shoots have appeared in the economy, Americans no longer believe it. Only one-third thinks things will get better before they get worse again. Independents are deserting Obama. One in six Democrats now disapproves of the job he is doing.

Americans have been through periods of malaise before. But where FDR raised spirits after Herbert Hoover, and Reagan did after Jimmy Carter, the optimism about an Age of Obama is vanishing like the morning mist.

Disenchantment appears pervasive, and the causes apparent:

The Obama economic program — $800 billion in stimulus money piled on top of the Federal Reserve's doubling the money supply, giving us two straight deficits of 10 percent of gross domestic product — has failed to ignite a robust recovery. Unemployment still hovers just below 10 percent.

The two-month-old oil spill, where BP's malfeasance was matched by government incompetence in preventing it from destroying the gulf ecology and economy from Louisiana to Florida, has cast a pall over America's spirit as wide and deep as the oil slick itself.

The war in Afghanistan is not going well, casualties are running at a nine-year high, and the country no longer wants to fight it, but to get out and come home.

Obama's "reset" in foreign policy seems to have yielded no more fruit than George W. Bush's crusade to "end tyranny in our world."

Three months after Iraqi elections, there is no government in Baghdad. The August deadline for withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops will likely be missed. U.S. relations with Israel have rarely been worse.

Turkey, black-balled by the European Union, a friend and ally of 60 years, is thickening ties to Tehran and Damascus and emerging as first Muslim state of the Middle East and principal patron of the Palestinian cause.

The Russians are pushing Kyrgyzstan to force the United States out of Manas air base, a critical link in the resupply chain to Afghanistan.

Brazil is bitter that America trashed the deal it helped to negotiate to transfer half of Iran's nuclear fuel out of the country.

For the first time since the late 19th century, the United States is about to be surpassed as the world's first manufacturing power — by China, which in Mao's time was still trying to make steel in backyard furnaces.

The British, rejecting Obama's call to continue stimulating the world's largest economies until sustainable growth is achieved, have decided to follow Greece and Spain into austerity and retrenchment.

Fearing debt defaults, European nations are slashing government payrolls and pensions, just as California, New York and other states are being forced to do to meet the constitutional requirement to balance their budgets.

America is facing a crisis of confidence in government, with the nation unable to win its wars, balance its budgets, control its borders, stop the bleeding of its manufacturing base or plug a hole in the ocean floor.

Should the sovereign debt bombs start going off, as they have lately threatened to do in Greece, bringing on another financial crisis to dwarf the one we have lately gone through, the crisis of democratic governments will become a crisis of democracy itself.

Perceived to have failed the country, the Bush Republicans were summarily dismissed in 2006 and 2008. Obama's Democrats go to the wall in November. Republicans will inherit the windfall. Yet, few harbor great hopes that the GOP has the cure for what ails America.

Perhaps the answers lie beyond the parameters of our present politics.

