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What’s ‘Phony’ Is Obama’s Economy

The administration's scandals are very real.

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Tom Blumer

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July 28, 2013 - 10:44 am
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During his one-hour, six-minute snoozer of a speech supposedly about the economy in Galesburg, Illinois, on Wednesday, President Barack Obama denounced Washington’s “endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.”

“Phony”?

The rest of the president’s speech was so utterly devoid of new ideas that even ordinarily reliable apparatchik Chuck Todd at MSNBC couldn’t handle it, aptly observing of Obama and his administration: “They have nothing new to say.”

Obama, whose flunkies presented his speech as yet another “pivot” back to jobs and the economy, didn’t even identify employment growth as his top priority. Instead, he said that it was reducing income and wealth inequality (“reversing these trends has to be Washington’s highest priority”). That’s pretty funny, because his administration’s policies, in coordination with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s “quantitative easing,” now simply known as “stimulus,” have driven recent increases in those inequalities.

Let’s address those supposedly “phony” scandals.

Scandal” is defined as “a disgraceful or discreditable action.”

Disgraceful or discreditable actions define this administration’s everyday modus operandi. Its contemptuous conduct has generated far too many genuine scandals to address in a single column. While recognizing that certain older scandals, particularly Operation Fast & Furious and Benghazi, are more serious because innocent people died as a result, I will only address the three which broke this past spring.

Go to members of the press — but first get them individually behind closed doors with guaranteed anonymity, because they apparently can’t publicly admit that they disagree with anyone in the Obama administration without losing their precious “access,” let alone their credibility among their peers. Ask them one by one if they believe that Eric Holder, who signed the search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private emails, lied under oath when he said the following at a congressional hearing:

As to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.

Then ask them if lying under oath to Congress about going after a journalist as a potential criminal is a form of disgraceful or discreditable behavior.

Ask members of Congress — the ones who, like Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, aren’t knee-jerk Obama koolaid drinkers — if Director of National Intelligence James Clapper engaged in disgraceful or discreditable behavior when he lied to Congress during a March hearing when he was questioned by Wyden about the extent of the National Security Administration’s collection of data on the activities of everyday Americans. Go one step, further, and ask how scandalous it is that even though Clapper has admitted to his egregious lie, he appears to have suffered no negative consequences for his deception.

As to the IRS scandal, it primarily involved but was by no means limited to the targeting of not-for-profit status applications from conservative and tea party groups for harassing scrutiny and inexcusable delays. At this point, it’s beyond meaningful dispute that the enterprise’s deliberate mission was to mute opposition efforts during the 2010 congressional and 2012 general elections. The targeting’s comprehensiveness during the year or so before 2012 balloting — along with the fact that its existence, though common knowledge in the White House in early 2012, was not disclosed until this year — for all practical purposes has delegitimized Obama’s 2012 electoral victory as a genuine expression of the will of an informed electorate.

We can go to Obama himself for proof that the IRS targeting, which we now know was orchestrated by IRS officials in Washington and not low-level rogue employees in Cincinnati, was scandalous. (The current completely predictable stonewalling, obfuscation, and obstruction are also scandalous, but I digress.)

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The ends justify the means. And the ends are going to be tragic.
1 year ago
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Nothing phony about him. He's a genuine disaster.
1 year ago
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Obama is a joke: Obama's Economy Speech July 24,2013: Screaming Goat Version: http://youtu.be/VuiibYy6z_k
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Check out the hypocrisy - Obama just gave liberal Massachusetts an illegal Obamacare waiver http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/obamacare-hypocrisy/
51 weeks ago
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my roomate's half-sister makes $65 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for eight months but last month her income was $20093 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site....http://www.wep6.com
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my classmate's half-sister makes $81/hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for 5 months but last month her check was $19871 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more http://www.wep6.com
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How any Democrat can think that this...person...occupying the White House cares one whit about the "little guys" is beyond comprehension. In addition to running an average of one trillion dollars of deficit spending each year he has been in office, the Fed has been "stimulating" the economy by the same amount. All this money is ending up in the hands of the same "fatcats" that he regularly excoriates for their stinginess. If he really wanted to help the "little guys" and stimulate the economy, he would have distributed this Fed largesse to the people that live in the USA. Here's the math, as I see it:

There are approximately 330 million people in the country. That includes legal, undocumented, men, women, children and LGBT (what I like to call "those of questionable gender identity"). A trillion dollars divided by this number of people equals about $3000 apiece. Each year. If you gave this money, minus let's say $500 each for administrative costs, to these people, how much real economic stimulation would that cause? This amounts to $10,000/yr for a family of four. Do you really think that the economy would be in the tank after six years of this, compared to six years of lining the pockets of his cronies on Wall Street?
I realize that my scenario is NOT good policy, but is the current policy really any better?
1 year ago
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EVERTHING about the obamanation including his existence and his leftist supporters is phony and false and deceptive and conniving and evil!
1 year ago
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Can someone please tell me how a D-student, community organizer, got his state congressional rivals swept aside only to use his time to run for national office and have his rivals swept aside only to use his time to run for president? Know nothing, do nothing, empty shirt, Post Turtle and Not One 'reporter" has one question what qualifies this Sock Puppet to be leader of the free world? Really?
1 year ago
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Ask thew Muslim Brotherhood, George Soros and his brother socialist financiers that want world financial dominance and have no other allegances but to world financial control, the progressive (communist ) party, and the sociocommunist damnocrat party, and the now screaming bloody murder communist unions and Chicago Monsters! Ask the sleeping majority that cares more about creature comfort, theirs, than they do about freedom!
1 year ago
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Can President Preezy Fissbump do a pivot and at least account for the 480 missing Benghazi minutes? Just curious.
1 year ago
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"Obama, whose flunkies presented his speech as yet another “pivot” back to jobs and the economy...."

"Dodge", not pivot, is the appropriate word.
1 year ago
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If the former junior senator from Illinois pivots any faster he could get a job as a drill bit at Black & Decker.
1 year ago
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What is really PHONY is the USURPERS Phony Autobiographies his Phony bloney Birth Certificates and his whole Phony Document HIDDEN communist, Terrorist and criminal consorting record.
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