Patrick Buchanan is the author of the book "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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Taxpayers are shareholders in the USA Corporation.
Debt + overhead + taxation = Slavery
Cancel federal debt: abolish the Fed
You can't expect government to solve the problems it has created.
A nation in debt is no longer free, democratic, or capitalistic.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Katharine C. Otto, MD
Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:30 AM
“Perceived to have failed the country, the Bush Republicans were summarily dismissed in 2006 and 2008. Obama's Democrats go to the wall in November. Republicans will inherit the windfall. Yet, few harbor great hopes that the GOP has the cure for what ails America.
Perhaps the answers lie beyond the parameters of our present politics.”
Patrick J. Buchanan
Maybe the nation can start by examining Jon Christian Ryter's most excellent article on the BP oil spill: BP Spill caused by superwell puncture - June 25, 2010
Jon Christian Ryter has obviously done his homework, like no other.
Perhaps the Russians can offer some technical advice on how to seal the fracture in the ocean floor. They have already advised us NOT to adopt socialism.
The hemorrhage of the ocean floor, points to the greater hemorrhage of the nation's life blood under a fractional reserve banking system, based on parasitic usury.
The parameters of our present politics are defined by those vested interests which are bound and determined to seal the fate of this republic, by shoving an illegal alien invasion down the collective throat of the American people.
The United States of America must define itself beyond imagining that it is a flophouse for itinerant Marxists of the globe, who want to use this nation as a playhouse for Marxist theater of Reconquista and revolution in the streets. This tangle of squabbling nationalities must be shown the exit door which leads them home.
The revolt by Arizona and 18 other states, is the opening salvo of the Second American Revolution, but the people with a few firearms, cannot fight the will of the international bankers to impose martial law, shut down the Internet and other measures which will quash the rebellion.
The United States military is needed to restore the skin (borders and laws) to the body of this republic and the people who compose it. The strategic parameters of the nation must now be redefined-- not by the failed vision of the bought-and-paid-for politicians, who have lost all credibility with the American people, but by the United States military itself, with the solid backing of the American people. In short, a military coup is what is required to deliver the nation from the Mexican occupation army and the treasonous fifth columnists who directly collude with it.
Only the United States military can go after the stolen wealth of the American people and bring these international bankers to heel, by seizing their ill-gotten gains.
The unwitting corporate shock troop known as “guest worker,” must be dealt with by an honest appraisal of not only who he is and what he represents, but what this nation requires. If indeed Americans are to be displaced by a slave caste, it can only sound the death knell of the republic. If however, there is a genuine need for these foreign nationals, it does NOT behoove this nation--and it is sheer folly-- to imagine that placing a Mexican nationalist in a voting position--by granting the pedigree of blood and soil, in the form of American citizenship-- is in the direct national security interests of the United States of America.
Such words as “comprehensive immigration reform” and “amnesty” must disappear from the lexicon, for such false designations merely mask the blatant reality of Mexico's incursion into American territory. Such parameters of language must fall by the wayside, for it is the Newspeak of Big Brother.
At any rate, any alleged “reform” must be predicated on Mexico's solid understanding that it must forever renounce ALL territorial claims on the United States of America and that there will be absolutely NO CHANCE for a Mexican national to assume United States citizenship. In short, America must remain a culture defined by an Anglo-Saxon pedigree, with no apologies. We are not a mini-United Nations storefront of the international bankers. To suppose that America must serve as a cradle for the Third World, will only fulfill the communist agenda for the destruction of America.
For “CIR” to go forward, Mexico must sign formal terms of surrender, in this Second Mexican War, which has been declared only by Mexico. All things require a prerequisite, lest the people be deluded by Don Quixote quest, into chasing windmills of foreign policy.
After that, other details such as Mexico's responsibility for ensuring healthcare, education and pension plans for its workers can be ironed-out, as the American taxpayer is NOT interested in incubating Mexican hatchlings in the American nest.
The failed, narco-state of terrorism known as Mexico, is a direct threat to the national security of this country and any “lawmaker” who seeks to thwart the lawful will of the people-- which compose the states of this great nation, to protect their citizens from the Mexican crime wave-- is ripe for regime change.
The host/parasite parameter has now been smashed by the American people through legal process. It is the will of the people which must come to the fore--NOT the alleged “public servants.”
The anchor baby is the direct face of the race war prosecuted by Mexico against this country. It is the visage of brown cultural genocide, perpetrated against a white nation.
It is a final reckoning of the original Mexican War; an aftershock to an earthquake.
If “comprehensive immigration reform”-- according to the central bankers--is enforced, the outcome will merit an open race war between two diametrically opposed peoples and will lead to social disintegration of the societal fabric of the United States.
Should Mexico cease meddling in the sovereign affairs of the United States of America and fully renounce all notions of “La Reconquista,” by signing formal terms of understanding--and surrender--in this Second Mexican War, then better bilateral relations and true friendship will ensue. Mexico's signature to a formal surrender document, will be construed as an official apology.
Should Mexico fail to acknowledge its invasion of the United States, the result will be utter catastrophe for the Mexican state, for the American people will demand the border be sealed until such time as the appropriate tribute is exacted from Mexico. The Mexican people will boil the lid off the top of the pot, by prosecuting the Second Mexican Revolution, when they find the United States of America will no longer serve as a safety valve for failed nations. To each, his own.
This nation cannot afford to indulge in any “All God's children” mantra. It would be far better in this case to adopt the “Uncle Billy” General Sherman viewpoint of total war, without the genocidal implications.
Both political parties are bought and paid for by the elites who control the media and banking. That elite wants open borders and a return to feudalism, at the hand of the oligarchy. Most everyone now knows this and yet the American people remain impotent, due to the lack of resolve --not to mention the deplorable lack of leadership--coming from Capitol Hill.
The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave is ruled by a puppet emperor of the Council on Foreign Relations.
When states rise to the occasion, and begin to secede from the New World Order (Yankee Nation) of the international bankers--in emulation of the struggle which absorbed both the Founding Fathers and the Confederate States of America-- they are ruthlessly preempted by quislings who serve only the feudal lords of the Rothschild central bank. Financiers have no country and indeed, the dissolution of the nation-state is what they require--“by any means necessary.”
The GOP is wandering in the wilderness of political correctness, to where it cannot see the graffiti on the wall, regarding the illegal alien question. “Rip Van Republican” remains somnolent, as evidenced by the pap coming out of Fox News, which is increasingly for the digestion of the witless. Fox News and News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch has appeared with the billionaire liberal mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, to ask lawmakers in Washington to pass Amnesty for those who have--by their own admission of La Reconquista-- invaded America. This move is supported by corporate sponsors such as Disney and it is “transparent” how these corporations tirelessly work to destroy the sovereign will of the American people.
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
- Thomas Jefferson
America needs a vision which affirms that this country belongs to the American people and not the world, via the corporations. We are one culture--NOT a multicultural cesspit and “welcoming nation“ of crime victims. That is a primary parameter of understanding.
No country can play Santa Claus to the world, by gifting ingrates with so-called “nation-building” by attempting to impose what should be a native national agenda onto a chaotic foreign theater.
The American people must return to their roots as a predominately Anglo-Saxon culture, unsullied by the wretched third world scarecrows who come here with outstretched hand and then proceed to take over, to eclipse the host culture.
America does NOT understand the many faces of war, for if this nation did, it would be able to get a handle on the open borders hemorrhage, in an age of massive infiltration by al-Qaeda operatives. All sentimentality for any “rainbow coalition,” of foreign nationals, would fall by the wayside.
The illegal alien in the White House, holds the entire nation in a dominance web, to the point where the state of Arizona--and the 18 states which have followed her example--must bend to the will of a tyrant and his corrupt administration, which knows only how to kowtow to corporate demand.
The American people must declare war on the international bankers and completely remove their undue influence from the national life, by adopting a sound money system.
The parameters of a parasitic usury-based, fractional reserve banking system must be abolished, to define the freedom of the American people from the yoke of debt slavery.
This gigantic Ponzi scheme is the number one threat to our national security and holds not only the people, but our politicians in thrall to the will of the international robber barons.
What lies beyond the parameters, is nothing short of the Second American Revolution.
So let it be written; so let it be done.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Revolutionary Thought Adjuster
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:56 PM
"...[G]overnment incompetence in preventing it from destroying the gulf ecology and economy from Louisiana to Florida."

Byuke, do you really believe there was some magic wand the government could have waived to make it all go away? This is the kind of dishonest refuse that increasingly saturates the media. They did enough things wrong for you to honestly criticize them without having to invite your readers to wallow in fantasy. Instead of taking the opportunity to educate you've just sold yourself one more time into the right-wing whorehouse.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Masako
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:49 PM
All the right wingers complain about is that government is totally incompetent. When the oil spill ocurred in the Gulf these same dolts suddenly complained that Washington was not doing enough to stop the leak.
What was it Palin kept yammering about drill baby drill.
The tax payers will be saddled with the clean up of course which is just fine with the Just Say No party. According to that crowd profits are privatized losses socialized.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Mannstein
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:06 PM
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